Software AG is confident its XML server Tamino will be used to push information to a host of consumer devices with Internet access, but unlike rival Oracle it has no plans to go into the hardware business.
"By using XML (extensible markup language) the Web will be easily translated to fit on any device, from mobile phones to-in car systems and fridges," Chris Horak, vice president of corporate marketing for Software AG, explained to vnunet.com.
"I'd liken XML to desktop publishing. Fifteen years ago it was a long process to set up and print a document. With desktop processing it's fast, and XML will do the same for the Web."
Horak said that Software AG has no plans to produce Net devices such as set-top boxes. "We're a software company and we'll stay that way," he said.
Software AG's Tamino, which it claims is the first and fastest information server for XML, is currently available only on Windows NT. "We went with NT first because it's a cheap development platform," explained Horak. The company plans, however, to introduce it on numerous other platforms, including Linux, Sun Solaris and the mainframe, in the coming months.
Software AG also confirmed it is looking closely at the emerging games console platforms, given the huge success of Sega's Dreamcast which comes with Internet access.
"Our aim is to take a database and publish it anywhere," said Horak.
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