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Market Research Digest - 6th Nov 2002

BEA pours Liquid Data

BEA SYSTEMS ON Monday will unveil Liquid Data for WebLogic, a product that provides real-time access to data aggregated from multiple sources. Initially, Liquid Data can connect to database applications, Web services and XML files and access structured and unstructured data. Within the next six months, BEA expects to expand the product to include access to unstructured content from content management systems from vendors such as Documentum and Interwoven. The product costs $25,000 per CPU. ---++New Software from BEA Greatly Simplifies Getting Fast Answers To Complex Business Questions

There was some concern a couple of months ago that this might be a SpiritCache competitor. In fact it looks much more like that hoary chestnut from the 80s and 90s, a "virtual database". Though I'm sure caching could play a part in it.

Tool integrates portals and BPM

Portal software maker Corechange, Boston, this week unveiled a process management add-on that company officials said can enable business users to leverage Web services and other technologies to assemble and manage automated business processes. The XML-based CoreProcess software can be used to create, provision and control dynamic business services and processes that leverage and reuse existing application infrastructure, said Corechange President and CEO Charles Kane. The new package includes CoreProcess Designer, which can map the workflow, user interactions and system interactions that comprise business processes; and CoreProcess Server, which executes the process. It was inevitable that someone would combine process integration (BPM) with presentation integration (Portals); sounds like a good area for SpiritCache and SpiritWave to support.

Epicentric acquired by Vignette

This acquisition brings together the acknowledged market leaders in business portal solutions and content management applications to deliver the industry's most powerful foundation for enterprise Web applications. Under the terms of the agreement, Vignette will pay up to $32 million in cash and restricted stock for Epicentric.,2097,1-1-30-72-407-3851,00.html

Forrester sees the challenge for Vignette,1317,15864,00.html

  • Quickly merge Epicentric's development environment

  • Upsell to Epicentric's 500 customers

  • Fend off the infrastructure vendors (ie resell WebSphere and WebLogic to keep IBM and BEA at arm's length),289142,sid26_gci860632,00.html for more comment

Again, BPM and Portals going hand-in-hand...

eXcelon Announces Results for the Third Quarter of 2002

Oct. 30, 2002--eXcelon Corporation today announced results for the quarter ending September 30, 2002. Total revenues for the third quarter were $8.0 million as compared to $11.1 million for the same period of 2001. Net loss for the third quarter on a GAAP basis was $8.4 million or $1.13 loss per share, as compared with a net loss of $8.6 million, or $2.09 loss per share for the same period last year. For the quarter ended September 30, 2002, net loss includes restructuring and other charges of $3.7 million or $0.51 per share. Net loss exclusive of restructuring and other charges was $4.6 million or $0.62 per share. The company's cash and investments as of September 30, 2002 were $15.7 million. Days sales outstanding for the third quarter were 70 days. Guidance for the fourth quarter is for revenue of between $7.0M and $8.0M as a result of continued weakness in demand particularly for our consulting services with no offset coming from revenue growth in software license sales in the near term. The expected loss for the fourth quarter based on this revenue range is $2.5M-$3.5M or $0.34 -$0.47 per share before restructuring charges. Restructuring charges are estimated at $0.04 - $0.12 per share. Estimated cash balance at the end of the year is expected to be between $9M- $10M.

eXcelon is being acquired by Progress/Sonic. So, Sonic will now be losing money at twice the rate... sounds like a double or bust play.

Memo To Vendors: The Utility Industry Beckons

FERC's redesign of wholesale electricity markets calls for new software standards. Before thousands of utilities begin to retool, vendors like Microsoft and Sun should get involved in industry groups like the North American Energy Standards Board.,1317,15863,00.html (subscribers only, unfortunately)

Tech Spending Profile: Utilities (Forrester Research)

Utilities have cut 2002 IT spending by 3.9% and will likely cut further. Compared with other sectors, they're more interested in IT consulting and outsourcing services, but less so in apps work, and line-of-business leaders are more in control of IT resources.,1317,15559,00.html

Utilities have been suggested as a potentially lucrative vertical for SpiritSoft; this Forrester report shows that - in North America at least - it would be no cake walk.

IBM moves to extend Web services

IBM is working on a project to move Web services from its current status of integration technology to the world of dynamic e-business, according to Stefan Van Overtveldt, director WebSphere technical marketing. IBM's Allegro Framework, currently in early Beta but scheduled for release in 2003, will provide mechanisms, including metering and billing, so businesses can sell and subscribe to Web services, Van Overtveldt told XML Report.

Changes to Java Community Program released

The JCP Program Management Office (PMO) has launched a new iteration of the program, JCP 2.5. The new version enhances the JCP by enabling the participation of a wider variety of contributors and by increasing the flexibility of the process by which compatible implementations of Java technology are created. For more information see:

OASIS Members Tibco, Webmethods, Others Tackle Digital Signatures

Members of the OASIS standards consortium have formed a technical committee to develop open XML protocols for digital signature and cryptographic time-stamping services operating in a Web Services environment. The group includes Tibco and Webmethods, both with substantial financial services client bases, as well as Entrust, IONA, NIST and Verisign. Time-stamping may have significant applications in the transaction processing areas of the investment cycle. (from XML on Wall Street)

Orbeon Releases the Open XML Framework

Orbeon announced last week the immediate availability of OXF (Open XML Framework) version 1.0. OXF is an XML processing framework suited for Web application and standalone application development. It comes with a complete implementation of the XML Pipeline Definition Language (XPL), a collection of XML processors, and documentation. Looks like a competitor to some aspects of PolarLake (but without the range of asynchronous interfaces to JMS, Web services etc).

Persistence Introduces EdgeXtend for Microsoft .NET

New EdgeXtend product complements its Data Services vision by enabling .NET applications to share data with J2EE and C++ applications Persistence delivers increased performance, scalability and cost savings for highly distributed .NET applications Beta version is available now; general availability in Q1 2003 Persistence® Software, the leading provider of data services software for distributed data access and management, today announced they are extending the full value and performance of Microsoft® .NET application servers with the introduction of EdgeXtend(TM) for .NET, the newest member of its product family. EdgeXtend is a complimentary software module for J2EE, .NET and C++ application servers, and is based on Persistence's unique and patented Distributed Dynamic Caching (DDC)(TM). It enables faster development and deployment of data intensive, highly distributed business applications without the need for additional data centers. With EdgeXtend, companies enhance the performance of their application servers by distributing data to business decision makers at the "point of need", improving response times, and increasing productivity, while reducing costs. This continues a strong trend for .NET related announcements from multi-platform software vendors, offering various kinds of "integration" between Java, .NET and "legacy" platforms.


Sponsored by Sonic Software This paper discusses the advantages for building distributed service-oriented architectures and identifies the necessary components for the successful deployment and management of distributed processes, including Web services. The concept of an Enterprise Service Bus is introduced as a solution for common problems faced when configuring, deploying and managing a distributed service-oriented architecture. Click here:,,6226,00.htm?sonicsoftware Worth reading to understand what the competition is saying...

Gartner's take on Progress/Sonic purchase of eXcelon

Progress aims to enhance the success of Sonic, the only Progress unit growing significantly. (Sonic will likely double its middleware software license revenue in 2002 to $16 million.) Until now, SonicXQ was "bare bones," covering just Web services, message-oriented middleware (MOM), transformation and content-based routing. eXcelon's technology will provide a more document-centric XML-grounded base for Sonic products. It will increase SonicXQ's ability to:

  • Provide message warehousing functions

  • Process XML data more powerfully and efficiently =

  • Implement business process management (and maybe even human workflow)

  • Handle metadata more effectively SonicXQ would then have most of the core functions of a full integration suite such as those of Tibco Software, Vitria Technology and webMethods as well as Microsoft's BizTalk. However, even with the optional eXcelon-based extensions, SonicXQ will probably cost less than the competing integration suites. See the rest of the free research at:


Early next year Sybase will release the first major product based on its 2001 acquisition of middleware player New Era of Networks (NEON). Code-named Ohio, the new integration suite combines EAI and BPM tools to tackle the higher-level stack layer of business process integration. Sybase is still trying to join the serious "Application Infrastructure" players

TIBCO Appoints Two Executive Vice Presidents

George Ahn [ex Siebel, previously IBM] has been appointed executive vice president and chief marketing officer, and David Rice [ex management consultant, previously Teknekron and others] has been appointed executive vice president of operations. Both will report to Raj Mashruwala, TIBCO's chief operating officer. It will be interesting to see how George Ahn meshes with "Chief Strategy Officer" Fred Meyer

WebMethods bundles JBoss App Server

In an effort to fight back challenges from BEA, IBM, and other rivals, webMethods will soon unfurl a major overhaul of its flagship integration platform that deepens its Java support, bundles in the JBoss open-source application server, and revs up performance and scalability.,1075,2687,00.html

This is a very important announcement from webMethods; they show they "get" the benefits of standardized J2EE components - they won't have to keep supporting so much proprietary code - and they have usefully side-stepped the commercial J2EE vendors who are, of course, rapidly becoming webMethods' main competitors in EAI. They can also start to offer webMethods as a "unified integration platform" - sounds like Sun ONE, WebSphere, WebLogic etc - so they are breaking out of the EAI niche into the wider "Application Infrastructure" market. Expect to see a corresponding portal announcement soon, to round out the offering?

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