Adabas Database and Web 2.0: Together at Last

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2006-02-08 Print this article Print

Software AG makes it easier to squeeze data out of its Adabas high-performance database and into an SOA (service-oriented architecture) by unveiling an SOA gateway.

Software AG made it easier to squeeze data out of its Adabas high-performance database and into a service-oriented architecture by unveiling an SOA gateway Feb. 7. The Adabas SOA Gateway lets developers work in their familiar environment—be it Java/Eclipse, .Net or AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML)—without having to know Adabas or the mainframe. Joe Gentry, vice president of enterprise transaction systems, said the release of the SOA gateway is the first in a push of product releases in Software AGs Adabas 2006 launch.
The gateway being the first Adabas 2006 release reflects its priority to the company, which wants to boost interoperability of the database by allowing it to be leveraged through open standards such as Web services, he said.
"Its part of the whole Web 2.0 future," he said. "Companies are looking to connect newer Web technologies to traditional back-end databases." The Adabas SOA Gateway is now in beta release with some 12 customers, Gentry said, none of which are yet in production. He declined to name the customers, but Software AG has a lot of customers in the financial industry, be it banking or insurance. It also has a lot of presence in government and in transportation, with Delta Airlines being one large Adabas customer. Such companies have built and managed huge amounts of information, whether its banking data or information about telephone calls or revenue collection for state agencies. All that information is stored in Adabas files, for which developers have had to write Cobol programs or have had to use Software AGs Natural development language to get to the data. As developers have taken to writing newer applications in Java or .Net, they want to provide connectivity to the database for the applications theyre writing, Gentry said. Thus, the Adabas SOA Gateway serves to hook organizations that are creating new systems to connect to data stores that have grown over the last 20 or 25 years within their Adabas databases. Next Page: Supporting Eclipse.

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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