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What Do You Think of Oracle Buying AmberPoint?

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Yesterday Oracle broke the news that they were buying AmberPoint, saying that the addition of AmberPoint demonstrates Oracle's commitment to provide customers with a comprehensive Oracle Fusion Middleware SOA offering that helps improve performance and reduce IT costs through end-to-end SOA management and Business Transaction Management solutions.  What are your thoughts?

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  • Well, I have to say it Amberpoint was the last of the standalone SOA players around and their acquisition marks a milestone in SOA tools becoming much more "mainstream" than an independent market by themselves.

    Other than this, Oracle's commitment to SOA Management and their customers is remarkably dependent on what will be a motley collection of tools that will be challenging at the very least.

  • Not the last ... SOA Software is still standing, for example, although that's probably the only other big independent left.

    It plugs an important gap in Oracle's set of tools that needed to be filled to put it on a par with what HP, IBM, Progress and Software AG already have (through earlier acquisitions). Though I can't help feeling that the whole sector could have done with more independents surviving for longer before they all got acquired. I'm not convinced that the SOA management needs have been clearly enough defined, creating a bit of a hotchpotch of practices.

    Meanwhile, the emergence of REST and WOA has added additional monitoring and management needs that are still being digested.

  • Tibco, start sweating. Also, there are a number of vendors that could lose their OEM relationship. This will be interesting. Nice move by Oracle.

  • AmberPoint is a very small vendor who has a remarkable Run Time SOA Governance product. Its offerings includes also SOA Management solutions and lately also Transactions Run Time governance products. It was a matter of time until one of the mega companies will acquire it.
    The natural candidate for acquiring it was its closest partner Microsoft.
    I think that Oracle acquired it in order to fill a gap in its SOA portfolio (BEA licensed AmberPoint's products prior to being acquired by Oracle), but the main reason for that acquisition is beyond SOA.
    Executing Oracle strategy requires Network and Systems Management (NSM) solutions even before the Sun acquisition. After the Sun acquisition an NSM solution is a must. Oracle's sales man are talking about management solutions at least four or five years, but unfortunately its NSM products are limited. AmberPoint is a part of more comprehensive NSM solution. The growing competition with IBM and HP is a drive for building an NSM suite similar to IBM's and HP's. Currently the NSM leaders are IBM, HP, CA and BMC. As far as Web Services management is concerned their is a another leader: Amberpoint joining the four leaders mentioned above.
    I will not be surprised if BMC will be the next Oracle's target acquisition.
    As far as SOA Governance is concerned their are still independent vendors such as: SOA Software, Actional and Layer3 and Layer7.

  • Actional was actually acquired by Progress Software.

  • This may accelerate the adoption of SOA in a lot of Fortune 500 companies that use applications from Oracle, PeopleSoft! These companies may finally start seeing real returns from the millions they have spent on all these standalone Financial, HR, Manufacturing, or Sales Applications!

  • This was a natural acquisition. I am an SOA consultant but have pretty much settled in the energy industry for now. I was recently asked to come up with open-source alternatives to Oracle for a large clothing manufacturer's SOA. This was about 3 weeks ago and what I found was that Oracle was still lacking in service management and government. If you can only manage Oracle then what is the use, that's no SOA.

    I also found zero out there in the open-source realm for SOA management. Now other big vendors will be hard pressed to compete with Oracle and they will need to buy or build. Additionally, past Amberpoint partners such as Microsoft will be looking else where as to avoid partnering with a bitter rival.

    Enter SOA Software. They have a similarly excellent capability as Amberpoint with a more complete list of offerings. It's my bet that the big guys will be looking to acquire SOA Software before long.

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