It is more and more common to develop applications operated on the Internet, intranets, or extranets using Java technology and ActiveX technology.
This page explains how Java and ActiveX technologies are applied to Groupmax. Descriptions of these technologies will be uploaded in the future.
1. Adopting Java and ActiveX technology to Groupmax
Groupmax aims to provide the most suitable solutions on the market. Groupmax supports the Business Process Reengineering on open platforms created by Netscape and Microsoft, and maintains the communication infrastructures.
We would like to develop groupware by making full use of Java and ActiveX, and by constructing facilities that are operated on client/server systems, on open platforms.
2. Applying Java and ActiveX technology to Groupmax
(1) Applying Java technology to Groupmax
In April 1997 Hitachi will release Groupmax Form Version 2.0 for World Wide Web, a tool for creating Java-based forms developed from the idea described above.
Groupmax enables the use of most (but not all) electronic forms created on Windows which were, until now, unusable on an intranet.
When Web browsers compatible with the Java Developers Kit 1.1 are released (probably in June 1997), you will be able to use the form facility in almost the same way as the forms used on client/server systems on an intranet. Specifically, you will be able to create and fill out all in-company requests (such as requesting payment for travel expenses) from a Web browser.
(2) Applying ActiveX technology to Groupmax
Developing a new architecture applying the Active Server Pages technology for Groupmax Workflow is being examined.
This method enables you to develop practical intranet applications using development tools such as Visual Basic 5.0 and Microsoft InterDev on the server and the client.
(3) Applying object technology to Groupmax
Hitachi is going to promote the development of distributed object technology by increasing the use of Java and ActiveX technology.
Hitachi is selling TPBroker, the program that combines OpenTP1 and the technologies of VisiBroker for C++ ORB developed by Visigenic Software, Inc. TPBroker is the ideal platform for constructing applications by distributed objects in companies. Also, Hitachi is going to develop various programs jointly with Concept Five Technologies, Inc. Concept Five Technologies, Inc. offers excellent technology that hides core system, such as mainframes with distributed objects (in this field, this technology is called legacy wrapping).
These technologies will be applied to Groupmax, and Groupmax will satisfy the demand that requires the linkage with mission-critical basic core business.
3. Articles to be uploaded in the future
We will keep you abreast of our efforts in applying the most recent technology to Groupmax by uploaded more articles in this series in the future, including: