Columns

New Products

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.
Macrovision,
Santa Clara, Calif.,
www.macrovision.com

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.
Dundas Software,
Toronto, Ontario,
www.dundas.com

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 integrity.

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.
Teamstudio,
Beverly, Mass.,
www.teamstudio.com

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 Solaris.
Aonix,
San Diego, Calif.,
www.aonix.com

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.
Tallán,
Glastonbury, Conn.,
www.tallan.com

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 new users.
Macromedia,
San Francisco, Calif.,
www.macromedia.com

Application Management/Deployment

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 statutes.

The suite incorporates new versions of NetIQ Vulnerability Manager, NetIQ Patch Manager and NetIQ Security Manager.
NetIQ,
San Jose, Calif.,
www.netiq.com

FlowBuilder 3.5 is an integrated J2EE development framework that reproduces the Domino development model and developer experience for open-standards platforms.

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.
Trilog Group,
Woburn, Mass.,
www.triloggroup.com

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 $5,000.
Enea Embedded Technology,
Tempe, Ariz.,
www.enea.com

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.
ISE,
Hawthorne, Calif.,
www.i-s-e.com

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 three times.
Electric Cloud,
Mountain View, Calif.,
www.electric-cloud.com

Pacific Edge has announced Portfolio Edge 3.0 and a new Governance Accelerator.

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.
Pacific Edge,
Bellevue, Wash.,
www.pacificedge.com

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.
SSA Global,
Chicago, Ill.,
www.ssaglobal.com

Integration

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 production systems.
Avaki,
Burlington, Mass.,
www.avaki.com

RoboSuite 5.5 is said to enable integration to and between complex, Web-enabled applications with just a few mouse clicks and no traditional programming.

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 generation.
Kapow Technologies,
Høersholm, Denmark,
www.kapowtech.com

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.
RTI,
Sunnyvale, Calif.,
www.rti.com

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,
Boulder, Colo.,
www.visualobject.com

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.
MLDesign Technologies,
Palo Alto, Calif.,
www.mldesigner.com

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 server.
Gentleware,
Hamburg, Germany,
www.gentleware.com

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.
Seapine Software,
Mason, Ohio,
www.seapine.com

Data Management

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.
JNetDirect Inc.
Reston, Va.
www.jnetdirect.com

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.
MicroOLAP Technologies
www.microolap.com

Featured

Upcoming Events

AppTrends

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.