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Enabling the Intelligent Enterprise: 2005 Editors' Choice Awards

Our seventh annual take on The Dozen most influential vendors driving the intelligent enterprise. Plus, we name 48 Companies to Watch in 12 categories including enterprise apps, BI and special "vanguard" company selections.

Information Strategy | Enterprise Applications | Application Integration | Business Intelligence | Performance Management | Business Execution | Customer Intelligence | Information Management | Application Management | The Vanguard | On-Demand Leadership | Unstructured Intelligence

Application Integration

The advent of SOA dramatically increases the options for organizations looking to solve enterprise application integration (EAI) problems. Enterprise service bus (ESB) technology uses Web standards to reinvent message-oriented middleware. Portals are part of this story as well; while portals focus on integration “at the glass,” they depend not only on underlying EAI but also process and data integration. In fact, formerly separate worlds of application, data and process integration are proving interdependent. Leading vendors in this category can’t afford to wear blinders.

Tibco Software

Tibco's mission is to make real time a reality for mainstream businesses. With its acquisition of business process management (BPM) specialist Staffware, Tibco stepped up from mere application to "business" integration. Blue-chip customers turn to Tibco to integrate and manage processes involving multiple applications, data sources and content types. Imbued with SOA religion, Tibco will be important as composite applications take shape.

Companies to Watch in 2005

Ascential Software. Application and data integration shouldn't be dealt with separately. Already a data integration leader, Ascential is guiding customers to a holistic view of enterprise integration.

BEA Systems. BEA finds a way to ride each successive computing wave to success. "Diablo," the next BEA WebLogic Server, will bring enterprise qualities to fledgling SOA implementations.

Cape Clear. Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) is a revolutionary standard, defining the open integration model for process integration. Cape Clear's latest enterprise service bus (ESB) technology looks like BPEL's best comrade.

Sonic Software. ESB is hardly just the next version of EAI. Rather, it is the "bus" that drives SOA to new heights of business integration. Sonic is driving that bus.

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