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Oracle buys SOA management company AmberPoint

Hoping to strengthen the SOA capabilities of its Fusion Middleware 11g line, Oracle has purchased AmberPoint, specialists in SOA management.

Oracle just can’t seem to quench its thirst for acquisitions.

Less than two weeks after it formally rolled out its roadmap for Oracle + Sun, the company today announced it has purchased AmberPoint, a small company that specializes in the management of Service Oriented Architectures (SOA).

AmberPoint’s products are designed to help companies both diagnose and resolve a range of problems relating to application performance and business transactions where multiple applications are working in concert.

In a prepared statement, Oracle officials said they believe AmberPoint’s technology will enrich Oracle’s middleware products such as Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle SOA Governance and Oracle Enterprise Manager by more quickly resolving business transaction problems before they affect a company’s business.

One analyst believes the acquisition adds more than a little strategic value to Oracle’s middleware lineup in that it allows Oracle’s products to work more seamlessly with those of a range of competitors, including SAP.

“AmberPoint is huge in some ways. They have really good SOA management for SAP, Tibco, JBoss and Microsoft," said Ray Wang, a partner with the Altimeter Group. "Their stuff gives someone who wants to work in an interoperable mode the ability to do runtime and design time governance where you can change things on the fly.”

Not only do AmberPoint’s products allow Oracle’s middleware to communicate bi-directionally with those of its competitors, but it allows administrators to manage those communications from within an Oracle environment.

“This [AmberPoint] is going to be one of those fundamental components they need to keep interoperability in Oracle’s camp,” Wang said. AmberPoint had a partnership with SAP in the past. SAP had certified AmberPoint’s products to run on its NetWeaver Process Integration and NetWeaver Enterprise Services Repository.

“They [AmberPoint] were pretty much set up for acquisition by any number of their partners,” he said. “It is really a company SAP should have acquired.”

Oracle officials said they expect the deal to close sometime during the first half of this year. They declined to discuss the financial details of the transaction.


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