Sun and Bowstreet join in Web services deal

Sun Microsystems Inc. put more wood behind its e-business solutions arrow, signing a deal with Bowstreet Software Inc. this week that allows the companies to combine their technologies to help users build more intelligent Web services architectures.

Announced in conjunction with Monday's Sun Open Network Environment (Sun ONE) launch, the deal will enable users to combine the Bowstreet Business Web Factory running with Sun's Solaris operating environment. Enterprise-class users can then assemble a series of intelligent services and user profiles across the Internet using Sun's iPLanet LDAP directory and Enterprise JavaBeans components hosted on a Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) platform.

This sets the stage for users to integrate content, processes, and a common user interface to present a Web application tailored to the particular context of a request, company officials said.

The Bowstreet Web Factory offers dynamic assembly of e-business application. This approach to construction and profile enablement results in a made-to-order "smart service" application by returning HTML, ebXML (electronic business XML), or SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) requests based on that profile data, a company spokesman said.

By better connecting with partner companies through customized, business-oriented Web sites, enterprise-class users can significantly lower their transaction costs, generate new revenues, and more quickly offer new services, officials from both companies believe.

Sonicblue Inc., for instance, which makes its living in the converging Internet, digital media, and consumer device markets, has improved its ability to monitor its sales channels building on the Sun-Bowstreet platform, company officials said.

"Bowstreet and Sun are working closely with Sonicblue as we implement our business Web strategy," said Steve Kennedy, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Sonicblue. "The digital media device market is moving extremely fast and the demand level changes every week. We think the Sun-Bowstreet platform lets us monitor our sales channels on a daily basis," he said.

Bowstreet officials said they have been working with Sun almost from the inception of their company to help extend out open, standards-based business-to-business transactions over the Web. They have jointly worked on the Directory Services Markup Language, the Transaction Authority Markup Language, and the ebXML standards

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