Tools & Technologies
AdminStudio 6 is a solution suite that automates the process
of preparing reliable application and patch packages for enterprise deployment.
Version 6 includes pre-deployment testing that lets system administrators
stimulate the real deployment of an application or patch without physically
installing it on any target machine; automated InstallScript MSI management that
converts InstallScript MSI setups into pure MSI installations; a packaging
process assistant that guides system administrators through the entire
application preparation process; and expanded support for deployment solutions,
including the new SMS Web Console, and ZENworks and ManageSoft support.
AdminStudio 5 Professional Edition is $3,999. Upgrades are available for $1,499.
Pricing for annual maintenance plans, which include support and upgrades, range
from $1,299 to $1,999, based on the support tier.
Dundas Software has launched a beta of Dundas Gauge for
.NET, a data visualization component for the Microsoft .NET platform.
The product enables developers to add highly customized gauges to the ASP.NET
and Windows Forms applications. Dundas Gauge also displays data using circular,
linear and numeric gauges. Data can be instantly displayed in a way that makes
it easier to analyze. The product also features logic that can alert users to
pre-defined conditions. To sign up for the beta program, go to www.dundas.com/betas.
Teamstudio for Notes Administrators is a modular suite of
server tools for IBM Lotus Notes and Domino administrators. The new suite can be
used independently or collectively, and supports administrators by monitoring
Notes and Domino database apps, performing scheduled scans of databases or
directories, and helping them manage changes that impact security or data
The suite includes Teamstudio Analyzer Server Edition, which enables admins
to analyze and audit the design of a database app; Teamstudio Configurator
Server Edition, which lets admins search and replace almost any text in the
documents stored in a database app; and Teamstudio Validator Server Edition,
which reports on areas within the database documents that no longer function
correctly. Pricing for the tools ranges from $2,000 to $3,000.
Aonix has added AWT graphics support for the PERC VM, its
real-time virtual machine, which extends configurability to applications that
require GUIs, including set-top boxes, in-vehicle infotainment devices and
time-critical human-machine interfaces.
The Abstract Window Toolkit (AWT) provides portable programming abstractions
that output graphical elements and capture graphic-oriented input such as
pointer position and mouse clicks. By writing to the AWT standard, Java graphics
programmers are able to develop and test the same code on a variety of
development platforms, including Windows CE and XP, Linux, Macintosh and
San Diego, Calif.,
Bug Appliance allows developers to use a turnkey hardware
and software solution to track and manage defects.
The product is a modular appliance, a stand-alone, networked computer server
with customizable software that provides a pre-integrated, extensible solution
to the problem of tracking and managing errors in software. According to the
company, the only interactive access to the appliance is through the Web-based
interface. An online demo of Bug Appliance is available at http://demo.bugappliance.com/randuser.cgi.
A temporary username and password will be created for this system. Users then
click the log-in link to log in to the demo site.
Macromedia Captivate enables users to record onscreen
activity and create software demonstrations and interactive simulations.
Demonstrations visually show the steps required to complete a task instead of
forcing users to learn by reading step-by-step, text-based instructions.
Captivate is said to go beyond basic screen recording by allowing users to
create customizable software simulations with scored interactivity and
instructional feedback. The simulations and demonstrations can be edited, which
increases the productivity of content creators and training organizations.
Pricing is $299 for upgrades from RoboDemo versions 4.x and 5.x, and $499 for
San Francisco, Calif.,
The NetIQ Security Management Suite
is an integrated, closed-loop approach to managing enterprise
security. The solution enables customers to identify, reduce and respond to critical internal
and external vulnerabilities and security threats within the IT infrastructure, while
enabling compliance with internal corporate policies and government regulatory
The suite incorporates new versions of NetIQ Vulnerability Manager, NetIQ
Patch Manager and NetIQ Security Manager.
San Jose, Calif.,
FlowBuilder 3.5 is an integrated J2EE development framework
that reproduces the Domino development model and developer experience for
The framework includes a visual representation of SOAP for intuitive
point-and-click integration of Web services. A new Eclipse plug-in is said to
make the entire framework available as an Eclipse perspective for Java
developers. In addition, FlowBuilder’s Notes application migration capabilities
have been augmented with an automated application migration analysis tool that
lets organizations examine the XML description of its existing Domino apps and
categorize those apps based on complexity. Other features include improved
transaction control and cache management for XML documents stored in a
relational database, new pre-built visual “beans” to automate specific
functions, and improved server performance.
Enea Orchestra is an integrated software platform for
high-availability telecom and datacom systems that combines embedded Linux with
a hard real-time OS.
The product bundles five tightly integrated components: Linux, the OSE RTOS,
OSE Gateway, Enea’s Polyhedra database and a range of Metrowerks development
technologies. The OSE Gateway supports embedded Linux and Enterprise Linux
hosts, and provides the bridge between OSE and Linux. The OSE Gateway also uses
direct message passing, which provides direct process-to-process communications.
The Polyhedra database features a small code footprint and uses a
memory-resident design that is said to boost performance.
The Orchestra Applications Development Suite (ADS) is for all developers;
principal subscription price is $9,995. The Orchestra Platform Development Suite
(PDS) is for platform (board and OS) developers; principal subscription price is
$4,995. An Orchestration evaluation kit is available for a one-time price of
Enea Embedded Technology,
The Web client version of EnterpriseSchedule, released by
ISE, allows a user to control and administer batch jobs using a standard browser
in an intranet or Internet environment. The client can access all of the
existing server systems, including OpenVMS, HP-UX, Tru64 Unix, Sun Solaris,
Linux and Windows versions. Each server solution includes an additional suite of
adaptable clients, including a generalized Windows client that can control,
monitor and administer all of the various supported platforms.
Electric Cloud 2.1 is a software build accelerator that
improves network efficiency through support for multi-CPU machines in the build
cluster, peer-to-peer network communication and file compression.
At the core of the accelerator is Electric Make, which is plug-compatible
with existing Make-based build infrastructures so it can be deployed with little
or no change to existing tools or environments. A patent-pending dependency
management system captures dependency information by monitoring all files
accessed during a build. Version 2.1 records and reuses build dependency
information, which is said to minimize the Makefile maintenance required to
achieve and maintain build performance. In addition, Electric Cloud compresses
files being transferred over the network, reducing network traffic by two to
Mountain View, Calif.,
Pacific Edge has announced Portfolio Edge 3.0 and a new
New features in Portfolio Edge 3.0 include financial planning capabilities
with configurable time-phased attributes, workflow support for investment
life-cycle transitions with acceptance criteria and approval lists, and a
dashboard that allows datasheet information to be viewed.
The Governance Accelerator provides a pre-packaged solution based on the
Portfolio Edge 3.0 platform, and includes a process methodology, business
process templates, and pre-configured product and implementation services.
SSA Enterprise Content Management shares, manages and
consolidates product data from different enterprise departments and extends the
information to all organizational levels.
The product supports a manufacturer’s project life cycle strategy to align
inter-department communication with role-driven data access and visualization.
The application functions as a product data navigator within an enterprise,
working with ERP and PDM systems to manage and share product-related information
across departments. It is also said to close the gap between engineering and
other departments by allowing various users controlled access to engineering
data, such as product structures, drawings and design files.
Avaki now supports IBM’s WebSphere Application
Server. With Avaki for WebSphere, customers can extend IBM’s J2EE and
Web services platform with Avaki’s data access and integration capabilities.
Companies can use this product to build and deploy applications that access
data from multiple, original data sources in near real-time while protecting
RoboSuite 5.5 is said to enable integration to and between
complex, Web-enabled applications with just a few mouse clicks and no
The suite allows users to re-purpose functionality from a PeopleSoft portal,
for example, into any major portal system, or turn functionality from a Siebel
app into a .NET Web service with the push of a button. Users can now migrate
tens of thousands of pages of content with minimal expertise in a short period
of time from any source to any content management system. Complex workflows can
now be implemented between Web-based apps in one-to-one or many-to-many
relationships by integrating the applications through their Web front end. Other
new features include dynamic Web clipping, and automatic portlet and Web service
Network Data Distribution Service (NDDS) is
publish-subscribe middleware based on the OMG’s Data Distribution Service (DDS).
The DDS spec standardizes the software API and underlying communications model
that a developer can use to create distributed applications.
NDDS has been integrated with the DDS API to offer a high degree of fault
tolerance while reducing scheduling risks, initial development costs and total
cost of system ownership. NDDS is also said to provide greater flexibility in
terms of platforms, languages and transport mechanisms. NDDS is available in a
limited-access version starting at $46,920 for a three-user license.
Processes and Practices
Visual Object Modelers has announced Version 4.0 of its
Visual UML product line.
New and improved features in Version 4.0 include an Office 2003- and Visual
Studio.NET-style user interface, UML 2.0 support and added support for frames,
improved support for defining interfaces and ports, the ability to add multiple
object instances to diagrams, XML file format for models, class diagram
auto-layout and XML Schema generation.
In addition to support for profiles, tagged values and stereotypes, Visual
UML supports robustness diagrams and extensions for business object modeling,
robustness modeling, Web app modeling, XML Schema modeling and data
modeling/database design. Pricing starts at $495.
Visual Object Modelers,
MLDesign Technologies has released Version 2.5 of its
MLDesigner system-level design platform with a new modeling domain that links
MLDesigner to the NS2 network simulator.
Using the MLDesigner NS2 domain, NS2 models can be linked to MLDesigner model
components from other domains such as Discrete Event, DataFlow and Continuous
Time. MLDesigner can serve as a graphical editor for NS2 models and can be used
to dynamically control the execution of NS2 models embedded into MLDesigner
system models. In addition to the NS2 domain, Version 2.5 provides improved
compilation and simulation speed, improved primitive code screening and SSH
support for distributed simulations.
Gentleware has launched release 2.5 of its Poseidon for UML
software modeling tool.
With release 2.5, the company has reconfigured its licensing handling of the
Professional Edition of the product. Users can now decide if they want to bind
the licenses to specific users or if they just want to buy a number of licenses
that are administered by the license server and not tied to either the user or a
PC. In addition, users can now work with borrowed licenses. For example, users
can work with Poseidon for UML remotely by borrowing a license from the license
Surround SCM 3.0 for software change management features
changelists and atomic transactions, support for LDAP and Active Directory, as
well as integration with Metrowerk’s CodeWarrior. Changelists allow group
changes to multiple files for later operations and historical reporting
purposes. Atomic transactions preserve source repository integrity by ensuring
that actions performed on changelists either succeed or fail as a group. Pricing
starts at $595 for a named license; floating license pricing is also available.
JDataConnect 3.0, from JNetDirect, helps developers connect
Java applications to multiple ODBC databases, including Oracle, DB2 and
Microsoft Access. It also provides such security features as SSL encryption and
HTTP tunneling, according to the company. The new version introduces native
64-bit capability and increased connection pooling functionality.
MicroOLAP’s DBACentral for MySQL is a new-generation GUI
front-end tool for database administration and data management. It extends MySQL
functionality and provides such new features as the creation of custom data
forms for viewing and updating table data, along with the creation of custom
stored queries for all basic SQL statements.
The company says the product allows Microsoft Access users to easily migrate
to native MySQL environments with minimal loss of standard Access functionality.