WebMethods Access gives users a presentation layer for their Web services applications, enabling them to create user interfaces and business dashboards for personalizing a users workspace, the Fairfax, Va., company said.
The new product features a variety of technologies, including visual assembly tools; a user management system with personalization capabilities; and role-based security, collaboration, community and document management features, WebMethods officials said.
Access includes Eclipse-based tools for building composite applications, and visual user interface tools for creating new applications out of existing assets, the company said. The product also has a Wiki feature that enables collaboration around team-based projects and supports the creation of user-based knowledge centers that combine social bookmarking and keyword tagging with content aggregated from RSS feeds and document management repositories.
In addition, WebMethods Access supports a variety of standards, including OASIS WSRP (Web Services for Remote Portlets) Producer and Consumer, SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language), and Java Specification Request 168, also known as the Portlet Specification.
"Service-oriented architecture is proving to be a more reliable, efficient and cost-effective means for delivering new solutions to the business faster," said Peter Carlson, vice president of product development at WebMethods, in a statement.
"Recognizing these strategic benefits, many enterprises today are looking to increase their payback by putting more power in the hands of end users," he said. "Unfortunately, most SOA investments to date have focused on the back-office infrastructure and as a result fail to address the opportunity on the users desktop. WebMethods Access fills this gap by bringing users more completely into the SOA equation, allowing them to take advantage of the latest enabling technologies for implementing new business solutions faster while at the same time enhancing their ability to collaborate with people related to their job functions."