DirXML is able to bring the directory to existing applications, without any application programming or modification.
This allows business solutions to take advantage of the management and security of directory-based computing.
Companies can now automate business processes by storing their business data in the directory and allowing customers, partners and suppliers to access certain existing data based on security rights defined in the directory. They would also be able to define which business data in their enterprise can be accessed by electronic business applications.
"As enterprises rely more on directories to manage networked applications, they will need access to the
XML metadata that increasingly describes networked resources. Novell's DirXML will be the forerunner of the XML-aware
directory architecture of the 21st century," commented James Kibilus of The Burton Group. DirXML was also
awared best "Category Breaker" in the September, 1999 issue of Network World.
DirXML is based on the widely adopted open industry standard, XML (eXtensible Markup Launguage), making it easy to implement, deploy and integrate. By utilizing XML, DirXML enables companies to connect multiple databases and applications without the need to modify their existing software – thereby getting the most out of their technology investments.
Novell also offers a developer program on line to train consultants and developers in the practice of developing drivers for DirXML.
DirXML is platform independent but requires eDirectory, Novell’s cross-platform directory service.