JD Edwards has launched an add-on to its OneWorld suite of applications, which it claims will enable IT professionals and business users to modify the packages more easily.
ActivEra runs on top of the firm?s component-based application suite, and includes socalled Activators or visual methods, and an ActivEra Console or portal to access the Activators.
It provides the Activators with a common look-and-feel and adminstrators can also dynamically configure the Console to display the topics or individual Activators that are relevant to individual users.
Ed McVaney, JD Edwards? founder and chairman, said at the Java Business Expo in New York this week: ?ActivEra has been put in place to achieve ?Idea to Action?. We?ve gone for a 100 per cent separation between business problem solving and technology problems and, wherever possible, we?ve eliminated code and substituted it with point and click." He added: "At the moment, many people rely on programmers to change things, but now you can change things in the field and on the fly.?
The Activators come in two forms: Business Activators for business users, which enable them to monitor and change such application attributes as appearance, language and payment terms, and Technology Activators for IT staff. These deal with processes such as installation, interfaces and management.
OneWorld already includes about 100 such Activators, but this number will double with the next release, due in April next year, when the Console is also scheduled to ship. The new version will be Java-enabled for the first time and include applets to run on client machines and servlets to run on servers.
JD Edwards is also trying to encourage ISVs and resellers to develop third party Activators for third party and legacy applications by releasing a software developers kit.
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