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AlphaBlox debuts Web apps

The software start-up releases a set of Web-based analysis applications that can help to open up the deep stores of information processed and housed in most enterprise applications.

    Software start-up AlphaBlox is debuting a set of Web-based analysis applications that can help to open up the deep stores of information processed and housed in most enterprise applications.

    The Mountain View, California-based company has released AlphaBlox Enlighten, a set of Web-based applications that allow users, mainly in the IS department, to assemble custom enterprise analysis applications for deployment to users across an intranet or the Internet.

    The AlphaBlox application is a set of Java components that can be assembled into analysis applications without coding, according to the company. InterBlox is the application assembly framework that handles communication and control of information within Blox, while BASE is the server environment for the applications.

    The package is intended to cut the time it takes for development of custom decision-support applications. Since the applications give managers a peek into data stored in corporate business applications, Blox can also enable speedier decision making, a company executive said.

    "We breakthrough the bottleneck and barriers traditionally found at IS departments who are responsible for doing this work by themselves," chairman and CEO Michael Skok said.

    Skok unveiled the company earlier this month. Prior to AlphaBlox, he founded European Software Publisher (ESP), which acquired the publishing rights for Symantec United Kingdom. It was later re-acquired by Symantec.

    For AlphaBlox, Skok assembled a team of developers and corporate executives from companies such as Borland International, IBM, Oracle, and Sun Microsystems.

    AlphaBlox Enlighten, the suite of Blox components, is currently available in beta and is due to ship in the first quarter of 1998. Pricing is not yet available, according to the company.