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June 2002 - Monthly Market Research Digest

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  • Because June coincided with JavaOne, there was only one digest on 12 June - so here it is:

Application Server Marketshare: Behind The Gartner Numbers

Gartner last week released numbers indicating that the application server market only grew by 20% in 2001 (compared to 100% in previous years), as well as pegging 2001 marketshare numbers at: IBM 31%, BEA 34%, Sun 9%, with the rest divided between Oracle, HP, and competitors. A new article on internetweek steps back and looks at the trends driving the appserver market. for more discussion and original references

Cape Clear - Bridging the XML Education Gap

By Rich Seeley (XML Report for Wednesday, May 29, 2002) If XML and Web services are within a few years of becoming a multi-billion dollar sector in the computer industry, as analysts predict, where will the experts in these technologies come from? Software companies and non-profit organizations are moving to bridge the XML education gap.

This past week, CapeClear Software, the Web services technology company with its U.S. base in Campbell, Calif., announced it will provide its software products free of charge to university students and faculty who agree to use them for non-commercial projects. Hugh Grant, CTO at Cape Clear, said his company's free software program is designed to help students understand, use and build Web services, which, in his words, "will become the building blocks of the next generations of the Web."

Information, registration and downloads for CapeStudio and CapeConnect are available at

Cape Clear gives it away - but will the company still be in business when these students graduate?

Excelon announces Stylus Studio 4.0

6/07/02--eXcelon Corp. has released a new version of its Stylus Studio XSLT IDE, a development environment for creating, validating and debugging XSL stylesheets and XML-to-XML mappings. Stylus Studio 4.0 adds XSLT debugging support for Apache Xalan J, a tool for deploying XML applications that utilize XSLT transformations, and enables developers to visually define XML schema.

Stylus Studio 4.0's new visual schema diagram editor offers synchronized views of source XML schema, providing a tree view and the XML schema diagram so developers can work with schema at multiple levels. It also offers back-mapping, which automates the debugging of XSLT applications by associating a defect with the related piece of XSLT source code, and extends the capability beyond the XSLT source code to the XSLT templates to provide a higher level of traceability.

$399 a shot, yet another mapping tool we could use... see

Fiorano article at messageQ: How Well Does Your Messaging Infrastructure Scale?

Sriram Chakravarthy is the director of product development ; Hemen Godbole is Fiorano's vice president of marketing.

Messaging technology began with a simple objective of transporting messages across the enterprise, and it followed the trend in computing from centralized mainframes to client/server to distributed computing. However, many MQ servers today do not stretch well to cover enterprise requirements of guaranteed message delivery, management ease of use, flow control, security and interoperability. To ensure that your messaging technology can scale with your business, pay careful attention to how your MQ server fulfills these critical needs.

This article includes several arguments we can - and do - use; with our range of file-based and JDBC options for message persistence we should be able to meet any scalability/stability requirement.

Fujitsu's i-Flow 5.1 includes SMS and Java BPM capabilities

Fujitsu Software Corporation recently announced the availability of its INTERSTAGE i-Flow 5.1 Business Process Management engine. i-Flow 5.1 meets industry demand for business process management products that include Short Message Service (SMS) messaging features allowing for wireless access, and Java Actions that allow enterprises to extend the functionality of their business processes using the popular Java language. i-Flow is a component of Fujitsu's INTERSTAGE(tm) e-Business Platform. The INTERSTAGE e-Business Platform also includes a highly scalable and reliable application server, a portal server, and an integration server See and

One of many BPM products out there in the market...


Hewlett-Packard said it will sell its middleware business and rely on partnerships to meet customers needs. The move is an attempt to bring profitability to its software division and HP said it would offer more details by the end of the month. HP would not say if it was selling its Java application server acquired from Bluestone Software. Analysts said the move would make sense because they are costly to develop because vendors must keep their products in step with evolving Java standards.

Aside from its application server, HP's Netaction middleware suite includes its eSpeak services integration software and HP Process Manager. While HP wouldn't say Tuesday exactly which middleware products in plans to retire, Blackmore's brief remarks suggested that the move could be wide-ranging

Oracle Corp. is in discussions with Hewlett-Packard Co

... to buy its middleware assets, a move that could provide a much-needed boost to Oracle's application server business, industry sources said.

This is interesting - it shows Oracle is in an acquisitive mood at least.

Informatica Introduces First Real-Time Enterprise Data Integration Platform

New PowerCenterRT Software Incorporates Innovative 'Zero Latency' Engine To Capture and Process Real-Time Data for Improved Business Responsiveness June 10 -- Reinforcing its leadership and innovation in the enterprise data integration market, Informatica Corporation today debuted Informatica PowerCenterRT, the first enterprise data integration software platform that enables companies to combine real-time data generated by transactional systems and messaging infrastructure with historical 'time-slice' information stored in enterprise data warehouses. Captured in Operational Data Stores (ODS), the unique composite of real-time and historical information becomes the underlying infrastructure for powering analytic applications and fueling emerging corporate initiatives such as Business Activity Monitoring (BAM). PowerCenterRT is Informatica's response to growing customer demand for next-generation data integration software that can easily process data both in real time and in batch mode, enabling users to get business-relevant information at the right time and empowering them to more effectively monitor and manage business performance Note

  • Message Detection and Delivery. Informatica PowerCenterRT seamlessly integrates with message queues, such as TIBCO Rendezvous or IBM MQSeries, (as well as SAP IDocs)

OK, this is about what Constellar was doing 2-3 years ago and Mercator, Seebeyond have been up to for years ... but it shows Informatica is still out there....

Instinet in $508m acquisition of competitor Island

Instinet, the electronic stock trading network floated last year by Reuters Group, the news and financial information firm, is paying more than half a billion dollars for its rival Island. For some time, Reuters - which still owns 83% of Instinet - has been expected either to take the company private again or arrange a merger with a rival. If the merger, priced at $508m, comes to fruition, the resulting entity would run more than 20% of the trades of shares listed on the US Nasdaq market. The Nasdaq itself only manages 30% of its own volume, after a push over recent years by alternative trading platforms.

Any messaging integration opportunities when this deal closes, do you think?

Intalio (Exolab) halts J2EE open source software support except for Castor XML

Intalio Inc., providers of the Exolab set of open source J2EE tools, has refocused its efforts on the emerging Business Process Management tools market, and has stopped supporting many of its popular OSS tools. OpenJMS, Tyrex, OpenORB, and OpenEJB have been released as active projects on sourceforge, while the popular CastorXML will still be hosted and supported at As yet it seems Intalio hasn't got its BPM Intalio|n3 to market. ---++INTALIO APPOINTS INDUSTRY LUMINARY TO TOP EXECUTIVE POST

June 10, 2002 - Intalio, Inc., business process management pioneer and founder of the Business Process Management Initiative (, announced today the appointment of Tom Meyer as chief executive officer. As CEO, Meyer will drive and expand the burgeoning opportunity Intalio has created with its ground breaking business process management system (BPMS). In his new role as Chief Strategy Officer, Ismael Ghalimi [former CEO] will be responsible for all aspects of product strategy and delivery. Additionally, Ghalimi will continue to spearhead all technology alliances and standards initiatives for Intalio, maintaining its leading role as the technology and thought leader driving the development, growth and adoption of BPM technologies.


IDS Scheer, Inc., the leading provider of business process excellence services and tools, today announced a partnership with Intalio, a leading developer of business process management software. Through the alliance, IDS Scheer and Intalio will collaborate to develop a comprehensive business process management solution that integrates IDS Scheer's award-winning ARIS Toolset with the Intalio|n3 Business Process Management System to streamline intra- and inter-enterprise processes.

Sounds like someone wants Intalio to get real and get selling at last...

Iona, Javelin Team to Offer FIX for Web Services

The companies described the joint software and services bundle as the first Web services integration solution to provide the financial services industry with a 100 percent standards-based solution for FIX transactions and Straight-Through Processing (STP).

Javelin was acquired by Stamford, Conn.-based NYFIX Inc ([BadWikiTag]NYFX) in March for approximately $11 million in cash and NYFIX common stock valued at about $44 million

Web services are getting out into real vertical solutions - both Java and .Net; all they need now is some deployments

JORAM now implements the new JMS 1.1 specification

ObjectWeb Consortium has announced the release of the first JMS 1.1 open source implementation: JORAM 3.1. JORAM provides persistent messages, JMX management facilities, a unified interfaces for the Point-to-Point and Publish/Subscribe messaging models, etc.

JORAM joins Ashnasoft in having 1.1 compatibility...

Metaserver Teams with iWay to Aid BPI

06/10/02--Business process integration (BPI) software provider Metaserver has announced a technology and OEM partnership agreement with iWay Software. Metaserver will bundle iWay's connector technology into its BPI solution, and the two companies will offer expanded connectivity for packaged applications such as CRM, ERP and SCM through a combination of iWay's library of adapters and Metaserver's business process engine and modeling environment.

iWay adapters support a range of interaction mechanisms, including SQL and XML-based variants. Metaserver uses SQL to interact with iWay's adapters for database systems and XML for packaged applications, and also supports connectivity to a variety of applications and data using standard interfaces such as JDBC, JMS, EJB, COM and Web services.

Microsoft and Verizon Wireless Form Wireless Data Alliance

Verizon Wireless and Microsoft Corp. will co-develop and jointly market wireless data services featuring MSN services and content, and Windows-powered devices. The "VZW with MSN" service enables consumers to access MSN services from any Web-enabled Verizon Wireless digital phone.

This pairing will compete with others from telcos, equipment providers (eg Nokia), content providers/ISPs and platform/standards bodies like Symbian. Wait until IBM puts MQSeries on your phone...

Kalido to ship new data warehouse product

Kalido Group, a spin-off of Royal Dutch/Shell Group, will ship a new version of its data warehouse software with new data-modeling and -management capabilities designed to make the warehouses more flexible and adaptable. Kalido Dynamic Information Warehouse version 7 has new data-modeling functions and the ability to synchronize reference data. That, according to Kalido, lets managers change warehouse designs to conform to new business models or corporate structures without having to changes data schemas, a labor-intensive chore. This version has been through 6 months of beta testing...

Kinetech Implements EdgeXtend From Persistence Software

May 29, 2002--Persistence® Software has signed an EdgeXtend(TM) deal with Kinetech International Limited, a Ieading trading-system technology development company, part of the Prebon Group Limited. Kinetech has committed to making EdgeXtend a core part of its architecture to support its real-time enterprise and improve efficiency. As an add-on for WebLogic or WebSphere application servers, EdgeXtend provides Persistence's core technology strengths of model driven development and patented Distributed Dynamic Caching (DDC)(TM) technology, dramatically improving data access and management.

A missed opportunity for SpiritCache, or a chance to get back in with the help of our chums at Persistence?

Mercator Partners With BEA Systems to Jointly Market Integration Solutions

Solutions Target High-Priority STP, HIPAA, EDI, and XML Industry Initiatives June 11, 2002--Mercator® Software, Inc. today announced it is partnering with BEA Systems, Inc. to jointly sell Mercator Solutions(TM) and the BEA WebLogic Enterprise Platform(TM) to customers in the financial services, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, retail and distribution industries. Together, Mercator and BEA provide a best-of-breed solution for companies to transform the management of complex information value chains, allowing them to compete more effectively and operate more efficiently. Under the terms of the agreement, BEA and Mercator will jointly market a number of Mercator Solutions(TM), including Mercator GSS for GSTPA and Mercator GSS for SWIFT ISO 15022; Mercator HIPAA Integration for Healthcare; and Mercator Straight Through Processing Solutions for both Financial Services and Insurance. Additionally, Mercator and BEA will integrate Mercator Solutions, including EDI and XML technology, with BEA WebLogic Integration to enable out-of-the-box connectivity.

BEA hedges its bets again; Mercator may be their replacement for ailing Peregrine in the EAI space.


Networking-software provider Novell has released a new technology specification that ties a technology for directory services software called Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) to underlying Web services specification Universal Description, Discovery and Integration (UDDI). Novell's technology submission covers how UDDI-based data can be stored in an LDAP-based directory services database, according to the company.

So expect stand-alone specialist UDDI registry vendors to be eaten up by the directory specialists like Novell, who already understand scalability and performance?

Novell Buys SilverStream Software for $212 Million

Novell Inc. said Monday that it agreed to acquire SilverStream Software Inc. for $9 a share in cash, or $212 million, which is a 43 percent premium over Friday's closing of $5.14. For fiscal 2002, Internet infrastructure company SilverStream, Burlington, Mass., has the potential of contributing about 1 percent to total Novell revenue. In fiscal year 2003, SilverStream is projected to take away slightly from Novell earnings. Novell, based in Provo, Utah, expects the deal to boost its earnings in 2004. With an expected closing of the acquisition in July, the company's fiscal third quarter, Novell projects SilverStream will not materially affect revenue and ongoing expenses in that quarter. Novell said it will launch a cash tender offer for all of the outstanding common shares of SilverStream, followed by a merger in which the remaining holders of SilverStream will receive the same cash price. The total estimated value of the deal assumes the transaction will close in July, with about 23.6 million shares projected to be outstanding, which includes estimated option exercises prior to the closing date. If its closing projections are correct, Novell expects SilverStream's balance sheet to have total cash of about $100 million, which will yield a net cash outlay by Novell of about $112 million.

Novell appears to be going through an active phase - pushing its Directory Services at UDDI and now this. Is the sleeping giant waking up, or just falling out of bed? Silverstream has been spending heavily on launching and marketing the Extend product line since last autumn/fall. Sales $55M in 12 months to 3/02, losses around $100M. SSSW's market cap was actually less than its cash on hand as at 31 March... "Novell is now well positioned to be a leader in the emerging and fast-growing market for Web services solutions," said Jack Messman, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Novell. "With Novell and SilverStream technologies, we will provide customers an ideal architecture to build out their next-generation systems, helping them deploy new technologies at low cost while getting the full value from prior IT investments.

Persistence develops Cache ROI model for "Distributed Dynamic Caching"

Some key findings from the ROI model are:

For every 1,000 concurrent users, the DDC architecture can deliver about $1.2M in savings compared to a traditional "pass-thru" architecture For every remote (data center) location, the DDC architecture can deliver about $1.0M in savings For every 100 data classes for a new project, model-driven development can deliver about $0.8M in productivity savings. For an existing project, the upfront cost of replacing the data access layer is $500K per 100 classes, offset by on-going maintenance savings of $75K per year.

The model also makes important assumptions about sizing the number of DDC CPUs required to support each application. This sizing is based on the peak number of users, or transactions per second, expected for the application as well as the number of remote sites to which the application will be deployed.

For applications with relatively simple transactions one DDC CPU for each 200 users or 25TPS at peak usage is needed For each DDC CPU, one application server CPU is needed For each centralized DDC CPU, 0.5 database server CPUs is needed For each remote location, four CPUs for local failover (2 x 2 CPU boxes to enable failover at each remote site) or two CPUs for failover to central site (1 x 2 CPU box) are needed For additional information or to view the Persistence ROI model contact a Persistence Software salesperson at 1.800.803.8491 in the United States, +44 (0) 1932 582880 in the United Kingdom or go to These figures - at least, the relevant ones - can contribute towards ROI for SpiritCache

SeeBeyond Replaces Competitive Integration Products At Banca IMI

SeeBeyond Cuts Operational Risk at Leading European Investment Bank and Delivers Significant Return on Investment

MILAN, Italy & REDWOOD SHORES, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 11, 2002--SeeBeyond ([BadWikiTag]SBYN - News), the leading global provider of eBusiness and Application Integration (eAI) solutions, today announced that customer Banca IMI's "Integration Infrastructure Project" has been successfully deployed using the SeeBeyond platform as the foundation of its integration infrastructure. SeeBeyond solutions are enabling real-time, end-to-end Straight Through Processing (STP), with full trade visibility across counterparty, geography and instrument.

"One of the key goals of the SeeBeyond deployment was to reduce the number of messaging errors, postings and lost messages that regularly occurred with our previous eAI infrastructure," said Mr. Grazioli, CIO for Banca IMI. "These errors, coupled with the message delivery failure, had regularly generated issues which required significant manual reconciliation to avoid inaccurate reporting. Since the initial SeeBeyond deployment, however, no such errors or loss of message data has occurred. Delivery is guaranteed, in real time, even if the target application is down, and regardless of the size the message."

Now, I don't usually put out customer wins but here's an earlier announcement that suggests who the "previous eAI infrastructure" may have been provided by:

= Banca IMI Selects TIBCO for Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) and global order routing solution ==

Financial Markets Summit (FMS) 99, LONDON, (3 February, 1999) - TIBCO Finance Technology Inc., a global leader in financial software solutions and Enterprise Application Integration (EAI), today announced that Banca d'Intermediazione Mobiliare IMI SpA (Banca IMI) has selected TIBCO's TIB®/ETX(tm) for enterprise-wide, systems integration and guaranteed transactional message delivery. The bank will also use TIBMercury(tm) for high volume, order routing in its global operations.

SonicXQ to Integrate bizLink Commerce Connect

06/04/02--NxTrend Technology, a provider of information systems for sales, service and logistics, has selected Sonic Software's standards-based SonicXQ to provide integration for its bizLink Commerce Connect supply chain integration solution. The SonicXQ Enterprise Service Bus will give NxTrend customers a configurable service-oriented architecture that provides scalable integration between applications and services in distributed environments.

NxTrend bizLink Commerce Connect is a Progress-based supply chain integration solution that enables back-end ERP systems to participate in a trading community by performing B2B transactions. It supports multiple transport protocols, including JMS, SMTP, FTP, HTTP and TELNET. SonicXQ extends this connectivity to include support for Web services and JCA end points, and its distributed processing capabilities allow integration services such as transformation and routing to be executed at any node of the bus.

Sonic seems to be milking the Progress customer base...

Progress Announces OpenEdge Roadmap for New Service Oriented Architecture

Product Strategy to Support the Standards-Based Integration of Web Services and Development of New Service Oriented Applications June 3, 2002-- At the Exchange 2002 Users Conference, the Progress Company, a business unit of Progress Software Corporation and a leading supplier of technology for building business applications, unveiled the Progress product roadmap to enable business application developers to support a new service oriented architecture (SOA) using the OpenEdge(TM) platform.

An enhanced 9.1D adapter for SonicMQ® provides OpenEdge developers with access to SonicXQ(TM)'s industry-leading Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) technology for service-based processes and applications. Leveraging ESB technology, existing applications will be able to exchange XML and SOAP messages with other enterprise applications. This standards-based approach to application integration is more flexible, cost effective, and much more scalable in a distributed environment than using proprietary, hub and spoke oriented integration brokers. Applications and services can be "plugged-in" to the ESB to share information with other applications and services on the bus. Through its support for the ESB, OpenEdge can leverage pre-built, configurable services to perform integration functions such as content-based routing and XML transformation to ensure information can be used by any application on the bus, without additional coding.


Progress Software officials have outlined an ambitious two-year plan for building a complete Web services environment. The company plans to leverage messaging middleware from its Sonic Software subsidiary to deliver tools accessible via the company's fourth-generation development environment. By leveraging the messaging middleware infrastructure of its Sonic Software subsidiary, Bedford, Mass.-based Progress expects to deliver business process integration and modeling tools and web services orchestration tools that can be accessed by customers using applications built in the company's fourth-generation language development environment. The products under development include Task Manager, Flow Manager, Service Access Manager, Configuration Manager, and a Business Process Engine, said Peter Sliwkowski, Progess' vice president of products

Tibco preliminary Q2 results; VP of sales resigns

June 4, 2002 - TIBCO Software Inc. today announced preliminary results for its second fiscal quarter ended May 31, 2002. Preliminary second quarter results indicate revenue is expected to be in a range of $63 to $65 million, calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Earnings per share for the second fiscal quarter calculated in accordance with GAAP are expected to be a loss in the range of $0.18 to $0.23. TIBCO's pro forma EPS for the second fiscal quarter is expected to be in the range of $0.00 and a loss of $0.02 for the quarter. Pro forma results exclude stock-based compensation charges, amortization of acquired goodwill and intangibles, restructuring charges, realized loss on equity investments and acquired in-process research and development. "The current environment for selling enterprise software has never been more difficult, " said Vivek Ranadive, TIBCO Chairman and CEO. "However this does not undermine our conviction that our position as a leader in this industry remains bright. Customers and prospects continue to confirm the value of our offerings and our financial position is strong."

TIBCO also announces today the resignation of Frank Bergandi, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Field Operations. No replacement has been named at this time.

TIBCO will provide more detailed second quarter financial guidance on the regularly scheduled conference call on June 20, 2002. The warning fell short of analysts' expectations -- which Tibco previously had said it would meet -- for revenue of $80.25 million and earnings of 4 cents a share, on average, according to Thomson First Call. "I'm not surprised by the miss, but I am surprised by the magnitude of the miss," said Tom Berquist, an analyst with Goldman Sachs. TIBX fell around 10% but now seems to have recovered

Vayusphere links Instant Messaging to Web Services and EAI

Startup Vayusphere has introduced a software platform that combines instant messaging (IM) with an application integration gateway to connect workers with back-end applications. It uses Web services protocols Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) and Web Services Description Language (WSDL) to initiate real-time communications with people and applications. Great for sending messages to real people in the field...

Versant Announces enJin 2.3

Versant, today [6 June 2002] announced the availability of Versant enJin 2.3. enJin provides transparent persistence and distributed caching for Java objects within EJB and servlet/jsp tiers. The latest version adds full support for JCA integration with appservers, JTA support (allows enJin to participate in managed transactions along with other datasources), and EJB 2.0 CMP. Versant enJin is yet another of the OODBMS based transactional caches - only really competitive with SpiritCache if we choose to move into transactional / object-relational integration...

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