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Market Research Digest 13th March 2002

This week's edition is late because I have just moved house - new contact details are on the web site if you need them. Next week there will be no newsletter as I will be at Web Services Edge in Boston. Back to normal on 26th March, I hope!

BEA and Sun submit "Process Definition for Java" and "Java Business Integration" JSRs

See discussion at TheServerSide and the JSRs themselves at JSR-207 Process Definition for Java and JSR-208 Java Business Integration.

IBM endorses "Service Integration Bus" paradigm

InfoWorld tells how IBM sees the message based service bus (more widely known as the ESB) as a core component of web and grid services, and part of the future blueprint for Websphere.

IMS still attracts tools

Princeton Softech extends its Relation Tools test data management suite with support for IBM's venerable IMS database - alleging that more than 95% of the Fortune 1000 companies continue to run IMS, managing more than 15 billion gigabytes of data. See announcement.

Iona launches Mobile Orchestrator - an integration broker for occasionally disconnected users

Described as "process choreography rather than just file synchronization", it manages asynchronous communication using SOAP over FTP; it consists of Studio, Mobile Client, and Server components. See announcement ADTmag and InfoWorld.

Interesting to see low-tech, low-cost, universally supported FTP being used rather than JMS.

Microsoft enhances .NET tools

Visual Studio.NET 2003 - a "fit and finish" release - will arrive in April, at the same time as Windows Server 2003 and the 64-bit version of SQL Server. See VNUnet.

Oracle upgrades its Warehouse Builder

Oracle's data warehouse ETL tool now includes a graphical process flow editor; bulk data extract from SAP R/3; and benefits from Oracle 9i release 2's built-in OLAP engine; it supports Common Warehouse Model (CWM) and XMI for metadata interchange, and XPDL - the Process Definition Language - for process flow. See announcement.

Oracle9iAS Development Director discusses databases, 2PC, caching and guaranteed messaging

See TheServerSide.

Persistence migrates customers from PowerTier to WebLogic, becomes BEA 3 Star Partner

Persistence Software migrated an existing customer, Prebon Yamane, from its PowerTier J2EE product to its EdgeXtend for BEA WebLogic Server. The EdgeXtend and WebLogic solution provides WAN clustering of data to geographically distributed applications by using the real-time Data Services provided by EdgeXtend. See press release.

Better to get half the cake than no cake at all.

If anyone can, Seebeyond ICAN

SeeBeyond has unveiled the acronymically-enhanced Integrated Composite Application Network Suite v5.0 (ICAN), based on J2EE, JCA and Web services standards. The suite - claimed to "eclipse competing offerings" - consists of a bewildering range of products in the eGate, eInsight and eEverythingElse ranges. New products include eInsight Enterprise Service Bus a "rapidly implemented, limited edition of eInsight BPM natively utilizing BPEL4WS and UDDI to coordinate enterprise web services".

SeeBeyond is obviously proud to be standards based; Ian Howells, VP marketing EMEA, told ComputerWire that "The pure-play integration vendors have a problem because they need a proprietary integration server. And the application server vendors (like IBM and BEA) have a problem because it is fundamentally not in their interest to enable interoperability between their application servers - it would make it easy to migrate from one to the other." This is an argument that smaller ESB vendors like SpiritSoft and Sonic have been making for eighteen months or more. But at the same time CEO Jim Demetriades thinks "The notion that the industry will consolidate and ultimately standardize on a single platform -- while in one sense utopian -- is terrifically naive". Has SeeBeyond really got the message? Though supported by helpful quotes from Meta Group and our old friend Roy Schulte at Gartner, I'd like to know:

  • is SeeBeyond J2EE certified? Whose J2EE technology are they using
  • are they willing to cannibalize their proprietary customer base?
  • what (apart from SeeBeyond's 14 year integration history) is unique about this compared to (say) BEA WebLogic Integration - J2EE with integration on top - or WebMethods - integration with (JBoss) J2EE underneath?

See announcement and product launch page.

Tibco starts a push into "Real Time Business Innovation"

Tibco has announced a strategic initiative intended to extend its leadership in real-time business innovation, through the delivery of new solutions for "business optimization" and enhancements to the company's business integration and enterprise backbone solutions. New product TIBCO BusinessFactor - to be launched in Spring 2003 - aggregates and contextualizes business performance information and presents this information in real-time in a highly interactive and dynamic manner that lets users monitor and analyze business performance indicators in the context of past performance, business objectives and constantly evolving market conditions. Beyond that, TIBCO will announce enhancements to its enterprise backbone, business integration, and business optimization solutions throughout 2003. See announcement.

Tibco has a real reputation for real time data distribution, but is now entering the Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) market created two or three years ago by Informatica, and already crawling with vendors from the ETL, EAI, BI and management infrastructure markets (even SeeBeyond has an eBAM product). With such a late entry, can Tibco make up the lost ground?

Will Tibco buy back Reuters' stake?

Tibco's shares are way down since they stated a goal of reducing the stake owned by Reuters, who's own business is in turmoil. See CBS Marketwatch.

Versata license revenues nearly double quarter on quarter

Total revenues for the Q1 were $5.1 million, an increase of 11% from $4.6 million for the quarter ended October 31, 2002. First quarter software license revenue was $2.7 million, an increase of 86% from $1.5 million in the quarter ended October 31, 2002. On a GAAP basis, the net loss for the first quarter 2003 was $1.2 million or $0.16 per share, compared to $2.3 million or $0.32 per share for the quarter ended October 31, 2002. See announcement.

Versata touts its relationship with IBM: "WebSphere customers accounted for 65% of our customer count and 8% of these customers purchased their Versata WebSphere products through IBM Passport Advantage (PPA), which is IBM's volume licensing program" but 8% of 65% of $2.7M is still less than $141k - a couple of servers...

And finally: enough specs already!

In a keynote at the XML Web Services One Conference in Santa Clara, SOAP co-author Don Box advised XML developers to read fewer specs, write more apps and less code, and to remember that humans matter. See ADTmag.

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