Software giant Compuware has announced a November launch for the latest version of its Uniface development environment, containing new Web-enabling software.
Targeting the business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce market, the principal aim of Uniface Eight is what the company calls business process automation. This allows organisations to model their processes and resources, then modify them when deployment takes place so that rapidly changing market conditions can be accommodated.
The product works across all major databases and hardware platforms to offer end-to-end integration of the supply chain. With the strength of the market increasing, B2B customer relationship management solutions look likely to become more prominent as more companies try for a slice of the pie.
Inter-company B2B links demand support for a wide range of protocols and to this end Uniface Eight has support for all the major data exchange and presentation protocols, including open standards such as XML, Wap and Corba as well as proprietary systems like SAP, Microsoft's Soap and IBM's MQ Series.
A recent report from Bloor Research commended Uniface for its ability to extend existing applications and develop new ones. The product has a range of templates and reusable components that developers can modify when they need to access particular types of data.
Bloor analyst Mat Hanrahan said: "A Web-enabled business should be able to cross-reference and manipulate data from all of its platforms.
"Products that can quickly and efficiently make this happen must have quality re-usable components and templates.
"In skilled hands, these tools can be used to effectively integrate back-end legacy systems faster and less expensively than solutions coded from scratch."
Uniface Eight is scheduled for release in November.