Sagent adopts Web services

Business intelligence vendor Sagent Technology Inc. on Tuesday announced support for Web services in an effort to give its customers the ability to more easily embed BI (business intelligence) into their applications and develop collaborative BI solutions leveraging data from multiple organizations.

The next-generation of the company's platform -- code-named Telluride -- will allow Sagent's advanced data flow technology and analytic components to be accessed using a newly developed open and portable API, said Dave Henry, vice president of product marketing at Mountain View, Calif.-based Sagent. The new platform will allow the company to extend its market reach into the enterprise market, Henry said.

"To really penetrate the global system integrator market we needed a product that was much more open," Henry said. "Web services allows us to do BI but without the reports. We're delivering the analytics, delivering the data. We're actually giving people the ability to create Web services without doing any coding."

This new technology works with the Sagent Data Access Server and Metadata Repository to execute plans and to deliver the output to applications that can consume Web services.

New features include a SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol)-based interface to the Sagent BI Platform accessible from J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) and Microsoft's .Net using a variety of programming languages and automatic description of Sagent plans using the WSDL (Web Services Description Language). It also features automatic publication of plans in global XML registries using UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration) and WSIL (Web Service Inspection Language).

Sagent's product will be in beta in September, with the first shipment slated for the fourth quarter of this year.

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