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Encanvas to Show Enterprise Situational Applications at AJAX World 2008 East

Create trusted enterprise scalable situational applications

Encanvas – the corporate situational networks and applications software company – will be presenting case examples at AJAXWorld East in New York, March 18–20, to show how organizations can deploy trusted situational applications to service strategic information management priorities. Case studies based on European deployments in the public and private sector will include examples covering compliance reporting, license management, competitive intelligence, and traffic information systems.

The ethos of Encanvas has always been to simplify the creation of situational applications for groups of users with specific needs that may have a short life span but have the capacity to sustain. These applications are often created within the group where they are used. What has made this simplicity of use possible has been the development of a strong library of pre-built building blocks (that Encanvas calls “design objects”) so that users can point-and-click to create new situational applications combining user interface and portal design, business logic, data management and output.

The new version of Encanvas provides a richer set of tools for database creation and enterprise integration with drag-and-drop formation of data feeds from all sources, providing capabilities you would expect from a heavyweight Enterprise Integration Application (EAI) environment. Andrew Lawrie, Encanvas’s CTO says, “Our clients have made it clear that they want more integration options. Whether it’s linking to legacy systems or bridging across RSS feeds, document repositories and intranets, they want to be able to painlessly gather data from anywhere. Within the applications they build, they might also want to create new databases, temporary data marts or simply use web services to put an agile layer over their existing databases.  The new release of Encanvas delivers this through its code-free drag and drop development environment.”

Another key feature of the new release is the introduction of asynchronous communications and the possibility of collaboratively developing situational applications over the Internet via a standard Web browser without needing downloads or plug-ins. COO Nick Lawrie says, “It’s been on our agenda for some time to move the core platform of Encanvas into the realm of a collaborative workspace environment for remote working. There are many situations that demand collaboration and the shared use of information today that are poorly served by desktop sharing tools that are demanding on platform resources. Encanvas has always been about ZERO download, INSTANT on and with our asynchronous capabilities we’re still honoring that.”

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