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Who’s Who in EAI

TowerGroup analyst describes some of the players in the Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) market.

Here's how Tim Lind, senior analyst, investment management at TowerGroup, described some of the players in the Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) market during a presentation at TowerGroup's recent conference. He also outlined the SWIFT footprints of some of the biggest names in technology. While not a comprehensive list, it's a good place to start.

Heliograph: Boutique financial services firm that "blurs integration and application." Also, look for their "interesting corporate actions system."

Vitria: "A pioneer." Which means they've been at it since 1997.

Tibco: The biggest EAI vendor, but because Reuters bundles its market data with Tibco's low-end integration services, the company cannot sell directly to financial services firms.

SunGard: Big in the capital markets arena. "Parentage brings stability."

WebMethods: B2B leader. A "newcomer," but second only to Tibco in size. Going for financial vertical focus, has SWIFT petition for its message library.

Mercator: "Generates more SWIFT messages than any other EAI. "Important player."

SeeBeyond: "Strong technology" at version 5.0, with J2EE integrated stack.

Sybase / Financial Fusion: "Great franchise in FIX engines."

THE BIG GUYS

IBM: "Makes more money in integration than anyone." WebSphere going vertical into financial services.

BEA Software: "Adding integration on top of application server." Has SWIFT petition for its message library.

Microsoft: With 94 percent share on the desktop, "Where else can they go?" To the securities market, evidently. Biztalk being used in market as STP bridge for capture of post-trade processes. Accessible "through tools like Outlook - there's just a lot of familiarity there."

Sun Microsystems: "Lowering the cost of getting in." "A potentially disruptive pricing model."

Also look for SWIFT-related activity from HP, Oracle and SAP, according to Lind.

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