Business Objects: The Next Step in Component Technology?

Ernst Ellmer and Wolfgang Emmerich
Dept. of Computer Science,
University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT, UK

Component technology seems to be a promising approach towards more efficient software development by enabling application construction through "plug and play". However, the middleware supporting this approach is still complicated to use and distracts the attention of the component developer from the application domain to technical implementation issues. Business objects are intended to hide the complexities of middleware approaches and provide an easy to use environment for application developers. We conceptualize business object approaches by presenting a common model and survey some major players in the marketplace. We conclude by identifying implications of business objects on information systems engineering.

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Updated on: 31/03/98
Wolfgang Emmerich