Actional Corporation, a Web services management market-share leader, announced the immediate availability of its free developer version of Actional SOAPstation, providing developers with the complete feature set in a downloadable copy of the award-winning product. Actional SOAPstation Developer Version provides everything a developer needs for project-level Web services management, including the ability to manage service lifecycles, define and monitor service level agreements, define and enforce security policies and re-provision services for new customer requirements.

"Actional's approach to Web services management takes into account how companies are actually adopting Web services and building service-oriented architectures (SOAs)," said Jason Bloomberg, senior analyst, ZapThink LLC. "Actional enables customers to take a phased approach to building mission-critical Web services that yields positive ROI at every step. Application development groups creating Web services can implement SOAPstation at the project level. Later, the operations team can benefit from the deployment of Actional Looking Glass by gaining global visibility and control of complex service networks. Actional's products thus lower the risk and increase the value of building SOAs."

Actional is introducing this new offering in response to customer demand for more robust tools at the project level. While some organizations are launching strategic, broad-based SOA projects at the enterprise level, others are driving tactical, project-based implementations that may expand over time. With the introduction of its SOAPstation Developer Version, Actional is removing barriers for successful Web services implementation at the project level by providing full-featured Web service management capabilities at an entry-level price.

All of the tools available with Actional SOAPstation Developer Version are upwardly compatible with Actional's entire SOA management suite, enabling companies to solve their project level Web services management needs with tools that seamlessly migrate as the SOA grows.

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