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SOA Software Acquires Blue Titan

SOA Software says it has acquired Blue Titan, a Web services networking company that fills a void in SOA's product line.
SOA Software Inc. on Monday said it has acquired Blue Titan, a Web services networking company that fills a void in SOA's product line.

Under the deal, Frank Martinez, founder, chief executive and chief technology officer for San Francisco-based Blue Titan, becomes executive vice president of the combined company, focusing on product strategy. Financial terms of the purchase were not disclosed.

SOA and Blue Titan provide infrastructure technology for building service-oriented architectures, a form of distributed computing that uses standards based on extensible markup language, or XML, to connect applications.

Before the acquisition, SOA Software, based in Santa Monica, Calif., did not have technology to enable networked applications to communicate across heterogeneous IT environments. In general, SOA Software's technology focused on governance, management and security within a service-oriented architecture, while Blue Titan's expertise centered on standards-based messaging and policy-based mediation.

"They're quite complementary," Jason Bloomberg, analyst for ZapThink LLC, said of the two companies' technologies. "The combined company offers everything you need for your SOA infrastructure."

Many infrastructure vendors today are tied to a particular platform, such as Microsoft .Net. SOA Software, however, is looking to differentiate itself.

"They now have the most platform-independent SOA infrastructure offer," Bloomberg said.

Blue Titan was at least the third company acquired by SOA Software, formerly Digital Evolution, in the last 20 months. In March 2005, SOA bought New York Based ThoughtDigital LLC, which made event-based messaging technology. In September 2004, the company bought Flamenco Networks, a provider of specialized network infrastructure for service-oriented architectures.

Unlike many companies in the emerging SOA market, SOA Software is not seeking to be acquired by a bigger vendor, Bloomberg said. Instead, the company is increasing its size and product portfolio through acquisitions.