ON Technology Releases Java Application Developers Kit
Extends Flexibility and Openness of ON Solution, Facilitating Integration
with Third-Party Tools and Existing Customer Environments
Mass. (May 29, 2003) - ON Technology (NASDAQ:ONTC),
a leading provider of enterprise infrastructure management
solutions, today announced the immediate availability
of the ON Application Developers Kit (ADK). The new
offering provides a series of open programming interfaces
that significantly reduce implementation time by allowing
customers and service providers to rapidly integrate
ON’s management solution with previously installed
third-party tools and corporate information resources.
The ADK provides increased flexibility
for customers and service providers who want to extend
and enhance ON’s built-in management functionality
by writing custom programs in standard languages such
as Java and C++. The ADK builds upon ON’s previously
released open interfaces, including the Command Line
Interface (CLI) and ITOOL, a scripting language for
customizing the actions of ON agents. For example, the
ADK can be used to write programs that:
- Periodically check a retailer’s
supply chain management system – such as SAP
– for updated price-list information, and then
automatically deploy new price lists to all point-of-sale
(POS) terminals across all of the retailer’s
stores, without requiring administrative intervention.
- Automatically create an alert
on a network management console – such as IBM/Tivoli,
HP OpenView, or BMC Patrol – when a customer-specific
error condition is detected by the ON solution.
- Enable users of Help Desk systems
– such as Remedy – to automatically re-install
critical software on remote devices from a custom
icon on their Help Desk consoles, without needing
to learn how to use the ON administrative console.
- Share information about users,
devices, and policies with corporate SQL databases
such as Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server, enterprise
frameworks such as Microsoft SMS or CA Unicenter,
and directory services such as Active Directory, Novell
Directory Services (NDS), and LDAP.
“Our customers tell us that
one of our key competitive differentiators is the flexibility
and openness of our solution,” said Phil Neray,
Vice-President of Marketing, ON Technology. “Unlike
closed and proprietary management solutions that offer
inflexible, ‘our way or the highway’ functionality,
ON provides an open architecture based on the Java standard
and a standard, platform-independent SQL database, with
a choice of implementing on either UNIX or Windows platforms.
As a result, customers can leverage their existing technology
investments when implementing our solution, which significantly
reduces time to implementation and greatly enhances
ON ADK V1.0
ON ADK V1.0 includes the following components:
- Fully-Documented API: An open, industry-standard
interface that allows customers and service providers
to write custom programs that access information in
the ON SQL database and control the ON server.
- Data Dictionary for the ON Database: A concise
description of the organization of tables, field codes
and their relationships. This description of ON business
logic allows customers to better integrate ON solutions
into their existing business processes and applications.
- ODBC and JDBC drivers for the ON Database: Provide
direct access to the ON database.
- Java API Examples: Actual programs used in ON Command®
CCM V5.4 are provided as examples to guide and instruct
first-time developers in using the ADK.
- Command Line Interface (CLI): The CLI is a high-level,
text-based scripting language with support for common
programming functions such as variables, branching
and conditionals. It is typically used in conjunction
with popular scripting languages such as PERL and
About ON Technology Corporation
ON Technology empowers IT organizations and service providers to manage the full lifecycle of their computing systems over large-scale corporate networks. Our solutions are used to rapidly and reliably deploy critical applications, operating systems, and content to desktops, mobile PCs, handhelds, servers, retail point-of-sale (POS) terminals and banking workstations. Our customers leverage our solutions to significantly reduce IT costs, improve availability and reliability of business-critical applications, and enhance both IT and end-user productivity. ON’s management solution has been chosen by more than 1,000 enterprises worldwide to manage in excess of 1.2 million networked computer systems. For more information visit ON Technology’s Web site at www.on.com or call 800-767-6638.
Gerald Kimber White
Allen & Caron Inc.
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