Asera updating eBusiness Operating System

Asera on Monday plans to announce Version 5.0 of its eBusiness Operating System, featuring Web services, workflow, and ties to legacy applications.

The Asera eBusiness Operating System, according to the Belmont, Calif.-based company, is comprised of a platform of software services to deploy and run a solution and a development workbench to build and manage it.

To enable support of Web services, the company is supporting standards such as SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol), WSDL (Web Services Definition Language), and the UDDI (Universal Discovery, Description, and Integration) protocol. Multiple devices will be able to access the services.

Customers can take business objects, such as order status checker, and publish them into a UDDI directory to make them available as Web services, said company President and CEO David Murphy.

"We can take [business objects and publish them as Web services to a UDDI directory so that they can be consumed by other applications that can use those Web services," Murphy said. These services could be used in applications such as a portal.

Version 5.0 also features the ability to access legacy applications from companies such as Oracle and SAP.

An event-driven workflow feature enables modeling of processes across an enterprise. Security, logic, and presentation processes can be modeled from a single interface.

Role-based personalization in Version 5.0 enables pre-defining of business rules based on attributes such as geographical location or job function.

Software company Cadence Design Systems Inc., of San Jose, Calif., has selected Version 5.0 for an e-business application.

"It's our decision to go with Asera as a platform," said Cadence spokesman Jim Christensen.

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