Integration Consortium Members Challenge Vendor Community

- Stand up and be counted - SOA Solution Provider Award for Excellence(tm)

London & New York, 14 April, 2005 - The Integration Consortium (IC) today extended an invitation to all integration solution companies across the globe, to take up the challenge and demonstrate they can really deliver on their promises by participating in the IC Annual Summit's - Live Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) integration solution showcase to be held in May 2005.

The IC comprises over 250 well-known, global corporations who are investing many millions of dollars annually on integration projects. Through the IC, these companies and their teams are working together to define the new SOA standard in the integration industry and are putting solution providers through their paces at this year's Summit in order to identify those who can actually deliver real-time integration solutions. All the participants that are successful in building a working solution will then be bestowed the IC Award for Excellence(tm). The results will create a benchmark for users to reference for the future.

"Our members want to encourage vendors to come out from behind the hype and demonstrate exactly how their solutions can truly meet their business and IT requirements. The issue of integration effects many parts of an organization; it's not just systems and processes. It seems we have forgotten that it's people who invest in the systems and it's people who have to implement and make the projects come together and deliver." Comments Michael Kuhbock, Founder and Chairman of the IC. "A PowerPoint demo is not what our members want. They are happy to roll up their sleeves and work with the vendors during the Summit to select companies that have both the technology and the people who can be relied upon to ensure the right outcome when entrusted with major integration projects."

To date companies who have stepped up to the SOA challenge include 5by5 Software Ventures, iWay Software, PolarLake, Software AG, Sonic Software, Online Business Systems and webMethods. Judging for the IC Integration 2005 PREMIER Solution Provider Award for Excellence will be determined by the attendees at the Summit and the solution review board. The review board comprises some of the most experienced and successful integration project leaders from around the world as well as academics from the field of technology.

"What's exciting about this event is that we get to see real technology solving a real problem, and we can look at how each team approaches the architecture, enabling technology, and the final solution. An interesting feature of the Showcase is that the community is both defining the event and evaluating the solutions. Those looking for SOA solutions today will find that the Showcase will save months of evaluation time, as well as being an opportunity to assess best practices." Comments David S. Linthicum, CTO, Grand Central Communications.

The IC's 2005 Summit will be held in Banff, Alberta, Canada from 23rd to 25th May. Building on the success of past events, this year's Summit has already attracted more registrations that previously with an international line up of end user presenters from Fortune 500 companies including John Schmidt, IC President and now SVP EAI Bank of America, Ann Harten, SVP & CIO, SIRVA, Inc., Carla Taylor, Worldwide Director Solutions Delivery; Ethicon, Inc. a Johnson & Johnson Company; Bill Ruh, Senior Director, Cisco Systems, and Dave Watt, Director of Information Services, AltaGas Income Trust.

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