I am very concerned about the potential future of this company. Does anyone have any thoughts on the type of integration competition Jacada is facing? It appears the market is leaning towards XML as the defacto standard for integration. I don't see Jacada following this path.
Also, how large is the wireless demand for legacy data? Seems to me that the real need for legacy integration is with ERP or other new systems, not with a PDA. Why is Jacada so big on this seemingly nonexistent market?
Jacada's main gig is taking legacy green screens and creating Java applets out of them and then providing the middleware between the applet and the legacy app. I belive this is huge. I know the stock price doesn't reflect it but what Jacada's technology does it huge. Usually when you want to integrate or put a new front end on your legacy applications your required to develop it yourself. Jacada eliminates this. You have to realize their are different types of Integration. Integration tools are a dime a dozen: Web Methods, Vitria, MQSeries Integrator, etc... What Jacada does with legacy Mainframe and AS/400 applications is truley unique.
Webm is a whole different language to build web sites. What JCDA has is software to take old programming languages..like Cobol language and it makes it web ready. Old programmers like me can program in cobol still..there are still many more programmers in the old languages than the new ones. Companies can put their old programs on the web with JCDA.
I don't really understand your statement about XML because I'm not a tech guru in this field.
However, I do understand your question about wireless demand for legacy data. I am a mechanical engineer with some experience in the manufacturing world. I can tell you that one of the big pushes that are being made by corporations is in the realm of inventory management. Much of the productivity gains which Alan Greenspan credits for keeping inflation down are a product of large company's improving their ability to manage their inventory. At this point, much of this inventory management is done using databases residing on legacy systems (remember we are talking large companies here).
In some cases, these companies have already used Jacada to make the interface more usable and intuitive for their part flow management personnel. I believe that in the future part flow will be more and more JIT (just-in time) in an effort to minimize inventories to razor thin margins. In such an atmosphere a factory line worker would take a part he has just received and he is about to use on a larger assembly and �scan� it using a bar code reader or Radio Frequency tag reader to read a �tag number� which uniquely identifies that part. A computer communicating with this bar code reader would take the �tag number� and match it up with the part number from a database and remove that part from a �part inventory� and add it to an �assembly inventory�. It would also notify suppliers, transportation, and anyone else who needs to know that Part# 123 has been used and we need another Part# 123 in X minutes. The effect of such a system is that you know where all of the parts are in the factory and you don�t need ANY inventory if your suppliers can be co-located. This increases profit margins for the companies and in doing so reduces inflation. (If profit margins are higher you can afford to pay workers more.)
The trick is you can�t do any of this without Jacada�s software if you want a net-like GUI. At least not so far as I know.
trick this smart board. Your job is to write code and let us promote Jacada---LOL. I am sure that Jacada is also dealing quite well with the XML integration. The wireless access to lecagy data bases will come in vert handy for Jacada customers like insurance guys, or parts guys or whatever. everything is under control now chill.