by Alex Woodie
K2 develops the BlackPearl suite of Microsoft-centric suite of business process management (BPM) and workflow tools. K2 has extended BlackPearl to several popular ERP environments by way of Stone Bond, which develops the Enterprise Enabler suite of tools for managing, federating, virtualization, and integration enterprise data.
By virtue of the integration with Enterprise Enabler, K2’s customers can now use BlackPearl to build process-driven applications and workflows that hook into existing JD Edwards, Infor, Oracle, Baan, and Microsoft Dynamics ERP applications. The integration with Enterprise Enabler also extends to DB2 databases; existing TIBCO‘s Rendezvous and IBM WebSphere MQ setups; and the HL7 (Health Level Seven International) and PIDX (Petroleum Industry Data Exchange) data exchanges.
K2 vice president of alliances Dave Marcus says the integration with Stone Bond will enable his company’s customers to more quickly develop applications with hooks into existing enterprise applications. “This allows K2 customers to handle more challenging integration scenarios, which may be inherent within certain ERP and line-of-business applications,” he says.
Tom Sieger, senior vice president of business development for Stone Bond, is glad that his customers can take advantage of Black Pearl, which he called “the most compelling and strategic BPM tools” available on the market today. The combination of Enterprise Enabler and BlackPearl will serve both large and mid-sized companies, he added.