Java Package Aims to Simplify Web Interactions

SANTA CLARA, CALIF. (05/31/2000) - The latest edition of a Java-based software package is designed to take much of the complexity out of doing business over the Web.

Savvion Business Manager 2.0, from Savvion, can be used to set up, run and manage business interactions such as checking the status of a shipment of chemicals, confirming a manufacturing schedule or quoting a price on a customer order.

Version 2.0, which consists of Java server programs and Web-based graphical tools, boasts 50 new features, most of them suggested by Savvion's customers.

One key change lets users pull together into a single interaction what had previously been several separate events or actions.

One customer, says Savvion founder and Chairman Mohammad Ketabchi, used the software to set up a Web-based "request for quotation" process, which can have up to 200 steps and numerous points at which decisions can, or must, be made.

Savvion's server programs can run on an array of operating systems and use XML to share information. Any XML client can work with these programs.

One piece of Savvion Business Manager 2.0 lets a developer map out the sequence of steps, the data needed and the rules overseeing a specific interaction. Then the program creates an application - a set of XML documents and HTML screens, which are controlled by another part of the Savvion package. Still another program within Version 2.0 lets users administer all interactions: collecting data about them and changing them, if necessary.

Still other programs, called BizAdapters, can be used to read or update data in enterprise applications, such as SAP AG's R/3 suite, and databases.

Savvion's software can identify whether the Web clients are PC-based, on handheld personal digital assistants or on cell phones. The software then tailors the display and graphical user interface interactions to match the client device's capabilities.

The first edition of the software was released in December by Technology Deployment International in Santa Clara. Since then, the company has rounded up $25 million or more in venture capital and this week, at the JavaOne conference, will reintroduce itself as Savvion. The company will also start a new marketing push to expand its list of blue chip corporate customers, which include Cisco, IBM and Philips.

Savvion Business Manager 2.0 pricing is based on "power units," a measure of a CPU's processing power, and the operating system. A typical, small-scale distributed Savvion application will cost about $75,000 to deploy.


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