|January 16th 2002
We are pleased to announce the availability of Open Commerce Services (OCS) from Advanced Network Systems Inc. (ANSI), specialists in designing, re-engineering, and evolving proprietary HP e3000 systems and applications into platform-neutral enterprise-scalable systems which integrate the old with the new to protect and leverage investment.
Web based systems make greater demands on the e-business infrastructure, an
infrastructure that can make or break a business, and which must therefore be Open, Scalable, Interoperable, and Secure. The new ANSI OCS framework is aimed specifically at Companies who now find they are reliant on limited life "proprietary systems" like the HP e3000; Companies who need to ensure that they achieve and maintain competitive edge through the new initiative of Internet linked infrastructure to collaborate with Business Partners and manage the Supply Chain.
ANSI OCS is based on open standards that integrate with existing systems and can respond and evolve to rapid change. Our message is "Continue to develop with confidence on the HP e3000 knowing that the solutions are operating system, DBMS, and Hardware neutral". Regardless of choice of hardware, operating system, or DBMS, including MPE/iX or IMAGE , solutions written using the ANSI OCS frame-work will interoperate with other solutions that follow current industry open systems standards with little, if any reprogramming.
For VPLUS applications, ANSI OCS provides ANSI Studio, an extensible platform-neutral GUI-based IDE to enable VPLUS to be evolved into J2EE compliant components; Servlets, JSP's and Java Applets, that can be deployed automatically to any J2EE compliant application server (ANSI-Web, WebLogic, WebSphere, BEA, Bluestone).
For MPE specific clients, ANSI OCS provides the MPE/iX Enterprise Client API.
The complete, real-time solution, for client access to Oracle, DB2, Sybase, SMTP servers, and Enterprise Applications (SAP/R3). The MPE/iX Enterprise Client supports embedded SQL, thus providing an alternative for the un-supported Oracle Gateway for the HP e3000. MPE/iX Enterprise Client includes facilities to create Oracle, SQL Server, or DB2 tables from IMAGE datasets. Data replication from the IMAGE data sets into the newly created tables is also supported. MPE specific client applications can be scaled to other platforms with MicroFocus COBOL or Oracles Pro*Cobol to recompile embedded SQL Cobol programs.
For developing or evolving platform-neutral client applications, ANSI OCS provides ADBC, the Java-based client-side API's that provides direct, non-JDBC, access to IMAGE and to HP-ELOQUENCE, the multi-platform replacement for IMAGE.
Also supported is platform-neutral client access to the MPE file system, MPE Intrinsics, Spooling, and KSAM. Integrating with ADBC is ANSI Web, the platform-neutral middle-tier J2EE standard application server that provides enterprise scalable database and connection pooling services.
For developing or evolving platform-neutral access to heterogeneous Enterprise Information Systems (EIS), ANSI OCS provides J2EE Enterprise Resource Adapters, (ERA). Implementations of the platform-neutral J2EE Connector Architecture, ERA's simplify integration complexities by defining a standard architecture and uniform interface that enable EIS's to plug-and-play with J2EE compatible application servers. Examples include ERP, mainframe transaction processing (TP) and database systems (non-JDBC and JDBC compliant). Client access is achieved via the Common Client Interface (CCI), also an open standard, and part of the JDBC 3.0 specification. So changing the data source becomes a simple matter of changing the ERA.
ANSI has ERA's availble for IMAGE and SAPdB, our preferred DBMS; other ERA's are available from DBMS suppliers or third parties.
We are excited about ANSI's evolutionary approach to MPE legacy systems because it represents a viable and cost effective solution to the majority of the issues that have arisen from the termination of the HP e3000. Perhaps most importantly these solutions are not short term fixes but opportunities to evolve to open standards in a controlled and cost effective manner.