Kapow Punches Out New Data Server

06/24/2009

Kapow Technologies, a Web data services solutions provider, announced the general availability of the latest release of its flagship platform, the Kapow Web Data Server version 7.0 (formerly the Kapow Mashup Server).



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Version 7.0 enhances enterprise-class scalability, performance and security, with faster and more reliable access to enterprise and public Web data, the vendor said. The Kapow Web Data Server enables IT to rapidly build, test and deploy data feeds and services for new applications by integrating all development efforts in a single platform with no coding required.

Kapow “robots” use standard web protocols and security mechanisms to automate the navigation and interaction with any Web application or website, providing secure and reliable access to the underlying data and business logic. As a result, new applications for Web and business intelligence (WI/BI), service and Web oriented architecture (SOA/WOA), portal generation and content migration can be completed and deployed in one tenth of the time and cost associated with traditional software development methods.

“Gaining timely access to noise-free web data is a major challenge for enterprises across all industries,” said Stefan Andreasen, founder and CTO for Kapow Technologies. “More and more companies recognize that web data services are essential to support their growing needs for collaboration, automation and reporting. The Kapow Web Data Server 7.0 is perfect for any application where having the right data at the right time is vital.”

New features and enhancements in Kapow Web Data Server 7.0 include Browser Engine Compliance, which extends the ability to handle the most complex Web data sources, e.g., JavaScript and AJAX intensive websites. The solution also includes a “point-and-click” IDE, which delivers surgical data extraction accuracy with no coding.

Ensuring data completeness is the most critical issue for any company developing data-driven business applications. Unlike labor-intensive cut-and-paste, homegrown scripts and fragile screen scrapers, the Kapow Web Data Server provides full support for dynamic HTML, such as JavaScript and AJAX, allowing customers to handle the latest and most complex web data sources. The ability to accurately access and extract the most granular data from these modern websites enables organizations to gain 100 percent data visibility and make the best informed business decisions. In addition, usability enhancements vastly improve customer productivity via an intuitive point-and-click IDE (Integrated Development Environment). Developers can literally build, test and deploy Kapow Technologies’ automation robots in just minutes without writing even one line of code.

The Kapow Web Data Server 7.0 speeds deployment time and reduces maintenance costs through enhanced debugging capabilities allowing users to trouble shoot for performance issues in real time. For example, the new Browser Tracer helps customers optimize Kapow Technologies’ robots to see if any are running slow or need to be replaced. In addition, a URL Blocking feature prevents loading of unwanted content such as banner ads. Users blocking ads from sites such as CNN.com, ESPN.com and FoxNews.com have experienced up to 70 percent faster data load times. Also, users are able to download large files to disk.

Kapow’s new Browser-Based Scheduler enables customers to automate and mange the end-to-end data extraction and serving process by deploying robots through a fully integrated scheduling environment. This intuitive web-based scheduling interface enables better distribution of the data load and optimizes processing power. The Kapow Web Data Server also features enhanced authentication on connections to RoboServer for maximum enterprise security. Kapow Web Data Server 7.0 is available immediately, the vendor said.

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