UNC Asheville Receives Grant Valued at $300,000 from Vitria;
Funds Will Establish a New Computer Science Course
UNC Asheville today announced that Vitria, a leading provider of business process integration solutions based in Sunnyvale, Calif., has awarded the University an educational software grant valued at $300,000. The gift of the latest version of the company's flagship product, the Vitria:BusinessWare™ business process integration platform, will be used to establish a new computer science course and to support undergraduate research projects.
Available to juniors and seniors for the Fall 2004 semester beginning in August, the new class will focus on application integration and business process management, the latest wave in computer programming and software development, according to Dr. Joe Brownsmith, principal investigator for the grant and UNCA assistant professor of computer science. "This grant will allow UNC Asheville students to do some pretty interesting projects, similar to what they will encounter on the job after graduation," Brownsmith said. "I am grateful to Vitria for providing our university students with the use of their state-of-the-art, award-winning business process integration solution," added Brownsmith.
Business process integration is used by businesses to allow different types of software systems to interact with each other. It is useful when several groups of users, all working on different computing platforms and in different locations, require access to the same information. One example would be in healthcare and the processing of insurance claims, where multiple organizations must exchange information electronically in order for healthcare providers and/or patients to receive prompt payment.
"The new class will be a great addition to the computer science curriculum at UNC Asheville," said Trent Griffin, a UNC Asheville senior computer information systems major. "The future of computer science will require more and more knowledge of business process management and systems integration and this class will be a step in the right direction for preparing students."
Vitria:BusinessWare™ is a business process integration platform that orchestrates interactions across a company's existing applications, data, people and partners to continuously improve one or more strategic business processes. Vitria:BusinessWare gives companies complete control and visibility of their business operations across their extended enterprise, enabling them to improve the efficiency of their business operations, reduce time to market for new products and services, develop closer relationships with their partners and customers, and rapidly respond to changing business conditions. The proven Vitria:BusinessWare solution was the industry's first platform for business process-centric integration and is widely recognized as the most flexible and powerful solution available, adopted by hundreds of customers and partners in a broad range of industries.
Vitria Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: VITR), a leading provider of award-winning business process integration products and solutions, combines technology leadership with industry expertise in healthcare and insurance, financial services, telecommunications and manufacturing to dramatically improve strategic business processes across systems, people and trading partners. With 23 offices around the world, Vitria's customer base includes blue chip companies such as AT&T, Bell Canada, Bell South, The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, BP, BT, DaimlerChrysler Bank, Generali, Nissan, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, PacifiCare Health Systems, Reynolds & Reynolds, Royal Bank of Canada, Schneider Logistics, Sprint, Trane, and the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. For more information call +1-408-212-2700, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
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- Dr. Joe Brownsmith, UNCA Assistant Professor of Computer Science,
- Fred Bateman, The Bateman Group for Vitria, 415/503-1818
- Jill Yarnall, UNCA Public Information Assistant Director,