Teradata, a division of NCR Corporation announced the "beta" availability of its new Teradata Application Platform 1.0. A rapid development and deployment solution for enterprise data applications, the Teradata Application Platform helps companies with a Teradata warehouse build applications from predesigned components and make them available to a wide range of users.

The Teradata Application Platform provides businesses three advantages. First, it accelerates application development by using prebuilt software components such as user log-in, authentication, query management or components that are analytic in nature. Reusing an existing component enables applications to be built faster and more reliably.

For example, an analytic component built to evaluate customer profitability can be used by a customer relationship management application to identify the most profitable top 10 percent of customers to help plan the next marketing campaign. It might also be used by a customer service application to rank the most profitable customers, so those who use the call center get the best service and fastest response times. When making revenue projections, the finance group may use the analytic component to compute five-year trends comparing the most profitable customers' purchases against the least profitable customers' purchases.

Second, the platform has been built to conform to common Web services development standards such as extensible markup language (XML), universal, discovery, description and integration (UDDI) registries and simple object access protocol (SOAP) messages. "Because we use common standards, businesses can be more creative and productive," said DeBrosse. "They can quickly build prototype applications to explore business problems. The Teradata Application Platform includes tools for accessing and interpreting data that may exist in other business systems, so their data may also be used during application prototyping."

Finally, the Teradata Application Platform simplifies the deployment of role-based data warehouse applications. Roles are used to provide users a view or access to an appropriate set of applications. Once new applications have been developed, all users with appropriate permissions can use them.

Based on J2EE, the Teradata Application Platform will run on three standard application server platforms – JBoss, WebSphere and WebLogic. The Teradata Application Platform is now in beta testing and will be generally available for customers in the first quarter of 2004.

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