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Intelligent Enterprise Editors' Choice Awards 2010

Intelligent Enterprise names 'The Dozen' most influential vendors for the intelligent enterprise and 36 'Companies to Watch' in 2010.

COMPANIES TO WATCH: BUSINESS INTELLIGENCECOMPANIES TO WATCH: ENTERPRISE APPLICATIONS

Adobe is unquestionably a leader in rich Internet applications, but its mighty Flash/Flex/AIR lineup has come under scrutiny. In our view, the current flap will drive improvements to the Flash/Flex and AIR footprint and security features. Even if Apple continues its iPhone/iPad boycott, Adobe's pervasive technology will be a part of the slickest enterprise digital interactions.

Eclipse Foundation has built an open-source community and a powerful ecosystem that continues to revolutionize the way software is created and deployed. At the center is a multi-language software development environment and rich-client deployment platform that is open and highly extensible. Eclipse is the tail that now wags enterprise software development.

Pegasystems is a key player in the rapidly consolidating business process management (BPM) market. It offers enviable business-rule and process-automation technology, and its scale and desirable blue-chip customer base ensure a solid future, whether through independence or acquisition.

Progress Software offers a lot of key TLAs -- three letter acronyms, that is. It was among the first companies to introduce an ESB, and its Progress Sonic ESB is still going strong. Progress Apama is a leader in the budding CEP market. Progress also raised interest with its recent acquisition of BPM vendor Savvion. This collection is destined for something BIG.

RightNow not only offers rapid deployment, flexibility and low cost -- all hallmarks of its SaaS-based CRM delivery model -- it has also innovated, incorporating social media monitoring and basic text analytic capabilities into its services. The company seems to be keeping its own 2,000-plus customers happy.

SAP and its customers share at least one important priority for 2010: delivering innovative products and services. For customers, that will naturally require development around SAP's financial, human resource, manufacturing, supply chain and customer support applications. SAP has made headway toward fast process modeling, drag-and-drop orchestration and development, but too many bits and pieces have yet to be delivered. We're hoping new leadership will help accelerate the move to flexible composite apps and middleware, and state-of-the-art on-demand services.

Software AG acquired WebMethods in 2007 and IDS Scheer last year, which puts it on a short list for possible acquisition (with SAP being a potential suitor). Many organizations with sophisticated business processes are no strangers to IDS Scheer's modeling and optimization tools. And Software AG's SOA technology helps customers develop agile and reusable application components. Software AG is a serious, global player.

Workday is a leading provider of SaaS-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications. With more than 100 customers and 100,000 users, Workday is building on a strong base. Broad capabilities, including built-in BI features, will keep this service growing.

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