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Market Research Digest - 27 Nov 2002

Fiorano Software Ships Tifosi 2002, A New Benchmark in Distributed Computing and Standard-Based Integration

LOS GATOS, CA Nov 15, 2002 - FioranoSoftware, Inc. today announced the latest release of Tifosi 2002, a Service-Based Integration Platform to extend its offerings in the EAI, BPM and B2B Integration market. FioranoTifosi, a distributed Services Integration Platform is based on super-peer architecture that facilitates the composition, deployment, and management of distributed enterprise applications. Tifosi also links individual enterprises together for extended process efficiency across the supply chain, allowing them more flexibility and adaptability to rapidly changing business requirements. Fiorano's Tifosi 2002 includes numerous improvements and features over its last release including TES Failover, Cross Enterprise Communication, JMS Pluggability, GNU C Compiler Compatibility, C & ActiveX Runtime Libraries (RTLs), Internationalization by providing support for Multi-Byte Characters (MBC), SNMP compliance for connecting with standard NMS, better network administration tools and enhanced queue manager.

Fujitsu iFlow 5.2 BPM hub released, with Web services and JMS support

Fujitsu Software has released its business process management solution, Interstage i-Flow 5.2, which now supports Web services and JMS. Yet another proprietary integration broker moving on into standards-based territory.

Google web services spawn new applications

Anyone who does a lot of web searching may be interested in this item which gives examples of sites adding value to Google through creative application of Google's web services interfaces.

IBM Wields Open Source As A Weapon (Forrester)

IBM has embraced open source software to unify its diverse product line and give customers a choice and control over costs. The firm's aggressive open source strategy puts HP and Sun on the defensive -- but Microsoft will be the biggest loser.,1317,15945,00.html


Today IBM will announce the release of its WebSphere Application Server version 5 software, which will let developers build applications from multiple Java components more quickly. It also includes several features easing Web services development such as support for IBM's Web Services Invocation Framework (WSIF), compliance with IBM's Axis 3.0 technology that speeds requests, a private UDDI repository and better workflow. The product (which is J2EE 1.3 certified) has been split into three "versions" (not editions as before):

  • WS Express, which basically websphere with the EJB and clustering features removed,

  • Websphere Application Server 5 (the subject of today's announcement), which has a base version (no clustering or web services) and a 'network deployment' version, which includes clustering and failover support, a Web Services gateway and UDDI server;

  • Websphere Enterprise adds a realtime application profiler, a sophisticated workflow engine, a rules engine (that can modify the member variables of EJB's in real-time), and new technology called Asych beans .

See for more info.

200th Java Specification Request issued

The Java Community Process this week published its 200th JSR. In a comparative flurry of activity, the following activities were posted:

  • JSR-000158 JStream Stream Assembly Interface: The Community Review Draft Specification is now available for Review

The J2EE App Server Market Is Still Up For Grabs (Forrester)

App server vendors claim victory in a market they haven't won. In fact, if BEA, IBM, and Oracle don't buy development help soon, they risk losing customers to Sun, Microsoft, and open source.

  • BEA and IBM see each other as their only competition.

  • Oracle says that it's surpassed IBM and BEA in market share.

  • IBM deployments are dominated by legacy middleware.

  • BEA customers are focused largely on lightweight development.

  • Oracle customers haven't strayed far from the database.

  • Sun's commodity strategy will grab the disenchanted.

  • Microsoft's .NET will further undermine Java zealots.

  • Open source will erode licensing fees.

Read more at,1317,15969,00.html See this research digested at and discussed at

Lombardi Enhances BPM Platform

11/25/02 -- Lombardi Software, a provider of business process management (BPM) solutions, has updated its TeamWorks BPM platform with Web services capabilities. The new release enables customers to use industry standards such as SOAP 1.1, WSDL 1.1, UDDI and XML schema definitions to define Web services that expose process components and leverage existing Web services without having to write Java, C++ or XML code. and _NB see also

Lombardi is a new one on me; just goes to show how many vendors there are in EAI, BPM etc

Mitem has released MitemView version 6.0

... which includes an Enterprise Messaging Architecture that provides a consistent way to work with virtually any messaging middleware solution. This architecture is designed to support today's pervasive middleware technologies including IBM WebSphere MQ, Tibco Rendezvous and ActiveEnterprise, HL7, XML, ASC X12, JMS, and SOAP. (as well as .NET)

Some fairly direct competition in multi-MOM messaging...

"NAKOMA" nudges Novell into .NET realm

The next major facelift for Novell's NetWare, code-named Nakoma and expected to ship in mid-2003, will come with Novell exteNd application development environment -- acquired earlier this year when it bought SilverStream -- bundled for free. Experts believe it could give Microsoft fits as the software giant tries to sell IT shops on Visual Studio.NET.,10801,76192,00.html

Will Novell, also ran to Microsoft in the file server wars, really be able to get a return by giving away parts of ExteNd (Novell exteNd 4 Enterprise is normally priced at $90,000 per server CPU) after spending $210 million acquiring Silverstream?

Nastel Develops JMX API for WebSphere MQ

11/26/02, 8:30 a.m. EST--Nastel Technologies, a provider of solutions for real-time application process monitoring, has unveiled a JMX (JavaManagementExtensions) API for IBM WebSphere MQ Everyplace Mobile Messaging software. The new API, which Nastel created in conjunction with IBM, will ship with IBM WebSphere MQ Everyplace.

Nastel's solution gives users a single point for controlling, monitoring and automating WebSphere MQ Everyplace functions across platforms, in both connected and wireless networks. The new API component is being designed in Java and utilizes JMX to optimize efficiency. Vendor profile at and site at Free download of "MQControl Express" at

Just in case anyone thought we were unique amongst messaging vendors in having a JMX interface. J2EE 1.4 will mandate JMX for JMS and other components; looks like Nastel wants to get in and clean up while 1.4 is struggling to ship.

FrontierSuite for J2EE 3.0 Released

ObjectFrontier has released FrontierSuite for J2EE 3.0, a persistence framework and modeling product that provides persistence and distributed caching for Java objects in J2EE and standalone environments. The product supports modeling new apps, reverse engineering from schemas, and it can be deployed beneath existing CMP 2.0 applications to provide persistence and caching features. Check out Frontier Suite for J2EE 3 and the press release.

Wiring up Circuits with PolarLake V2.0 and jumping on the Web services express

PolarLake's focus is processing business level documents, and from day one, Web services have been at the core of its products. This paper outlines our partner PolarLake's current position in the market, describing the architecture in particular of the PolarLake Messaging Integrator.

Will Sun Rise Again?

While investors worry about the company's very survival, CEO McNealy is plotting a path to supremacy - but ETRADE yanked out 60 Sun servers that cost $250,000 apiece and replaced them with 80 Intel-powered Dell servers running Linux that cost just $4,000 each. The savings so far: Nearly $13 million--and the company expects to shave another $11 million annually from its $220 million tech budget. "It wasn't a hard decision," says Joshua S. Levine, chief technology officer at E*Trade. And here's the really painful part: When the Intel-powered machines break, E*Trade doesn't bother calling a repairman. It just junks the server and plugs in a new one. Can McNealy turn SunMicrosystems around using his $2.6 billion of cash? Read more:

Tangosol Coherence 1.2.2 goes gold

Tangosol announces the final release of Coherence 1.2.2. This point release enhances the failover speed of Coherence and provides improved support for huge clusters. As a point release, TangosolCoherence 1.2.2 does not change any existing API methods, and as a result, upgrades from the previous 1.2.0 and 1.2.1 releases are very straightforward.

Web services won't take off yet?

Analysts at the Butler Group are warning companies not to invest in WebServices too quickly, unless they have pressing reasons to adopt the applications rapidly.

Web services choreography standard 18-24 months away

Aiming to ease development of complex Web services for business users, standardized WebServicesChoreographyInterface (WSCI) is 18 months to two years away, according to World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) officials.

Which of BPML, WSCI or BPEL will eventually be submitted to W3C? In the meantime, there's a small window to support any/all of these, as long as forward compatibility issues are considered.

Versant Announces Acquisition of Mokume Software

Versant today announced that it has acquired privately held Mokume Software, Inc., for 2,424,000 shares of Versant common stock (approximately 19.6% of Versant's currently outstanding common shares). Mokume is a visionary company that delivers next generation real-time solutions to global customers in the manufacturing industry. [...] Mokume's flagship product is a real-time data collection and analysis system with adapters to manufacturing plant floors. With this acquisition, Versant will accelerate its plans to offer real-time solutions based on its core object database combined with new technology from Mokume. Versant is also announcing the creation of a new business unit to market real-time solutions.

20% of Versant is currently worth less than $2M. Shares now at 0.80c - down from $18.56 in March 2000.

Versant appoints Manish Chandra, Veteran Enterprise Infrastructure Executive, as Vice President of Worldwide Marketing

Versata Announces General Availability of the Versata Connector for ILOG JRules

Unified Platform Supports All Types of Business Logic Nov. 25, 2002--Versata, Inc., a provider of software and services that automate the business logic and processes that power enterprise applications, today announced the general availability of the Versata Connector for ILOG JRules(TM), a connector between the Versata Logic Server and the ILOG JRules business rule management system. This relationship with ILOG, the leading provider of enterprise-class software components, was announced in February, and was formed to offer the industry's first end-to-end business logic solution.

ILOG continues to win partners in the EAI/BPM world

XGrotto Web Services Integration Platform released

OGIS International, a provider of Java, UML, and Web services solutions, has released its XGrotto Web Services Integration Platform and Directory. Using the XGrotto Integration Platform, users can quickly and easily find and invoke dynamic online Web services.

Oh no - another one! This has "automatic client generation" which I'm sure we would find very useful. More usefully, it's free (but I can_t find a download - seems like a come-on to register for their own directory). Find out more at and OGIS is a subsidiary of Osaka Gas Information System Research Institute Co., Ltd. in Japan (no, really).

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