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Merant Wants to Simplify XML Adoption

Seeking to build on its Egility Data Integration solution for e-business, enterprise application developer Merant this week released DataDirect Connect for XML.

DataDirect Connect for XML joins Merant's DataDirect product family as a technology that will enable enterprises to access and integrate real-time XML data across established standards-based applications.

DataDirect Connection removes the need for enterprises to rewrite applications if they wish to leverage XML. It thus reduces the amount of work required to implement XML for data integration, and Merant believes DataDirect Connection will help customers implement business-to-business systems more quickly.

DataDirect Connection provides a way to exchange and integrate data across standard tools and applications, such as Microsoft Visual Basic, Seagate Info, and Allaire ColdFusion. DataDirect Connect for XML provides SQL capabilities to applications accessing XML data, increasing customer flexibility, speeding deployment of new applications, and leveraging existing skills and tools.

Merant (MRNT) believes DataDirect Connect for XML will be one of the technologies fundamental to helping enterprises implement its Egility Data Integration solution, which combines products and services designed to extend the effectiveness of data in the enterprise value chain.

The Egility Data Integration enables rapid and dynamic access to integrated information for an organization's customers, partners, suppliers and employees, according to a statement issued by Merant. The solution seeks to empower businesses for change by equipping them with a data integration strategy to respond to rapidly changing market dynamics.