Information Builders has Web services adapter for databases

A WebFocus software adapter from Information Builders Inc. could serve up agencies' database information on the fly as Web services.

Efrem Litwin, technical director of the New York company, said the adapter, released last month, translates output from the company's WebFocus query and ad-hoc reporting software into Web services format. Remote users or the public could connect to multiple legacy file systems, Litwin said.

'Instead of having to go directly into Oracle or DB2 databases, an agency would have one common access point to its data,' Litwin said.

The WebFocus Web Services Adapter has consoles for drawing information from a range of commercial databases. Each console keeps a metadirectory built from a specific database's tables, columns, users and data files to interpret the information. The adapter translates that metadirectory into Web Services Definition Language, an Extensible Markup Language format.

Version 5 of WebFocus, released in February 2003, can feed Web services-formatted data into Microsoft Corp. .Net or Java-based applications.

'Government users who want to build a portal can develop their own applications to call up the Information Builders reports' as Web services, Litwin said. The Justice Department, Postal Service and NASA are among the government groups that use WebFocus for business intelligence, he said.

WebFocus Web Services Adapter is sold on a one-time, unlimited-user basis priced from $8,600 to $60,200, depending on server size.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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