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RollOut: Flashline Registry 5.2

The Upshot

Flashline Registry 5.2's new engine puts it ahead of the competition in tracking asset reuse. Improvements in Flashline's patented algorithm, FlashTrax, make it possible to generate unique software file IDs for each file stored in its repository. Unlike other registries/ repositories, this one accurately tracks XML files, library usage and JAR files.

SOAs let companies reuse vital development assets. Without a way to measure such reuse, however, it's difficult to calculate the ROI on your SOA. Many SOA registry/ repository products claim to measure reuse, but the success and accuracy of such measurements is in doubt.

Flashline truly one-ups the competition. While other vendors attempt to measure reuse by tracking assets downloaded to the development environment, Flashline detects asset use during the build cycle. Flashline, like its competitors, has more difficulty with run-time tracking. Most regrep products are rarely in the run-time process flow and, therefore, don't see the use of artifacts in the production environment.

Flashline Registry 5.2

Your architects and business analysts spent months working on a unified customer schema. They've defined a set of services to manage assets that can be reused across your organization. Now you want developers to take advantage of this reuse as they build out service-oriented architecture-based apps. But how do you know that developers are using--not just downloading--the assets you've worked so hard to define?

SOA governance products such as Flashline's Registry 5.2 measure reuse, quantitatively demonstrating a return on investment that is likely funding the SOA initiative. That outlay will be substantial: Registry starts at $55,000, and competes with products such as LogicLibrary's Logidex 4.0, which starts at $25,000 per server plus $1,000 per user.

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