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Information Builders Inc has unveiled the latest incarnation of its EDA Enterprise Data Access middleware, EDA for the Networked Enterprise, or ENE for short. ENE is designed to enable companies to integrate web applications with their existing systems. The New York City-based firm claims ENE will provide companies with an easier means of linking up distributed object and web applications with their transaction systems, applications and databases through a single interface. There is new support for CORBA 2.0, DCOM, JavaBeans and ActiveX as well as the existing access to more than 70 proprietary databases and file structures on more than 35 operating systems. ENE combines five integrated products. The Enterprise Component Broker is designed for developing, deploying and re-using JavaBeans in distributed environments and for integrating with enterprise applications and data. Also new is the Enterprise Data Access server for ActiveX, for integrating object-based applications using ActiveX controls with legacy data. EDA/TP is an interface for integrating client/server or web-based Java applications with CICS or IMS/TM transaction processing environments. Finally, there’s EDA/Messaging, an additional middleware layer designed to run over the top of IBM’s MQ messaging middleware, to enable users to deploy client/server and web-based applications more rapidly. The company claims a wider breadth of applications and platform support, including Windows NT, MVS, OS/400 and Tandem, than any of its competitors. Meanwhile, the company says it has signed agreements with IBM to market the product alongside its MQSeries middleware and with Symantec Corp, enabling it to bundle the company’s Visual Cafi with the Enterprise Component Broker to build Java applications. Pricing for EDA for the Networked Enterprise is by concurrent user license.

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