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Market Research Digest - 29 May 2002

IDC Confirms BEA as Worldwide Application Server Market Leader

BEA Increases Market Share as Industry-leading Companies Consolidate Around BEA WebLogicServer

BEASystemsInc, the world's leading application infrastructure company, has once again been named the leader of the $2.2 billion application server market, according to an upcoming IDC report, Worldwide Application Server Software Platform Forecast. BEA increased its market share from 18 percent in 2000 to 24.8 percent market share in 2001, maintaining its lead over IBM. BEA has over 13,000 customers, including more than half the Fortune Global 500. BEA customers employ BEA WebLogic Server(TM) at the heart of their application infrastructure in order to increase ROI, future-proof their applications, and establish a fully integrated, complete platform.

See the rest of the press release at Commentary at I'm still trying to find the other market share figures...

BEA App Server Matures - WebLogic 7 review

An article at eWeek reviews WebLogic (and ColdFusion), including the following comments:

WebLogicWorkshop excels at making advanced J2EE features-especially message queuing-amazingly straightforward. In tests, it demonstrated impressive state handling, automatic data persistence and EJB generation, making it far simpler to build complex applications. In addition, turning Web service listeners into Java Message Service-based queues was as simple as turning on a buffering option.,3658,s=708&a=26922,00.asp

The article concludes: "WebLogic Server is a big-ticket purchase, [$10k/cpu, plus extras like WebLogic Workshop] and costs can easily move into the hundreds of thousands of dollars for an application server cluster. Other options may do a good deal of what WebLogic does for significantly less, but its level of industry support and Java standards compliance is unmatched.Organizations will find it expensive to purchase, create and maintain WebLogic applications; [the] administration tool has little capability for ongoing server performance monitoring."

_Thanks to James and TheServerSide for this link _

Cape Clear Allies to Link Oracle to Web Services

05/24/02 Web services technology company CapeClear Software is teaming with Quintessence Systems to help customers connect their existing Oracle applications to Web services. Quintessence provides automated software technology for migrating Oracle legacy applications into Java.

The two companies will combine Cape Clear's CapeConnect with Quintessence's in2j product, which automatically migrates applications and business logic created with Oracle PL/SQL and Oracle Forms into Java. CapeConnect exposes the Java as a Web service, allowing companies to Web service-enable their Oracle legacy business logic without programmer intervention.

Note that it is Quintessence that is adding real value here (legacy PL/SQL to Java conversion - unlocking Oracle 6, 7, 8 users). Exposing Java as a web service comes free with cornflakes these days, not to mention most IDEs...

Forrester's Chris Dial summarises the Tech Ranking of HP-AS 8.0 Resilient Edition

HP's new application server provides firms with many of the basics, but it still lacks critical features, such as development tools and caching. Companies should try the free download but postpone major projects until HP's software strategy solidifies.

My emphasis on caching; the new HP+Compaq says it will "continue to invest in OpenView management solutions, Utility Data Center (UDC), Opencall telco solutions and J2EE and Microsoft .NET middleware stacks" which means HP-AS (and the recently released HP-MS 1.0 JMS provider) will continue in the market

Information Builders Airs Info Delivery Platform

05/23/02--InformationBuilders, a provider of Web business intelligence for real-time information delivery, has introduced the WebFocus Information Delivery Platform. Designed to let organizations deliver real-time information to the extended enterprise, the new offering provides a unified infrastructure for query and analysis, enterprise-wide report access and distribution, enterprise information portals and beyond-enterprise information delivery systems.

The Information Delivery Platform supports all hardware platforms and database types, and its new portal capabilities provide a graphical tool for organizing information into a customized browser-based user interface. Other new features include the User Administration Services security framework, a thin-client query-building tool and an integrated development platform. The solution also offers Web services support and links Web services in UDDI registries to search engine usage.

iWay Expands Enterprise Integration Suite

05/23/02-Business integration provider iWay Software has introduced its Enterprise Integration Suite 2002, which features two new tools designed to reduce the complexity of creating Web services from existing applications and legacy assets. The iWay Business Services Engine creates Web services from ERP and other packaged applications, legacy systems and databases, and the Business Process Registry provides a graphical environment to coordinate e-business processes using ebXML.

iWay has also expanded its offering for vertical marketplaces, adding support for T+1 and HIPAA compliance and enabling it to work with SWIFT, FIX and ISO 15022 standards for financial services and with HIPAA and HL7 standards for healthcare. Also new are a set of tools for the automotive industry and a collaborative environment, called the iWay Security Exchange, for federal, state and local governments.

Read the PR at

Product info at, etc iWay Software is a spin off from Information Builders.

Can App Servers revive Oracle?

Infoworld interviews Thomas Kurian, SVP for Oracle 9iAS; This article is quite interesting. Oracle are on a real push to compete against the big 2, IBM and BEA.

Thanks to James for this link

RosettaNet Launches Online Developer Tools Library

  • To Enable Widespread Adoption Of E-Business Process Standards For The High Technology Industry
  • RosettaNet Ready(tm) Software Developer Tools and Intel® Architecture Software Developer Kit First Available to Community

RosettaNet, the high technology industry's leading e-business standards consortium, today announced the launch of the RosettaNet Developer Tools Library, an online repository of community tools needed to accelerate implementation of RosettaNet standards throughout the high technology trading network. All contributed software tools that reside in the RosettaNet Developer Tools Library section of the Web site will be made available to the general public at no cost.


RosettaNet is widely used in the IT, electronic components and semiconductor manufacturing industries. Integration vendors include BEA, GXS, Iona, Mercator, Peregrine as well as app vendors like JDEdwards, Manugistics, Oracle and Peoplesoft (400 organisations altogether)

SunMicrosystems bundles the new Sun One J2EE AppServer 7 with Solaris 9

The Solaris 9 Operating system takes a Microsoft-style approach and will bundle the new J2EE 1.3 compliant Sun ONE Application Server 7 with the OS, with a single server development and deployment license for use on Sun systems. The move could have an effect on BEA, which sells most of its software on Solaris.

As another CNet.News article observes, it it close to Microsoft's strategy: _ _This should confuse the punters - do they pay for an appserver with free operating system (Linux+BEA) or vice versa? As one of the forum posters says, BEA (worth $4.4B) looks potentially an acquisition target for Sun or Oracle; alternatively a defensive merger with Sybase ($1.3B) might be interesting... but all those merger partners already have appservers; what does BEA have (well, apart from lots of customers...). Maybe Sun should go buy Sybase instead, and get a full stack (HW, OS, J2EE, DBMS, Integration - New Era and Financial Fusion, ...) to compete directly with Oracle and IBM

Tibco revamps website

_Go to and especially to see how Tibco is now presenting its product stack in three dimensions (by Industry, by Function and by Technology). Rendexvous 7 and RendezvousTX 2.0 are listed, ut I see it still fails to mention "supported" product ETX (Enterprise Transaction Express). _

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