Thursday Nov 20, 2008

links for 2008-11-20: Java CAPS, Liferay and Sun, Community One, Adobe unseats Microsoft

Monday Nov 10, 2008

Sun at Gartner MDM Summit

I'm pleased to write that Sun will be a sponsor at Gartner's Master Data Management Summit November 17-19. This will be our first time sponsoring, so we are excited to be there.

Sponsoring for the first time does not mean that we are new to this space. Starting with e\*Index 4.1 in 2000, continuing with eIndex and eView 5.0 and 5.1 in 2003 and 2006, and the release of our new MDM Suite as part of our Java CAPS Release 6 in June of this year, we have had an offering for MDM for quite some time.

If you are attending, stop by and say hi. If you aren't, consider doing so, even though Chicago in November probably isn't at the top of everyone's list.

Friday Aug 22, 2008

Where's the Logic? Save Money on SOA with Sun Part 2

I blogged about our new offer and TCO calculator a couple of days ago and thought I'd share some of the response thus far.

The Register wrote that "Sun has capitalized on Oracle jacking up licensing of the BEA middleware products with an offer for its own open-source suite". And drilling into the "jacking up" link in that story gets to you this where Larry Ellison reportedly "told another customer who'd ripped chips from his server just to pay his Oracle license to basically put up and shut up, because things ain't getting cheaper". There's a company that is interested in customer satisfaction!

InfoWorld's article quotes Brad Shimmin from Current Analysis saying "My overall impression is that Sun has seized upon a legitimate market opportunity here, stemming from the usual FUD surrounding the rationalization and integration of two such daunting product portfolios (Oracle and BEA) and more uniquely the purported price increase Oracle announced for WebLogic in July".

The SOA Talk blog also wrote on the subject and included a link to their prior story on the acquisition and skeptical customers saying "BEA users do not want Oracle products".

Interesting stuff. Take a look to learn more.

Wednesday Aug 20, 2008

Where's the Logic? Save Money on SOA with Sun

As you are probably aware, Oracle announced significant price hikes for much of its software including the application server and other integration middleware in the wake of their acquisition of BEA. In light of this, we thought it would be useful to do some comparisons of the pricing for Sun's middleware against the new pricing and found that Sun's offerings provided a significant cost savings over the equivalent Oracle offerings in nearly every situation. Furthermore, our innovative subscription pricing model gives companies an alternative that can save even more money in most cases, reduce the large upfront capital expense traditionally associated with acquiring enterprise software, and eliminate "socket counting" audits that must be done with most perpetual licensing.

Rather than keep our research a secret, we've created an on-line calculator to allow anyone to put in the specifics of their environment and company and see the potential cost savings for themselves. I encourage you to visit yourself to enter your own scenarios, but something as simple as a 20 socket, 4 cores per socket license on x64 hardware has a 5 year TCO with Sun's offering that is over 72% less than the equivalent with Oracle WebLogic or Fusion.

If you visit the site, you'll also see that we are running a limited time offer that includes:
  • A FREE 5 day SOA workshop
  • Complimentary adapter for WebLogic
  • An opportunity to lock-in our current pricing for 12 months
To take us up on this offer, you'll need to register so do so today!

Tuesday Aug 19, 2008

Event Processing and SOA

Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) has been "the thing" in the integration world the past few years with vendors latching on to the term and enhancing or creating new products that support all aspects of SOA such as ESBs and BPM/orchestration tools. All the while, customers have been continuing to implement standard EAI patterns using point to point integration products and Message Oriented Middleware (MoM) for publish and subscribe solutions. These EAI solutions continue to work today, but increasingly are being asked to move more and more from batch based processing to real time and event driven processing.

Enter Event Driven Architecture, or EDA. EDA takes the principles of SOA such as loosely coupled components and services, and applies them to event emitters and consumers. In a way, where SOA provides loose coupling for synchronous service invocations, EDA provides loose coupling for asynchronous systems. In this way, EDA is very complimentary to SOA.

But EDA goes beyond just asynchronous systems and enters into Event Stream Processing and Complex Event Processing (CEP). Event Processing provides for receiving events from any source, and aggregating, correlating, analyzing, monitoring, and otherwise processing the events. Additionally where SOA is typically used to process individual requests in isolation from others, Event Processing handles events from multiple sources in the context of previous events providing new insight into the behaviors of systems and users.

The result of this processing can be to trigger other processes or send alerts in response to thresholds being exceeded, or to use the aggregated events for reporting for dashboard applications. Applications of Event Processing includes fraud detection, algorithmic trading, security monitoring, Business Activity Monitoring (BAM), and many more.

Sun's Java Composite Application Platform Suite (Java CAPS) has always had EDA capabilities given its roots in EAI and MoM and with the Intelligent Event Processor (IEP), we are adding the Event Processing capabilities that today's EDA's require to compliment the SOA capabilities inherent in Java CAPS. By having this be a component of a broader integration platform, the IEP can leverage the adapters and engines of the platform rather than having to recreate that functionality like a standalone CEP offering has to.

To learn more, visit the Open ESB Community where the IEP is being built. Additionally, see the August 2008 Java Developers Journal with an article on EDA and the IEP on page 16.

Monday Aug 18, 2008

Mural, Master Index, and MySQL

I'm pleased to share that Master Index support of MySQL is now available in the Mural Community. See the announcement and go get the bits to try it out. The MySQL support is in both the stable and nightly builds.

This is an important milestone as it allows the community to now adopt an MDM solution without requiring an expensive and closed source database. MySQL has always been supported as a source of information to be indexed, but with this development the index itself can now use MySQL.

This is also the first step in delivering this support for our customers of the MDM Suite and Java CAPS. Stay tuned!

Thursday Jul 31, 2008

Java CAPS SWIFT Certified 10 Years Running

For the 10th consecutive year, Sun has achieved SWIFT certification. Read more here.

Wednesday Jul 30, 2008

Open Source News

There has been quite a bit of open-source news the past week or so.

First, OpenSSO Express was announced at OSCON last week. This provides support for milestone builds from the OpenSSO community to licensees of Access Manager giving even greater flexibility to organizations looking to take advantage of open-source development and innovation. We think this model can apply to Java CAPS and Open ESB as well so let us know what you think!

Second, we announced an Enterprise LAMP Stack for Solaris and Linux, including the open-sourcing of the core components of our Web Server and Web Proxy offerings under the BSD license.

Last, Jonathan blogged about open-source and LinkedIn's use of MySQL. I particularly liked this paragraph:
"I'm seeing this with nearly every customer I meet, the invisible hand of open source - communities of individuals equally devoted to their employers, and to personal and peer productivity. These communities, within companies as well as across industries, are solving problems without having to involve procurement (while religiously adhering to policies surrounding privacy, intellectual property protection and software licensing). They're delivering unquestionable value."
as well as:
"Most progressive CIO's are trying to embrace this trend rather than fight it, figuring out how they can mandate as little as possible, not as much as possible - selecting only the most critical policies and standards to drive efficiency or compliance."
We are in a new open-source world and it is time to embrace it. You can do so by joining any number of our communities whether it is GlassFish, Open ESB, Mural, OpenSSO, OpenDS, OpenSolaris, or others.

Wednesday Jul 02, 2008

Inside SOA Renewed

We've recently updated the Inside SOA pages and content to deliver news and information more quickly to take advantage of multi-media and other new methods for connecting with our customers and community. There you will find links to Inside SOA TV, Inside SOA Podcasts, and our Inside SOA blog.

Of particular note, take a look at the Inside SOA TV as we have some new content and videos from JavaOne and the Gartner AADI conference where we had not one, but two customers speak.

We are increasingly using the blog as a way to communicate news and notes more regularly without filling up folks inboxes, so do take a look at that and consider pointing your favorite RSS reader (I happen to use Thunderbird's built in one and like it) at it so you will be notified of our new entries right away.

Monday Jun 16, 2008

Java CAPS 6 Launched

It has now been a week since we launched the Sun Java Composite Application Platform Suite (CAPS) Release 6 so I thought I'd share some of the feedback we are getting from the press and analysts

Many of the reports just regurgitate our press release and thus aren't terribly interesting. Several have gone into more depth though including:
  • Sun Releases JCAPS 6 with MDM Suite - John Waters from ADT quotes Dan Sholler of Gartner as saying "The attitude toward open source has definitely changed in the recent past. More companies are taking open source solutions seriously for mission critical situations. Sun might be poised to take advantage of that change."
  • Sun Java CAPS chugs down SOA open source track - Rich Seeley of writes an article with quotes from us as well as Brad Shimmin from Current Analysis saying "The two most important things in addition to the JBI modularization are Sun's shipment of an MDM suite that is itself JBI-based and built on top of the company's ESB as well as its CEP tool, which is built into the ESB suite".
  • Sun bolsters SOA software with data management - Paul Krill focuses on our new MDM Suite.
  • Sun touts open integration platform - Rosalie Marshall quotes Neil Ward-Dutton from Macehiter Ward-Dutton "Now Sun is showing remaining SeeBeyond Customers it still has a commitment to the integration software". And to his comment that Java CAPS is too large for small and medium sized companies and the community, that is what our ESB Suite and Open ESB are for!
  • Sun Unveils Java CAPS 6, Master Data Management Suite - IT News Online quotes Java CAPS customer Vince Blanchard from Medavie Blue Cross saying "Lock-in with any vendor is a top concern for us. Sun's implementation of the pluggable Java Business Integration (JBI) standard combined with its open source strategy within Open ESB and Java CAPS have addressed this concern for us."

  • Monday Mar 31, 2008

    Pluggability Rules

    I came across and article from a Java Developers Journal e-mail titled "In the Future, the Desktop Will Become the Enterprise Front End - Enterprise Widgets: The Story So Far" that I found very interesting. It covers a bit of history of widgets on the desktop and how Apple first introduced the idea in 1983, but it was really the internet that enabled offerings like Konfabulator (Yahoo! Widgets) and Apple's own Dashboard.

    It goes on to discuss the applicability of widgets in the enterprise but makes several observations that sound eerily familiar to those working on Open ESB:
    "What is needed is an enterprise widget ecosystem. The ecosystem would have to be portable across the most common desktop operating systems and it would need to be backend agnostic."
    "At the same time, however, the ability to link widgets together so that widgets can act as data feeds for other widgets ... is also important."
    "For one thing each widget could evolve separately so that you could update functionality without having to do a huge application release. The narrow focus of widgets also makes testing, maintenance, and development a lot easier."
    All of this is exactly what Open ESB is doing, just around an integration platform, rather than for desktop widgets.
    • There is an ecosystem developing components ranging from BPEL and XSLT Service Engines to RSS and XMPP Binding Components according to the JBI specification providing for portability across runtimes.
    • JBI enables the components to connect together in a standards based way so that a developer can say use any Binding Component to feed data to the Intelligent Event Processor Service Engine or any other combination one can think of.
    • Many of the components are being developed in a common community, and some in other communities or by other vendors, but all can evolve and mature on their own schedule, and because they plug in to a standards based platform they can be released or made available as they are ready without having to have a full release of everything else.
    Our customers of the Java Composite Application Platform Suite will soon realize these benefits as our upcoming release aligns with the development taking place in Open ESB.

    Pluggability rules!

    Friday Jan 11, 2008

    Current Analysis Ranks Sun #1 for SOA Suites

    In a recent report, Current Analysis ranks Sun's SOA offering #1 among the SOA Suites they analyzed.

    Click here to see a chart showing how the various vendors rank in their report.

    While they highlight the offering as the Sun Java Enterprise System, the heart of the SOA support in Java ES is the Sun Java Composite Application Platform Suite, or Java CAPS. It provides for the underlying integration/ESB, service enablement, service composition and orchestration, and business process management, and leverages other components of Java ES for the runtime (Application Server), security (Access Manager and Directory), and presentation (Portal Server).

    It is interesting to note that in the abstract they say "...customers require software products that are marketed as a single suite, with unified tooling, management and often installation and configuration utilities" which is a key differentiator of Java CAPS. It was built from the ground up to be an integrated and unified offering with a common IDE, runtime, installer, management environment, and more.

    Wednesday Jan 02, 2008

    Sun Good News and easycash GmbH

    The latest edition of "Sun Good News" has a mention of easycash GmbH's use of Java CAPS. Specifically:
    After deploying the Sun Java™ Composite Application Platform Suite (Java CAPS), easycash GmbH was able to integrate its business process applications 6x faster than with manual programming, and expects future integrations to be even faster. “We needed a flexible and scalable solution,” says Klaus Brück, head of payment services at easycash. “Java CAPS enables us to implement new requirements more efficiently and therefore shorten the time until product launch.”

    Read more in the customer snapshot on

    Wednesday Dec 12, 2007

    NetBeans 6 Released

    NetBeans 6 has released!

    I'm excited about this release not only because of the great work that has been done in NetBeans itself (leading Java EE 5 support, inclusion of what was in the Visual Web Pack and Enterprise Pack, easy to use GUI builder, Ruby/Rails support, and much much more) but also because this is the release of NetBeans that the Java Composite Application Platform Suite is going to build on starting with our next release. Previews of what is to come can be found at Project Open ESB.

    What this means is that in the future we will be bringing together the traditional Java SE/EE developers and Integration/SOA/CompApp developers together in a single common IDE allowing them to have the best of both worlds. We have already been providing previews of this since NetBeans 5.5 through the Java EE 5 SDK Tools Bundle and other related downloads.

    I encourage you to take a look at NetBeans 6 and Project Open ESB and get familiar with them and give us feedback.

    Tuesday Oct 16, 2007

    Single Customer View for Healthcare and Finance

    Our Portfolio Marketing team has recently added more content to our web-site focusing on Single Customer View for Healthcare and Finance. This follows on the heels of our successful campaign around Single Customer View.

    Take a look to see how Sun's approach to achieving a single customer view with the Sun Java Composite Application Platform Suite (Java CAPS) can help you:
    • Consolidate and integrate multiple data sources to create a single customer experience
    • Enable existing applications to share information and data
    • Provide a single point of entry for online customer self-service

    There are datasheets, whitepapers, videos, and more.




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