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Market Research Digest, 2nd April 2003

BEA WebLogic 8.1 is shipping

BEA claims 8.1 is 30% better performing (read - washes whiter than white) and aims to simplify development. It also adds reliable SOAP messaging (based presumably on the WS-RM spec) supported by JMS message stores. Other JMS enhancements include:
  • A thin JMS client that provides full client functionality at greatly reduced client-side footprint (400K)
  • Simplified configuration for integrating with foreign JMS providers
  • New "wrappers" that make it easier to use JMS from inside J2EE components such as EJBs and servlets.
  • Improved handling of expired messages to ensure that they are cleaned up immediately. Moreover, message auditing gives you the option of tracking expired messages, either by logging when a message expires or by redirecting expired messages to a special destination.
  • A "Blocking Send" feature to help you avoid receiving message quota errors by temporarily blocking message producers from sending messages to a destination when the destination has exceeded its specified maximum message quota.

See announcement and BEA written article in printable format at WebLogic Developer Journal.

Gartner predicts 2004 recovery

The good news is that the bad news is almost over, said Michael Fleisher, chairman and CEO of Gartner Inc. But 2004 may very well be the year of a high-tech turnaround. A combination of aging enterprise systems becoming increasingly costly to maintain and the emergence of new software and hardware technologies will spur the recovery, he predicted. See ADTmag for the full story.

Informatica "first" to offer end-to-end Business Analytics on Linux

They claim this makes Informatica the first vendor to offer a complete, end-to-end Linux solution for the entire business analytics stack -- from "source to dashboard", with Informatica PowerCenter data integration (available now), Informatica Warehouse analytics and Informatica PowerAnalyzer business intelligence (available Q2)-- at a time when Global 2000 companies are accelerating their adoption of Linux as a platform for enterprise applications.

Pricing will be as for Windows platforms. See announcement

That "first" word again - never quite above suspicion, especially as they haven't quite delivered yet.

Iteration rolls out in-memory, message based reporting

Business intelligence industry veteran Ken Gardner, late of Sagent and ReportSmith and now Iteration's CEO and founder, said messaging-based architectures are "how things are going to be done" in the future of data reporting. Iteration's system can also work with established data warehouse systems, but the spread of message-based environments is the key to truly up-to-date reports on business operations, he said.

Read more at ADTmag.

Linux to sweep the board in 2003?

Research from Forrester suggests Linux has reached a "tipping point"; "2003 is the year that Linux stops being a cool technology for open source Latest News about open source faithful and becomes a data-center strategy for smart CIOs," says Forrester analyst Ted Schadler, the report's lead author. Companies are using Linux for a broad array of applications, including some that would "terrify Microsoft," the study says: 13 of the study's 50 respondents are running Linux on the desktop or on number-crunching workstations.

The report's survey asked companies which hardware and software operating systems they are replacing with Linux. The three most common responses were "Intel and Microsoft" (26 percent), "Sun and Solaris" (22 percent) and "IBM and AIX" (14 percent).


Mercator receives hostile bid from Strategic Software Holdings

SSH, an investor in Mercator, says itís proposing to buy Mercator Software for $2.17 per common share in cash, a transaction that would provide stockholders with a substantial premium of 40% over the $1.55 closing price on March 28, 2003, and values Mercator at $72.5M.

See Bloomberg.

Merrill Lynch says IT spending to fall because of Iraq war

This could mean that a number of technology suppliers miss their quarterly sales and profit targets for the quarter to the end of March, says Steve Milunovich, an analyst at the investment bank. Since many companies rely heavily on last-minute sales to reach their quarterly revenue targets, the timing of the war is unfortunate. The spending slowdown will hit "back-end-loaded" companies ó those that record the bulk of their sales at the end of the quarter ó the hardest. See Infoconomy.

NEON Systems launches SQL adapter for IMS

The Shadow Interface for IMS/DB provides application developers a wide array of options for reaching into IMS databases, using either simplified SQL access or invoking RPCs (Remote Procedure Calls) through industry -standard APIs, such as J2CA, JDBC or ODBC, NEON explains. The enhanced server functionality of the Shadow Interface for IMS/DB exploits standard IMS APIs (CCTL/DBCTL and ODBA) with performance, security, and transactional capabilities, not found in any other integration product, to accommodate high volume, high concurrency distributed application requests to the mainframe. The Interface for IMS/DB supports two-phase commit technology, which leverages IBM's RRS facility within IMS to expand the transaction scope in order to maintain data integrity with other data sources, both on and off the mainframe, in a single unit-of-work.

See press release.

This comes just 3 weeks after NEON announced a major corporate reorganization, losing over a quarter of its employees (see announcement).

Oracle launches low cost J2EE package, goes after BEA

Oracle9i Application Server Java Edition includes integrated development environment (Java Developer) and advanced Java-based persistence software (Toplink) as well as the J2EE server itself, and will be priced at $5,000 per processor; Oracle says this compares with $10,000 for IBM's application server software and $17,000 for BEA's.

Oracle also unveiled a program to lure BEA WebLogic customers to its new Java edition application server software. The program enables BEA customers to exchange enterprise licenses of BEA WebLogic for an equal number of licenses for Oracle9i Application Server Java Edition.

See Dow Jones at Yahoo.

Platform Computing runs Linux Grid on mainframe

"By making Platform Grid software available on the Linux for zSeries, we can integrate the mainframe into an Enterprise Grid".

Platform is part of IBM's worldwide go-to-market Grid strategy and is the only grid software vendor whose products are included in all of IBM's ten solutions specific to aerospace, automotive, financial markets, government and life sciences. Platform and IBM have already had a number of customer successes in financial services, life sciences and manufacturing, including AstraZeneca, BASF, the France Telethon's "Decrypthon" project, and the Italian National Agency for New Technology, Energy and the Environment (ENEA). See announcement.

Fun to see "replace the mainframe" grid technology actually running on the mainframe...

Sonic Software publishes a "Saint" white paper

Read Steve Cragg's white paper Raising EAI Standards - Looking at the Development of the EAI Market and the Effects of the Emergence of Standards (pdf) which considers who will be the winners and losers in the EAI market as standards spread.

Steve is one of the original leaders of the MQSeries development team, spent time with Candle Corp and now runs his own Saint consulting. He is vice chairman of the EAI Consortium.

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