Category Archives: IBM

Microsoft Commerce Server – breaking off or just taking a pause

I was a bit surprised (but not shocked) when I read Mary-Jo Foley’s blog about Microsoft offloading it’s Commerce server.
Not shocked cause Microsoft commerce hasn’t been a particularly well recognised product offering in the eCommerce space. In my years of experience in the eCommerce space, I can count the number of time I’ve come across Microsoft Commerce Server. And given Microsoft’s lack of attention to the product, such a fate was inevitable.

ATG acquisition by Oracle – impact on your eCommerce Strategy

What can be seen as the biggest news maker in the eCommerce space – Oracle has agreed to buyout ATG Inc for about $1Bn.
Seen as Oracle’s strategy targeting IBM – this acquisition brings together ATG’s leading eCommerce product with strong roots into retail industry on one end and Oracle’s ERP, CRM, Retail & Supply Chain solutions on the other. The combined offerings will be targeting to help customers consolidate their commerce activities  and provide a consistent experience across channels.

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Portals & Mashup Product Evaluation

The Real Story Group recently released its “Portals and Content Integration” report version 1.0. Authored by Apoorv Durga, this report give you a pretty comprehensive insight into some of  the leading products on the Portals and Mashup (aka Content Integration) space.

The report covers a broad spectrum of product – from leading software vendors like IBM, Microsoft, Oracle etc; to niche product vendors like BoradVision, OpenText, JackBe, Kaspow etc ; to Open Source vendor like Liferay, WSO2 etc.

If you are an enterprise that looking to make a decision in the Portals & Mashup space, this is Your Bible for making an Informed Decision.

Is FatWire next in EMC’s acquisition spree ?

Over the past few years, the Enterprise Portals and Enterprise Content Management product vendor space has been witnessing an overall consolidation, through several mergers & acquisitions – noteworthy of these being IBM’s acquisition of FileNet; BEA’s acquisition of Plumtree and subsequent Oracle’s acquisition of BEA ; followed by Oracle’s acquisition of Stellent & now Sun.
In the very recent past, this trend has turned its focus to the  Web Content Management (WCM) space – the past few month have witnessed the acquisition of Two of the Three leading WCM vendors – First two being Interwoven which was acquired by Autonomy & Vignette – acquired by OpenText. The third and the strongest player being FatWire.

EMC on the other hand, despite being the leader in the ECM space, has failed to extend it’s supremacy in the WCM space. As a result it has lost WCM business to these vendors, specially FatWire. While it may or may not make business sense for EMC (customers WCM are relatively quite small compared to ECM ), from a technology offering perspective, is critical for EMC to improve its offerings. While ECM can overhaul the entire product itself, bear in mind that it is know for its long Mergers & Acquisitions history (50 +). So I won’t be surprised to see EMC acquire a product in the space. With Interwoven & Vignette already acquired and no more an options, FatWire seems to be the obvious choice.
While the rumors to this context have been around and we can add to that by speculating further, we have to see if FatWire is really up for acquisition; does it make business sense for EMC to acquire FatWire; would this happen before there’s another twist in the story ….