Sagent will be building functionality into its fourth quarter product release that will provide support for Web services standards. These new features will allow Sagent customers to more easily embed business intelligence (BI) into their operational applications, build closed-loop analytic solutions and develop collaborative BI solutions using data from multiple organizations. This release will also allow Sagent OEM and ISV partners to more rapidly integrate ETL and Extract, Transform and Present (ETP) functionality into their applications.

"Sagent has a long history of innovation in business intelligence, and with this new release we intend to establish leadership in the emerging BI Web services market," said Dave Henry, vice president of Product Marketing at Sagent. "Companies will now be able to leverage Sagent’s unique Data Flow technology – which effectively performs set-based analysis at any point in a data stream – within a multitude of new applications."

This new technology works with the Sagent Data Access Server and Metadata Repository to execute Sagent Plans and deliver the output to applications that can "consume" Web services. Key new features include: a SOAP-based interface to the Sagent BI Platform, use of Web Service Description Language (WSDL), Web Service Inspection Language (WSIL); Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration (UDDI); support for single sign-on and enterprise directory service integration (LDAP and Microsoft Active Directory); compatibility with enterprise-level security encryption and authorization protocols (HTTPS, PKI, Kerberos).

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