Infrastructure applications provider Tibco Software will launch its bid for a portion of the emerging market for integration tools tomorrow with a bevy of new offerings.
The company's software has served as a driving engine behind real-time information dissemination, such as stock quotes. Tibco has carved out a niche for itself in the financial, energy, and manufacturing industries. Others, such as Oberon Software and CrossWorlds Software, among others, also have targeted this niche in the software market.
The latest package from the software provider--called TIB/Active Enterprise--includes multiple software components that essentially make it easier for corporations to tie older mainframe-based applications to current desktop and server-based software, regardless of the underlying operating system.
The tools include a message broker that serves as the "nerve center" for communications between these disparate applications, according to Tibco executives. This piece of software takes messages from one application and translates them so another application can understand the communication.
Along with this base tool, the company will launch a series of "connectors" and "adapters" for specific software packages such as business applications from PeopleSoft and Baan. Initial "connectors" for IBM's MQ Series and Web-based applications are already available. Others will roll out in the second quarter of this year.
Other components of the suite include a management console and existing software from the company that insures message delivery. Mark Bowles, chief technology officer for Tibco Software, said customers have told Tibco that the biggest problem they are having is integrating various applications packages so they can work together, rather than functioning separately from other complementary systems.
A software developer's kit is available now, with prices starting at $2,500. The rest of the tools will ship in the second quarter with prices based on the number of servers in the organization that take advantage of the software.