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Standards. Acquisitions. Lunacy.

As seems often to be the case, a few vendors and analysts seem to be having issues understanding an acquisition strategy. This time it the controversy surrounds BEA and BPM vendor Fuego...
Anne Mannes over at the Burton Group doesn't have a whole lot to say on the subject. Her most quotable quote on the acquisition seems to point out that she's confused by BEA's strategy in general and that the acquisition of Fuego just muddies the water for her.

Well let's see...ya think it might be because Fuego technology is already living under the covers of BEA's AquaLogic Interaction Process, BEA's BPM solution? BEA's strategy is simple; buy the OEM partner before someone else does and capitalize upon its already strong standards supporting technology by tightly integrating it into its own product until the lines between them are so blurred you can't tell where one ends and the other starts.

It's a fairly standard strategy to purchase an OEM partner to be able to fully exploit the technology and, perhaps, to gain its customer base.

Competitor Cape Clear would disagree on the point that Fuego is standards based and further blasted the acquisition in this blog entry by CEO Annrai O'Toole, saying, "the BPM market is founded on legacy, proprietary technologies".

Really? So BPEL isn't open standards based? Granted, it isn't a standard yet, but it's certainly headed that way. And UML, which Fuego supports, that isn't standards based? Quick, someone tell OMG, I'm sure they had no idea. And what about its support of XPDL?

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