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TIBCO Brings BPM and SOA to Business Users

Thu, 13 Apr 2006 17:00:00 -0400

TIBCO Software Inc. (NASDAQ: TIBX), today announced at TUCON 2006, the company's annual user conference, the launch of TIBCO Business Studio(tm), the first software offering in a series of role-based design technology targeting the business user. TIBCO Business Studio represents a unified Eclipse-based environment that integrates modeling, management and simulation to help facilitate collaboration between business and IT users and optimize processes, thereby decreasing time-to-market of enterprise projects. Enabling business users to easily define business processes that involve both people and systems helps to facilitate the seamless linking of services within a service-oriented architecture (SOA) to the business process. TIBCO Business Studio saves time and minimizes rework by enabling users to define processes in business terms. The resulting processes are easier to understand because they don't include or require technical information. This makes it possible for non-technical users to own their business processes and intelligently manage them through the process lifecycle, including pre-planning, modeling, simulation of execution and re-modeling.

ObjectWeb Celtix Project Achieves Fifth Key Milestone

Thu, 13 Apr 2006 17:00:00 -0400

IONA(r) Technologies (NASDAQ: IONA), a world leader in high-performance integration solutions for mission-critical IT environments, and ObjectWeb, a well established and respected open source community with a focus on the development of industry-grade distributed middleware, today announced that the Celtix(tm) open source Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) project has achieved its fifth key milestone.Celtix Milestone 5 marks the fifth on-schedule delivery of planned enhancements to the project and becomes the Celtix 1.0 candidate. New capabilities incorporated into the Celtix project are intended to extend usability from development through runtime and are designed to ensure that Celtix functionality is comparable to, or more robust than, that of many commercially available ESB products. Additional tooling for xsd2wsdl, wsdl2xml, wsdl2soap and wsdl2service offer greater flexibility in service creation. Celtix users can also benefit from new support for XML bindings, increasing total options for usable data formats. The inclusion of JMX-based management capabilities gives users greater visibility and control over their Celtix-based Service Oriented Architecture (SOA).

TIBCO Delivers New SOA Integration, Orchestration Capabilities

Wed, 12 Apr 2006 17:00:00 -0400

TIBCO Software Inc. (NASDAQ:TIBX), today announced general availability of TIBCO BusinessWorks(tm) 5.3, the latest release of the company's flagship integration solution designed to help customers easily unlock the true benefits offered by an enterprise-scale service-oriented architecture (SOA). With this new version, TIBCO offers additional support for emerging Web Services standards, greater flexibility to quickly create services with one-click user interface features, and integrated partner management support to help ensure service reuse across multiple trading partners.Under the TIBCO BusinessWorks umbrella, TIBCO also announced today an upgrade to its BusinessConnect(tm) software offering -- now re-named TIBCO BusinessWorks(tm) Partner Connect -- to support business-to-business (B2B) partner integration within an SOA framework. By tightly coupling B2B with SOA, customers can build a more agile, responsive and cost-effective value chain through the sharing of information and business logic, as well as provide real-time visibility into information and processes.

Service Provisioning Markup Language (SPML) v2.0 Ratified as OASIS Standard

Tue, 11 Apr 2006 17:00:00 -0400

The OASIS international standards consortium today announced that its members have approved the Service Provisioning Markup Language (SPML) version 2.0 as an OASIS Standard, a status that signifies the highest level of ratification. SPML provides an XML-based framework for managing the allocation of system resources within and between organizations. Encompassing the entire life-cycle management of resources, SPML defines the provisioning of digital services such as user accounts and access privileges on systems, networks and applications, as well as non-digital or physical resources such as cell phones and credit cards. The SPML v2.0 OASIS Standard offers enhanced functionality as well as a new profile that lets users and other objects be manipulated more easily. Additional features include improved password management, user suspension capabilities, and user attribute schema discovery.

StrikeIron Offers Free Marketplace Edition of OnDemand for Microsoft Excel Add-in

Tue, 11 Apr 2006 17:00:00 -0400

StrikeIron Inc., provider of the Web Services Marketplace, today announced a free "marketplace edition" of StrikeIron OnDemand for Web Services. This free edition enables unlimited access within Excel to all of the Web services from the StrikeIron Web Services Marketplace. StrikeIron OnDemand for Excel provides Microsoft Excel users drag-and-drop access to the power of XML-based Web services, delivering "live" workbooks to the desktop that are fed by real-time data. Now, any subscriber or trial-user of one or more Web services from StrikeIron's Web Services Marketplace can build rich-client spreadsheets that incorporate live data feeds from multiple sources. A licensed "professional version" enables the same drag-and-drop access to any Web service, turning Excel into a rich, universal client for service-oriented architectures and a tool for building composite, services-driven applications.

SOA Software Announces General Availability of SOLA Mainframe Web Service Product

Tue, 11 Apr 2006 17:00:00 -0400

OA Software, the leading provider of comprehensive SOA and Web services management, security and run-time governance solutions, today announced that its Service Oriented Legacy Architecture (SOLA(tm)) product, the industry's first high-performance, secure, standards-based platform for CICS Web services, is now shipping.Already deployed in production at Merrill Lynch for more than three years, the first commercially available release of SOLA, version 5.0, adds comprehensive support for key messaging and infrastructure standards including WS-Security, WS-Policy, XML-Signature and XML-Encryption. SOLA can be deployed standalone, or with the SOA Software Service Manager(tm) product as part of a comprehensive SOA Infrastructure.

Lawson Introduces First Landmark-Developed Application Designed for SOA

Mon, 10 Apr 2006 17:00:00 -0400

Lawson Software (Nasdaq:LWSN) today announced its first Landmark-developed application, Lawson Strategic Sourcing, to help customers improve the way they develop and manage supplier relationships. Landmark applications are specifically designed to deploy in a service-oriented architecture (SOA) and to help Lawson and its customers to more quickly and easily modify business processes to better adapt to rapidly changing business or technology needs.Landmark is Lawson's next-generation business application platform based on a SOA, which was designed to bring simplicity, adaptability and manageability to enterprise applications.

WS-I Board of Directors Appoints SAP's Michael Bechauf Chairman at Spring Community Meeting

Mon, 10 Apr 2006 17:00:00 -0400

The Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I) today announced that the WS-I Board of Directors, by unanimous vote, appointed Michael Bechauf Chairman of the Board. Bechauf, Vice President of Industry Standards at SAP (NYSE:SAP), succeeds Tom Glover, Senior Program Manager of Web Services Standards for IBM's Software Group (NYSE:IBM), who has served as WS-I Chairman since the organization's inception in February 2002. Bechauf was appointed Chairman at the Board of Directors meeting held recently in conjunction with the WS-I Spring Community Meeting.

IONA and AmberPoint Announce Integrated SOA Infrastructure Capabilities

Mon, 10 Apr 2006 17:00:00 -0400

IONA(r) Technologies (NASDAQ: IONA), a world leader in high-performance integration solutions for mission-critical IT environments, and AmberPoint, the industry's leading provider of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) management software, today announced a broad technology partnership designed to offer customers the integrated software necessary to create and manage successful enterprise applications based on SOA. The relationship pairs Artix(tm), IONA's extensible Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), with AmberPoint's SOA Management System, giving customers the means to implement, manage and govern highly distributed SOA, deployed across large organizations' disseminated IT environments.The integration of IONA's Artix and AmberPoint's SOA Management System enables customers to easily pass data collected by the sophisticated instrumentation in Artix endpoints to the AmberPoint management console. Customers then have the ability to use AmberPoint to monitor the health and status of their Artix endpoints and the services running in those endpoints. Further, the integration of Artix and AmberPoint gives enterprises comprehensive, policy-based control over areas such as service level management, exception management, security, logging and auditing in a distributed, Artix-based SOA environment.

NetSuite Unveils SuiteScript(tm), First SaaS Platform for Business Process Customization

Thu, 06 Apr 2006 17:00:00 -0400

NetSuite, Inc., the leader in on-demand business software suites, today unveiled SuiteScript, a new platform and toolset that delivers unprecedented user-defined extensibility through robust, completely flexible business process customization. This new technology is built on industry standard JavaScript and introduces customization capabilities that allow complex processes with branching logic and time-based decision trees to be automated using scheduled SuiteScripts or user-event based SuiteScripts. SuiteScript delivers a unique tool set that encompasses everything needed to provide growing businesses across all industries with a flexible, powerful and extensible business management solution.

Service-Oriented Architecture Will Offer a Tremendous Opportunity for Service Providers Through 2010, IDC Reveals

Mon, 03 Apr 2006 17:00:00 -0400

According to a newly released IDC study, service-oriented architecture (SOA) will continue to have a profound impact on the overall services market, as implementation of this architecture often requires spending on a range of external services. These services include consulting and systems integration, and eventually outsourcing, application management, support, and training. IDC forecasts that worldwide spending on SOA-based external services will reach $8.6 billion in 2006, experiencing a 138% increase from $3.6 billion in 2005. IDC projects that by 2010 global SOA-based services spending will reach $33.8 billion.

BT Chooses New Compute Model from Azul Systems to Power Demand Driven Infrastructure

Mon, 03 Apr 2006 17:00:00 -0400

Azul Systems, Inc., the pioneer of the industry's first network attached processing solution, today announced that BT has selected Azul Compute Appliances as a critical component of its network service delivery infrastructure. Azul will enable BT to deliver massive throughput and scalability to some of its most transaction-intensive applications and services, such as those based on the Java(tm) platform or Microsoft(r) .NET(tm) framework, drive out significant cost from existing infrastructure and form the foundation of a new class of on-demand services for current and future customers. Network attached processing provides massive amounts of compute capacity and memory as a shared network service, similar to the manner in which network attached storage provides shared storage capacity to datacentres. BT's selection of network attached processing is seen as key to transforming itself into a next generation, agile Information Communications Technology (ICT) provider that offers swift scalability, performance and manageability, all at a fraction of the cost of traditional server computing models.

Reactivity Completes WS-Security Interoperability Testing with Windows Communication Foundation

Mon, 03 Apr 2006 17:00:00 -0400

Reactivity(r), Inc., a leading XML enabled networking solutions provider, today announced successful completion of interoperability testing with WS-Security and Microsoft's Windows Communications Foundation (WCF). WCF is a part of WinFX, Microsoft's managed code programming model included in Microsoft's next generation operating system, Windows Vista. Completing and passing interoperability testing with WCF ensures that Reactivity's award-winning XML Gateways are compatible with WCF within the .NET environment -- a popular backbone for SOA development initiatives.

JBoss Releases Industry's First Enterprise Open Source Solution for Mission Critical Transactions

Mon, 03 Apr 2006 17:00:00 -0400

JBoss(r), Inc., the Professional Open Source company, today announced the release of JBoss Transactions, an open source distributed transaction management platform based on industry-proven technology acquired from Arjuna Technologies and HP in 2005. This release marks the first time that a high-end transaction engine has been made available for free and unlimited use through the open source community. JBoss Transactions, one of several core products announced today, builds on JBoss' vision of bringing enterprise middleware to the mass market and further strengthens the JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite (JEMS(tm)) as the leading open source platform for service-oriented architectures (SOA).Distributed transaction management platforms were previously only available from proprietary vendors as part of an expensive, monolithic application platform. JBoss Transactions, built using industry proven pure Java transaction technology, is a flexible and cost-effective high end alternative. Similar to an insurance policy, JBoss Transactions protects users and vendors from potential transaction failures related to the accuracy and consistency of business data that is created or modified by multiple sources.

JBoss Introduces Industry-Leading Open Source Business Rules Engine

Mon, 03 Apr 2006 17:00:00 -0400

JBoss(r), Inc., the Professional Open Source company, today announced JBoss Rules 3.0, the newest version of the company's open source business rules engine. With JBoss Rules, one of several new product releases announced today, JBoss continues to deliver proven open source middleware products that improve business agility and solidify the JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite (JEMS(tm)) as the market's leading open source platform for service-oriented architecture (SOA).JBoss Rules enables product and service offerings to be customized by applying business rules that can be applied across an SOA based on actions, events, and historical activities. With JBoss Rules, developers can quickly deploy rules that continuously make consistent decisions based on hundreds of thousands of facts. The declarative programming model of JBoss Rules provides clear data and logic separation and eliminates the time it takes developers to modify hard-coded business logic and update applications deployed across the enterprise. JBoss Rules is based on Drools, the popular open source Java-based rules engine project whose members elected to join JBoss in October 2005, and can be used as a stand alone product or integrated with JEMS.

JBoss jBPM 3.1 Expands Business Process Agility

Mon, 03 Apr 2006 17:00:00 -0400

JBoss(r), Inc., the Professional Open Source company, today announced the release of JBoss jBPM 3.1, the company's powerful Java-based business process management (BPM) system. A core piece of the JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite (JEMS(tm)), JBoss jBPM 3.1 adds multi-process language support as well as integration with JBoss Seam, the company's new framework for building Enterprise Java applications. JBoss jBPM 3.1 is one of three core products announced today that together bolster JEMS as the leading open source platform for service-oriented architecture (SOA) and move JEMS further into the high-end market.

IONA Takes SOA To the Next Level with Artix 4.0

Mon, 03 Apr 2006 17:00:00 -0400

IONA(r) Technologies (NASDAQ: IONA), a world leader in high-performance integration solutions for mission-critical IT environments, today announced availability of Artix(tm) 4.0, the latest version of the company's extensible Enterprise Service Bus (ESB). Artix 4.0 delivers to customers an extensive set of enhancements designed to improve their ability to incrementally adopt a distributed, standards-based Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) that dynamically incorporates a broad set of IT assets and environments.The upgrades in Artix 4.0 significantly extends the capabilities of enterprises turning to SOA to help generate better return from existing and future IT assets, streamline their systems to be more agile and responsive to changing business requirements, and ultimately reduce annual operating costs. Artix enables customers to achieve these goals by providing a fully distributed architecture that removes the limitations in scalability and performance associated with other approaches that rely on a centralized server or hub-and-spoke architecture. The differentiated Artix methodology, which embraces the use of standards-based, distributed endpoints to support both incremental adoption and dynamic configuration, is key to the power, flexibility and value of Artix, and empowers organizations to develop a comprehensive SOA plan that can be implemented strategically in response to changing business requirements.

Zimbra Launches On-Demand Partner Program

Mon, 03 Apr 2006 17:00:00 -0400

Zimbra ( ), a leader in open source, next-generation collaboration and messaging, today announced that its flagship Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS) is now available on-demand through a worldwide partner program for Hosted Service Providers (HSPs) and Internet Service Providers (ISPs).Through Hosted Zimbra(tm), small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and other companies that prefer not to host their own collaboration servers have access to the benefits of ZCS including online and offline support for Microsoft Outlook, Zimbra's rich Web 2.0 user interface, advanced calendaring capabilities, powerful search features and modern collaboration tools such as RSS.

TA Associates Announces $200 Million Buyout of Global 360, Inc. Leads Investment with Technology Crossover Ventures and JMI Equity

Mon, 03 Apr 2006 17:00:00 -0400

TA Associates, a leading private equity and buyout firm, today announced the completion of a $200 million buyout of Global 360, Inc., a global software and services company providing business process management and optimization solutions. TA led the investment along with Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV), a leading provider of growth capital to technology companies, and JMI Equity, a private equity firm exclusively focused on investments in the software and business services industries.Global 360 delivers a comprehensive Business Process Management Suite (BPMS) that helps many of the largest organizations around the world manage and optimize their critical business processes. The company boasts one of the most impressive customer lists in the industry with over 5,000 customer sites, deployed across multiple industries. Global 360 clients include seven of the world's top ten insurance companies, 16 of the world's top 20 banks, and numerous U.S. government agencies.

AmberPoint Secures Additional Financing, with New Lead Investor Meritech Capital Joining Existing Investors

Tue, 28 Mar 2006 17:00:00 -0500

AmberPoint today announced that it has completed a $10.3 million round of funding. The financing was led by new investor Meritech Capital Partners, with all previous investors -- Crosslink Capital, Motorola Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners and Sutter Hill Ventures -- participating on a pro-rata basis. This latest round of funding, which raises AmberPoint's total financing to $41.1 million, was based on a significant increase in valuation.AmberPoint will use the funding to expand engineering operations, customer support, sales and marketing. It will also continue its worldwide expansion. AmberPoint products are used in 63 countries around the globe, and are available in eight languages. AmberPoint leads its market with the most signed customers and the most customers in production of any company in the rapidly growing SOA runtime governance market. Meritech Capital Partners is a leading provider of late-stage venture capital to the most promising private technology companies. Meritech provides guidance on a number of issues that rapidly growing companies typically face, including management incentive plans, IPO market timing and positioning, adviser selection, and post-IPO ownership transition.

JBoss Accelerates Open Source Middleware to High-End Market with New Projects

Tue, 28 Mar 2006 17:00:00 -0500

JBoss, Inc., the Professional Open Source company, today introduced two open source projects designed to further strengthen the JBoss(r) Enterprise Middleware Suite (JEMS(tm)) as the leading open source platform for service-oriented architecture (SOA): JBoss Messaging and JBoss Web Server (JBoss Web). These new technologies move JBoss further into the high-end market, which has long been presided over by expensive, proprietary application platforms.JBoss Messaging provides an open source and standards-based messaging platform that brings enterprise-class messaging to the mass market. JBoss Web brings high-performance Web server capabilities to users of Apache Tomcat and JBoss Application Server.

FreeCRM Leverages RatchetSoft to Integrate Contact Management Data Directly into Applications

Tue, 28 Mar 2006 17:00:00 -0500, the world's largest on-demand service provider for customer relationship management software announced today it has partnered with RatchetSoft to deliver integrated web services. By utilizing Ratchet-X, users can link their application screens directly to any web service without requiring programming or changes to first release related to this partnership is the integration of with RatchetSoft's Contact Xtend. Contact Xtend is a free Ratchet-X plug-in that allows users to access a wealth of business services offered through the StrikeIron Web Services Marketplace. These services include: address and email verification, residential, business and reverse phone number look-ups, national do not call screening and location mapping services. Future releases will allow users to integrate virtually any service including a customer's internal web services.

OMG Announces Results of BPMI Steering Committee Election

Mon, 27 Mar 2006 17:00:00 -0500

The Object Management Group(tm) (OMG(tm)) and its BPMI (Business Process Management Initiative) Steering Committee today announced the results of elections to appoint members of the Committee for 2006 - 2007. For more information on the activities of the BPMI Steering Committee, visit The BPMI Steering Committee provides Business Process Management thought leadership and expertise for the entire industry through education programs, public advocacy, and advice to the combined BPM standards work at OMG.

Sonic Software Announces ESB 7.0 Product Family with New Eclipse Workbench and Advanced Web Services

Mon, 27 Mar 2006 17:00:00 -0500

Sonic Software, the inventor and leading provider of the enterprise service bus (ESB), and an operating unit of Progress Software Corporation (Nasdaq: PRGS), today introduces the latest release of its highly successful Sonic ESB(r), the cornerstone of Sonic Software's service-oriented architecture (SOA) infrastructure offering. The Sonic ESB 7.0 release includes a new Eclipse-based workbench that dramatically accelerates the modeling, configuration, testing and deployment of projects across large-scale, distributed SOA environments. In addition, Sonic ESB 7.0 introduces an enterprise-grade implementation of the advanced Web services standards necessary for mission-critical SOA deployments.

LogicBlaze Launches Comprehensive Open Source SOA Solution

Mon, 27 Mar 2006 17:00:00 -0500

LogicBlaze(tm), a leading provider of open source solutions for business integration, today announced availability of LogicBlaze FUSE, the industry's first Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) platform provided as an open source distribution. LogicBlaze FUSE aggregates, packages and pre-validates a set of proven technologies from the Apache Software Foundation and Apache Software Foundation Incubator, including an enterprise service bus (ESB), messaging platform, persistence database, service registry, management console and BPEL orchestration engine.