Software AG yesterday previewed its extensible mark up language (XML) information server for electronic business that it claimed would shunt the Web into the next generation of ecommerce
Tamino, which will be officially unveiled at Cebit in Germany this month, has been described as ?an Internet data warehouse?. It is built around X-machine, the world?s first storage technology capable of storing XML without converting it into another structure.
XML is a flexible way of creating information formats and sharing the format and data on the Internet - it is fast replacing HTML. XML is an international, open standard as defined by the World Wide Web Consortium as a way of making the Web a more versatile tool. Its members include the European Research Centre Centre Europeen de Recherche Nuclaire (Cern) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The advocates of XML believe it will pave the way for ?CyberSmart applications? which will enhance the efficiency of business to business ecommerce and enable companies to fully automate their supply chains.
Other companies, including Sun and Oracle, are working on XML server technology. Software AG, believes however that its product will be unique in the market place.
?Tamino supplies a high performance message store and also a remote data integration engine which up until now hasn?t been possible,? said Chris Horak, vice president of marketing for Software AG.
Horak confirmed that it is talking to both portal sites and online retailers: ?They are some of our biggest opportunities. Right now only 20 per cent to 50 per cent of their products are online because they can?t manage price changes across millions of pages, for example - Tamino will enable them to do it quickly through XML information translation.?
Software AG is expecting its first customer shipments at the beginning of October this year. It will be available on Windows NT, Unix and mainframe platforms. No plans have yet been made to port it to Linux, although if the demand is there Software AG said it will make it available on this platform.
Software AG has over 3,000 customers worldwide, including Citibank, Sky, Lufthansa and Pepsi.
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