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Software AG Announces Support for SOAP

Microsoft’s Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) initiative continues to build momentum and gain acceptance, as Software AG Inc. became the latest company to announce support for Microsoft’s emerging standard for electronic communication over the Internet on Monday. Software AG has added SOAP support to two of its XML-based products, Tomino X-Bridge and Entire X.

Based on XML technology, SOAP is beginning to make waves because of its ability to quickly define a messaging format and facilitate communication between different architectures.

Although business transactions over the Internet have grown drastically over the past few years, companies still face problems because of the difficulties of communicating between different application components and object architectures.

Typically, Remote Procedure Calls (RPCs) act as brokers between technologies such as COBRA and DCOM when carrying out tasks like credit card processing. However, this requires the same technologies being used on both side of the communication transaction. With Hypertext Transfer Protocol, SOAP circumvents this obstacle.

The addition of SOAP technology will allow Software AG to offer integration products that enable faster communication between distributed applications.

Both EntireX and Tamino X-Bridge are middleware products. A XML wrapper, EntireX can now convert SOAP-based calls to traditional RPC’s, enabling communications with existing applications. X-Bridge works with user-defined rules, forwarding incoming XML documents to the right applications. – Jim Martin

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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