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Market Research Digest - 26 February 2003

Accenture plans .NET software workbench

The Accenture Web Services Platform is a software platform based on Microsoft's .NET Framework, featuring reusable software components designed to make it easier for the company and its clients to manage, build and roll out large-scale Web services deployments. Accenture plans a version that will work with J2EE technology in the next 12 to 18 months. See InternetWeek

BEA Q4 Profit more than triples as sales rise 8%

BEA Systems Inc. said it benefited from providing services to existing customers and year-end spending on software. Integration license revenue grows 91% sequentially as BEA "drives convergence of application development and integration markets". See press release.

Is this another sign of a turn in the market, or the last flash before BEA's pricing model is trashed by JBoss and others?

BI vendors pin hopes on Web services

Traditional BI vendors such as SAS, Business Objects, and Information Builders are moving quickly to build support for Web services into their product offerings as enterprises seek to leverage Web services for real-time analytics. Accenture has also developed a new active BI prototype designed to allow users to aggregate, view, and manipulate real-time data from multiple sources, including enterprise systems and trusted third parties. The Live Information Models prototype, based on Microsoft .Net technology and Juice Software’s enterprise software platform, provides a continuous connection between Excel spreadsheets and multiple data sources. See Infoworld.

As more and more product categories come to rely on web services standards, so we can expect alternative interface models to decline in relative importance.

Cape Clear Makes Already Free Tool Even Better

Cape Clear Software has released a new version of its free WSDL (Web Services Description Language) Editor. See messageQ, press release.

Only one question - why??

DataPower accelerates XML Web services

DataPower has upgraded its specialized hardware for improving performance of XML-reliant applications. See C|Net.

Documentum ships eRoom Enterprise within 90 days of acquisition

Documentum integrates eRoom's collaboration product with its own Enterprise Content Management platform, enabling companies to collaboratively create, share, manage, deliver, reuse and archive the content and best practices that drive business operations. See messageQ.

Quick and decisive turn around on an acquisition - always a good thing.

Fiorano a "founding member" of EAI Consortium

Fiorano's CEO & CTO, Atul Saini joins as a Board Member of the Consortium and Fiorano's Vice President, Amit Gupta is appointed Co-Chair of the Asia-Pac committee.See messageQ, Fiorano press release, EAI Industry Consortium.

Hmm, its two years since the EAI Industry Consortium was formed; how can a late joiner become a founder member?

Whitepaper from HP reviews Web services orchestration tools and standards

HP provides a review of emerging technologies, tools, and standards in Web services orchestration, considering BPEL4WS, WSCI, BPML, and vendors BEA, Microsoft, Collaxa, IBM and Sun. See

IBM closes $2.1bn Rational acquisition

The closing of the deal -- first announced on Dec. 6, 2002 -- came one day after regulators at the European Commission in Brussels cleared the transaction. IBM previously received U.S. regulatory approval. Shareholders of Rational voted in favor of the deal on Jan. 22. Rational will be integrated into IBM as the fifth brand of IBM Software Group, a $13 billion business in 2002, IBM said. See Reuters on Yahoo.

Web services may hinge on Portals, says IBM architect

One of IBM's top portal architects - an OASIS standards specialist - says corporate portals are not only a natural fit for Web services, but Web services-based portals can also ease application integration and provide cost savings. OASIS' Web services portal spec is expected to be finalized by the end of March. For the full story, see SearchWebServices.

IBM announces BPEL4WS workflow engine for WebSphere

IBM bundles a BPEL4WS based workflow engine with WebSphere Application Server Enterprise, V5 and WebSphere Studio Application Developer Integration Edition. IBM also announces several new initiatives to promote Web services on Websphere: including IBM's Web Services Industry Councils, Web Services Executive Connection program, Web Services Advanced Training for Business Partners. It also releases a new version of the Web Services toolkit, BPWS4J and Distributed Event-Based Architecture for Web Services (DEBA4WS) at alphaWorks. See

Iona upgrades mainframe integration software

Iona claims to have delivered "the first service oriented mainframe integration solution". Orbix Mainframe v5.1 enables developers to expose legacy functionality to web applications, other mainframe or non-mainframe systems. The upgrade include support for Cobol, PL/1 and C++; and the ability to expose mainframe applications and data, including CICS and IMS transactions, as software services with CORBA or Web services interfaces. See press release and more product information.

One to file in the schadenfreude file...

MS SQL Server developers face huge royalty bills?

In a ruling that could force royalty fees on some developers working with Microsoft's SQL Server 7 data-management software, a Washington state judge said Microsoft could not sublicense Timeline Inc's patents (which relate to hypercube data analysis) to SQL Server customers. See The Register and C|Net.

Openlink integrates enterprise data islands with Virtuoso 3.0

UK based data integration vendor Openlink announces a new release that enables transparent and concurrent access in real-time to heterogeneous data sources that provides access to heterogeneous data sources through industry standard data access interfaces such as ODBC, JDBC, OLE DB, .NET Data Providers, XML, XPath, and XQuery. It also integrates transparently with runtime environments for distributed computing such as Microsoft .NET, Mono and J2EE, enabling the creation and hosting of WSDL-compliant XML Web Services, Stored Procedures, Functions, Triggers and User Defined Types that are written in Java or any .NET bound language. See

Oracle grows app server revenues and share in EMEA, chasing BEA

Oracle Corp. said its customer base for its Oracle9i application server grew by 69% in Europe, the Middle East and Africa in the 12 months to November 2002. Over the first and second quarter, it added 1,000 new application server customers, not including the 30% of its customers in the EMEA region that expanded existing Oracle application server deals. An Oracle exec said that the company is winning new customers at a ratio of two to one compared to market leader BEA - in the three months to October 2002, BEA won 382 new application server customers, while in the three months to November 2002, Oracle won 620 new customers. See press release.

Pegasystems positions its rules engine into the BPM space

PegaRULES Process Commander 3.2 incorporates a range of new declarative rules, allowing business users and developers to build and modify a richer set of BPM applications. See messageQ and product information.

Pegasystems also reported record revenues of $97.4 million - and profits - for 2002; see press release.

Persistence EdgeXtend 2.0 now supports Linux

See press release.

big deal! There's some more comment at TheServerSide.

Reuters shares firm amid asset-sale talk

One fund manager, who declined to be named, said Friday's speculation involved smaller non-core assets rather than any sell-down of Reuters' major stakes in electronic trading subsidiary Instinet Group Inc or financial software developer TIBCO Software Inc. See Yahoo.

There's no ROI in ROI?

A contrarian editor suggests that wise CIOs should just "do the right thing" - saving all that agonising over spreadsheets. See Computerworld.

Sonic signs adapter deal with iWay

Sonic will resell adapters from iWay (an Information Builders division) product lines.

See C|Net which only refers to SonicMQ (JMS) and MessageQ which stresses the iWay line of adapters is of more direct interest to SonicXQ Enterprise Service Bus customers.

This alliance is not very surprising - iWay already had a deal with Excelon Corp, purchased late last year by Sonic. Sonic can now hold its own with the best of EAI vendors - they have an off-the-shelf solution for a vast range of EDI, database, XML and application formats and technologies.

Sun, Yahoo, Microsoft Plan Corporate Instant Messaging Offerings This Spring

... joining IBM's Lotus, which launched its upgraded enterprise instant messaging offering, SameTime 3.0, late last year. Lack of interoperability among different instant messaging networks remains an obstacle to corporate deployment but it is predicted that it will be solved through standards adoption or partnerships within a year or so. See InternetWeek.

Sun readying integrated Web services platform

Next month Sun Microsystems plans to ship a developer's edition of an integrated Web services platform featuring Sun middleware and development products that it hopes will promote development of Web services-based business applications on the Java platform. The offering will feature the Sun ONE Application Server, Directory Server, Identity Server, Integration Server, Portal Server, and the Studio development tool. See InfoWorld

Tangosol adds an Invocation Service to Coherence

(Added in 2.1 Pre-Release (build 232) 21 Feb 03) Coherence Invocation Service enables developers to easily distribute and monitor processing and invocations across a Coherence Cluster. Using the Invocation Service, it is now possible to have a member make an execution request to other member or members in a cluster, supplying the runnable objects to invoke remotely and report the results back either synchronously or asynchronously. See FAQ.

The Mind Electric rethinks grid computing

TME will be pushing Gaia as a runtime environment for service-oriented architectures and not, as originally intended, as a grid computing tool. While this won't make much of a difference to the actual technology platform TME has been developing, it does indicate that grid computing still has much to do to position itself as an enterprise-ready architecture. See SearchWebServices.

It's obviously hard for a small vendor to make a big splash in grid computing against IBM/Sun/HP.

Word 'bursts' may reveal online trends

Searching for sudden "bursts" in the usage of particular words could be used to rapidly identify new trends and sort information more efficiently, says a US computer scientist. Jon Kleinberg, at Cornell University in New York, suggests that the method could be applied to weblogs to track new social trends. For example, identifying word bursts in the hundreds of thousands of personal diaries now on the web could help advertisers quickly spot an emerging craze. See the New Scientist.

They're watching all you bloggers out there!

Zapthink report says Service Oriented Architectures are "heating up"

Service-oriented architectures based upon open standards form a new generation of distributed computing technologies, and will become the most predominant architecture by 2006. Reworking today's existing brittle, expensive IT infrastructures into flexible, Service-oriented architectures promises tremendous business agility and substantial cost savings. Other key findings of the report include:
  • By 2010, 69% of the total enterprise software market will be Service-oriented
  • Service orientation is possible because of today's broad-based movement toward standards-based computing
  • Service-oriented architectures are "thrifty" -- they enable companies to squeeze more value out of the technology they already have.
See messageQ, and the report abstract which features a vendor list.

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