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Market Research Overview - 4th June 2003

Well, this week we reach a bit of a milestone. This will be the 50th issue since starting this newsletter last March. Originally produced as a bit of an internal competitive summary, it now covers whatever I happen to be interested in - currently middleware, integration, web and grid services, and web performance / traffic management. I try to pick out the more interesting items from the weeks news - but if I miss anything, please feel free to drop me a mail.

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Attunity Connect 4.0 released with Connect Studio GUI management console

Attunity releases Attunity Connect 4.0 and Attunity Connect Studio, an integrated GUI console for complete life-cycle management of legacy systems integration. Highlights include:
  • Integrated GUI for adapter life cycle activities
  • Enterprise wide adapter configuration * Wizard based metadata import for legacy adapters - from COBOL copybooks, and from e.g., CICS, IMS, VSAM, Tuxedo, etc.
  • Metadata editors for adapters and events - set up relational schemas for non-relational sources; define XML data structures and message formats for legacy systems
  • Runtime management console - remote control of Attunity components
  • New adapter to BEA Tuxedo - available through JCA, COM, XML and SOAP to add to CICS, IMS and Pathway
  • OEM/Branding Support - eg silent installation, easy re-branding

See press release.

Baltimore puts itself up for sale

Baltimore, which specialises in public key infrastructure (PKI) security products, was valued at more than 4 billion at the height of the technology stock boom; having lost 65.3 million last year, a sale price of about 30 million (well over current market value of 18 million) is expected. See Infoconomy.

Blaze Advisor 5.0 shipping

The new release of Fair Isaac's business rules management software allows greater control and security for team-based development and maintenance of business rule applications, new options for building decision trees as part of a decision process, and the first in a series of planned integrations with Fair Isaac's analytic modeling tools.

See ebizQ.

Blaze competes with ILOG, Pegasus, Haley Systems and others in the rules space.

Choreology raises additional $4.5M

UK based Choreology (founded in 2001, whose main product Cohesions implements the OASIS BTP - Business Transactions Protocol) has raised $4.5M from Atlas Ventures to add to $4M already received. The money will fund "the next phase of growth".

See Business Wire.

So, there's still money out there if you can make a case for it.

DataMirror Q1/2004 results confirm fall in sales

Revenue down 5.8% from Q1/2003 to (Canadian?) $13.3M, with license revenue falling to $5.45M from $7.08M - a drop of 23%. However close atttention to receivables and cost control measures ensured strong positive cash flow and GAAP income of $0.7M.

See press release.

European technology M&As halve in value, says E&Y

The value of mergers and acquisitions in the European technology sector fell by almost half in 2002, from $45.8 billion in 2001 to $23.3 billion, according to a report from accountants Ernst & Young. The number of individual transactions fell by 46% from 1,767 to 949. More than half of the M&A value in 2002 came from just five transactions. Software accounted for 40% of all deals. See Infoconomy

F5 Networks post biggest increase in market share in load balancing

F5 posted the highest revenue growth of any vendor in the Layer 4-7 (L4-7) Fixed Server Load Balancing (SLB)1 switch market for the first quarter of 2003, with a 30 percent revenue increase over the last quarter ending December 31, 2002. This represents an increase of 40 percent in revenue growth from the same quarter of 2002 - the greatest year-over-year increase of all vendors tracked by a recent Dell'Oro Group Report. Sales of F5 BIG-IP Application Switches grew to $12.8 million for the quarter from $9.8 million from the previous quarter.

See F5 press release.

Gemstone opens NY office and adds Chief Architect in New York

Jason Leinwand - most recently of Powerllel Corp - has joined the company as regional manager of financial services. Mr. Leinwand will be responsible for opening a sales office in New York Robert MacNeill (recently of SpiritSoft) has joined the company as Chief Architect for Financial Services in NYC.

Rob - Good luck mate!

HP and BEA make WebLogic Server available on OpenVMS and NonStop as well as Linux

BEA WebLogic Server is now available on HP AlphaServer systems running HP OpenVMS and industry-standard HP ProLiant servers running Linux, and is expected to be available on HP NonStop servers in June. HP also announced a cooperative support agreement with BEA that provides customers running BEA WebLogic Server on HP platforms with support from either HP or BEA. See ebizQ.

iWay Software stretches iXTE engine to support Web services and bundles a JMS

Version 5.5 "offers service-oriented integration, intelligent routing, JCA 1.5 connectivity and adds JMS to 6 existing messaging systems it supports".

See ebizQ and iWay's own new feature list.

JCP says faster Java approval process in works

Following many criticisms of the snail-like progress of many Java specification requests (JCache - JSR107, for example, stuck in the expert group for over two years now) the JCP program office is proposing changes to make the JCP process more transparent and efficient, enable more effective interactions with external groups and speed the completion rate of JSRs. This change is itself going through JCP as JCP 2.6 - JSR215 and is expected to be approved late this year.

See ebizQ.

Meanwhile, small earthquake hits 4 * JSRs

MQSoftware launches Q Nami! for business transaction monitoring

Long known for its Q Pasa! middleware management products, MQSoftware is aiming Q Nami! at financial, insurance, retail, transportation, utilities and government. The idea is to provide a 'dashboard' to show how business transactions are flowing through both middleware and applications; it optimizes performance and streamlines key business processes through automatic notification of failed or delayed transactions along with rules-based recovery or corrective action.

See ebizQ.

As usual, they stick to their IBM (MQSeries and WebSphere) bias, but say they can deliver on other platforms if necessary.

Mobile standards vetoed at JCP

A raft of J2ME JSRs - 216 to 219, covering new versions of the Personal Profile, Personal Basis Profile, Connected Device Configuration and the Foundation Profile, have been voted down by expert group members. They felt that there was a danger that the J2ME platform would become too bloated, and that these specs should be revised to reduce or eliminate increases in mandatory ROM size - or to make some features part of optional packages.

See JSR216 - Personal Profile 1.1, JSR217 - Personal Basis Profile 1.1, JSR218 - CDC 1.1 and JSR219 - Foundation Profile 1.1.

PeopleSoft to buy JD Edwards for $1.68 billion

Demonstrating that there are always M&A opportunities about, PeopleSoft is attempting to gain expertise in manufacturing, and to reverse its year-on-year decline in sales.

See PeopleSoft announcement (pdf) and Bloomberg.

There is bound to be lots more written about this in the next days and weeks.

Sun says: Code diagrams enable 'point-and-click' programming for non-experts

Ace is based on Sun's successful Java language and provides software development tools that give a graphical representation of computer code. Manipulating the diagram on-screen automatically alters the underlying code. For example, moving a line connecting two boxes could change the point at which a piece of input data is entered into a program. "Non-programmers can use Ace to build a skeleton of their application" says a spokesman, "but to make it completely working they [or a colleague] will have to write some minimal amount of code".

See New Scientist and a rather elderly (Apr 2002) Ace white paper (pdf). For comparison, read ADTmag on OptimalJ.

Well, it's just over 20 years since I was first shown a diagrammatic programming tool (not a pretty sight on a VT220, I must say. That one targeted Ada). This one looks prettier, but doesn't seem to have advanced the state of the art much compared with other better established roundtrip engineering tools like Oracle Designer, Cool Gen, etc. 100% generation that requires manual input? No wonder Sun is struggling!

Sybase's Financial Fusion in league with ILOG to bring STP to business users

Sybase and ILOG plan to co-market an "agile STP solution" - based on EAI features of Financial Fusion's TradeForce Solution and ILOG JRules - to securities and investment firms in France. ILOG JRules will complement the TradeForce Solution by automating decisions related to compliance (pre-trade and post-trade validation), reference data management and exception management. The collaboration is expected to expand the user base for TradeForce by giving asset managers, brokers and other business users more control over trade orders and STP processes, while allowing them to dynamically deploy business policy changes via ILOG JRules' advanced business rule management features. For ILOG, the agreement should expand the footprint of ILOG JRules within STP applications, particularly those touched by FIX, Omgeo or SWIFT protocols.

See joint press release.

Versant Q2 results - revenue up 7%, but license sales down

For Q2 ended April 30, 2003, Versant reported revenue of $5.0 million, up 7% from last year. License revenue for the quarter was $1.7 million, representing 33% of total revenues (down 33% from $2.5M or 52% of revenues in 2002). Services revenue was $3.3 million. Net loss for the second quarter of 2003 was $771,000, or $0.06 per share (loss reduced from $0.09/share).

Versant currently anticipates that third quarter revenue will be in the range of approximately $5.0 to $5.7 million.

See press release.

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