Business Objects backs Web services

Business Objects SA on Monday announced a software developer's kit that will enable users to Web services-enable their BI (business intelligence) infrastructures.

A beta version of the SDK will become available this month, and the final product will ship in the second quarter of next year, said Karl van der Bergh, senior product marketing manager, at Business Objects, in San Jose, Calif.

"It will allow our customers to build BI Web services," van der Bergh said.

The tools will allow developers to build a single portal interface that will present information from a variety of enterprise applications without forcing users to navigate through separate interfaces for each program. Furthermore, the SDK will enable users to tie together their BI systems, so they can be presented via that portal interface.

"Web services is an important part of bringing together business systems," said. "It's kind of like joining the dots to see the big picture - if you don't join the dots, you can't see the big picture."

John Meyer, an analyst with Cambridge, Mass.-based Giga Information Group Inc., said that integration is proving to be one of the earliest uses of Web services.

"Right now, Web services are being used as a point-to-point integration tool," Meyer said.

Van der Bergh said that, much like other Web services, users will be able to store their BI Web services in a UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery and Integration) directory, where they can be stored and accessed.

Business Objects Web services SDK originally will be available to beta testers on Microsoft Corp.'s .NET platform, and by the time a final version of the tool ships it will also run on application servers that are based on J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition).

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