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Market Research Digest - 14 Nov 2002

Cape Clear releases Generation 4

CapeClear Software has released an integrated beta version of the next generation of its Web services product suite. Code-named Generation 4, it delivers advanced enterprise functionality including security support and management.

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Gartner predicts vendor bloodbath

Gartner analysts have painted a desperate picture for suppliers across all technology sectors, predicting widespread consolidation and company failure. With little hope of an increase in spending by corporates, sales of hardware, software and telecoms equipment will remain flat. Some 65 per cent of chief information officers believe that next year their budgets will be flat or reduced. Betsy Burton, vice president and research area director at Gartner said: "By 2004 half of the vendors that were in business in 2000 will not be anymore," she warned. The analyst does not expect to start seeing growth in the software sector until 2008, and believes that Europe will lead the US in its take-off.

IBM Introduces New Software Pricing

IBM Corp. said Tuesday it would introduce new, lower pricing schemes and packages for its software as it tries to appeal to businesses with 100 to 1,000 people. BM said it has less than 10 percent of the mid-sized market for its middleware, or WebSphere software. IBM WebSphere-Express application server starts at $25 per user, the company said. Usually, the software is priced based on the number of microprocessors at a company, Swainson said. Under those terms, it sells for $2,000 per microprocessor.

Current Analysis says: IBM's moves will cause application server competitors that wish to target the market to match its pricing and product configuration, as well as channel and ISV efforts. It will no longer be plausible to simply put out low or no cost servers and hope they are adopted.

  • In particular, competitors will need to improve ease of use (i.e., installation, development, administration, etc.) for application server products geared toward this market.

  • IBM's improvements in ease of use and its ISV efforts will cause users in the mid-market to consider Java Servers (i.e., JSP or EJB) servers as an alternative to .Net Servers.

Infotone "Code Free Integration"

Claims to offer any-any message bridging (inc MQ, Sonic, RV, MSMQ) through (patent pending) hardware., Snake oil?

Iona updates app server platform

Application integration firm Iona is planning to dive deeper into the application server fray next week by announcing plans for a new version of its application server platform, Orbix E2A ASP 6.0, which features a host of services to help developers create application harmony across diverse middleware and messaging technologies within their enterprise.

The application-server-vs.-EAI approach to integration marks the latest industry "holy war," said one analyst, who called the debate analogous to the tussle of words over J2EE and Microsoft's .Net as the dominant development environment for a services-oriented architecture.


Looking to leverage growing interest in grid computing, OracleCorp next week will detail its grid strategy in a bid to position its technology as a foundation for distributed applications.

"As Oracle databases run well in grids, I think Oracle applications will run well in grids also," said Benny Souder, Oracle's vice president of distributed development. Benny is an old colleague of mine - and one of the brightest sparks at Oracle. If he's behind it, Oracle will take it pretty seriously. Grid computing is communication intensive; we should keep an eye on it. This follows last month's call from Forrester for vendor support, and lBM's continuing evangelism for grid and P2P services.

Microsoft launches the BizTalk Accelerator for Financial Services.

It rapidly integrates financial messaging with internal business systems, supports SWIFT ISO 15022 and new XML-based industry standards, and manages and repairs messaging and trade errors.

Application Servers: Changing the Face of EAI

Application servers are changing. They are incorporating functions such as portal technology, data transformation, workflow, and Web services to become an application platform. So, are separate integration brokers now needed at all?

This is Oracle's biased view, but it makes the J2EE case...

SAP details Web services plans

German software vendor SAP is developing a new line of applications called xApps that use WebServices standards to ensure smooth interaction between its business applications and other systems. [...] Their goal is to reduce steep consulting fees for business software that can cost customer companies more than three to four times the license fees for the software itself.

Funny how often SAP's name has come up recently...

SoftWired iBus//Mobile 3.1 released

The 3.1 release delivers many more market leading features using open industry standards, adds new functionality to an already feature rich offering:

New Features Included:

  • MMS support

  • Over The Air (OTA) provisioning

  • Additional Microsoft .NET support

  • New connection management API

  • Increased bandwidth efficiencies

  • Enhanced messaging control

SoftWired is a SpiritSoft partner, offering robust JMS on lightweight (J2ME, J2SE and .NET) devices - including store-and-forward on-device queues - with support for SMS, MMS and SOAP. See their Sun iForce partner brief at iForce - Sun/Softwired - Java/JMS based Architecture.

SwiftMQ 4.0 JMS Messaging Platform Released

IIT Software has released version 4.0 of its JMS Enterprise Messaging System, SwiftMQ. New features include a high-speed 2-phase-commit protocol for routing connections with a transfer rate of several thousand messages per second in both directions. SwiftMQ is a micro-kernel based JMS enterprise messaging platform. Major enhancements in version 4 include versioned protocol stacks, intra-VM JMS clients, new JMS application Container Swiftlet to run hot deployable JMS apps, JMS 1.1, high-speed XA on routing connections, and more. Check out

Have a look at the TSS thread at; some familiar names (Nick Minutello, John Davies)

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