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Market Research Digest for 18th September 2002

Amazon adds Java for MOM has moved to extend its Tibco RendezVous messaging software into the Java world by using Java framework and driver technology from Milford, Mass.-based SpiritSoft . Michael Carr, software platform manager at Amazon, said the SpiritWave Open JMS Framework and JMS driver tools from SpiritSoft allows the firm to continue to utilize the Tibco middleware while adding support for Java-based applications. The toolset is said to leverage JavaMessageService (JMS), XML and caching technologies to enable the integration of legacy systems and proprietary middleware. Carr said sought to extend the functionality of its existing enterprise messaging system from Tibco and connect it to new Java-based applications. For the rest of the story, please go to ADTmag.

Attunity Offers Rapid and Standard Connectivity for Microsoft BizTalk Server and Legacy Systems

Attunity Adapter Suite 1.1 for Microsoft BizTalk Server Now Available WAKEFIELD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 17, 2002--AttunityLtd., a leader in business process, application and data integration solutions for the extended enterprise, today announced the general availability of Attunity Adapter Suite 1.1 for Microsoft BizTalk Server, a comprehensive connectivity solution for enterprise data and legacy applications. As one of the first to bring to market adapters for users of BizTalk Server, Attunity now offers an enhanced Adapter Suite for BizTalk Server that plugs-in as a native extension of BizTalk Server. The Attunity Adapter Suite for BizTalk Server facilitates integration with legacy data and systems by supporting all the recommended interfaces to BizTalk Server and by offering an extensive adapter library to over 20 computing platforms. Yahoo News

Attunity is a SpiritSoft partner

BEA Claims Productivity Lead over IBM

BEASystemsInc has claimed its WebLogicWorkshop is more than five times more efficient for development of web services than IBM's WebSphere Application Developer. San Jose, California-based BEA has posted an example human resources application on its dev2dev community web site the company claimed can be built in just five steps. BEA claimed it takes 28 steps to build the same service using WebSphere Application Developer. BEA is locked in a fight with IBM to dominate the Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) market for application servers and web services.

Of course IBM has refuted this in various forums...

= BEA WebLogic Portal Revenue Grows 50 Percent = SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 17 -- BEA SystemsInc. the world's leading application infrastructure software company, today announced that BEA WebLogicPortal won more than 60 customers in the three-month period ending July 31, 2002, bringing its installed base to more than 650 portal customers (including Victoria's Secret, Novartis, Towers Perrin, Orix Capital). BEA WebLogic Portal license revenue achieved 50 percent sequential growth in the second quarter, fueled by strong sales through systems integrators, solid growth in the government sector, and an increasing number of customers looking to simplify the development, deployment and management of enterprise-wide portals. Although the IT spending environment continues to be challenging, the market for portal software remains relatively strong. According to a June report by IDC, the enterprise information portal software market will reach more than $3.1 billion by 2006, from $550.4 million in 2001. yahoo

Portals are the new black - as predicted earlier in the year - and are doing great business; at the same time customers are flocking to "quality" offered by the best known vendors. Pure play vendors are being overtaken by the one-stop shop, where they hope for easy integration (with J2EE), lower aggregate prices, and a more stable long-term relationship. New portal standards should become the "web services" of presentation-oriented applications.

Data Junction Enhances SWIFT Support

09/11/02, 7:00 a.m.--In an effort to ease collaboration among small- and medium-sized financial institutions, Data integration solutions provider DataJunction Corp. has announced extended support for SWIFT financial transactions. New features in the Data Junction product line include the Document Schema Designer for SWIFT, new SWIFT schemas, a SWIFT message adaptor and SWIFT message validation. Data Junction's SWIFT technology is designed to integrate distributed applications over message-oriented middleware, IP and VANs. The company provides the metadata for each SWIFT message type as an XML-based schema, and customers can use Data Junction's Document Schema Designer to modify SWIFT message schemas for particular trading partner requirements. news release

One of many vendors offering SWIFT connectivity...

FrontierSuite includes JMS based distributed caching

ObjectFrontier ( makers of "FrontierSuite" have included JMS based distributed caching in their products.

  • Bean Managed Persistence (BMP)/ Container Managed Persistence (CMP) Object-to-Relational Mapping

  • JMS based Distributed Caching with Synchronization

  • Adheres to industry standards - JCA, JTA, JMS, JDBC, EJB and JDO Products.html

"FrontierSuite provides single process based caching capabilities for Optimistic and Read Only concurrency modes. In the event of any committed state change of objects, the state change event is published to the subscribes (other processes which provide caching), through JMS notification mechanism. This feature ensures that the cache in each process is in sync with the object store." Pricing: FrontierSuite for JDO - $ 1,299.00, FrontierSuite for J2EE - $ 4,599.00, FrontierSuite for J2SE - $ 2,599.00 are all priced per developer license with no runtime or server fees Spotted in - a plug for Robin Roos's JDO book. At JDOcentral the list of vendors incorporating JMS as the transport mechanism for their transactional caches continues to grow.

IBM Buys Holosofx And Shows BPM Vision

Forrester opinion: IBM acquired Holosofx to add process-modeling and analysis features to its WebSphere]] Business Integrator portfolio. The deal will establish IBM as a serious contender in the BPM market -- if it can digest another acquisition successfully. IBM press release here. Promotional offer: 50% off for MQSeries Workflow customers: here Article at Infoworld

This is IBM's third integration-related acquisition this year, following CrossWorlds and MetaMerge.

IBM Extends Deal with Red Hat to Offer Linux on all platforms

ARMONK, N.Y. (Reuters/16 Sep) - IBM said it has expanded a deal with software maker Red Hat Inc. to sell Linux software across the entire range of IBM's computer servers. Previously IBM only offered Red Hat's software on a single line brand of its servers. Although Linux has made some inroads in the corporate world, concerns about the Linux operating system's ease of use and capacity to expand across large organizations has hampered its growth. IBM said it would work to make its software products work seamlessly with Red Hat's Linux software. IBM's global services division will provide support for the software. IBM already has a similar agreement with Red Hat rival SuSe]] and Red Hat is free to sign similar deals with IBM rivals, the IBM spokesman said. Yahoo.

IBM also plans to make many business software products work with Red Hat's operating software. Versions of IBM's DB2 database, Lotus productivity software, Tivoli management software, and its WebSphere application-server software will be made available on Red Hat's most advanced operating system by early 2003.

Open source given further respectability...

IBM pressures Sun to free Java

Though many people define it in many ways, Java is made up of more than 190 different specifications called Java Specification Requests (JSRs) that are ultimately controlled by Sun. According to one observer, IBM wants to wrest control of Java away from Sun and subsequently turned it into an open-source standard.

IDC Finds Still-Robust XML Server Market

A report IDC released Thursday predicts that the worldwide XML server software market will sustain its momentum during the next five years as a steady demand for integration technologies continues. IDC considers the XML server market to consist of XML-enabled databases, native XML database servers, XML application servers, and XML content servers.

IDC believes this demand will drive the XML server market to reach $3.5 billion in revenue by 2006. The research firm also believes that this was one of the driving forces behind the 163.8 percent growth rate experienced from 2000 to 2001. Rest of story at:

IONA Orbix E2A XMLBus v5.4 Extends and Optimizes CORBA Investments with Web Services

XMLBus v5.4 Enables CORBA, .NET, J2EE, MQSeries & Mainframe Application Connectivity; Designed to Enhance Availability of Enterprise Systems for Application Integration and New Revenue Opportunities. [E2A v5.4] is the latest version of its award-winning visual environment for developing, deploying, integrating, and managing secure Web services. [It] delivers enhanced features that enable the bridging of CORBA systems to Web services. New features such as an "Operation Flow Designer" address the problems inherent in mapping complex CORBA systems into more abstract, business-focused Web services. "IONA's more than 4,000 customers are our biggest asset, and we are committed to helping them realize continuous value from past investments in IONA and CORBA". Pricing for Orbix E2A - XMLBus Edition v5.4 begins at $495 per development license. [] Yahoo

Iona making a living unlocking its own customers' "legacy CORBA" applications?

Motorola buy Java software startup 4thpass for $20m +

Potentially good move for Motorola - 4thpass already has reseller agreements with Siemens and Ericsson; and currently licensed by LG Telecom (Korea), Telefonica Moviles (Spain), and Nextel (US). Maybe they just need to crack Nokia and i-mode and they'd be laughing.

See Story at

Neon, Software AG in connector deal; Shadow is unbundled

This week, Neon Systems Inc. and Software AG Inc. entered into a marketing agreement that may help to speed data access performance for Adabas,as well as other mainframe data and transaction sources. The move follows Neon's announcement earlier this year of ShadowConnect, an unbundled 'per-application' version of the company's Shadow mainframe integration connector suite.

Neon's technology is posed as an alternative to general-purpose mainframe integration connectors, many of which of late have come out of the Java server milieu. In some cases, noted Neon Senior VP Mark Cresswell, use of application servers with mainframes can require developers to pursue complicated workarounds that may still result in degraded mainframe performance. ADTmag

Note that this is Neon Systems, not New Era of Networks, who lost a lawsuit over use of the NEON acronym and are now owned by Sybase.

Assessing the risks of open source (MetaGroup report by Thomas Murphy)

As organizations seek to control software license costs and press forward with Java initiatives, open source is an appealing alternative. However, IT leaders are increasingly concerned with liability and security surrounding the use of open source. IT organizations must develop policies and procedures to aid in assessing the risk associated with all code utilized in the organization. Meta trend: Application server consolidation will continue through 2003, as breadth of functionality expands to include portals (2002), EAI (2002), content management (2002/03), analytic structures (2003), mobile technology (2003), data distribution (2004), and application-specific development frameworks (2004/05). See opinions at

Oracle calls for Web services unity

Oracle says when it comes to Web services, there are too many choreographers and not enough dancers. The database vendor today will ask the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to form an industry-wide working group to guide development of standards that govern how Web services interact with each other. Oracle wants to reduce the confusion caused by a number of proposed standards including BPEL4WS, WSCI, BPML and others.



E-business integration and e-learning top the table. The findings are based on thousands of ROI studies by Nucleus Research on behalf of companies such as BT and Lockheed Martin.

Sonic Software Extends Market Leadership in Standards-Based Integration with Release of SonicXQ 1.5

Sonic Enhances Software Industry's First Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) BEDFORD, Mass., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Sonic Software today announced the availability of SonicXQ(TM) 1.5. The SonicXQ enterprise service bus (ESB) is the only enterprise-class integration infrastructure for distributed business environments and computing models. "SonicXQ sets new standards for application integration," said Greg O'Connor, president of Sonic Software. "Sophisticated users have already determined that the only way to achieve agility and efficiency across their business is by separating the integration infrastructure from the application platform. SonicXQ 1.5 provides these users with improved performance and scalability, and extends flexible support for all major application platforms."

SonicXQ V1.5 is available immediately. The Professional Developer Suite is priced at $3,750 per user. The Enterprise Edition Suite is priced at $10,000 per CPU


Sonic gets the announcement in the day before Q3 Progress earnings are announced "Customers asked and Sonic listened:" We at SpiritSoft, and several other vendors (including our partners PolarLake, plus Iona, Silverstream/Novell and others) would dispute the "only enterprise class integration infrastructure" claim rather strongly!

Progress Software (and Sonic Software) Reports Third Quarter Results

BEDFORD, Mass., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Progress Software Corporation, a leading supplier of technology for building e-business solutions, today announced results for its third quarter ended August 31, 2002. Revenue for the quarter increased 3 percent to $69.0 million, up from $67.1 million in the same quarter last year. Operating income increased by 20 percent to $7.3 million, up from $6.1 million in the same quarter last year. Net income was $5.5 million, up 12 percent from $4.9 million in the same quarter last year, and diluted earnings per share were 14 cents, up 8 percent over the same quarter last year. See full details.

According to analyst call, Sonic Software headline revenue was $3.6M, up 53% from a year ago. Details of revenue/expenses not published. Management expectation for Sonic Q4 to be 50% up on last year - ie $4.2M. That's still below the Q2/02 headline of $4.3M, which appears to have been inflated above trend by a single big deal delayed from Q1.

Sybase Certifies ebXML Messaging Interoperability for Web Services Integrator 2.5

09/11/02, 7:00 a.m.--Enterprise infrastructure and integration company Sybase has successfully completed an ebXML Messaging 2.0 Interoperability Certification test. The test, sponsored by the Uniform Code Council (UCC) Interoperability Program and facilitated by Drummond Group Inc. (DGI), is designed to ensure that Sybase's Web Services Integrator 2.5 complies with a common level of interoperability. Sybase Web Services Integrator (WSI) is a platform for integrating business processes and enterprise data between trading partners, allowing for multi-entity collaboration across a company's value chain. Based on Web services and standards such as ebXML and RosettaNet, WSI is a core component of the Sybase Business Process Integrator (BPI) Suite.

press release

"the only e-Business Platform vendor (yet) to receive ebXML Messaging Interoperability Certification"

Note Sybase's new self-description: "We are the software integration company. We can help you integrate all the data and business applications in your enterprise and extend them to any location in the world. So you can improve efficiency while preserving your existing infrastructure investments." Sybase clearly re-positioning itself away from its database roots and more behind its New Era of Networks and Financial Fusion units, and its cheesy "Everything Works Better When Everything Works Together.(tm)" strapline.

TIBCO and Siebel Systems Collaborate to Deliver Best-Practice Business Processes for Universal Application Network

TIBCO Software Provides a Design Tool for Best Practices to Reduce Costs and Speed Deployment. TIBCO Software Inc. and Siebel Systems, Inc., a leading provider of multichannel eBusiness applications software, today announced the companies are leveraging their joint partnership to deliver prepackaged best-practice business processes for Universal Application Network. Siebel Systems is using TIBCO's design tool to develop these business processes for Universal Application Network to address complex application integration challenges and minimize the need for customization, speeding the deployment and lowering the total cost of ownership.


See virtually identical announcement from webMethods below; Siebel knows how to keep its partners organized!

TIBCO Software Signs Agreement To Acquire PRAJA Inc.

Acquisition Delivers Customers Richer Business Decision Making Capabilities PALO ALTO, Calif. and SAN DIEGO, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TIBCO Software Inc. (Nasdaq: TIBX - News) today announced it has completed the acquisition of PRAJA Inc., a privately-held developer of business activity monitoring (BAM) software. This acquisition gives customers new capabilities in directly monitoring real-time business operations against their key performance indicators and rapidly evolving the overall efficiency of their business.

PRAJA's customers and partners include General Motors, IBM Global Services, TIBCO, Inforte, World Resources Institute, Covansys, Orincon and Henry Ford Health System. To learn more about PRAJA's BAM software, visit .

Tibco continuing to focus away (up) from messaging and simple integration and onto the high and proprietary end of business processing and management.

Versata Q3/2002 - revenues still down; ILOG partnership delivers

Total revenue decreased by $6.5 million, or 58%, to $4.6 million in the three months ended July 31, 2002 from $11.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2001. For the nine months ended July 31, 2002, total revenue decreased by $22.0 million, or 58%, to $15.6 million from $37.5 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2002. Software license revenue decreased by $3.8 million, or 64% to $2.2 million in the three months ended July 31, 2002 from $6.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2001. For the nine months ended July 31, 2002, software license revenue decreased by $9.8 million, or 54%, to $8.4 million from $18.2 million for the nine months ended July 31, 2002. The decrease is principally attributable to a decrease in IT spending and overall market conditions. "In the third quarter, a total of 19 customers purchased Versata products. 53% of Versata's software license revenue came from repeat customers". "In February, Versata announced a strategic alliance agreement with ILOG ...; Versata has completed the development of a connector between the Versata Logic Server and ILOG JRules. This quarter, Versata and ILOG had their first joint sale. The customer, an international leader in computer hardware, software, and services, is building a back-end infrastructure of integrated business rules, process, and transactions to feed as many as 50 internal business applications"

W3C moves closer to management of a key Web services standard

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)'s Web Services Architecture Working Group voted 17 to 1 Thursday afternoon to grant a request made by Oracle and recommend the creation of a committee to take the handful of competing choreography specifications and create a unified standard. The W3C's chain-of-command must still approve the recommendation.

webMethods Demonstrates Ability to Run Full Business Processes for UniversalApplicationNetwork

WebMethods and SiebelSystems Extend Strategic Alliance to Lower the Total Cost of Enterprise Integration. webMethods, Inc., a leading provider of integration software, and Siebel Systems, a leading provider of multichannel eBusiness applications software, today announced that webMethods has demonstrated full support of Universal Application Network. Utilizing Web Services and Siebel 7.5 to represent and execute Universal Application Network business processes on the webMethods integration platform, the combined integration solution allows global organizations to leverage their IT investments in legacy applications, packaged applications and integration infrastructure to reduce their overall costs of integration. Siebel playing webMethods off against Tibco...

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