Integration Consortium Annual Summit 2006

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Integration Solution Vendors step up to solve a real time integration challenge.

The Integration Consortium (IC) announced today the results of their successful 3rd Annual Global Integration Summit (GIS) held in Boston, MA, last week which supports the organization’s commitment to providing real world learning experiences for its members and invited guests.

The IC continues to create innovative ways to engage industry stakeholders and the GIS 2006 was an example of how thought leaders can band together to learn from their peers. Each year, the membership of the IC hosts the Annual Summit to bring together the most proactive and well recognized industry leaders to share their experiences and help determine the best practices of the future. The Summit featured a whitepaper competition, training classes, tutorials, case studies and presentations from the industries finest. For the second year, the attendees witnessed the Integration Solution Showcase, hosted by IC member, Accenture.

The Showcase challenge proposed that participants successfully build a solution onsite in under 32 hours. “All nine participants in the Solution Showcase did a tremendous job and completed the challenge to build, and demonstrate, a mortgage application processing solution in one day,” said John Schmidt, Chairman of the Integration Consortium. “The top participants differentiated themselves and gained extra credit for demonstrating additional business benefits, scalability in a range of IT environments, and how anyone can have the same success in their own organization by following the supplier’s repeatable methodology”. Participants receiving the Award for Excellence™ are BEA, Cape Clear, iWay Software, Magic Software, Rogue Wave Software, Software AG, Stone Bond Technologies and webMethods. It was a head-to-head finish, but the recipient of the Premier Solution Provider Award™ was Above-All Software, who according to the review board and GIS attendees “gave the most convincing demonstration.”

“Accenture has made a major contribution to the industry by raising the bar and advancing the case for Service Oriented Architecture,” said Mr. Schmidt. “The discipline they demonstrated in creating a challenging, fair, meaningful and exciting competition is impressive and clearly sets a new standard for this type of event. The Integration Consortium is grateful for Accenture’s contribution to help advance the usage of SOA in the industry and for their hard work and dedication to creating a professional and well-executed competition.”

The annual whitepaper competition which had the top 8 papers out of over 50 submissions presented and evaluated by the Summit attendees exemplified integration and SOA thought leadership at its finest. Steve Craggs, Saint Consulting and the IC European Vice Chairman took home top bragging rights along with a cash prize for the best whitepaper and presentation. Tim Barnes, Devon Canada Corporation, an IC end user member and Brett Carlson, LogicLibrary rounded out the top three whitepapers.

Delegates at the Summit included representatives from 11 countries including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, England, France, Germany, India, Israel, Hong Kong, the Netherlands and the United States. Discussions are already underway for the planning of the GIS 2007 and all IC members are encouraged to get involved.

Michael Kuhbock, Founder of the IC adds, “The Global Integration Summit is a product of the IC, and while we have no interest in becoming an “events only” organization, we feel the GIS is our way to share our member’s achievements with the Integration Community. The IC is a member driven organization and those active members should be proud of another successful event. We look forward to the GIS 2007.”

About the Integration Consortium

The Integration Consortium is a non-profit industry body responsible for influencing the direction of the integration industry. Our members champion Integration Acumen by establishing standards, guidelines, best practices, research and the articulation of strategic and measurable business benefits. The Integration Consortium’s motto is “Forging Integration Value.”

The mission of the member-driven Integration Consortium is to establish universal seamless integration which engages industry stakeholders from the business & technology community.

Among the sectors represented in the Integration Consortium membership are end user corporations, independent software vendors (ISVs), hardware vendors, system integrators, academic institutions, non-profit institutions and individual members, as well as various industry leaders.

Information on the Integration Consortium is available at http://www.integrationconsortium.org or by sending an e-mail to information @ integrationconsortium.org.

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