“Atos Origin Introduces ACTIS Business Object Modeler”

Stuttgart, 13 July 2005

Atos Origin, a leading international IT services provider, is introducing the ACTIS Business Object Modeler, an independent and integrated development environment platform for object structures and mappings. With minimum effort, tailored format conversions for ACTIS integration solutions can be created and customized, and changes can be tracked through version management.

Electronic data, which companies exchange in various different formats, is based on standards that vary depending on industry or business partner. The market requirements for exchanging data evolve fast, among other things due to new versions of format standards, adding new business partners, or new recommendations by industry associations. To map the business processes and individual customer requirements in the system, software modifications are necessary. These customizations are highly intensive in terms of effort, time and money. However, non-compliance with format standards can jeopardize business relationships or even result in fines being imposed.

The ACTIS Business Object Modeler, a new component of the Actis Integration Suite, is a solution for all types of format conversion (such as XML, EDIFACT, SAP IDoc, ANSI X.12, RosettaNet, etc.). Within this environment, both ACTIS and XSLT transformations can be created and integrated into the ACTIS Integration Manager. A particularly convenient feature is the ability to display different views simultaneously: a graphical view of format and mapping descriptions, an editor for displaying source files, as well as outline view to show the contents of a structured file.

“The quicker and easier individual customer requirements and recommendations of industry associations can be mapped in the IT system, the faster companies achieve successful results at lower costs. ACTIS Business Object Modeler's simple design and easy to use interface enables users, even with little programming experience, to generate complex mappings quickly and efficiently”, says Frank Schmidt, Vice President Solutions at Atos Origin, on the benefits of the new ACTIS Business Object Modeler.

Mapping processes in the ACTIS Business Object Modeler include :

  1. Creating, editing, and documenting ACTIS and XML mappings
  2. Generating conversion tables and XSLT translets
  3. Integrated testing of the mappings and projects
  4. Automatic compilation of the necessary mapping files
  5. Remote test of the mappings with the ACTIS Integration Manager
  6. User-defined check-in and check-out of the mapping files

The development environment prepared in Java is based on an Eclipseä Rich Client Platform and is open to future extensions, such as Web Services.

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are more than EUR 5 billion and it employs over 46,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, AtosEuronext, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

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