December 19, 2000, 3:03 PM — PITTSBURGH -- Entigo last week started shipping an application server and the first of many planned electronic commerce applications designed to work with the
The first of those applications, dubbed Order, is designed to let a company's customers submit purchase orders over the Internet and check the status of those orders remotely.
The company has based its application server, dubbed EGravity, on the Enterprise Java Beans Server specification, so the product can swap information with other vendors' Java-based offerings. Such communication is important for a product that needs to collect information from assorted back-end systems to meet end-user needs.
EGravity, which typically sits on a server behind a corporate firewall, lets users access databases, enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications and other programs via the Java Database Connectivity protocol. EGravity can handle purchase orders based on electronic data interchange, XML and other formats.
The Order application includes workflow routing and supports authentication technologies, such as IBM's recently acquired Dascom single sign-on tools.
The ACDelco division of General Motors is kicking the tires on EGravity and Order with an eye toward using the software for remote order entry with GM distributors nationwide. However, the company's project manager declined to elaborate on the project, citing competitive issues.
EGravity is for serious e-commerce players. Pricing for the software typically starts at more than $1 million, according to Todd Kerr, the company's marketing director.
Applications in the works include Warranty, for managing warranty claims online, and Catalog, an electronic catalog with back-end connectivity to ERP and database systems. Both are expected to ship around year-end.
Other EGravity programs under development include Configure, View, Leads, Sales, Bulk, Auction and Forecast. These products will likely be rolled out next year.
Entigo, which recently changed its name from Signal Internet Technologies, started out four years ago building custom Web-based applications for clients that include GM, Michelin and Toro.