Taking Full Advantage of XML and the Web

Through the effective use of Extensible Markup Language (XML), firms can achieve complete front to back office to customer integration. XML gives you the:

-Flexibility to access any device (wired or wireless)
-Tool to rapidly integrate disparate system applications
-Ability to support diverse work styles

XML is transparent in that information is independent of appearance, programming language, operating system, or data base management system. In addition, using XML allows you to incorporate personalization, security, and the tracking of change and usage metrics.

In the technical world of application development, there has been a configuration shift from fine grain, tightly coupled program modules to large grain, loosely coupled ones called objects. You can reuse objects and add to their scope. Blending such object development with XML for message layout and SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) for inter-object connectivity, you can have your computers communicate directly with other computers. The W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) has even created a UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery and Integration) standard that serves as a yellow pages guide to Web based, published objects.

SS&C has developed a well thought out XML strategy called XE (i.e. Cross Enterprise) that combines the best aspects of the Web evolution with the full kernel of XML constructs. XE can help you address issues of:

-Integration - breaking down walls between front, middle and back office.
-Flexibility - across any device or distribution channel.
-Transparency - independence from platform, language or data source.
-Control - through personalization, audit capabilities, and metrics derivation.

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