As part of a bid to boost its service-oriented architecture (SOA) offering, Mercury Interactive Corporation, is to acquire SOA technology provider Systinet Corporation, in a deal reputedly worth $105.0 million.
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The move is a significant switch for Mercury who has made its reputation in providing business technology optimisation (BTO) software, whilst Systinet is a leading provider of governance and lifecycle management software and services. In essence, Systinet technology manages SOA business services and to build secure and reliable Web services, and Mercury hopes that combining it with its solutions will help enable customers to take a lifecycle approach to optimising the quality, performance and availability of SOA business services.
Market analyst Forrester says that Mercury will use the BTO initiative as a strategic differentiator, namely to support the business of IT through quality assurance, IT governance, and IT operations via a consistent and integrated suite of management products. Forrester regards SOA as the key to success for companies moving from large, mostly monolithic applications to service-oriented ones
Systinet SOA products provide a “system of record” and a set of governance and lifecycle capabilities that help provide the visibility, control, quality and integrity critical to SOA success. Systinet products deliver capabilities for publishing and discovering business services; creating, managing and enforcing policies; and managing the full lifecycle of business services and other SOA assets.
Key Systinet products include: Systinet Registry, a business service registry for organising, managing, discovering, and publishing reusable business services and other SOA assets; Systinet Policy Manager, which streamlines policy creation and management and automates service validation to help ensure only conforming services are published into production.
"We are very excited to join with Mercury to accelerate our ability to help customers optimise the business outcomes of their SOA initiatives,” enthuses Thomas Erickson, president and chief executive officer of Systinet. “The combination of Systinet SOA solutions and Mercury BTO Enterprise will provide Mercury customers with a more comprehensive approach to achieving reliable and predictable business outcomes from SOA initiatives.”