Software AG Enables Adabas Data Publishing using XML and Web Services

EntireX XML Gateway helps organizations speed business processes, improve decision-making, and increase competitiveness

ORLANDO, Fl, October 22, 2003 - Software AG, Inc., a pioneer in XML solutions, today announced the availability of EntireX XML Gateway, which enables organizations to quickly and easily publish Adabas data using XML and Web services. Thousands of organizations worldwide store their mission critical data on Software AG's Adabas system, one of the world's fastest databases. EntireX XML Gateway allows these organizations to conveniently access and share Adabas data with business partners 24 hours-a-day, helping to speed business processes, improve decision making and increase competitiveness. The announcement was made during Gartner's Symposium/ITxpo 2003.

Standardized technology with high usability EntireX XML Gateway harnesses XML technology to enable the generation and deployment of Web services that read or update data in Adabas. The product includes a browser-based administration tool that supports the deployment of the generated Web services, as well as an adapter that enables access to Adabas (adapters to other popular relational database management systems are available). Using EntireX XML Gateway involves five steps:

  • Generate - a wizard facilitates selection of Adabas fields, files and data access methods, and then automatically generates the Web service according to the WSDL (Web Services Description Language) standard

  • Deploy - an administration console enables deployment of the Web service to an application server, and creates registration entries to make the Web service available to be called by authorized users

  • Invoke - a Web service enabled application locates the appropriate registration entries and then calls the Web service over the Internet using a SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) request

  • Execute - the Web service retrieves the pre-specified data from Adabas and returns the data to the requesting application via SOAP in the form of an XML document

  • Administer - the administration console supports the deployment, removal, testing and monitoring of the generated Web services

EntireX XML Gateway is currently available on Windows 2000 and Windows XP, as well as Sun Solaris 7 and 8; additional platforms are planned. Access to Adabas is supported on all platforms. Supported application servers include JBoss, BEA Weblogic and IBM Websphere.

In addition to the adapter to Adabas, EntireX XML Gateway is also available with adapters to Oracle, other relational database management systems (RDBMS), and EntireX Mediator. EntireX XML Gateway is priced at $25,000 per adapter.

The EntireX Family of Products EntireX XML Gateway is part of the EntireX family of products, which includes EntireX Communicator, EntireX Mediator and EntireX Adapters.

EntireX Communicator combines message queuing capabilities with built-in support for synchronous request/reply and conversational communication. It manages interactions for tightly coupled XML-enabled and non-XML-enabled systems in time-critical user applications.

EntireX Mediator manages XML interactions that discover relevant information and uses that information to trigger behavior, such as routing documents or messages to an appropriate destination or transforming the content to other XML formats or presentation styles such as HTML, PDF or WML.

EntireX Adapters provide standards-based plug-and-play access to data, applications, and technologies, including packaged applications, legacy systems, messaging, customer relationship management applications and supply chain management systems. More than 200 adapters are now available.

About Software AG, Inc. Based in Reston, Va., Software AG, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Software AG headquartered in Darmstadt, Germany. Founded in 1969, Software AG continues to be Europe's largest and a leading global provider of system software and services enabling enterprise data integration and management. Software AG's products control the central IT processes of thousands of renowned companies worldwide including Lufthansa, Siemens, Citibank, Merck, DaimlerChrysler, Sony, BP and Telefonica. Software AG develops products and solutions that support the XML (Extensible Markup Language) standard. XML simplifies the exchange of documents and data as well as the integration of cutting-edge Web applications into traditional IT architectures. Software AG works with such sales and technology partners as Tridion, Stellent and IXOS. In 2002, the corporation achieved 475 million euros in total revenue. Software AG has offices in over 70 countries and currently employs a staff of more than 2,700.