As another example of this, BEA this week closed on its acquisition of Plumtree Software. It's an interesting move. As CRN's Rochelle Garner asked back in August when the deal was announced, why would BEA Systems shell out $200 million in cash for a portal pure-play when it has its own top-selling portal software? Because Plumtree Software offers a portfolio of .Net-compliant software that perfectly complements BEA's J2EE-compliant products. And that .Net/J2EE synergy is something that BEA needs to deliver a full spectrum of functionality to its customers.
SOA Pipeline's recent poll on whether companies were going with specialized best-of-breed vendors or were waiting for larger companies to solidify their strategies showed a fairly even split: 52 percent of respondents said they were going with smaller best-of-breed companies, while 48 percent of respondents said they were waiting for larger vendors to get their act together. With the news this week of the DataPower and Plumtree acquisitions, they won't have long to wait.