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April 24th 2002 - Market Research Digest

Data integration and Web services - a real world perspective, April 22, 2002 Recently, ComputerWorld conducted an interview with John Radko, chief architect at GE Global Exchange Services, on his opinions and experiences with Web Services. GXS did its first Web services implementation for fuel distribution companies late last year.

Check out Data integration and Web services.,4167,STO70043_KEY241,00.html

Dirig Adds SAMs for Sun ONE Products

04/18/02, Dirig Software, a developer of application and system management solutions, has introduced two new Specific Application Managers (SAMs) for Sun Microsystems' iPlanet Web Server, Enterprise Edition, and iPlanet Directory Server, two products recently rebranded as Sun ONE servers. The new SAMs provide performance management for Sun ONE-based Web services infrastructures, complementing Dirig's existing iPlanet Application Server solution and giving Sun customers a set of production-side management solutions for Sun ONE-based e-businesses.

Dirig's expanded iPlanet server support provides IT administrators with a consolidated e-business performance management environment that incorporates operating systems, Web servers, directory servers and application servers. Developed using Dirig's data sampling technology, the new SAMs allow Dirig solutions to manage application performance metrics through corrective actions, predefined thresholds and detailed statistics.

Dirig is one of many companies now offering monitoring and management frameworks for J2EE

eXcelon Joins OSS through Java Initiative, Leading Workgroup on Massive Scalability

April 17, 2002--eXcelon Corporation today announced that it has met the criteria to become a member of the OSS through Java(TM) Initiative, an industry group charged with developing Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE(TM)) and XML technology-based standards for telecommunications industry OSS (Operational Support Systems). In addition, eXcelon will lead an OSS through Java workgroup focusing on deployment strategies to achieve "Massive Scalability."

Other members include PrismTech

GemStone Offers Java Shared Memory: GemFire seeks to replace object persistence, messaging for communications

by Alan Zeichick, SD Times, April 15:

GemFire is a (single server) shared memory cache launched recently by Gemstone

HNC Reports First Quarter 2002 Results

April 17, 2002--HNC Software Inc. announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2002.

Revenues for the first quarter of 2002 were $55.3 million, representing an increase of 2 percent over revenues of $54.0 million for the first quarter of 2001. Diluted net loss for the first quarter of 2002 was $4.1 million, or $0.12 per share. Diluted net loss for the first quarter of 2001 was $15.9 million, or $0.48 per share.

"HNC delivered solid quarterly results primarily because of the demand for our Blaze Advisor rules technology, and for our core analytic and decision management software"

Newest Release of Blaze Advisor From HNC Enhances Cross-Platform Rules Management Technology

April 22, 2002--HNC Software, a leading provider of high-end analytics and decision management software, today announced the immediate availability of Blaze Advisor From HNC version 4.1 for Java, .NET, COM+, Linux and Web Services

Iona says Q1 revenues $39.5 mln, vs $42.7 mln 2001

DUBLIN, April 17 (Reuters) - Irish software company Iona Technologies Plc on Wednesday reported first quarter revenues of $39.5 million, down from $42.7 million in the first quarter of 2001 but in line with analysts' estimates. They recorded a pro forma loss of $2.4 million, or $0.08 per share. Looking forward, the company assumes a continued difficult economic environment for the software sector during the first half of 2002. The company therefore expects revenue for the second quarter of 2002 to be in the range of $40 - $43 million, and a pro forma loss per share in the range of $0.02 - $0.06

Java Community Process Corner... (And now some news from James Strachan)

The JMS 1.1 reference implementation will be included in the next release of the Java 2, Enterprise Edition (J2EE version 1.4). The JMS 1.1 specification focuses on providing interfaces that make it easier to program messaging in a domain independent way, while retaining the semantics of the pub/sub and point-to-point domains. Existing client applications that use JMS 1.02.b should be able to run unchanged with implementation of JMS 1.1. The specification also has a number of smaller clarifications and enhancements. Chapter 11 of the JMS specification lists all of the changes that areincluded in this specification revision.

Microsoft has changed its mind on Web services

preferring to sell other companies its .Net software to offer services themselves.

Persistence Reports First Quarter 2002 Results

April 23 Persistence® Software, Inc., a leading provider of distributed data management software for business visibility, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2002.

Revenue for the quarter was $2.2 million [down 55%], compared to $4.9 million for the first quarter of last year, in line with the preliminary results reported last week. Sales for the quarter were impacted by the deferral of revenue, as a result of consultation with the Company's independent auditor, from a multi-year, multi-million dollar sale to a major media client from the first quarter to the second and future quarters. As a result, deferred revenues increased from $2.1 million in the first quarter of last year to $4.6 million. The Company reported a net loss of $3.3 million, or $(0.16) per share, compared to a net loss of $5.1 million, or $(0.26) per share for the first quarter of last year. The net loss was also consistent with the guidance reported last week. Besides sales of the PowerTier product, the quarter included two major orders for the Company's new EdgeXtend product, the majority of which was deferred into the second and future quarters.

PrismTech OpenFusion JDO v1.1 GA Now Available for Evaluation Download

OpenFusion JDO is PrismTech's implementation of the Java Data Objects (JDO) specification. Further information on OpenFusion JDO can be found at:

SeeBeyond Announces First Quarter 2002 Financial Results

April 22, 2002--SeeBeyond, the leading global provider of eBusiness and Application Integration solutions, today reported final results for the period ended March 31, 2002. Net revenue for the first quarter ended March 31, 2002 was $40.4 million compared to $49.4 million in the first quarter of the prior year [down 18%]. A portion of the revenue included in the $42.0 - $42.5 million revenue estimate range announced April 1st was deferred. Due to lower than expected expenses for the quarter, pro forma earnings remain $0.03 per share. License revenue was $21.1 million [down from $32.4M - down 35%], representing 52% of the Company's revenue mix for the quarter.[Services down to $10.2M from $11.2M and maintenance up to $9.1M from $5.8M] As previously announced, the Company completed a public offering of 6,572,623 shares of its common stock at a price of $9.57 per share during the first quarter of 2002. Total cash and cash equivalents totaled $104.6 million as of March 31, 2002.

Still, at least they have controlled costs and are running in the (pro forma) black

12.1 Blurry outlook plagues SeeBeyond

Edges Q1 profit view but sees tough times ahead The stock plunged $3.43, or 52.1 percent, to close the session at $3.15. Volume exceeded 31 million shares. The company's miss of its sales number was the result of the deferral of a portion of the revenue that led it to forecast a sales range of $42 million to $45 million for the quarter on April 1.

Maybe being in the black isn't the be-all after all?

SpiritWave 5.1 Achieves J2EE 1.3.1 Compatibility

04/19/02, SpiritSoft, a provider of open source enterprise messaging-based technology, has announced that its messaging integration product has achieved J2EE 1.3.1 compatibility. As such, SpiritWave 5.1 fully supports the latest Java platform specification and XML processing for integrating legacy applications, databases and Web services over the Internet.

UDICo Upgrade TierBroker for Full Middleware Coverage

The Universal Data Interface Corporation (UDICo) has released a suite of web services products, expanding upon its existing XML-based system, TierBroker. The result is a more complete middleware solution.TierBroker is a high-speed middleware and web services toolkit that converts high volumes of data and does large-scale transaction management in real time, regardless of the data's source or destination. The system is in use at more than 40 sites globally, including JPMChase, Credit Suisse First Boston, Hartford Insurance Group and Nomura Securities.

UDICo spun out of PricewaterhouseCoopers a couple of years ago, and offers a high performance data transformation broker

WebMethods and HP Release OMI Spec

webMethods and Hewlett-Packard Co. have announced the general availability of the Open Management Interface (OMI) Specification Version 1.0. The specification, jointly authored by the two companies, defines a standards-based management interface that lets customers extend systems management tools to manage and monitor business processes, Web services and their business's underlying integration infrastructure. The OMI specification enables systems management tools, such as HP OpenView, to manage the webMethods integration platform the same way it manages business technologies such as networks, systems, storage, applications and databases. By supporting the specification, webMethods will allow HP OpenView users to manage the webMethods integration platform from the same management console used for managing other IT resources. webMethods and HP plan to deliver OMI-based versions of their products in the early summer. See for more information.

WS-I Forms 3 Working Groups

04/22/02--The Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I) established three initial working groups at its first community meeting held recently. WS-I is an open industry group committed to promoting consistent and reliable interoperability among Web services across platforms, applications and programming languages.

The Basic Web Services Profile Working Group is chartered with identifying a core set of specifications that provide the foundation for Web services and establishing conventions and recommendations for coordinating their use. The Sample Applications Working Group will provide sample applications of basic Web services, and the Test Materials and Tools Development Working Group will create a suite of self-administered tests to verify conformance with the Basic Web Services Profile.

Note WS-I membership includes Sonic, Tibco, and 100 others

Web services wins customers at last; J2EE "slightly ahead" of .NET

Computing 18 April 2002 After a year of vendor hype, a new Merrill Lynch survey of 100 European and US IT managers showed that two thirds of companies are investing in web services. But neither Microsoft nor its Java-based rivals have emerged as a clear leader. Microsoft's .Net is being used by 22 per cent of organisations, while the Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) environment is slightly ahead at 26 per cent, but 30 per cent of directors have yet to commit.

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