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I’m happy for Graham. This gives him a new playground to play in (webM). My guess is that it will take some time and effort to actually combine the technology so that its integrated for real, assuming that’s what they really intend to do. We just finished stage 2 of that process with the eXcelon acquisition that we did about a year ago. The initial integration can be almost instantaneous, because its all standards based, right? However, it takes some time to integrate the incumbent technology with the new stuff in terms of making the coherent experience for the user that doesn’t leave you feeling like you’re using two separate products.
Actually, webM isn’t really “the first” to have a highly distributed standards based integration fabric. The ESB has been providing a “100% standards based” integration fabric for a couple of years now. I’m happy to see other vendors recognizing the need and sharing a vision for a highly distributed integration fabric. A highly distributed integration fabric containing a robust management infrastructure is at the core of the emerging Enterprise Service Bus technology trend. Sonic would like to see Graham and webMethods “get on the bus”.
I run into Graham quite a bit at speaking venues. I had spoken with him about adopting the ESB terminology several months ago. He wasn’t too keen on it largely due to at the time that 1)The definition of ESB requires messaging as part of the core requirement. 2) None of the major vendors had gotten “on the bus” so to speak. Since then IBM has started adopting the term ESB. Perhaps he should revisit issue #1.