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Market Research Digest - 18 Dec 2002

BEA rethinks its WebLogic software

Big changes are in the works at BEA. The company plans to reposition its flagship WebLogic server software as an application suite for integrating business processes when it brings out a major upgrade to the product line, code-named Gibraltar, in the first half of 2003. Commentary "... BEA will seek to reposition its WebLogic line as a 'Swiss Army knife'..." at

Cape Clear Bolsters Web Services Suite

12/17/02-CapeClear Software is shipping Cape Clear 4, the latest version of its WebServices development, integration, deployment, and management product suite. Cape Clear 4 includes three integrated products: Studio, Server, and Manager. Studio offers an environment for designing and developing Web Services. Server provides the technology to integrate and deploy large-scale Web Services with diverse back-end systems and technologies such as Java, J2EE, CORBA, Microsoft .NET, IBM WebSphere MQ, as well as packaged applications such as SAP. Manager provides tools to control the configuration, deployment, and security of large-scale Web Services deployments.

Cape Clear 4 delivers a range of new features including enhanced performance and security, support for JMS and MQ-based Web Services, new Web Services management capabilities, along with improved developer productivity and testing, the company says.

Toshiba IT-Solutions Corporation chooses Fiorano Software’s Tifosi

(12/13/02)... to accelerate its Application Integration Business in Japan. Toshiba IT-Solutions is a $1billion business. The company estimates that the revenue from application integration business, including consulting, deployment, maintenance and support will be 500 million yen for the first fiscal year and will reach 4 billion yen by 2004.

500 million yen is around $4 million; although most (at least 90%) of that will go in consultancy, Japanese language support and reseller margin, FioranoSoftware will end up with a sizeable franchise revenue if Toshiba makes these numbers with FioranoTifosi). And it all helps to boost credibility.

Rational shares gain on Microsoft bid speculation

Shares in Rational gained slightly on Wednesday on speculation that Microsoft would bid for the software company, less than a week after IBM agreed to buy it for $2.1 billion in cash.]] According to a Reuters report that crossed the wires late today (12 Dec) the speculation is that Microsoft will make bids to buy both Rational and Borland. Yahoo

IBM, BEA take royalty free BPEL4WS stance

Removing a potential barrier to Web services choreography standards efforts, an IBM official on Wednesday pledged that Big Blue will not seek royalties for its contributions to the BPEL4WS (Business Process Execution Language for Web Services) proposal, the budding spec for defining workflow. BEA Systems, a co-author of BPEL4WS, made a similar pledge shortly thereafter.

IBM debuts Linux-only server

The first IBM low-end server to run Linux without needing AIX to run is set for release, and Big Blue has signed a new deal with Red Hat.,,t269-s2126998,00.html

IBM upgrades Web Services Toolkit

IBM this week announced the latest version of its Web Services Toolkit, which features a proposed mechanism for managing the services. Edition 3.3 supports both Windows and Linux and adds a Web services runtime, new specifications, and prototypes from IBM's research and development labs.

Iona, Altova Partner to Release Web Services Platform

Iona and Altova have created a strategic partnership that will bundle together Altova’s XMLSPY 5 and Iona’s Orbix E24 Web Services Integration Platform – XMLBus Edition. Combined, the two products create a web services development environment that allows programmers to use either legacy code written in Corba, EJB or Java, or build new applications using visual tools for WSDL and XML schemas.

Iona's Web services Inferno on deck

Iona Technologies in early 2003 will roll out new products and partner initiatives to promote the use of Web services to drive systems integration. The new set of products, code-named Inferno, will build on Iona's strategy to provide integration using Web services technology, Morris said.

New JORAM open source JMS release

December 11th, 2002: a new JORAM version tagged 3_3_0 is available. This new version provides a totally refactored administration protocol. Administration is now based on JMS communication and is much more flexible than the past implementation. Hopefully it will make contributing easier; JORAM's administration still misses graphical tools and JMX support, and any contribution would be highly appreciated. This new administration implementation comes with a new administration interface. Old administration codes should go on working even if they now use deprecated methods.

Check the available documentation for the new JORAM tutorial and the samples for new administration code examples.

Analysts: Microsoft will have to embrace Linux

The growing popularity of Linux will force Microsoft to bring its software to the Unix clone starting in late 2004, Meta Group predicted on Monday. Surprisingly enough, Microsoft promptly disputed its claims

Test version of .Net Server on tap

Microsoft on Thursday plans to release a second test version of its Windows .Net Server 2003 operating system, another step in its slow march to the general public.,,t269-s2127087,00.html

Mono trudges on with .NET alternative

Developers from the loosely knit Mono project, billed as an open source alternative to Microsoft's .NET development framework, this week made available more bits and pieces of their technology. However, plans for a complete release of the technology have been pushed back until mid-2003.

Open source tools exist, but lack usability

Web services experts attending an event in California this week said that open source presents a viable option for developing Web services if developers are willing to work with tools that are not as easy to use as commercial products. Other drawbacks to using tools like Apache Axis, the Mono open-source .NET implementation and the JBoss open-source J2EE application server include varying levels of documentation and a lack of wizard or GUI tools.

This reinforces the view that one major opportunity for software companies is to "productise" the best open source tools

Butler Group Names SeeBeyond as the Leading Integration Software Vendor

"SeeBeyond Delivers Return on Investment to Customers", Says Europe's Leading Independent Industry Analyst Firm

The Semantic Web gets real?

Depending on who you talk to, the SemanticWeb is either a huge distraction or the future of the Internet.,14179,2901665,00.html

Progress Q4 and FY2002 results - Sonic Software maintains growth

Total sales attributed to SonicSoftware for Q4 were $4.2M (up from $2.9M in 2001Q4). Annual revenue $15M as they forecast last quarter (up from $8M in 2001). Details of the ebusiness segment (ie Sonic Software's internal costs and revenue) should appear in the SEC filing in a few weeks.

Intelligent Enterprise Names Sonic Software 'Company To Watch' in 2003

CMP Media's 'Intelligent Enterprise' Magazine Recognizes Sonic's Ground-Breaking EnterpriseServiceBus (ESB). The magazine's editors selected the company in the "Integration" category for its seminal contribution in creating a new form of integration software: the enterprise service bus (ESB).

Sun Microsystems and BEA Team to Increase Customer Choice and Reduce Implementation Costs

Companies Agree to Distribute BEA WebLogic Server 7.0 with Solaris 9 System Administrator's Kit and Provide Six-Month Customer Evaluation Period. "This initiative strengthens our relationship and underscores our commitment to customers to increase choice and reduce cost and time to deployment," said Stuart Wells, senior vice president, SunMicrosystems Market Development Organization. "By delivering a six-month trial version of BEA WebLogic Server 7.0 with every Solaris 9 kit, along with the pre-loaded, fully integrated Sun(TM) ONE Application Server 7, Platform Edition, customers can realize the immediate benefit of choice and the open, integratable approach to enterprise and Net-based computing."

Seems that Sun is pretty well giving up on its Application Server; see also commentary at:

Tangosol launches Coherence 2.0

16 December 2002 - The TangosolCoherence 2.0 release has been scheduled for 28 December to coincide with the one year anniversary of the 1.0 product release. With over 100 companies now using Coherence, this first year has far exceeded our expectations. The new Coherence 2.0 Enterprise Edition introduces a number of new capabilities that make Coherence the predominant caching and clustered data management solution more details.

Pre-release posted for eval on 17 Dec

Tangosol announces the Coherence Switch campaign

More companies are switching from legacy caching systems to Coherence than ever before. See why industry leaders are making the switch. Get the scoop on just how easy it can be... Now through 31 March 2003, convert the caching software licenses you purchased from another vendor into clustered Coherence licenses for only US$495/CPU. Why switch to Coherence? Coherence is the only clustered Java cache product. There's no reason to settle for a non-clustered JMS solution when you can have Coherence's clustered high-availability features working for you. And as always, Coherence is JCache-ready. Guaranteed.]]

Companies quoted include Jive Software, Autoworks, Realeum and BEA:

Jive: We did an extensive evaluation of different solutions such as JavaGroups, building our own cache on top of JMS, SpiritCache, and JavaSpaces. Coherence was clearly superior to the other solutions in terms of stability, speed, and ease-of-use.

Automark: We're so happy with how our initial testing went, we are definitely purchasing licenses for our search engine and we are considering applying the coherence cache as a replacement for JMS in our batch processing system.

Informative: We ended using Coherence for several portions of our distributed application:

  • For a notification system instead of JMS. Our notification system is blazing fast.

  • For a distributed task queue, where distributed servers can execute a task based on how busy they are.

TIBCO Names Two New Executives

Appointments Include New Executive Vice President of Products and Technology And President of TIBCO's Asia Pacific Division. As executive vice president of products and technology, Mr. Rode will oversee the product marketing, engineering and delivery of TIBCO's leading business integration and business optimization technology, as well as chart the overall product and technology strategy for the company. Mr. Rode brings 22 years of experience in the technology industry to TIBCO. Prior to joining TIBCO, Mr. Rode was president and CEO of iPIN, a provider of electronic and mobile payment technologies, and was also president and CEO of Internet Profiles (I/PRO). Previously, Mr. Rode was senior vice president and a founding team member of Teknekron Software Systems. As president of TIBCO's Asia Pacific operations, Mr. Mehta will oversee all of TIBCO's sales, marketing, and business development in the region. Mr. Mehta has over 25 years of experience in the high technology software industry. Prior to joining TIBCO, Mr. Mehta served as senior vice president, global sales and marketing at TFTI, a Reuters company. Prior to his role at Reuters, Mr. Mehta was vice president of Asia Pacific operations at Teknekron Software Systems. Both these gentlemen appear to be "insiders" - with previous experience at Tibco, Teknekron and Reuters. This adds to the 2 EVPs appointed in early November (see MarketResearch/NovDigest/Week1).

Tibco white paper on Web services in Finance

includes a (poor) example of Web services being used to integrate Rendezvous with JMS... See

Versata Software License Revenue Increases 17% from Q3

Cash Burn and Pro-Forma Net Loss Each Reduced to Under $1 Million Dec. 12, 2002--Versata, a provider of software and services that automate the business logic and processes that power enterprise applications, today released its results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended October 31, 2002. Total revenues for the quarter ended October 31, 2002 were $4.6 million, flat from the quarter ended July 31, 2002. Revenues for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2002 were $20.2 million, as compared to $30.1 million for the 10 month period ended October 31, 2001. Fourth quarter software license revenue was $2.5 million, an increase of 17% from $2.2 million in the quarter ended July 31, 2002. As a percent of total revenue, software license revenue increased to 56% in the fourth quarter 2002 from 47% last quarter. Software license revenue for the fiscal year 2002 was $11 million compared to $14 million for the 10-month period ended October 31, 2001.

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