Sybase pockets portal tool provider

Aiming to strengthen its position in the rapidly maturing portal market, Sybase last Thursday acquired OnePage, a provider of technology designed to speed portal application development and simplify the development of Web services through portals. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

OnePage's portlet building software can identify and automatically extract user-specific information from browser-based sources, XML (Extensible Markup Language) data sources, Java classes, databases, and Web services, according to company officials in Redwood City, California. The technology is designed to lessen the time required to customize portals and reduce the cost of integrating content into a portal, officials said.

Sybase plans to combine the OnePage technology with its Sybase Enterprise Portal, creating a simple means to develop content within the portal framework, according to Sybase officials in Dublin, California.

"Portlets are one of the most expensive parts of building a portal," said Mark Wilson, senior director of corporate development at Sybase.

With the addition of OnePage technology, "the TCO of the portal will be lower, which is good. And [it] will be easier to build out more portlets and let user customize how they view the data," he said.

In addition, Sybase is eyeing the OnePage tool to advance its Web services strategy the company first announced in February.

Featuring support for SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) and WSDL (Web Services Description Language), OnePage can receive feeds from Web services, publish to Web services, and represent Web services through the portal, Wilson said.

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