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Kapow updates tools that service-enable Web data for enterprise integration

Increasingly, B2B integration involves data made available to business partners over the Web. But despite this “explosion of data” on the Web, IT departments don’t always have the time or resources to integrate and automate the access they need to partner data, said Stefan Andreasen, founder and CTO of Kapow Technologies.

This month, Kapow released Web Data Server (WDS) 7.2, an update to its flagship application used to build, test and deploy data feeds and services that integrate all kinds of Web data into the enterprise infrastructure. In this update, WDS includes a full design studio IDE with a data viewer, native XML support and FTP/file system interaction.

Andreasen said this release represents a three-year effort to merge the company’s RoboMaker and ModelMaker products into one offering. He said the focus was on usability and enterprise compliance.

Software like WDS is useful for enterprises looking to integrate data from partners whose APIs present a significant technical challenge, said Andreasen. Instead of having both IT departments go back and forth trying to make sense of things, you can pull up a website in WDS Design Studio as you would a Web browser and build a process flow by visually interacting with it. You can then deploy this as a service with little to no up-front coding.

“Most customers are focusing on applications that are business critical that they want to integrate with but there is no documented API or Web service,” said Andreasen.

Of course, since services built with WDS are controlled by local users, if the website a service integrates with changes, the service will break. Andreasen said this does happen, but building a new service is still a matter of minutes or hours – still a time-saver when compared to working with another company’s IT department.

Pricing for WDS starts at around $80,000 per year.

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