Commerce One Updates Conductor

Aims to simplify composite process creation and management, improve scalability, expanded interoperability


In addition, technology research firm IDC recently performed its own total cost of ownership (TCO) analysis on various approaches to deploying composite processes and concluded that Commerce One's approach has some advantages. "Our pro forma analysis indicates that using a unified, registry-based platform, compared to using a combination of discrete tools, such as stand-alone integration brokers, portals and development tools, can help gain efficiencies across the entire composite application lifecycle," said Sandra Rogers, director of Web services and integration software at IDC.

For its part, Commerce One said it has demonstrated a six-month payback on the Conductor solution, along with a 40 to 50 percent reduction in the cost and time of initial process development and integration efforts, as well as up to 60 percent cost savings in ongoing maintenance and support thanks to the solution's registry-based approach to centrally managing all process changes.

As a company, Commerce One has been working hard to ensure its post-e-marketplace survival despite losses for its most recent fiscal quarter of $6.1 million on sales of $8.3 million. Besides promoting the Conductor platform, in the past 6 months, the company has raised $10 million in additional funding, renegotiated major real-estate obligations projected to save some $42 million over eight years, secured partnerships with two global system integrators and started to offshore more than 40 percent of the company's development.

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