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Application-Integration Vendors Form Alliances

Two application-integration vendors, New Era of Networks Inc. and CrossWorlds Inc., formed separate alliances today to round out their integration portfolios.

New Era of Networks (Neon) said today that it's acquiring Convoy Corp., an application-integration vendor that specializes in integration with PeopleSoft applications. The stock transaction is worth $42 million. Neon says it's buying the company primarily for its products and expertise in extracting, transforming, and loading data between PeopleSoft and other environments.

The acquisition will give Neon a broader profile in the application integration market, which is crowded with dozens of would-be contenders. Neon and other vendors are trying to cover as many facets of integration as possible to make their offerings more suitable as integration platforms.

CrossWorlds announced an alliance with IBM that will see it adopt the IBM MQSeries line of middleware products -- which includes MQSeries Integrator, an integration product co-developed by Neon -- as the messaging platform for its application-integration products. CrossWorlds says MQSeries is rapidly becoming a standard in the integration market; in fact, all of its existing customers already use MQSeries.

"If we're going to sell into mission-critical accounts, MQSeries gives us much more credibility," says CrossWorlds CEO Katrina Garnett. "But it also lets us focus on our core competency of business process integration with packaged applications" by providing a product that lets businesses also address integration with legacy applications. The CrossWorlds products currently support MQSeries but will have more extensive support in subsequent releases. IBM and CrossWorlds are participating in a joint development council that Garnett says will help the vendors share technology and merge their architectures. The companies will also embark on joint sales and marketing.

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