Software AG launches full lifecycle service platform for mainframes

Software AG announced a new service-oriented development environment for its Natural app dev platform as the first new product under its Natural 2006 product line. Natural Business Services is the only full-lifecycle service development and runtime environment to operate natively on multiple mainframe platforms, according to the company.

It enables developers to use modeling technology to create service-oriented business functions that can take advantage of the proven transactional capabilities of the mainframe. By hiding the complexity of the mainframe, Natural application developers can provide enterprise-scale services for Java, .NET or SOA environments.

Natural Business Services provides developers working in other environments, such as Java and .NET, with the ability to invoke transaction-oriented services particularly suited to running on the mainframe, such as financial applications requiring extremely high-throughput levels. In this way, Natural Business Services facilitates a more interactive working relationship between mainframe-based developers and server-based developers.

Natural Business Services is scheduled for general availability March 15, 2006.