Heterogeneous Application Generator Standard Architecture


HANSA - 6369

Keywords application generators, decision support systems architectures


Start Date: 01-JUL-92 / Duration: 36 months

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Objectives and Approach

The HANSA project will develop an architectural framework and a software toolkit for building business decision support applications by using domain-specific application generators. The application generators will be supported by a common toolkit based on a generic object-oriented framework. HANSA aims to establish an open-ended environment for applications building tools.

The Framework architecture provides support for the flexible configuration and execution of applications, including industry standard tools, across different platforms. This is achieved through a platform independent API, with implementations for the PC under Windows and on Unix workstations with X-windows. The Framework design is inspired by Microsoft's DDE and OLE, and on Unix systems is implemented by way of SunSoft's ToolTalk protocol.

The project is also producing application demonstrators in four business areas (marketing database analysis, banking asset forecasting, insurance and executive information systems).

Progress and Results

Each application has produced a stand-alone prototype to indicate the type of solution it offers and to generate user feedback. These prototypes are currently being re-implemented using the framework to demonstrate ease of integration with industry standard tools and to show portability between platforms.


CONTACT POINT

Mr. Chris Sharpington
THORN EMI CRL
Dawley Road
UK - Hayes UB3 1HH
tel: + 44 81 848 6468
fax: + 44 81 848 6565
email: cps@thorn-emi-crl.co.uk

Participants

THORN EMI CRL - UK - C
INST FÜR PROGNOSESYSTEME - D - P
O GROUP - I - P
PROMIND - F - P
J&J FINANCIAL CONSULTANTS - D - A
MIMETICS SA - F - A
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON - UK - A


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HANSA - 6369, December 1993


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