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Market Research Digest - 22 Jan 2003

BEA retools WebLogic lineup

Sources close to BEASystemsInc say in March the vendor plans to unwrap the next version of its WebLogic application server and offer a preview of its upgraded portal, integration and WebLogic Workshop products. Workshop's changes are slated to help manage J2EE development efforts across all components of BEA's suite, which includes the application server, portal and integration products.

read CRN story

Evolution of the Financial Software Market - Calypso's view

This article examines the market forces that are driving change in the financial software market, describes the technologies that will be adopted by the next generation of financial software systems, and shows why those systems will be developed by new market entrants rather than the large incumbent companies. read PDF

Thanks for that one, DC!

Grid computing how IBM, Sun and Microsoft line up

One of the hottest initiatives going is aiming to use Web services as the conduit to access grid resources. The451 examines the major grid computing players -- IBM, Sun and Microsoft -- and looks at where the market is heading.

the451 article

Harvard Business School symposium touts Web services for integration

Right now WebServices are all about integration, and customers want a single standard they can depend on, so said a panel of leading vendors and a key customer organization at a recent Harvard Business School technology event. According to the CTO of General Motors, integration with Web services is much cheaper than other, more traditional integration methods.

eWeek story

Ignore ROI at your peril, warn's HP's Carly Fiorina

Tech for tech's sake is no longer a customer priority. VNUnet

HP's latest European partner newsletter

IBM shows Q4 revenue growth, but flat software revenue and falling income

IBM reported fourth-quarter income from continuing operations of $1.9 billion, down from $2.6 billion in 2001's fourth quarter. Excluding the charges, IBM's continuing-operations income would have been $2.3 billion. Revenue from continuing operations for the quarter, which ended Dec. 31, was $23.7 billion, up 7 percent from $22.1 billion in the year-ago quarter.

Infoworld story

Revenue growth came largely from PwC Consulting purchase, offset by drop in financing revenues

ILOG reports Q2 results

ILOG reported revenues of $22.5 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2003, ended December 31, 2002, and a loss from operations of $0.6 million. This compares with $20.7 million in revenue and income from operations of $0.4 million in the prior year's second quarter. Loss per share this quarter was $0.07, compared with earnings of $0.01 per share for the prior year quarter.

Revenues for North America were up 27%, and for Asia up 19%; those for Europe down 12%. Business Rules product revenue grew 97% to represent 47% of total license revenue.

see press release

Kenamea Enters Web Services / Enterprise Service Bus Fray

Kenamea, Inc. has unveiled the Kenamea WebMessagingPlatform, version 2.1. The vendor calls the upgrade "major" and says it offers customers a lightweight, cost-effective solution that integrates Web services into real-time, event-driven applications that operate across any network, platform, or device. Native Web services support, along with security and management capabilities, marks Kenamea's entry into the EnterpriseServicesBus (ESB) market, a major emerging infrastructure category identified by Gartner Research.

see messageQ

"Kenamea's customers rely on its software to manage all the connection requirements of their mission-critical trading, workflow, monitoring and control applications."

read press release

Microsoft to pay dividend; Q2 earnings beat expectations

Microsoft announced its first dividend, increasing pressure on some Silicon Valley technology companies to follow suit. The company also released better-than-expected quarterly earnings - profit rose 11 percent for the fiscal second quarter ended Dec. 31, to $2.55 billion on revenue of $8.54 billion - and a two-for-one stock split. story

Oracle enhances Portal Software

Looking to keep ahead of the curve in the software-as-a-service sector, OracleCorp has pulled the lid off of its new portal enhancements for Oracle 9i Application Server, which are geared to integrate data from multiple data sources including Web Services, spreadsheets and Web sites. The new features, called OmniPortlet, let business users access Web services, XML, and spreadsheet data sources and publish them in various formats in the form of a portlet. story

There is a growing awareness of the relationship between web services and portals/portlets...

New SAP Web services platform supports .NET, WebSphere

SAP announced its new NetWeaver platform this morning in New York. Presented as a business solution, rather than a technological innovation, the platform is an integrated, Web-services based offering that is fully interoperable with .NET and IBM WebSphere.

SearchWebServices story , searchSAP background , comment from the451

SAP may have made a mistake with the name; NetWeaver is also the name of the "Cold Fusion Howto Group"

Ascential supports NetWeaver

Read press release

SeeBeyond supports SAP NetWeaver

Leveraging SAP NetWeaver]] , the SeeBeyond]] Business Integration Suite will provide adapters for non-SAP solution back-end integration for applications integrating with the SAP NetWeaver]] platform, reducing overall deployment time and helping to ensure the free flow of data across the enterprise. story

Stellent supports NetWeaver

Stellent, Inc., a provider of content management solutions, says it's now supporting SAP NetWeaver]] read more

webMethods supports NetWeaver

webMethods has teamed with SAP to extend SAP Exchange Infrastructure through an array of adapters that connect to a wide variety of industry applications. SAP will resell webMethods' Web services-based adapters to support integration between SAP and non-SAP solutions. By doing so, SAP will leverage webMethods' extensive adapter library for packaged applications, legacy applications and mainframes.

Read press release

Sun readying J2EE 1.4

Sun Microsystems officials on Wednesday revealed several of the technological and promotional details it is planning for the Java development language, including the February release of J2EE 1.4, which will feature integrated Web services support.

read more at Infoworld

I presume this means J2EE 1.4 specifications will be finalised in Feb (they are currently in proposed final draft). All indications we have from Sun are that J2EE 1.4 reference implementation (and CTS) will be ready around June - delayed by late addition of web services functionality.

more links at theServerSide

Sun charges lead to $2.3 billion loss

Sun Microsystems Thursday reported a $2.28 billion net loss for its most recent quarter, most of it a $2.13 billion non-cash charge relating to the reduced value of acquired companies. Including various charges, Sun reported a loss of 72 cents per share; excluding them, the company broke even, slightly beating analyst expectations. story

webMethods Q3 results - loss narrows, revenues up 17%

For its fiscal third-quarter ended Dec. 31, WebMethods posted a net loss of $739,000, or 1 cent a share compared to a net loss of $13.9 million, or 28 cents a share, a year ago. Revenue rose to $53.81 million from $49.1 million in the prior period. License revenue was up 28% on prior quarter to $33.9M. WebMethods is now claiming more than 900 customers.

see press release

W3C to consider Web services choreography, but not BPEL4WS

The World Wide Web Consortium plans to form a working group to draft an industry-wide recommendation on implementing Web services choreography, which would enable Web services to interact more efficiently with each other, especially regarding complex transactions. The specs the group will consider include HP's WSCL and Sun's WSCI, but BPEL4WS, a rival standard from IBM and Microsoft, will not be considered because it has yet to be submitted to the W3C.

Infoworld article

The Web Services Choreography Working Group will be co-chaired by Oracle's Martin Chapman and Enigmatec's Steven Ross-Talbot. It will have a two-year charter to develop its recommendation. "We'd be happy to have any feedback into this working group," said a spokesperson.

Good to see a SpiritSoft alumnus at the helm - though how Enigmatec can afford to release Steve I'll never know.

IP issues could derail Web services choreography standards

Analysts and other observers said questions about the intentions of some high-profile W3C members, including Microsoft, IBM and BEA Systems, threaten to derail the possibility of an industry-wide standard. Some vendors are quietly pushing for the collection of royalties for the use of intellectual property.

CNET story

Stepped up activity on Web services? wonders Yankee Group

The economic downturn may in fact be a silver lining for the enterprise software field when it comes to Web services. "The really tough environment has created a slowdown that is actually going to be a good thing, because it will support a slow transition to Web services."

see CRMdaily story

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