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January 09, 2008 :: AlarmPoint Systems Announces AlarmPoint Mobile Gateway

AlarmPoint Systems, the leading provider of communication applications that accelerate business processes, announced the release of the AlarmPoint Mobile Gateway, a revolutionary new module that extends critical applications to remote and mobile personnel.

AlarmPoint Mobile Gateway leverages core AlarmPoint product functionality including interactive alerting, event subscription and assignment facilities, personnel profiles and roles and group scheduling to deliver the first event-driven mobile access application. Through this functionality, AlarmPoint Mobile Gateway delivers role-based access to a variety of enterprise applications, including service desks, IT operations and monitoring applications. AlarmPoint Mobile Gateway allows AlarmPoint users to manage IT alerts and service tickets from outside the datacenter, providing consistent, secure, authenticated and audited access from any mobile device, including BlackBerry, iPhone, Pocket PC, TREO and others.

AlarmPoint Mobile Gateway’s functionality extends well beyond the ability to just view and respond to email alerts. APMG enables robust web access to systems from mobile devices. The AlarmPoint web application server acts as a proxy between the user and the corporate application, providing full access to IT infrastructure management systems.

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January 09, 2008 :: Irish Further Education Council Deploying Lombardi Teamworks BPM

Lombardi, a leader in business process management (BPM) software, announced that Satyam Computer Services Ltd. is deploying its award-winning Teamworks BPM software suite at The Further Education Training and Awards Council of Ireland. The deployment is part of a major contract awarded to Satyam to develop enterprise-class processes that support FETAC’s core business needs.

FETAC makes approximately 100,000 awards every year to students completing a range of education and training programs within Ireland. Awards Management at FETAC consists of different business processes focusing on Awards Standards, Program Evaluation, Certification and Program Validation. Lombardi Teamworks forms the backbone of Satyam’s solution.

Satyam, a leader in BPM consulting and services, will be responsible for end-to-end delivery of FETAC’s new program. It will roll out a multi-tiered solution focused on Process Management, Business Intelligence and Document Management.

Satyam will initially use Teamworks to coordinate FETAC business processes that support Awards Management. Teamworks will improve process visibility and performance for FETAC, enhance collaboration among business stakeholders, and reduce cycle times. In the future, Teamworks will streamline core certification processes such as quality assurance and program validation.

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January 09, 2008 :: NetManage Delivers New Solution for Green, Eco-Friendly Business Processes

NetManage, Inc., a software company that provides the fastest way to transform legacy applications into new Web-based business solutions, announced the availability of iPrint, a new feature within the OnWeb solution. The iPrint feature provides resource, cost and operational savings with direct printing, paperless billing, real-time material distribution and seamless file conversion.

Companies face both technical and environmental challenges when addressing IBM iSeries printing requirements. Organizations were previously unable to easily obtain crucial data from legacy servers without creating custom code to perform singular functions, while also having to address pressure to manage cost and eco-friendly practices with large printing outputs. With iPrint, companies can now expedite information delivery worldwide, convert files to a more usable format (PDF and Excel) and facilitate real-time electronic material distribution rather than standard, paper-based documents. OnWeb iPrint is the only solution of its kind to give operational benefits to the iSeries while at the same time, giving organizations the ability to reduce their eco footprints.

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December 20, 2007 :: Software AG to Acquire the Application Modernization Business of Jacada

Software AG, a global leader in business infrastructure software, announced the acquisition of the application modernization business of Jacada for $26M in a cash transaction. The asset deal expands Software AG’s application modernization portfolio with additional products for modernizing the user interface of mainframe and mid-range-based applications. In addition, eight of Jacada’s R&D and support staff will join Software AG ensuring continuous product development and customer support. Software AG will gain over 200 enterprise customers, mostly in the United States, as a result of the acquisition. These customers will benefit from direct access to Software AG’s comprehensive business infrastructure software portfolio.

Jacada’s application modernization products currently generate around $12M in annual revenue with profit margins above Software AG’s group average. The asset deal, effective as of January 1, 2008, will be earnings accretive in 2008. This is Software AG’s third acquisition of 2007 following the acquisition of webMethods, Inc. in June 2007 for $546M and 80% of SPL Israel in March 2007 for $62M. Software AG is committed to providing market leadership in the business infrastructure software sector through technology innovation and acquisitions.

Application modernization extends the value of custom applications by making their existing functionality and data available via the Web, within a service-oriented architecture, or as part of an end-to-end business process.

December 10, 2007 :: E2E Unveils Next Generation Model Execution Platform for Advanced SOA

E2E, the pioneer in Model Driven Integration software, announced the global availability of a market-transforming evolution of its flagship product, the E2E Bridge. This fourth generation MDI platform offers the first – and only – integrated development, execution and testing environment based on direct Model Execution for UML, BPMN and other modeling languages such as IDS Scheer’s EPC format. The E2E Bridge 4.0 is available in four pre-packaged MDI solutions which address the complete spectrum of current – and future – SOA integration needs. These four solutions support end user organizations, software vendors and service providers alike to leverage the seamless combination of BPM, SOA and EDA, otherwise referred to as “Advanced SOA”. The end result will give organizations rapid and predictable business transformation based on a more transparent, flexible and scalable IT infrastructure.

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December 10, 2007 :: DataDirect Technologies Extends its Lead in Mainframe SOA

DataDirect Technologies, the unparalleled leader in data connectivity and mainframe integration and an operating company of Progress Software Corporation, announced its industry leading mainframe integration platform, the DataDirect Shadow version 7 product will include new features which reduce total-cost-of-ownership for mainframe service-oriented architectures while simultaneously simplifying the orchestration of mainframe Web services. As the first full-featured mainframe integration middleware to capitalize on the potential performance and economic value of the IBM specialty engines – the System z Application Assist Processor and System z9 Integration Information Processor – the DataDirect Shadow product version 7 will provide the added benefit of transferring Business Process Execution Language 2.0 workload to the unmeasured and speed unlimited environment of the zAAP specialty engine.

Cost-Effective, Simpler, Standards-Based Mainframe Web Services Orchestration

BPEL is an industry standard, XML-based workflow definition language that allows businesses to describe inter or intra-enterprise business processes that are connected via Web services. Version 7 of the DataDirect Shadow product will include enhancements to accelerate mainframe participation in SOA and BPEL. The Shadow BPEL designer and the zAAP supported mainframe runtime will enable organizations to orchestrate platform independent, heterogeneous Web services into long running, macro Web services that underpin business process optimization.

The DataDirect Shadow product version 7 will utilize industry standard BPEL to provide customers with the flexibility to deploy workflows, cost effectively on the mainframe leveraging the zAAP specialty engine, or the option to deploy off host within an existing business process management infrastructure.

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December 10, 2007 :: IONA Leads SOA Innovation With Latest Artix Release

IONAR Technologies, a world leader in distributed service-oriented architecture infrastructure solutions for performance demanding IT environments, announced updates to IONA Artix, the company’s advanced SOA infrastructure suite. With Artix, IONA offers Global 2000 customers an alternative to centralised and proprietary middleware stacks shortening implementation times, reducing costs and generating greater ROI from their existing IT assets.

The Artix suite includes, Artix Enterprise Service Bus, Artix Registry/Repository, Artix Data Services, Artix Orchestration, Artix Mainframe and SOA Management. The enhancements to Artix address customers’ growing requirements for SOA governance, management and interoperability across complex, multi-protocol and multi-platform environments. These updates include:

Advances for provisioning and managing SOA implementations

Extended leadership in supporting SOA best practices and industry standards

Enhanced SOA interoperability

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December 10, 2007 :: E2E Unveils Next Generation Model Execution Platform for “Advanced SOA”

E2E, the pioneer in Model Driven Integration software, announced the global availability of a market-transforming evolution of its flagship product, the E2E Bridge. This fourth generation MDI platform offers the first – and only – integrated development, execution and testing environment based on direct Model Execution for UML, BPMN and other modeling languages such as IDS Scheer’s EPC format. The E2E Bridge 4.0 is available in four pre-packaged MDI solutions which address the complete spectrum of current – and future – SOA integration needs. These four solutions support end user organizations, software vendors and service providers alike to leverage the seamless combination of BPM, SOA and EDA, otherwise referred to as “Advanced SOA”. The end result will give organizations rapid and predictable business transformation based on a more transparent, flexible and scalable IT infrastructure.

E2E is now offering the E2E Bridge 4.0 as pre-packaged solutions that address common integration challenges – all in out-of-the-box, easy-to-learn and easy-to-use standalone products. The foundation for all of E2E’s MDI solutions is the E2E Bridge for Advanced SOA that is offered in four different configurations:

As a scalable SOA infrastructure driven by transaction intensive applications, the Bridge 4 Xtreme solution addresses fundamental SOA performance and scalability issues found in other SOA platforms. With 200 to 1000 transactions per CPU and per second measured on commodity hardware, and using a state-of-the-art domain-based scalability concept, the Bridge 4 Xtreme can handle billions of transactions per day with a system footprint that is one order of magnitude smaller compared to established SOA platforms.

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December 10, 2007 :: SAP Solution Manager Interface Aligns SAP with Business Requirements

MEGA International introduced MEGA SolMan, an interface between SAP Solution Manager and the MEGA Modeling Suite that aligns an SAP implementation with business requirements, reducing time and costs.

MEGA SolMan enables IT architects, SAP architects, and business analysts to chart the relationships between business process models and an SAP implementation. The interface is essential for SAP customers to analyze and plan business processes through an enterprise architecture perspective with the MEGA Modeling Suite. It is also designed for MEGA International customers who use, or are considering using, SAP to permit the exchange of process information.

The MEGA Modeling Suite is a set of business process analysis modeling tools that help companies analyze, record, and understand business processes. SAP Solution Manager is a component of SAP NetWeaver, the technology platform used to orchestrate business processes, develop applications, and deploy new solutions. SAP Solution Manager, a management toolset, facilitates technical support and monitoring of instances of SAP.

MEGA SolMan permits automated exchange of process-related information between the MEGA Modeling Suite and SAP Solution Manager. It aligns SAP process models with corporate business processes, allowing companies to coordinate the two to correspond to enterprise strategy, improve business decisions, and reduce the cost of SAP deployment and migration.

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November 27, 2007 :: OPALIS Extends Lead in Run Book Automation with New Release

Opalis Software, the Run Book Automation market leader, announced the availability of version 5.4 of the award-winning Opalis Integration Server. The new release includes unique capabilities for automating, integrating, and orchestrating IT processes within the data centre, including support of service-oriented architecture environments, giving customers the ability to achieve greater IT efficiency and business agility while maximising the performance and return on investment of their IT resources.

Opalis’ RBA solutions deliver automation through orchestration of IT processes, thereby reducing the manual repetitive efforts that are burdensome, wasteful, and prone to error, yet which must be done by IT to ensure enterprise-efficient operations. Opalis’ solution is based on a scalable architecture, broad IT workflow automation capabilities, an easy-to-use administrator interface for modification of pre-existing workflows or creation of new ones, and extensive integration capabilities for IT management and provisioning products from IT industry vendors. For customers employing ITIL, Opalis offers automated enforcement of ITIL processes and a user-friendly dashboard for reliable compliance reporting.

The new Opalis Integration Server release includes deep integration into an SOA environment, where business processes often cross multiple business owners and service providers who are dependent on the IT infrastructure. The infrastructure, therefore, must be responsive to constant changes with reliable configuration management and fast incident remediation. For SOA environments, Opalis Integration Server delivers new XML processing capabilities that provide rich manipulation and transformation of content that is delivered from Web services-based SOA solutions, enabling deep integration between components.

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