"If you architect appropriately you can leverage best of breed, and support well-known APIs to integrate seamlessly. The idea is to address clear business problems. Vendors have not done enough to deliver workable solutions in this space, it requires new ways of thinking."
Among the new ways adopted by Acesis were open source technologies, including Adobe Flex, the Spring Java framework, and SQL databases, all tied together with XML.
Chesney, it turns out, has extensive XML experience. "XML allows for these extensible capabilities," he said. "I've been involved in many standards. I wrote a CORBA standard. With mortgages I worked with MISMO."
The implications of this work are enormous and I hope to discuss them more here. For now it's vital to know that Acesis has automated an important process that had never been automated before, and done it with open source tools.