WebFocus Web Services Adapter
Information Builders has added a Web services adapter to its WebFocus data integration
product. The WebFocus Web Services Adapter enables Web services created and
deployed using any Web services authoring tool to be consumed by the WebFocus
report server and manipulated like relational data. It allows WebFocus to read
the output of a Web service as a data source, and to be called to present data
as a Web service.
The product enables customers to author, publish and deploy Web services. It then enables meta data describing the Web service as a relational structure to be automatically created, catalogued and made accessible for reporting or analytical purposes. The same Web service may also be manipulated in conjunction with the other RDBMSs, DBMSs and legacy file systems accessible through the WebFocus enterprise adapter architecture.
The WebFocus Web Services Adapter is sold on a one-time, unlimited user basis.
Pricing ranges from $8,600 to $60,200, depending on the size of the server.
New York, N.Y.,
SAP RFID Solution
SAP has announced a packaged radio frequency identification solution for supply-chain
management that is aimed at helping companies manage the data reads from and
writes to RFID tags. The product uses ERP and SCM functionality to integrate
data from RFID tags with business processes, including packing and unpacking,
shipping and receiving, and tracking and tracing across the supply chain.
The solution is built on the company's Web Application Server (SAP Web AS),
which enables extension and integration into SAP and non-SAP IT environments.
It can be integrated into existing IT environments through Auto-ID connectors
for SAP R/3, Version 4.6c or higher, and mySAP ERP. The company and its partners
aim to help customers build individually tailored RFID solutions that address
business case building, integrating RFID hardware infrastructure, creating solution
blueprints and implementing projects. The automatic identification concept is
said to enable companies to manage multiple Auto-ID technologies, including
RFID, barcodes and sensors.
Automate!Program Manager and Automate!Test Manager
Newmerix has launched the first two products in its Automate! software suite
of program management, automated testing and change management software for
packaged apps. Automate!Program Manager and Automate!Test Manager are aimed
at packaged app users who need to manage change planning and quality for packaged
app upgrades and implementations.
The Automate!Program Manager provides a centralized location to collect, organize, prioritize and track service requests in the packaged app environment. The product lets developers create customized roles that allow users to add and track change requests, while the development team organizes and prioritizes project activities around them. The product's platform includes versioning, asset management, role-based security and auditing. Automate!Test Manager recognizes changes as they are made to packaged apps and helps developers test critical business processes and transactions. The product also helps testers update automated test scripts.
Automate! supports PeopleSoft. It is sold on a perpetual license basis, with
an annual maintenance contract. Prices range from $25,000 to $250,000, depending
on the size of the implementation.
Struts Studio 5.2
Struts Studio 5.2 is a Web application development tool implemented as a plug-in
to the Eclipse open-source IDE.
The product provides a Web Flow interface that uses a visual 'drag-and-connect' approach to allow for the rapid development and reengineering of Web apps with minimal coding. Web Flow allows users to see and edit the various types of components in a Struts application -- Java classes, XML configuration files, resources and JSP pages -- through a common view.
Struts Studio 5.2 is available in a Standard Edition for $200 and in a Professional
Edition for $400.
Qt 3.3 is a multiplatform C++ app framework developers can use to write single-source
apps that run -- natively -- on Windows, Linux, Unix, Mac OS X and embedded
Version 3.3 adds support for the GNU C++ compiler on Windows. This makes it
easier to build multiplatform apps, as developers can use the same API -- Qt
-- and the same compiler - gcc - on Unix, Linux, Mac and Windows. Qt applications
built with Version 3.3 can now transparently support secure Internet Protocols
v4 and v6.
Openmake Version 6.3
Catalyst Systems Corp. has released Version 6.3 of its Openmake application
build management tool.
With Version 6.3, developers can work within the IDE while at the same time enabling the organization to standardize and maintain consistency across the entire build process, all without the need for coding makefiles, XML scripts or build-specific Java classes. In addition, a new feature called Build Tasks is said to make the underlying Openmake technology more easily accessible to developers.
Openmake pricing is based on a client/server model starting at $299 per client
and $3,900 per Knowledgebase Server.
Catalyst Systems Corp.,
Sift Service Integrity has announced the latest version of its Sift
software for BEA WebLogic Platform 8.1.
The technology provides end-to-end monitoring and analysis of XML/ Web services
business and operations data flows in production environments, delivering the
necessary information and context for real-time decisions. Sift provides scalability
and ease of installation across .NET and J2EE environments and lets customers
see and understand their business, as well as its integrated apps and processes.
Tidal Enterprise Scheduler Version 5.0
Tidal Enterprise Scheduler Version 5.0 is the latest version of Tidal Software's
The product automates business-critical apps across hundreds or thousands
of servers running heterogeneous OSs and app platforms, facilitating enterprise
app integration and server consolidation. Version 5.0 includes deeper functional
support for SAP and PeopleSoft application platforms, and support for OS/400
Mountain View, Calif.,
Veritas OpForce 3.2
Veritas OpForce 3.2 is automated server provisioning software that helps to
reduce the time, cost and resources required to deploy servers in heterogeneous
Version 3.2 includes expanded OS support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advanced Server 3.0 and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition, as well as increased capability to automate provisioning for both 32- and 64-bit servers to run SUSE Linux or Red Hat.
Licenses start at $7,500 for the OpForce Server Provisioning License; each
additional CPU costs $500.
Veritas Software Corp.,
Mountain View, Calif.,
Lisa 2.0 Web Services Testing
Lisa 2.0 Web Services Testing involves the entire team in automated testing
throughout the development process.
Lisa 2.0 uses an inline testing technology to sit alongside and talk to any
component that can impact a Web service. Inline testing goes beyond simply mimicking
expected user behaviors to discover both the cause and effect of bugs that may
not be visible behind the scenes. The product uncovers and reports the exact
source of any Web service problems stemming from Web and app servers, network
transmission, database storage and retrieval, middleware, other apps and attached
components down to the most granular Java and XML code level.
Rhapsody Automatic Test Generator
I-Logix has announced Rhapsody Automatic Test Generator (ATG). The product is
said to deliver automatic test generation for embedded software development,
allowing software engineers to automatically generate test cases from their
Once a software engineer defines the scope of the system under test -- either
a single class or a collection of classes -- and its interface, Rhapsody ATG
automatically generates test cases. This results in high coverage testing of
the UML model. The test cases provide full coverage for states, transitions,
operations calls, as well as events used in the model. The product is also said
to be flexible enough to 'read' the user-defined test cases, analyze the coverage
and then automatically generate new test cases for the uncovered portion of
SiteAnalysis is a hosted testing service that automates the process of validating
critical Web site elements, including page load performance, internal and external
links, domain names, DNS servers and SSL certificates.
A subscription-based service, SiteAnalysis can be run as often as once per hour, or as little as once per week. Users define testing perimeters and reporting preferences via Webmetrics' Web-based control panel. SiteAnalysis captures site performance at common Internet connection speeds and graphs download times of all embedded objects on the homepage. With the ability to verify that DNS servers resolve accurate IP addresses and validate certificate authority and common names of SSL certificates, SiteAnalysis can also be used to help companies protect against security vulnerabilities such as 'man in the middle' and Web spoofing attacks.
SiteAnalysis is priced according to the level of service subscribed to by
the customer. Pricing starts at $50 per month and allows for testing once per
San Diego, Calif.,
PowerDesigner 10.0 is an enterprise modeling tool that combines business- and
technology-centric techniques to foster greater collaboration between business
and IT users.
Version 10.0 features a single, integrated tool for business process modeling, data modeling and UML in addition to supporting the latest techniques such as MDA. SOA-enabling features are supported, including round-trip engineering of BPEL4WS. A new interface to SIMUL8's simulation tool allows business users to adjust processes to maximize efficiencies and minimize operational costs.
Pricing for PowerDesigner 10.0 starts at $995.
Formula One e.Report Engine Version 7.0, service pack 2
ReportingEngines has announced a 100% exposed eAPI and an enhanced report designer
for the Formula One e.Report Engine. These new capabilities give Java developers
more control in building and embedding reports into any J2EE project.
The new eAPI gives developers programmatic access to a report's appearance and behavior. Java developers can use a single template to serve dynamic, highly customized reports to multiple users and provide users access to real-time data from various sources. Developers can also leverage a visual report designer that features point-and-click wizards and customizable features.
Formula One e.Report Engine Version 7.0, service pack 2 costs $4,995 per license.
A license allows one developer to build an unlimited number of projects for
an unlimited number of users on one physical server regardless of CPUs.
Overland Park, Kan.,
ETL Manager 5.5
ETL Manager 5.5 is an extract, transform and load tool from iWay Software.
Auditing capabilities now include the real-time collection of information
about ETL tasks on different platforms and their display in a Web console. An
ETL Manager now makes it easier to create 'source transformations,' transformations
that occur on host platforms before any data is moved to the central ETL Manager
server. In addition, a GUI is the most visible result of the product's redesign.
Cross-platform control has been improved with diagnostic capabilities, adapter
configuration and testing. An improved data-flow designer allows users to create
ETL tasks that map one or more data sources into one or more targets.
New York, N.Y.,
SQL Server Comparison Tool v.1.2
SQL Server Comparison Tool v.1.2 is a Windows app that allows software developers
and system administrators to analyze, compare and document SQL Server databases.
The tool performs complete analysis on the structure of SQL Server tables, procedures, functions, views, triggers and relationships. The comparison data is stored in tables, and the program generates detailed reports displaying the results of the comparisons and analyses. Users can also export data differences reports to HTML or CSV formats. The product is a read-only tool, and it can analyze and compare databases even if they reside on different servers.
SQL Server Comparison Tool v.1.2 is priced at $99 for a single-user license.
Sybase EAServer 5.0
Sybase EAServer 5.0 is an open application server that can power numerous Web
sites, portals or Internet apps. The product allows access from browsers and
wireless devices, and can execute secure enterprise Web services that help firms
react to changing business conditions.
New features include fully configurable caching and load-balancing options that provide enterprise-level performance while maintaining full data integrity, as well as new user wizards that make standard setup and configuration easier.
Pricing starts at $3,000.
Brightline Application Server-Enterprise Edition
Brightline Application Server-Enterprise Edition is a full Java app server platform
integrated with the IBM Lotus Domino messaging and collaboration platform.
The product deploys, runs and administers new and existing J2EE applications using IBM Lotus Domino 6, adding standard J2EE 1.3 services to Domino, including EJBs, Servlets, JSPs and Java Messaging Services. The new server can be installed in 15 minutes and runs in a memory footprint that is the approximate size of a Web browser, even when combined with the embedded SQL database management system.
Brightline Application Server-Enterprise Edition is priced at $2,500.