Web services field sees busy year for acquisitions

John Hogan

Many IT vendors ply their trade in the Web services space, but their numbers have declined as more-established players have begun snapping up specialists in areas such as Web services management, adapters and application development tools.

Following are some examples of this flurry of acquisition activity in 2003 from the news pages of

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WebMethods to acquire The Mind Electric

WebMethods announced that it will acquire The Mind Electric (TME) and its flagship Glue software, a Java-based platform for building Web services.

CA to add Web services component to Unicenter

This past summer, Computer Associates International Inc. quietly acquired Adjoin Solutions Inc., a Boston-based maker of Web services management software. By the end of the year, Islandia, N.Y.-based CA says, it will ship a Web services component to its Unicenter systems management platform that includes technology developed by Adjoin.

Hewlett-Packard to acquire Talking Blocks

In its latest move in the Web services market, Hewlett-Packard announced that it will acquire Talking Blocks, a maker of service-oriented architecture (SOA) and management software.

Actional sells adapter business to iWay

Actional has sold its adapter business for an undisclosed sum to iWay Software, the two companies announced. Actional says it will now focus all of its attention on Web services management.

Ascential completes Mercator acquisition

Ascential recently completed its acquisition of Mercator. What does this mean for Ascential? What does it mean for the existing Mercator product and its users? And what does it mean for partners of Mercator?

Actuate acquires integration specialist Nimble

Actuate has added to the recent flurry of consolidation in the business intelligence market. The BI vendor has acquired Nimble, a maker of XML-based integration software/

Xenos Group to acquire XML Global

Xenos Group and XML Global Technologies have signed a letter of intent under which Xenos will acquire most of the business assets of XML Global.

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