Pronto goes XML
Melbourne-based ERP software vendor Pronto (formerly Prometheus Software Developments) has signed an independent software vendor agreement with international software vendor Software AG. Under the agreement, Pronto aims to adapt its software to XML (Extensible Mark-up Language). The agreement sees Pronto access Software AG's range of middleware and expertise to assist the developer in XML-enabling its enterprise resource planning software. General manager David Jackman said Pronto's need to open up its proprietary software to communicate with other systems prompted its decision to partner with Software AG.
Microsoft's J# plan
Microsoft has trotted out the newest tool in its development arsenal, aimed at Java development on Windows platforms. J# (pronounced "J sharp"), released for beta-testing last week, allows developers to write native .Net applications and services using Java language syntax. Microsoft settled a long-standing lawsuit with Sun Microsystems last January by paying Sun $20 million and agreeing to several terms. The settlement barred Microsoft from using Sun's Java technology; Microsoft discontinued its Visual J++ tool at that time. Using Visual J#, developers can create code that compiles into Microsoft Intermediate Language and executes on .Net environments.
Tivoli hits Web
IBM has announced a new Tivoli Web management product that allows companies to track performance and availability of Web-based resources such as servers, application servers and Java-based middleware and applications. The Tivoli Web Component Manager is browser-based software that lets businesses monitor software and deliver real-time and historical reporting on the software's status. Network administrators can then determine what is causing a failure and correct the problem before it affects a user's system performance.