May 07, 2010, 10:49 AM — Kapow Technologies will add next week a development environment to its Kapow Web Data Server for Web data access and enterprise integration.
Version 7.2 of Kapow Web Data Server, available Monday, features Design Studio, an IDE for developing and deploying automated processes, or what Kapow calls "robots." Kapow functions are combined into a single point-and-click IDE. Design Studio replaces the previous tool, called Robomaker, and adds support for native XML, FTP, and Flash.
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Kapow Web Data Server is used by more than 400 Fortune 1000 companies, including Disney and AT&T, to automate integration with Web data sources, either inside a firewall, in a data cloud, or across the Web, Kapow said.
"Our product is really a data access, data integration platform," said Stefan Andreasen, CTO and founder of Kapow. A Web browser is used as the interface to data.
Kapow's product can be used to enable mashups, in which an application can be developed as a Web service and feed data directly into mashup tools from JackBe or IBM. Also, Kapow Web Data Server can be used for business intelligence, extracting Web-based commentary about a product from social networks.
Other features in version 7.2 include Data Viewer, for viewing collected data without a presentation tool, and FTP and file system interaction, providing integration to FTP directories. Version 7.2 also includes converters for XML, JSON, and CSV formats as well as improved database and handling, Kapow said.
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