IBM delivers retail toolkit

Trying to ease the developer burden of creating new business logic for a range of different applications, IBM on Wednesday announced a toolkit for WebSphere Studio developers that help them to more rapidly create applications for distributed retail environments.

The IBM Branch Transformation Toolkit for WebSphere Studio has a built-in framework that makes it easier for third-party and corporate developers to not only deploy but also dynamically adjust business logic across a range of different applications they are creating.

If developers can create business logic once and be able to reuse it in order to efficiently develop a range of different channel applications, then they can tap into and manipulate stores of mission-critical data more easily and economically and distribute data to multiple sites, IBM officials claim.

Essentially the new toolkit is made of a set of Java development tools and components that hasten the construction of high-volume transactional applications capable of accessing core systems and platforms. It is part of the WebSphere Studio development and deployment environment that makes use of open-standards-based software to build, test, and deploy on-demand e-business applications, a company spokeswoman said.

Some of the features of the new version include development workbench enhancements that speed up the application development life-cycle and pave the way for easier integration with external tools. It also contains new applications that address functionality including the implementation of Web services, along with sample code that best illustrates the provision of the toolkit for applications such as IBM's WebSphere Portal Server.

Company officials believe the toolkit is particularly well-suited for the retail banking industry. For instance, the toolkit can help banks build Web-based branch teller applications that integrate with their current host-based system, a company spokeswoman said.

IBM officials said however they believe the new version will find appropriate uses in the enterprise among several different industries in which IT administrators build integrated and transaction-oriented applications.

Developers wanting more information about the product can go to www.ibm.com/software.

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