May 16, 2006 08:30 ET

Integration Is Not a Choice. It Is a Reality.

SOA Technology Will Be the Norm, Not the Exception, According to AberdeenGroup Report Sponsored by Flexi

SHELTON, CT -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 16, 2006 -- What do duct tape, chewing gum and string have to do with enterprise applications? Plenty, according to the latest report issued by the AberdeenGroup and sponsored by FlexiInternational Software, Inc. (OTC: FLXI).

"In many enterprises, business processes consist of silos of enterprise application software connected by the slap-dash integration software equivalent of duct tape, chewing gum and string," said the report.

"The good news," according to Peter S. Kastner, vice president of Enterprise Integration and the report's author, "is that the antiquated and brittle IT that routes business processes is being changed for the better."

"The most successful enterprises," said Kastner, "are focusing on best-of-breed functionality, advanced business intelligence capabilities and especially service-oriented architectures (SOA) as a technological means to, once and for all, eliminate the break-fix cycle that has plagued IT development and maintenance for more than a decade."

The truly successful companies of the future, Kastner said, will utilize SOA technologies such as web services, XML, and open middleware as the custom means of improving enterprise application integration going forward.

"That's where innovators like Flexi come into play," said Kastner. "They are specialists in best-of-breed financial applications deployed with SOA. Flexi is one of the few ERP vendors that have successfully deployed this integration methodology."

One of Flexi's strategic alliances demonstrates the value and power of SOA. McKesson Corporation (NYSE: MCK), the world's leading healthcare procurement and services provider, earned Best-in-KLAS awards (KLAS Enterprises) three years in a row by providing a seamlessly integrated ERP solution through SOA.

"McKesson and Flexi have been able to successfully deploy powerful, seamlessly integrated applications using SOA technologies," said Todd Tabel, McKesson's Vice President of ERP Solutions.

"We see more and more of our customers looking for and implementing SOA architecture systems," Tabel said. "Our customers experience real rewards and tangible benefits from this type of integration."

According to Flexi's CEO, Stefan R. Bothe, the Aberdeen report offers benchmark analysis regarding the new technology ecosystem.

"Every company needs to have an integrated solution to be able to react quickly in today's competitive market," Bothe said. "Flexi's strength as a best-of-breed vendor is our domain expertise. We can now offer real-time integration at a substantially lower cost to implement and maintain."

"We've always adhered to industry standards and understood the significance of this technology from the beginning," said Bothe. "Our core technology, combined with our vision, has enabled us to spearhead SOA for our clients. We are saving companies significant costs in terms of integration time and key maintenance issues."

The Aberdeen study concludes that SOA technology is the critical technology "glue" that will make application integration less complex, more repeatable, faster, and more flexible.

"No organization runs on a single enterprise application," Kastner said. "So, by definition, the integration of enterprise applications is a necessary reality."

About McKesson

McKesson Corporation is the leading provider of supply, information and care management products and services designed to reduce costs and improve quality across healthcare. Founded in 1833, with annual revenues of more than $80 billion, McKesson ranks as the 16th largest industrial company in the United States. For more information, visit

About FlexiInternational Software

Founded in 1992, Flexi's financial solutions are used by hundreds of organizations in a wide range of industry segments, including banking, financial services, insurance, utilities, and professional services. Current customers include Wells Fargo, Mutual of America, Lloyds TSB, NetBank, Wilmington Trust, Reliable Financial Services, Gallagher Bassett, and Mercury Insurance. The company also has developed partnerships with a variety of industry leaders, including McKesson, Unisys, Jack Henry & Associates, and Fiserv. Learn more by visiting

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