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MaxSol Unveils Browser-Based Business Toolkit for Extranets

MaxSol, Inc. today introduced DbLive@Web 2.0, the first completely 100% browser-based development toolkit to build business intelligence (BI) applications that can be deployed on extranets.

The product is both Java-independent and "cookie-free."

In an interview with Tony Giroti, president of MaxSol, Inc., we were told that DbLive@Web provides for tight security so that developers don't have to work up their own.

You can block certain views of data by groups, for instance, and the changes go "live" instantly. This security resides outside your business logic, so that you can show certain users (such as wholesalers) a particular set of prices that others won't see.

Development is said to be fully point-and-click and far beyond what tools like Visual Basic provide. The toolkit consists of a set of five core modules that enable extranet reporting, multi-tier security, database page development, personalized data and the ability to push database content via email.

The modules include:

  • Extranet reporting--a plug-and-play module that offers instant extranet-based reporting and ad hoc querying to end users. Developers and end users can also build 2D and 3D charts.
  • Multi-layer access control security--a built-in multi-tier security system that enables developers to control which users or groups have access to information and the extent of their user privileges, including limiting access to certain data portions, tables, fields and data slices of the database. DbLive@Web 2.0 is compatible and complementary with existing security systems.
  • Database page development--a plug-and-play module that enables developers and browser-savvy users to very quickly build database-intense Web pages that retrieve dynamic data from heterogeneous databases.
  • Personalized data--a plug-and-play module that resides on a Web site or extranet application that allows end-users to personalize content from databases. Such personalization is not limited to HTML pages; end users can pick and choose the database content in a simple, non-technical way.
  • Push database content via email--a plug-and-play module that allows end-users to have database content pushed to their email.

MaxSol's DbLive@Web 2.0 will be available in June 1998. A development license for two concurrent users is $995. A runtime license with four concurrent users and 40 named users is $3,995.