Openstep Enterprise is an object-oriented environment for assembling, integrating, and deploying business applications across an enterprise. The move to Windows NT lets NeXT piggyback on the growing popularity of Microsoft's operating system in large corporations.
"We're very impressed with the development environment. It's much superior to the alternatives," said Andrew Abernathy, a software engineer at Omni Development, who compared Openstep to tools from Microsoft and Borland. The company is an Openstep beta site, and has used other versions of NeXT's tools.
Openstep Enterprise includes a set of prebuilt objects that can be assembled into applications. That leaves corporate developers to work on business elements specific to their company while using Openstep Enterprise's graphical development tools to handle much of the assembly work.
Openstep Enterprise integrates with business data stored in Oracle, Sybase, Informix, IBM's DB2, ODBC, and other data sources. Openstep Enterprise also integrates with mainframe systems, Windows applications (via OLE automation), and CORBA 2.0 objects.
Openstep Enterprise is currently in beta test and is scheduled to ship next month. The product costs $5,000 per seat for developers and $25,000 for the version to deploy applications.