Gartner Research

Compuware Corp. UNIFACE

Published: 23 August 2000

ID: G0089813

Analyst(s): Alan H. Tiedrich

Summary

While an increasing number of organizations are ready to commit to component-based development, most are unwilling to let their development tools dictate their choice of the component model. These users require a component-based application development environment that does not lock them into a particular technology or infrastructure. One such tool is UNIFACE from Compuware. UNIFACE is an application development and assembly environment for developing, deploying, and delivering complex, business-critical applications from components. It consists of a Component Builder for model-driven component construction; an Assembly Workbench for component assembly, management, and impact analysis; a UML-based Object Repository API for supporting third-party modeling tools such as Rational Rose; and the UNIFACE WebApplication Server. With UNIFACE 7.2.06, Compuware has further enhanced this venerable product's capabilities for supporting e-commerce Web application development and deployment. In addition, legacy renewal and enterprise application integration capabilities have been extended in UNIFACE 7.2.06.

Table Of Contents
  • Corporate Headquarters
  • Overview
    • Enterprise Java Beans and CORBA Support
    • Three-Tier, Intercomponent Communication
    • Legacy Renewal
    • UNIFACE Profiling
  • Analysis
    • Component-Based Development
    • Distributed Architecture
    • Disconnected Record Sets
    • Web and E-Commerce Applications Development
  • Pricing
    • GSA Pricing
  • Competitors
  • Strengths
    • Strong, Flexible Component Development
    • Enterprise/Distributed Application Integration
    • Web Application Support
    • Infrastructure Independent Development and Deployment
    • Support for Mainframe as a Web Server
  • Limitations
    • Sometimes Requires Third-Party Software
    • ERP Support Limited to SAP R/3
    • Investment in Developer and Support Skills Training
  • Insight

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