Progress Software outlined more details of its ambitious plan to 'future proof' technology at its worldwide user conference in Boston this week.
Progress' Universal Application Architecture (UAA), first announced in January 1998, is designed to provide users with a technology roadmap while at the same time utilising existing applications. see Newswire 30 January, 1998
Larry Plasil, president at Progress user DB Soft, said: "Having made a commitment to a vendor, users can get nervous. Progress is reliable and stable, therefore a long-term strategy is viable for users."
The UAA centres around the next generation of Progress' application server, Apptivity, which is code-named 'Vader'. It will provide support for emerging technologies such as the component-based programming model Enterprise Java Beans (EJB), XML and the Java Messaging Service (JMS). Progress claims this will make Vader the "most comprehensive" offering in its class.
"This is a very broad offering," said Plasil, "If it was available now, we would probably incorporate it in existing projects."
Progress hopes that Vader will drive innovative ecommerce applications by combining its capabilities for developing and transforming applications, as well as integrating them among different businesses over the Internet.
David Kelly, vice president at researcher the Hurwitz Group, said: "For much of the decade, organisations have faced the challenge of integrating internal applications. Now that process is turning outward. Application integration is spilling across firewalls and across companies."
Vader will be released during the second half of this year. A further version of Vader, dubbed 'Vader+', is due next year, and will add support for Progress' 4GL application logic.
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