Looking for integration products? You might try checking two recently released lists for recommendations.
SearchSOA.com just announced the winners of its 2007 SOA Products of the Year, which included categories for best "data services/integration" and "service assembly and integration," among others. In the "service assembly and integration" category, co-winners were webMethods ESB 7.1 and Tibco ActiveMatrix 2.0 -- both of which started out in the "old" enterprise application integration (EAI) space.
Open source solution WSO2 Web Services Application Server, Version 2.0 won in the "data services/integration" category for its speedy solution for exposing data from relational databases without programming.
The second list is a bit harder to track down -- unless you want to buy it online for $195. In March, Gartner released its seven-page report, "Cool Vendors in Data Management and Integration, 2008." As I mentioned April 4, the Dataupia Satori Server data management system, a data warehouse appliance that packages a server, storage and optimization software, made the list.
This week, Safe Software and Illuminate Solutions also issued press releases announcing their inclusion on the list. Safe Software reports that it was named to the list because it focuses on the oft-overlooked area of spatial data asset ETL. Illuminate Solutions made the list because the company's "correlation database storage structure is the only one that indexes every single data value," among other factors, according to a press release.
Gartner's list focuses on new, interesting and innovative vendors -- so the IT research firm isn't necessarily endorsing these solutions as "the best." It's just saying they're hip and happening.
In other integration news:
Informatica Buys Identity Resolution Company. Informatica -- which sells data integration solutions -- announced a huge acquisition this week. The company plans to buy Identity Systems -- a subsidiary of Nokia -- for a cool $85 million in cash.
Identity Systems specializes in identity resolution technology, which uses fuzzy algorithms to search and match critical information about individuals or organizations. The press release quotes Sohaib Abbasi, Informatica's chairman and CEO, as saying the acquisition advances Informatica in three ways:
"First, we will offer our customers additional innovative capabilities for identity search and resolution. Second, it will extend our data quality products with differentiated cross-language identity matching capabilities. And third, our customers will benefit from the near-universal access of our leading data integration platform to integrate their data including identity data."
Identity Systems' technology includes built-in support for more than 60 languages. Apparently, it's also widely used by government intelligence agencies and is capable of processing a huge number of transactions -- the press release says one agency used it to process 12 million transactions per day using 2.6 billion records stored in 18,000 files.
In a side item, Informatica planned to release its first quarter results today at 5 p.m., ET.
Gartner on Avoiding SOA Failure. Generally, Webinars offer a research analyst drilling down on an issue, followed by a vendor sales pitch. But "The Road to SOA Success Goes Through Enterprise Architecture" is actually sponsored by Gartner, instead of a vendor -- though, of course, that doesn't mean you won't get a sales pitch. At any rate, Gartner Vice President Anne Lapkin and Featured VP/Distinguished Analyst Yefim Natis will outline the common failure points in SOA implementations, as well as describe how enterprise architecture can help you avoid those problems. You'll need to register as an ebizQ Gold member, which is free, to attend the April 22 Webinar. It begins at noon, ET, so pack a lunch if you're on the east coast. You'll note that if you send a question and the analysts use it, you'll win a $50 American Express Gift Card from ebizQ.
Process Industry Company Integrates with Microsoft. Aspen Technology, a provider of software and services used in the process manufacturing industry, has had a partnership with Microsoft since at least 2003. This week, the company announced additional integration between the products, with news that aspenONE version 2006.5 integrates with Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Office Excel and Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization.
According to the press release, aspenONE Process Engineering now supports Microsoft Application Virtualization, which basically means IT won't have to manually install applications and upgrades on each desktop. Yawn. You can read further details on the Web site -- although, honestly, this is probably more of interest to existing aspenONE customers than just about anyone else, unless, of course, Vista compliance was a deal-breaker for you.
Teradata Offers Demand Signal Repository. Teradata, which sells enterprise data warehousing technology, will offer an enterprise demand signal repository aimed at consumer product companies and other manufacturers that sell to retailers. The demand signal repository is used to analyze point of sale information and is composed of four components: a data warehouse, a manufacturing logical data model, an analytics tool, and integration between data sources connected to the demand signal repository and operational applications, according to a statement issued by Teradata.
Enterprise Systems Profiles Composite Software, LogiXML. Enterprise Systems ran two excellent vendor profiles this week. One was on Composite Software, which specializes in enterprise information integration (EII) and recently updated its Composite Information Server. Version 4 offers SOA features, better performance and fun things for developers, but the article focuses less on what's new with the product and more on EII and Composite's business partners and competitors.
The second piece profiled LogiXML's Logi ETL, which shipped in late March. The article says Logi ETL is "a data-source-neutral and browser-independent Web-based ETL tool, .... and uses OLEDB/ODBC to reach into Oracle, Sybase, SQL Server, DB2, MySQL, Access, and other data sources." It also includes SOAP/REST Web service connectivity and support for XML data files.