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Enterprise portal vendor, Mediapps, pursues its web services strategy with support for the international UDDI project



Mediapps, Europe’s largest enterprise portal vendor, has become an official member of the growing UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery and Integration) community. With over 220 members, the UDDI project intends to create a platform independent, XML-based electronic registry for the description and integration of business services, in turn helping companies streamline online commerce.



The announcement follows Mediapps' commitment to web services, made last year with the release of its Net.Portal solution (v3.5), which integrated core UDDI, SOAP and WSDL protocols. As UDDI members, Mediapps will now be able to convoke web services registered in the UDDI world directory and provide automatic synchronisation for new components, enabling companies to benefit from the latest services.



“UDDI is a major building block for web-services, whether they target B2B or B2E applications. Before the UDDI project, there was no industry-wide, accepted approach for businesses to reach their customers and partners with information about their products and Web Services. Nor was there a clear method of how to integrate services into each other's systems and processes,” explains Laurent Binard, President of Mediapps. “With a complete web services strategy in place, Mediapps is committed to the UDDI project and its use within our portal and content syndication offering. Companies with an internal portal can now use Net.Portal to syndicate web services within their existing intranet architecture, which makes the deployment of content and added-value services easy.”



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About the UDDI Project


The Universal Description, Discovery and Integration (UDDI) project is a sweeping industry initiative. The project creates a platform-independent, open framework for describing services, discovering businesses, and integrating business services using the Internet, as well as an operational registry that is available today. UDDI is the first cross-industry project to gather major platform and software vendors as well as marketplace operators and e-business leaders.


The UDDI project takes advantage of World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standards such as Extensible Mark-up Language (XML), and HTTP and Domain Name System (DNS) protocols. Additionally, cross platform programming features are addressed by adopting early versions of the proposed Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) known as XML Protocol messaging specifications found at the W3C Web site. The UDDI protocol is the building block that will enable businesses to quickly, easily and dynamically find and transact with one another using their preferred applications. Over 220 companies are members of the UDDI community.



More information about UDDI can be found at http://www.uddi.org




About Mediapps


With more than 240 customers, Mediapps is Europe’s leading provider of portal-based technology. Mediapps’ strategy is to provide not just the software necessary to create a portal but pre-configured information sources as well. When combined with ready to use user profiling, Net.Portal, Mediapps’ Portal Generator, can provide rapid results right ‘out of the box’ with little or no coding required.



Net.Portal makes it possible for organisations to deploy portals for use in an intranet, extranet or Internet environment. Users define their own profile and interests and benefit from delivery of the right information, at the right time, aggregated from the myriad of internal and external information sources that exist today. Clients of Mediapps include: Radisson Edwardian Hotels, Alcatel, IBM, BT (British Telecommunications), Bull, Carl Zeiss, Dior, Wanadoo and ZDNet.




About Net.Portal


Mediapps' Net.Portal, is a browser-based application, used by companies to filter and deliver internal and external electronic information to employees and customers. Net.Portal, provides a fast and powerful information management tool at both an individual and corporate level. It improves the relevance and enhances the personalisation of business information from the Internet and intranet.



Users of Net.Portal can customise the portal interface, giving it their own corporate look and feel. The administrator can also determine which information sources are used in their organisation, how they are used and which employees have access to them. Furthermore, they can add their own information sources. Net.Portal is available in a number of languages and on three platforms: Lotus Domino, Java and Microsoft IIS.




Andrew Durkin / Tim De Luca-Smith
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