Conversant Inc., a developer of customer information and billing systems for utility companies, has released its Versatility™ framework for the development of a new generation of JAVA™-based software. Versatility provides developers with a single platform on which to build many applications, and frees them from having to program in a variety of system- and device-specific languages.

Software built on Versatility is easy to modify, upgrade and maintain. By insulating developers from constraints such as licensing restrictions and incompatible technologies, applications can meet changing business requirements quickly. The framework was initially part of the development of the company's customer information system, Customer Watch™, but is available as a separate product.