DataChannel today rolled out its new XML cross-platform
tools and services package.
XML Framework allows enterprises to build their own information gateways
or portals and links to connect them to other information sources, such as
legacy systems, securely, company executives said.
Unlike HTML, which has predefined tags, XML allows developers to define
their own tags for data, such as price and product. The technology can
integrate data from the client to the back end, and between server systems.
DataChannel's XML Framework is a package consisting of XML training,
architectural design, and consulting integration services, as well as
developer tools, software--mainly DataChannel's RIO product, an
XML-driven database engine, and maintenance and support offerings.
reported, XML is expected to impact businesses two ways: concise
searching through the use of tags and more efficient data exchange
through XML-based protocols for vertical markets such as finance,
publishing, and multimedia.
XML-based protocols will impact business transactions over the Internet,
including e-commerce, data warehousing, and application development,
according to industry observers.
Businesses are already embracing XML, which was made a standard by the
World Wide Web Consortium in February. In 1998, the number of organizations using XML
in Web pages or applications climbed from about 1 percent in the second
quarter to 16 percent in the third quarter, according to a recent
DataChannel has also previously partnered with Microsoft, who plans to make XML
Framework part of its strategy for linking Windows to other operating
Pricing for XML Framework varies depending on the contract, a company