Free Desktop Integration Product for Small Organizations

Loraine Lawson

On Fridays, I offer a round-up of integration-related product announcements, but, frankly, the pickings were slim this week.

Still, one product announcement intrigued me -- RatchetSoft is offering a free version of its desktop integration platform for small organizations and independent developers.

The company announced a new product this week: Rachet-X Community Edition -- a free and full-featured version of its XML-based Rachet-X platform. This product is aimed at small organizations. The company also launched a free online community site, Ratchet-X Online, to support the new product.

It will include packaged support for integrating with Salesforce, FreeCRM, ZohoCRM, Act2007 and Outlook 2003. It also includes StrikeIron Marketplace plug-ins for:

  • Address verification
  • Business, residential and government lookups
  • Reverse phone lookup
  • E-mail address verification
  • Zip code lookup
  • ICD10 lookup

I'd never heard of RachetSoft, so I looked them up and learned they offer a application integration platform called Rachet-X, which is the basis for all their products.


What caught my eye is that RachetSoft promises this can be done by end-users, without IT's support and without altering the code. The website positions Rachet-X as an alternative to portals or service aggregation solutions, saying the platform supports data integration to the applications people use everyday.


The platform requires Windows 2000, service pack 4 or better, and version 2.0 or better of the .NET framework.


IBM Releases Updates of WebSphere Process Server, Integration Developer and ESB. IBM released for download versions 6.1 of WebSphere Process Server, Enterprise Service Bus and Integration Developer last Friday. Andrew Spyker, who works as a senior technical staff member on for IBM's SOA Runtime Architecture, blogged about his experience with 6.1 versions at the WebSphere Community Blog this week. Spyker used the updated releases for an ESB project and internal SOA benchmarks.


Obviously, he's an IBM employee, but with that in mind, here's what he said about the new releases:

I can attest for major functional improvements -- I wouldn't use anything less than 6.1 for ESB projects. Also, since this moved the underlying application server to WebSphere Application Server 6.1 and Java 1.5, there are some major performance improvements in this release.

He also notes that the new version of Integration Developer is based on Eclipse 3.2.2. The post offers links to the upgrades, which you can download with Passport Advantage.

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