Business Object Facilities - A Comparative Analysis

Wolfgang Emmerich*, Ernst Ellmer*, Birgit Osterholt& and Roberto Zicari&
* Dept. of Computer Science,
University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT, UK

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61476 Kronberg, Germany
Rapidly changing business processes require quick adaption of supporting information systems. Component technologies in general and business objects, in particular seem a promising approach. In this paper, we survey, analyse and compare six business object approaches. We develop a comparison model covering concepts, distribution infrastructure, object facilities and object solutions. We then use the model to analyse the Combined Submission to the OMG Business Object Domain Task Force, the SSA Business Object Facility, Sun's Enterprise JavaBeans, IBM's San Francisco, Microsoft ActiveX and the SAP Business Framework. Each of the approaches is described in terms of the model, which allows us to compare them analytically.

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