Mercury's Systinet buy takes SOA to another level

Business technology optimisation software provider Mercury is to acquire Systinet, which produces management sofware for service-oriented architectures.

Business technology optimisation software provider Mercury is to acquire Systinet, which produces management sofware for service-oriented architectures.

The $105m acquisition is regarded as an important step in the evolution of service-oriented architectures (SOAs). 2006 is seen by many as the year in which the SOA becomes a reality. And combining IT management with an SOA is seen as the way forward.

According to analyst AMR Research, one of the biggest concerns about SOA and new composite applications centres on ownership and responsibility. When an application is composed of services that span many functional areas, users need to be able to ascertain who is ultimately accountable for its success (or failure).

AMR Research analyst Dennis Gaughan said, “The IT management and SOA worlds are heading down parallel tracks with the concepts of service registries and service catalogs. While one is for management and the other for execution, there needs to be tight linkage between the two, which makes the Mercury/Systinet combination an important one for companies that want to govern in a consistent manner."

Systinet is a provider of SOA governance and lifecycle management software and services which are used to manage SOA business services and build secure and reliable web services. When combined with Mercury BTO Enterprise offerings, Systinet technology will help users to take a lifecycle approach to optimising the quality, performance and availability of SOA business services, according to Mercury.

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 needed to build an SOA. 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.

This was last published in January 2006

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