Progress Software recently unloaded Sonic, Savvion, and Actional to a niche enterprise software development company, Trilogy Software. Recognizing the poor brand fit between enterprise software development and enterprise application middleware, Trilogy will form a new entity, Aurea Software, to re-introduce the acquired portfolio into the market.
According to the press release, Scott Brighton, Aurea’s new CEO, will focus the company on a goal
“to take these market leading, enterprise-class products and place a renewed focus on creating the next generation iBPMS – with a specific emphasis on enabling critical, high-value business processes in key vertical markets.”
According to Jim Snur at Gartner, an iBPMS:
“allows organizations to have more intelligent processes that can be aimed at better operations minimally and innovative processes easily. The iBPMS does this by enhancing a businesses situational awareness by seeking patterns of interest, enabling quicker / more effective decisions through poly-analytics and rapid adaptation for appropriate actions through flexible processes”
Source: Gartner Blog Network
An iBPMS focus is significantly different from the legacy standalone product lines focus on
- Develop high-quality, service-based applications
- Minimize downtime
- Service-oriented architecture (SOA) and enterprise messaging
- Rapidly and flexibly integrate services and applications across the enterprise
We will see if Progress’ decision to divest their on-premise integration portfolio was “the right thing for our customers and our partners that rely on them.” as stated by Progress VP Colleen Smith. How Aurea’s corporate focus will serve current customers using Sonic ESB or Sonic MQ as the cornerstone for their integration platform or SOA strategy remains to be seen. Whether development teams will embrace multiple best-of-breed vendors for iBPMS, aPaaS, iPaaS functionality also remains an open question.
As mentioned in the April Forrester and Gartner notes, the time is now to:
- Develop an exit strategy and limit new investments in Sonic and Actional products
- Implement exit strategies and reduce integration project investment on Sonic and Actional products
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