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Review: Jitterbit Enterprise MX 3.0

Jitterbit 3.0 can link a variety of software packages to help enterprise business analysts better manage business information.

Jitterbit 3.0, from Jitterbit, Inc., is an open source application and data integration platform that can link a variety of software packages to help enterprise business analysts better manage business information. Jitterbit, designed for large-scale enterprise integration, enables business analysts to manipulate its flexible and intuitive interface to manage cloud computing, on premise application and data integration projects.

Specifications

  • Manufacturer: Jitterbit, Inc.
  • Product: Jitterbit
  • Version: 3.0
  • Operating systems: Windows, Linux and Solaris
  • Disk space: 200MB free
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Free Trial: Jitterbit
  • Price: Varies depending upon services selected (An All-in-One package is available)
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Who's it for?

Enterprise business analysts needing to link a variety of disparate data sources in order to better manage cloud computing, on premise application, and data integration may benefit from using Jitterbit Enterprise MX 3.0.

What problem does it solve?

Business analysts can better manage and manipulate transactional, database and other information from a wide variety of sources using Jitterbit Enterprise MX 3.0. The application integration platform assists large organizations by reducing complexity and adding flexibility when integrating enterprise applications, maximizing value of software-as-a-service deployments, fully capturing benefits of ETL and other business intelligence systems and maximizing business process integration efforts.

Standout features

  • Quick deployment: Because Jitterbit Enterprise MX leverages industry standard protocols and is open source code, organizations report quick deployment of the application integration platform. Without the need to write any additional code, out-of-the-box deployments are possible for numerous ERP, CRM and SaaS platforms.
  • Flexible simplicity: Jitterbit provides support for numerous transports and protocols, making it easy for enterprise organizations to integrate the application with existing systems. Jitterbit support ODBC/JBDC connectivity to all major databases, most common protocols (including HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, S/FTP, SMTP and POP3), XML and popular Web services, Java Messaging Service and more. Thus, multiple integrations are possible within the same application platform. Factor in Jitterbit's highly customizable GUI (that also provides complete project, schedule and user customization), and the simple platform quickly becomes highly flexible.
  • Wide platform support: In order to serve as a centralized platform capable of fully integrating an enterprise's numerous and disparate business operations systems, an application integration tool must provide support for vast platforms, databases, and applications. Jitterbit does. Out of the box, Jitterbit can integrate all the following: enterprise applications (including PeopleSoft, Oracle Financials, JD Edwards, Microsoft Dynamics and more), databases (Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2, MySQL, Sybase, Teradatra and others), Service Oriented Architecture platforms (including webMethods, Tibco, Vitria, IBM WebSphere, BizTalk and BEA WebLogic),third party tools (QAD, Infor, Vertical Response, Interwoven, AMS Advantage, Microsoft Sharepoint, and Documentum), SaaS applications (Salesforce, Sapien, SoftScape, RightNow! and Siebel On-Demand) and other systems and services (such as XML, Active Directory and LDAP).
  • Team oriented: Jitterbit Enterprise MX includes user management features. Support for a multi-user environment makes it easy for larger teams to collaborate on application integration projects. Users can collaborate, rather than fear inadvertently changing or repeating one another's work. Administrators also can now replicate user accounts and permissions across multiple servers. The creation of production and live server environments is simplified, as a result.
  • Secure integration: Several security protections are built into Jitterbit to ensure application data integration remains secure. In addition to role-based access, the platform leverages encrypted messaging and project access restrictions. Further, the software includes an Apache server that provide for full SSL and x.509 certificate use. PGP, LDAP authentication and Oasis authentication are among the supported Web services security protocols.

What's wrong?

  • NetSuite users may experience trouble: In the past, some NetSuite users have experienced trouble installing Jitterbit with their NetSuite ERP tools. In May 2009, however, Jitterbit announced a new alliance with CRM Advantage that aimed, among other things, to bolster NetSuite ERP and Salesforce CRM integration initiatives.

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Bottom line for business

Jitterbit Enterprise MX boasts simple, flexible configuration. The open source application is deployed on a server possessing as little as 200MB of free space (a minimum of 2GB RAM and dual-core CPU is recommended for large-scale integrations). Further, the software permits installing client agents on desktops for ready access to the product's data by appropriate corporate staff. Quick deployment and support for a wide variety of standard protocols, SaaS applications and ERP and CRM systems make Jitterbit Enterprise MX 3.0 an attractive application integration component for large organizations seeking to maximize enterprise application investments and make better sense of these systems' data.

User rating

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Erik Eckel owns and operates two technology companies. As a managing partner with Louisville Geek, he works daily as an IT consultant to assist small businesses in overcoming technology challenges and maximizing IT investments. He is also president o...

2 comments
rayh001
rayh001

We use Jitterbit for Cloud integration with Amazon Web Services, Force.com and multiple desperate sources (files from vendors, pharmacies, local governments and regulators). we loosely term it as our "Cloud Bus". Integration and interoperability between Cloud services is still a bit of work. The separation of concerns between the development staff and the SME's seems to work beautifully. For example, The interface was simple enough for experts in state regulatory data to build the mappings between source and destination, even add some formatting rules (they needed only a couple of days of training). Jitterbit is very affordable for SMB clients compared to all the elaborate tools we tried out there. At DTS we managed to easily utilize Jitterbit to offer affordable "Pay for Use" Integration as a Service since the Jitterbit server capability, and licensing was able to pool and offer Integrations for all clients using same Jitterbit Cloud server. After using all of the other top tools from the big vendors on many projects, Jitterbit was the easiest sell. In other words, instead of forking out tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars at the onset of a project for critical and complex ETL and integration platform that makes the business ROI risky and unpredictable, we should be able to follow the open source model and make these capabilities affordable to your clients.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

How do you analyze and manage business information in your organization? What tools do you use? How effective are they?