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InterSystems Releases Newest Version of Ensemble Integration and Development Platform


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InterSystems Corporation, a global software company that provides products that enable fast development, deployment, and integration of enterprise-class applications, has announced multiple enhancements to its Ensemble rapid integration and development platform. Ensemble is used for application integration, the development of composite applications, and establishing enterprise service bus or SOA infrastructures. The new features extend Ensemble's ability to connect and orchestrate systems across the enterprise, provide additional services for development and testing of EDI/messaging applications, and improve message handling performance.

"This release continues to address the same themes as other previous Ensemble releases-namely, the ability to implement complex, large-scale integration projects, improve performance, and enhance reporting and systems management," John Joseph, director of Ensemble product management for InterSystems, tells 5 Minute. "Ensemble supports all levels of enterprise integration, which includes data integration, process integration, and systems, or application, integration. It includes a message bus that can be used as an enterprise service bus, a rules engine, and a business process modeling interface. It can utilize programs written in Java, .NET, and SQL, and supports system to system messaging communications in a variety of protocols and standards including EDI, HL7, SOAP, and XML."

Major enhancements to Ensemble 2009.1 include enhanced .NET support (Ensemble's .NET Gateway has been extended to provide organizations with improved control over instantiation and manipulation of .NET framework components), message edit/resend functionality (this new capability adds to Ensemble's message delivery platform with powerful analytical interfaces for tracing message flow from system to system), and improved reporting (which now includes automatic access to InterSystems' enhanced Zen Reports).

In addition to delivering new features focused on initiatives across the enterprise, Ensemble also includes new services that enable developers to rapidly test transmission of multiple EDI documents, including HL7 and X12 messages that are represented as Ensemble virtual documents. The virtual documents are utilized to compactly describe the EDI document and transmit it to recipients as rapidly as possible. These testing services are tightly integrated with Ensemble's Visual Trace component that supports rapid testing and deployment of EDI and messaging applications-capabilities that have proven to be particularly critical in highly volatile industries such as healthcare and financial services.

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