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Market Research Digest 4th July 2002

AIB/ Bank of Ireland to set up IT services venture

Two Irish banking institutions - AIB Group and Bank of Ireland - have announced that they will set up a new technology services company aimed at initially supplying the two banks with IT services and infrastructure (including helpdesk services, back-up facilities and data centre operations). Each bank will own 50% of the new venture, which is expected to have its own independent management team and to employ up to 700 staff. The new company will be run on a commercial basis and is intended to operate in the British and Irish markets as well as in other countries. Perhaps Polarlake's CTO would like to help us in here...

Web Services Vendor Actional Taps Tibco Exec As CEO

The cross-pollination of the integration and Web services markets continues, with upstart Web services firm Actional Tuesday naming former Tibco Software executive vice president of worldwide sales Frank Bergandi as its CEO. Actional provides a Web services-based integration platform, dubbed SOAPSwitch, that lets companies publish, secure, and manage Web services. Yes, this is the same Bergandi whose 4th June 2002 resignation from Tibco was announced at the same time as the $20million miss on Q2 earnings - see previous digest. See for more about Actional Control Broker, SOAPSwitch, and Interconnect Adapters for Oracle 9iAS and Biztalk.

Blaze Advisor From HNC Version 4.2 Now Available

Business Rules Management Software Adds Features and Functionality in English and Japanese == NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 25, 2002--HNC Software ([BadWikiTag]HNCS - News), a leading provider of high-end analytics and decision management software, today announced the immediate availability of Blaze Advisor From HNC version 4.2.

With the latest release, Blaze Advisor becomes the first rules management technology solution to support XPath evaluation for XML documents, rule condition reuse and automatic generation of Web Services on the three leading Java application servers.

Customers using the sophisticated business rules management technology in version 4.2 also can benefit from the incorporation of a major update to the product's Japanese release, with all documentation, help and messages newly translated into Japanese. Blaze Advisor is an integrated suite of software components for designing, executing and maintaining a company's proprietary rules to make automated decisions in business processes. The product is used by organizations around the world in industries such as finance, insurance, telecommunications and health care, in addition to being employed in government applications and software products distributed by major technology vendors. Additional new benefits available with Blaze Advisor 4.2 are improved performance in large-volume batch operations, automated support for iPlanet (Sun ONE) 6.5 Application Server deployments, advanced support for XPath processing of XML documents, and reuse of rule conditions for faster and more efficient rules definition.

BPML 1.0 Launched

The BusinessProcessManagementInitiative ( today (July 02) announced the immediate availability of BPML 1.0, the first public draft for the 1.0 release of the BusinessProcessModelingLanguage (BPML), which provides an abstract model for developing executable end-to-end business processes. BPML 1.0 was developed as a semantic superset of previous releases of the BPML specification, as well as the WSFL specification developed by IBM and the XLANG specification developed by Microsoft. This design principle for the BPML 1.0 specification complements the fact that WSCI was also developed as an interoperability layer for multiple process modeling languages-including BPML 1.0, WSFL, and XLANG, hence can serve as a language-independent process description language. As a result, companies can preserve their process investments by relying on the BPML 1.0 specification, which provides an open and royalty-free alternative to a growing number of incompatible specifications for process modeling, while deploying executable processes on a broad range of process servers that support different process modeling languages. At last, a completed standard...

Cape Clear Adds Web Services Messaging

07/02/02, 8:30 a.m. EDT--Web services technology provider CapeClear Software has added support for JMS and IBM MQSeries to its CapeConnect Web services-based integration platform. CapeConnect now automatically connects JMS and MQSeries with J2EE, Java, CORBA and .NET Web services, enabling companies to integrate their messaging-based applications with Web services and deploy Web services across JMS or MQSeries. With the addition, CapeConnect supports the transmission of SOAP messages over JMS and MQSeries messaging systems on top of its existing support for HTTP, HTTPS and SMTP. The initial release of CapeConnect with JMS and MQSeries support is available immediately, with enhanced messaging support to be included in the next release of CapeConnect, which is scheduled for release in the third quarter. CapeConnect costs from $10,000 and is available on Linux, Sun Solaris, and Windows NT. This makes Cape Clear a (slightly) more credible competitor to ourselves and Polarlake by showing that they have understood the need for loosely coupled asynchronous services. Also a potential partner, of course...

Cognotec with EU14.8m

(Infoconomist Deal Watch - Tuesday, 25th June 2002) Cognotec, an Irish-based provider of foreign exchange dealing and connectivity technology, has raised EU14.8 million. Two thirds of that sum is from FinVentures, the private equity operations of the Standard Chartered Bank, with the rest coming from earlier investors. FinVentures will become now become a minority shareholder in Dublin-based Cognotec and will be represented on the board. Damian C and I have dealt with this mob in the past, I seem to remember...

Dataquest predicts growth in AIM and portals

The worldwide application integration, middleware, and portal markets are to grow from $5.1 billion in 2001 to $10.5 billion by 2006, according to Dataquest, a unit of Gartner. That makes compound annual growth of around 15% or so, I calculate

HP Unveils Enhanced OpenVMS Operating System that is e-Business and Internet-ready

HP ([BadWikiTag]HPQ) today [25 June 02] released an enhanced OpenVMS operating system for AlphaServers that is e-business and Internet-ready. The HP OpenVMS Alpha V7.3-1 has features unmatched by the competition and delivers the high levels of reliability, availability and scalability required by today's demanding applications.

OpenVMS still rocks! ---+HP to divest HP Middleware / Netaction?

The writing seems to be on the wall for Hewlett Packard Co's NetAction Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) application server, after the vendor confirmed it is changing its middleware strategy. Palo Alto, California-based HP told financial analysts on Tuesday it planed to "retire" some of its middleware assets in an attempt to drive the software division towards profitability.

Hewlett Packard took the unusual step of chiding one of its most senior executives yesterday, following his suggestion that HP would spin off its middleware products. Peter Blackmore, executive VP of HP's enterprise systems group - which encompasses servers, storage and software - told analysts at Tuesday's financial conference that it planned to "retire" its software products, InfoWorld reports. He didn't go into specifics. Comments by Carly herself seem to support his view. But a spokesperson for HP told The Register, that Blackmore's comments were "premature". She denied to give more details ahead of HP's unveiling of a new software strategy on June 25.

See also,14179,2865634,00.html, dated May 15, from Gartner

As of July 1, I can find no "new software strategy" anywhere on, ...

HP, BEA swing a deal

June 26, 2002 BEASystemsInc. and Hewlett-Packard Co. this week disclosed plans to jointly sell integrated hardware, software and services solutions built around BEA's WebLogic application server and running across all HP operating systems. The deal was made public at BEA eWorld Europe 2002 in Paris, where the company rolled out its WebLogic Platform 7.0. As well, BEA said its WebLogic Workshop development tool suite will be generally available at the end of June. As part of the BEA-HP deal, HP will become a preferred strategic systems integration partner of BEA with a dedicated team of BEA-certified consultants. A port of HP-UX on Intel's Itanium processor will be key. Additionally, HP is said to be evaluating BEA's JRockit Java Virtual Machine (JVM), with the potential to standardize on JRockit across HP's enterprise servers for all operating systems and server lines for the Intel architecture.

The agreement follows reports that HP is set to jettison its Bluestone-based application server, which the company recently began to offer for free. In the wake of such reports (spurred initially by comments of an HP software executive at an early-June investment banker forum), Gartner analysts Massimo Pezzini and Yefim Natis advised HP Netaction/Bluestone users to develop transition plans for systems running on those products.

Systems covered by today's agreement include HP-UX, OpenVMS, NonStop Kernel (NSK) and Tru64 Unix on current standard platforms and future Itanium platforms, as well as Windows 2000, Windows NT and Linux. In addition, as part of the agreement, HP will become a BEA preferred strategic partner for services management via HP OpenView. The Paris rollout of WebLogic Platform 7.0 is a significant step for BEA. Its success in app servers has been astounding, but critics warn that application servers may become a commodity item. The new platform integrates Web services support, an integration services broker, BEA's WebLogic Workshop and an integrated Java development framework. "We are expanding beyond the application server here," said Wynn White, senior director of product marketing for BEA platforms. The new product is intended to meet the needs of customers looking for "an integrated middleware solution," he added.

Hurwitz mid-year report card on application servers and Web services The Hurwitz Take:

Vendors must deliver on "announcements." The second half of the year is all about execution. Sun's giveaway of the application server for both development and deployment is a shot across the bow of Oracle and BEA, but that won't be enough to scare Larry Ellison or Alfred Chuang. Microsoft must integrate all its enterprise server products into the .NET framework, and Novell needs to come out of the gate fast to overcome skepticism about its late entry into Web services.

Tighter links are needed between hardware and software infrastructure. Even though HP looks ready to jettison its Bluestone application server, HP's hardware sales should get a boost from the BEA WLS influence stemming from teh latest partenership announcement. Don't be surprised if IBM keeps the game exciting by integrating WebSphere right into AIX and optimizing it for IBM hardware. The agreement by Dell, Red Hat, and Oracle could breathe new life into Linux and turn = Dell into a serious enterprise hardware competitor. =

Great deals are available for customers ready to invest. With the battle lines drawn among the heavy hitters, it's time to start selling and implementing the solutions. Prices are still high for enterprise-class application servers. With most Oracle, BEA, and IBM application server deployments running on Solaris, watch Sun customers put the squeeze on Oracle and BEA to lower prices.,289483,sid26_gci836323,00.html

Fuego releases 4.5

FuegoTech has released Fuego 4 version 4.5. It enables businesses to rapidly and easily publish complete processes, sub-processes, or activities as Web services without the need for additional technology.

One of the smaller vendors, but they tend to be included in most surveys...

GE offloads GXS baggage

(Vnunet, 28/06)

US technology giant General Electric (GE) has sold its business-to-business ecommerce company in a deal worth around $800m. GE GlobaleXchangeServices (GXS) has been sold to Francisco Partners which said it plans to acquire other companies and staff to build up the ailing GXS brand. Harvey Seegers, current president and chief executive at GXS, will continue to lead the company and GE will retain a 10 per cent stake in the firm. Seegers believes that GXS will prosper as a part of the Francisco portfolio. "When you're a small part of a big company, you're almost always standing at the end of the line when capital requests are being considered," he said. "In this particular case, at a technology fund, you're almost always at, or near, the front." With a presence in 58 countries, GXS has engineering teams in the US, Ireland, the UK, India and the Philippines, and has a customer list that includes Eastman Kodak, DaimlerChrysler and 3M. Francisco will acquire access to over 100,000 trading partners currently operating with GXS, including 60 per cent of the Fortune 500 firms, according to GE.

The deal will be closed by 31 October and the divestiture is expected to result in a pre-tax gain of approximately $500m to GE, the company said.

Francisco claims that over the past five years it has invested in excess of $1bn in over 20 technology and technology-related companies with a combined enterprise value exceeding $4bn. The company specialises in taking over subsidiaries of major corporations that are no longer considered core by their parents. Francisco then provides what it calls "transformational capital" to try and create a thriving concern. See also Forrester's view at,1317,15349,FF.html Story at and vendor summary at

IBM and Norwegian company Metamerge

(Infoconomist Deal Watch - Wednesday, 26th June 2002) US computer group IBM is acquiring privately held Norwegian directory integration software company Metamerge. Financial details have not been disclosed. The Norwegian group is to be integrated into the IBM Software Group.

See also

MQSoftware Supporting HP NonStop and OpenVMS

06/24/02, 8:30 a.m. EDT--MQSoftware, a provider of EAI and middleware management application solutions for the IBM WebSphere family of products [ie MQSeries], has added support for HP NonStop Server and OpenVMS on the VAX and Alpha platforms to its DataFlow Studio solution. DataFlow Studio is an integration suite of products for managing and executing enterprise data flow for one-to-any application integration. HP NonStop Server and OpenVMS are operating platforms for high-volume, transaction-intensive applications in the retail, banking, manufacturing and telecommunications industries. Support for these platforms will allow DataFlow Studio to interact with a wider range of legacy applications and will provide customers with greater application integration flexibility for implementing enterprise e-business applications.

shows we're not the only ones addressing these legacy markets...

Persistence Software Announces EdgeXtend Solutions for BEA WebLogic Platform

BEA WebLogic Platform 7.0 Is Designed To Enable Entirely New Strategy For Deploying Applications At A Fraction Of The Cost SAN MATEO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 26, 2002-- Persistence® Software, Inc. ([BadWikiTag]PRSW - News), the leading provider of distributed data management software technology, today announced the delivery of its BEA-ready solution which helps enable enterprises to create an effective, real-time, distributed computing environment that empowers decision makers at the edge of the enterprise. Today's announcement supports the general availability of the BEA WebLogic Platform 7.0(TM), the industry's first unified application infrastructure platform from BEA Systems, Inc. ([BadWikiTag]BEAS - News). Persistence is currently working with BEA WebLogic Server(TM), which can provide a quality user experience by maintaining data integrity and accuracy throughout the enterprise without replicating data centers or databases, and will soon support BEA WebLogic Platform 7.0. The introduction of EdgeXtend solutions for WebLogic help enable corporations to streamline their business processes and provide visibility into such critical business information as customer data, order details, pricing, and availability.

Bye bye PowerTier...

PrismTech Updates OpenFusionTCS

06/24/02, 8:30 a.m. EDT--PrismTech, a provider of standards-based middleware solutions, has released OpenFusion TCS (Total CORBA Solution) 3.0, a new version of its suite of C++/Java ORBs and CORBA services. The 3.0 release adds JacORB 1.4, a new multithreaded POA-based Java ORB that complies with the CORBA 2.4 standard, and TAO 1.2, a CORBA 2.6-compliant C++ ORB that supports features such as object by value, portable interceptors and CORBA messaging.

PrismTech has also added functionality to its OpenFusion CORBA services product line, including a new load-balancing service and new security features. New messaging bridges allow connection to other third-party MOM solutions, such as IBM's MQSeries and TIBCO's Rendezvous, and the new Transactional OpenFusion JMS allows OpenFusion JMS clients to participate with other JTA managed resources in the context of a distributed transaction.

SilverStream Bolsters Web Services Technology Leadership

Releases First Commercial Implementation of the Java API for XML-based Remote Procedure Calls - JAX-RPC - BILLERICA, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 24, 2002--SilverStream Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: SSSW - News) today announced the availability of the first commercial implementation of JAX-RPC with the release of jBroker® Web 2.0, the Web services engine for SilverStream eXtend(TM), the company's award-winning Visual Integrated Services Environment (ISE). Approved earlier this month by the Java Community Process (JCP), JAX-RPC 1.0 defines standard Java APIs that enable developers to build, run and invoke Web services using Java with SOAP as the messaging protocol. JAX-RPC delivers Java's portability and ease of development to Web services, and ensures interoperability based on the latest industry standards and protocols.

JAX-RPC makes it possible to write an application in Java that uses XML to make a remote procedure call (RPC), allowing a program on one computer to execute procedures on other systems. Based on XML, JAX-RPC is designed specifically for Web services and enables developers to implement clients and services described by WSDL.

Sonic Software wins 3 WSJ Reader's Choice Awards, partners with XMethods

Sonic Software beats out products from IBM and BEA to take three first place awards in Web Services Journal's First Annual Reader's Choice Awards.

[Sonic] has teamed with XMethods to offer developers an exciting new testing ground for creating collaborative Web services. XMethods has launched a new version of XSpace, its simple, flexible, globally accessible database exposed as a Web service. SonicMQ® fortifies the XSpace Web service by providing reliable, asynchronous SOAP messaging.

ProgressInc Q2 Results "We are especially pleased to see the continued growth of the SonicSoftware business, which grew 139 percent compared to Q2 last year" Last year's Q2 revenue was $1.8M, so Q2 this year looks like being around $4.3M - looks like their strategy is executing well

SpiritSoft announces SpiritWave Integration Server

SpiritSoft has released SpiritWaveIntegrationServer. It enables the seamless integration of Web services with both JMS and proprietary enterprise messaging to offer complete end-to-end collaboration and orchestration of complex Web services and business processes. Note - we have announced, not released this - essentially its the branding for all the integration bits now bundled into SpiritWave - and some more to come.

See also "SpiritSoft Debuts SpiritWave Integration Server"

ComputerWire: "SpiritSoft Launches Standards-Based Integration Server"

TIBCO Software 2nd Quarter Loss 27 Cents/Share

(NasdaqNM: TIBX - News) Inc. - ,

2nd Quar 2002 2001
Revenue $64,133,000 $84,405,000
Net income a (55,992,000) b (17,768,000)

Figures in parentheses are losses.

(a) Includes stock-based compensation charges of $787,000, a charge for acquired in-process research and development of $2.4 million, a $6.02 million charge for amortization of goodwill and acquired intangiles, a $29.6 million retructuring charge, and a $12.3 million charge for net realized loss on equity investments. At an assumed effective tax rate of 38%, losses excluding these items were $2.9 million, or 1 cent a share.

(b) Includes $12 million for stock-based compensation, $12.6 million for restructuring, and $5.8 million for amortization of goodwill and intangibles. Also includes $512,000 realized loss on investments. Excluding these items, income was $7.6 million, or 4 cents a share. for the press release

TIBCO Software Offers Companies Many Options in the Messaging Space

Talarian Acquisition Helps Complete TIBCO's Suite of Messaging Solutions PALO ALTO, Calif., June 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today, TIBCO Software Inc. (Nasdaq: TIBX - News) announced that with the addition of products from the Talarian line it has a complete suite of messaging solutions to address the needs of businesses operating in many industries affirming its status as a clear leader in the messaging space. In addition to three new products stemming from the Talarian product line, TIBCO SmartSockets(TM), TIBCO(TM) SmartPGM (Pragmatic General Multicast), and TIBCO SmartPGM FX, TIBCO is now shipping new versions of its TIBCO Enterprise(TM) for JMS (Java Message Service) and TIBCO Rendezvous(TM) products.

This newly expanded offering gives customers the flexibility to integrate and manage their information technology (IT) infrastructures and Web Services deployments with the communications infrastructure that best meets their requirements. This comprehensive product line applies to businesses in industries as varied as telecommunications, energy, financial services, transportation and logistics, and high tech manufacturing.

_Perhaps the most pointless press release ever - "we have products"... This release begs the question "how many messaging systems do I really need" and also, what happened to ETX??

PS there's a mention of Compaq (Tandem) Non-Stop support - but only via SmartSockets._

XML Global Enhances GoXML Transform

06/19/02, 8:30 a.m. EDT--XML middleware developer XML Global Technologies has released GoXML Transform 3.0, a new version of its data transformation product for exchanging XML, EDI and other data formats. The latest release includes a new project wizard, support for the HL7 data format and improved support for EDI HIPAA, SWIFT and the W3C schema.

A modular solution for integrating structured data, GoXML Transform features a transformation engine that links XML to traditional data formats, such as relational and EDI, and transforms data between various XML dialects. Transformation solutions developed with the XML Integration Workbench can be deployed to GoXML Transform Enterprise Edition for centralized management and connectivity to integration platforms, message queues and workflow engines. In addition, Web services and ebXML interfaces enable integration with e-business infrastructures.

Maybe a plug-in to complement SpiritWave Integration Server for those who want to perform XSLT transforms...

Industrial Strength Web Services: Service Brokers

Read this introductory article at Glad to see SonicXQ doesn't figure...

Web Services swallow BPM?

eADT's reports ""BPM came out and I think it had the shortest life cycle as a

category I've ever seen," he said. "We were so happy to see BPM come out. Then we realized six months later that BPM had been leapfrogged by Web services. The comment we always had is that today -- today being a month ago -- BPM was the leading category and Web services was about using them. Now, Web services is the leading category and BPM has become a feature of Web services." - sorry, can't find the full article yet

WSCI spec launched

The WebServiceChoreographyInterface (WSCI) is an XML-based interface description language that describes the flow of messages exchanged by a Web Service participating in choreographed interactions with other services. The WSCI 1.0 specification was codeveloped by BEA Systems, Intalio, SAP AG, and Sun Microsystems to add an additional layer to the Web Service stack to describe the required behavior of a Web Service relative to the message exchange it must support.

The WSCI specification is available royalty free for download from each co-editor's Web site:;;; and

Stories at,3959,291260,00.asp ,, and

(June 02) Sun has said that it planned to release the test version of a developer tool later this week that would include support for the specification. Called the Sun ONE WSCI Editor, the graphical editing tool should help developers to choreograph a series of transactions in a Web service using WSCI, Sun said.

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