Software AG, OpenSpan To Bridge SOA, Legacy and Desktops

Software AG is partnering with OpenSpan Inc. to extend SOA solutions by tying webMethods in with corporate desktops apps running Windows, Java, SaaS and even 'closed applications' that offer no APIs.

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Software AG is partnering with OpenSpan Inc. to extend SOA solutions by tying its webMethods product suite in with corporate desktops apps running Windows, Java, SaaS and even 'closed applications' that offer no APIs.

The partnership makes it possible for a wide range of desktop and other legacy applications to participate in SOA projects, and make those assets accessible to many desktop users.

"With the webMethods product suite, organizations can build their bridge to SOA and optimize modernization initiatives by extending the value of core systems such as mainframe and server-based applications," said Arnold Huffman, senior vice president, Business Solutions Development, Software AG, in a statement. "Partnering with OpenSpan allows [Software AG's] SOA value proposition to be extended to the corporate desktop, helping to drive productivity improvements deeper into the enterprise."

OpenSpan enables virtually any corporate desktop application to use Web services and integrate with new applications without the need to redevelop the application or modify the source code, the companies said. And any new service created via the webMethods Product Suite, as well as those developed independently by the customer, can be integrated with existing applications, according to the companies.

OpenSpan's Virtual Broker technology also speeds up the shift toward thin-client computing by allowing corporate desktop applications to be moved off desktops and deployed as a series of services in a middleware environment that can be optionally virtualized, the companies said.

"In the current economic climate it is imperative that organizations find ways to do more with less," said Eric Musser, CEO of OpenSpan, in a statement. "Application modernization is a low-risk way for Global 2000 organizations to get the most out of their existing investments in IT systems, while support[ing] changing business requirements."



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