CTO FORUM - FatWire bulking up Web services platform

Content management software vendor FatWire in the next month will detail a new Web services tool called Web Services Builder, which will enable the development of services and registering them in UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration) directories, according to company officials.

Functioning with the company's UpdateEngine6 enterprise content management system, Web Services Builder will provide graphical mechanisms for defining Web services and registering them as both UDDI- and WSDL (Web Services Description Language)-compliant, company officials said.

"We're providing a point-and-click mechanism to define Web services, to specify the authorities that a Web service has," said Ari Kahn, chief technology officer at Mineola, N.Y.-based FatWire, in an interview at the CTO Forum conference here on Monday.

Web services will be built from a user's existing data repository with specific read and write operations exposed via the tool, according to Kahn. User sites can maintain their own internal WSDL directory for the services while exposing services to others via UDDI directories, he said.

While the tool is written in Java, it enables production of language-independent Web services that also can be called via Microsoft-based applications through the FatWire UpdateEngine platform, according to FatWire.

FatWire officials on Monday did not have an availability date for Web Services Builder.

FatWire on Tuesday plans to announce general availability of Spark pCM (portal content management), a departmental portal offering to cost in the $25,000 range.

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