Outsourcing Without Offshoring Is Aim of ‘Software Factory’ – SD Times: Software Development News

The idea of a “software factory” may not be new, but it’s getting new attention thanks to the work of ObjectBuilders, a software provider based in suburban Philadelphia. The company in mid-May unveiled a service called The Software Factory, calling it a logical outgrowth of its custom software business.

Third-party applications, such as Business Objects’ Crystal Reports, FileNet’s Process Designer, and Microsoft’s Access and FrontPage, supply the basic functions of a Software Factory application. The secret behind The Software Factory is a pair of ObjectBuilders’ own tools, LiveIntegrator and LiveModeler, which output so-called LiveXML documents instead of traditional code.

According to the company, LiveIntegrator can create composite applications from third-party apps, or others developed within the enterprise. LiveModeler abstracts data sources from databases or Web services, permitting developers to combine the sources into a business model and publish them as one or more LiveXML documents. End users consume those documents using the LiveApp Player rendering engine to access the data sources.

via Outsourcing Without Offshoring Is Aim of ‘Software Factory’ – SD Times: Software Development News.

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