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Lynton Research Digest - 12th November 2003

DataMirror Debuts iFederate

DataMirror adds to its LiveIntegration product line with what sounds like a new "virtual database" product - a join engine, in effect.

"DataMirror iFederate is unique in its ability to perform complex joins across any supported mainframe data store," said Herman Wallenburg, Chief Scientist, DataMirror. "With iFederate, an individual with minimal technical knowledge of the underlying data structures can quickly and easily perform a join between, for example, VSAM and IMS or between DB2 and SAM-a key differentiation in the ETL market."

See ebizQ.

Hmm, doesn't sound unique to me! what about all those other mainframe access products? Striva DETAIL, Attunity and others, for example. DataMirror is belatedly following the leaders (and the Gartner analysts) towards the nirvana of business analytics, on-demand integration and the real-time enterprise with a me-too product...

HP/3000 finally hits the end of the road

Sales of Hewlett-Packard's 3000 series midrange server line have stopped after more than thirty years on the market. Introduced in 1972, the server runs HP's proprietary MPE/iX operating system. It became popular across the healthcare, finance and retail industries, and was later re-branded as the e3000. The decision to stop making the machine -- broadly equivalent to IBM's iSeries -- angered and saddened many users.

See Infoconomy.

Informatica cosies up to IBM

Not content with taking over CrossWorlds - a process-driven EAI specialist - during 2001, IBM is now smooching with data integration leader Informatica, following its own recent takeover of legacy data access specialist Striva Corp. Under the agreement the two companies will jointly integrate, market and sell advanced business intelligence solutions worldwide.

See Informatica press release.

Which will be next to go from HP's stable of "mature" operating systems? Tru64 Unix is being migrated to HP/UX (and even Linux) and there's apparently a big enough installed base and ongoing revenues to support OpenVMS for some time; but how about Non-Stop?

Informatica's PowerCenter 7 - "Adaptive Data Integration"

To deliver adaptive data integration capabilities, PowerCenter 7 includes innovations in five main areas: Web services support (plus LDAP and CDWM), on-demand computing and data (grid services based), data stewardship (data quality and profiling), team-based development (three tier architecture and development management), and robust security across all aspects of the integration process. PowerCenter 7 will be available in late Q4 of 2003, with pricing starting around $200,000.

See Informatica press release and Infoworld: nformatica recasts PowerCenter 7 for SOA.

After quite a bit of a lull in the data integration market, it seems to me that things have been hotting up considerably. Many of the vendors have been rounding out their product sets - by acquisition where necessary - to offer one stop capabilities. They are also beginning to roll out products like PowerCenter 7 that are taking advantage of some of the latest technology possibilities - rather than being stuck in the proprietary mud as they have been for so long in the past. Interesting times!

Iona launches Orbix Connect and allies with JBoss

Orbix Connect is a new standards based offering that delivers transparent and seamless J2EE to CORBA connectivity. The standards-based connector architecture encompasses all the details of packaging, deployment and configuration, thereby allowing [vendor specific] CORBA elements to be hidden from the developers.

At the same time Iona has joined the crowd of vendors (notably including webMethods) partnering with JBoss. "I believe that IONA's approach to enterprise integration helps large organizations make optimal use of their JBoss investments in their demanding IT environments," said Bob Bickel, JBoss Group, Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development. JBoss support will be bundled with Orbix and Artix - as well as being offered as a stand-alone service line.

See Iona release: New IONA Orbix Connect Solution and Open Source J2EE Alliance with JBoss. You can also read more at][TheServerSide]] - including the statement that Iona will continue to support (but not enhance?) its own J2EE app server until 2008.

By the way, this is the same Bob Bickel at JBoss who was formerly "Executive Technology Officer" at Bluestone and then General Manager of the HP Middleware division until it imploded last year. He was appointed VP of strategy and corporate development in July this year. Whereas Bluestone started commercial and became free, will JBoss go the other way?

Novell scoops SuSE and takes $50M investment from IBM

Apparently back from what seemed to many like a terminal decline over the last few years, Novell has spent $210 million picking up SuSE, one of the leading Linux vendors. With Novell's money SuSE can expand from Europe to challenge better known Red Hat in worldwide markets.

In August Novell picked up Ximian, developer of open source projects GNOME (a Linux desktop) and Mono (designed to allow .NET apps to run on Linux, Unix and Windows) - as well as other Linux desktop and server management products. Now it feels it has the right range of Linux server and desktop products to add to its existing Linux services.

See Novell announcement and VNUnet: Novell deal good for Linux, bad for SCO.

OASIS addresses asynchronous web services

The OASIS Asynchronous Service Access Protocol (ASAP) Technical Committee - including members from Computer Associates, DataPower, Fujitsu, and others - is developing an extension of the World Wide Web Consortium's Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) that will accommodate latency between the request for a resource or service and its actual return. ASAP is applicable for areas as diverse as workflow, business process management, e-commerce, data mining, and mobile wireless devices.

See ebizQ. An overview of their approach, showing how this relates to similar efforts including WS Reliable Messaging can be found at XML Cover Pages.

Reuters revenues fall again

Reuters is reporting an eight per cent decline in group revenues for the quarter ending September 30 2003, but the firm has posted better-than-expected recurring revenues and has managed to reduce subscription cancellations.

See Finextra.

Software job losses at Reuters

Reuters is to cut 'several hundred' jobs as its transfers its software development operations from 18 cities around the world to four new hubs, according to a report in the Financial Times. Again, see Finextra.

Sonic Software publishes benchmark against Tibco

After the court scuffles of the last few weeks, Sonic has now published benchmark results comparing SonicMQ with Tibco's Enterprise for JMS (E4JMS). Persistent message traffic is up to 329% faster, they say, and even non-durable/non-persistent traffic (Tibco's speciality) lags by 29%. See the white paper and results at Sonic's web site.

Benchmark claims Fiorano is "faster than SonicMQ"

Fiorano claims its FioranoMQ 7.1 runs with up to 11 times the performance of SonicMQ 5.0.2, having tested a total of 40 different scenarios. See Fiorano announcement and Performance Comparison

Of course as anyone who has ever managed a benchmark process knows, whoever controls the benchmark controls the results. It's easy to choose the scenarios you will win - and anyway it's very hard to simulate really useful real-world conditions. Still, it's fun to see JMS benchmarking - which seemed to have faded away a couple of years ago - come back into fashion.

Versata bites the offshore bullet

Versata has done a deal with engineering services firm Virtusa; it use Virtusa's Indian based "Advanced Technology Centers" to provide Versata with engineering services including platform port development and quality assurance. At the same time they are flattening the org chart, and have replaced CTO Val Huber (who is now a "Versata Fellow") with re-hired Brett Adam - who also takes on marketing. Versata is signalling more restructuring to come (not surprising given its anticipated cash burn of over $2 million on sales of $2.8-$3 million this quarter, and with less than $14 million in the kitty).

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