Gresham Computing's new electronic commerce application is intended to provide customised interfaces between customers and back end legacy systems to improve functionality and access.
Gresham is targeting the banking sector with its electronic commerce interface development product, Casablanca. A new release early next year will enable users to develop interfaces into Tandem systems, used by the majority of large banks and stock exchanges.
Gresham originally specialised in ICL systems but has branched out into electronic commerce under a new management team. It recently acquired Circa Business Systems to add the technology to interconnect with Tandem systems.
Trevor Read, managing director of Gresham Computing, said the banking sector is keen to use electronic commerce applications to lower the cost of delivery of services without needing to rewrite existing systems.
"We want to work with banks to deliver component-based interfaces to the killer applications?.our product sits neatly between legacy systems and commerce products such as those from Open Market," he said.
Research conducted by Gresham suggested that the UK market was moving faster than the US on connecting to customers electronically, although users believed many of the existing electronic commerce products were not robust enough and lacked sufficient legacy system integration features.
By the middle of next year the company also plans to have a version of Casablanca entirely written in Java, using the Java Beans platform to develop components and supporting Corba at the back end.
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