ZapThink Calls DataDirect's Data Access Technology Instrumental to SOA
DataDirect Technologies, a specialist in data connectivity and mainframe integration and an operating company of Progress Software Corporation (Nasdaq: PRGS), today announced that an independent report from ZapThink, a research and advisory firm specialising in XML, Web services and service orientation, views data access technology from DataDirect Technologies instrumental to the technical foundation of Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs).
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The whitepaper report, “Service-Oriented Data Access: Building Interoperable, Robust and Reusable Data Services,” September 2007, highlights an issue faced by practicing software architects every day – an SOA strategy is only as flexible and scalable as its weakest link. As organisations adopt a data services layer as an SOA best practice and move to streamline their architectures using data services, it is critical to choose fast, reliable data access middleware. Otherwise, as the paper points out, organisations risk architectural failure given the domino effect associated with data access performance and its impact on services.
“SOA presents business functionality and data as abstracted services – as organisations move to this paradigm, the reliance on data becomes even more critical,” said Jason Bloomberg, ZapThink analyst and managing partner. “Should the data access in an organisation fail to perform, then the services at the centre of the architecture will also fail. As such, it’s important to choose best-of-breed data access middleware as a critical building block for any SOA initiative. The DataDirect Connect® family of data access tools fits the bill.”
“Data access has always been a fundamental application development building block, said John Goodson, vice president of product operations at DataDirect Technologies. “But in the SOA context, the importance of choosing scalable data access middleware is magnified. As our customers move toward SOA, they are increasingly turning to us to provide them with a solid foundation for building their data-services layers.”