IBM and webMethods acquisitions boost integration quest

IBM and webMethods have each aquired integration companies, while SeeBeyond Technology has upgraded its suite, and an integration...

IBM and webMethods have each aquired integration companies, while SeeBeyond Technology has upgraded its suite, and an integration startup has unveiled its first software product.

IBM has agreed to buy CrossAccess, whose eXadas integration technology IBM plans to incorporate into its DB2 Information Integrator. eXadas is designed to link mainframe databases with modern applications.

Tom Dwyer, an analyst at Aberdeen Group, said that enterprise information integration (EII) is becoming increasingly important in the move toward distributed computing.

WebMethods has injected its integration offerings with web services through two acquisitions. The company said it will acquire The Mind Electric for its Glue web services platform and Gaia web services fabric which, when taken together, will enable the creation of web services and management of environments that consist of multiple web services.

On the portal side, the company purchased the DataChannel Portal, which the company plans to web services enable.

SeeBeyond has also upgraded and rebranded its platform as the ICAN (Integrated Composite Application Network) suite.

Version 5.0 is J2EE-compliant and adds new components for building composite applications that assemble by linking together existing applications comprising a business process, adding some new business logic and creating a user interface for the resulting program.

Meanwhile, Composite Software has unveiled its flagship EII software, the Composite Information Server. The Java-based Information Server acts as an abstraction layer, spanning multiple data sources, such as a data warehouse, relational database, or CRM application.

Tom Sullivan writes for InfoWorld

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