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Software AG Major SOA Player With WebMethods Deal

Software AG bought WebMethods both for its customers and its products. In particular, WebMethods gives Software AG a boost in the North American market and new SOA management and governance systems that complement its own offerings very well.
It's hard to believe the companies' claims that all of their overlapping products will be retained, especially as they have told investors that the acquisition will lead to significant cost savings. One thing that looks very likely to go is Software AG's partnership with Fujitsu, on SOA registry: The Fujitsu product competes head-on with Infravio, which WebMethods acquired last year. However, SOA is supposed to be about integrating diverse systems through interchangeable components, so absorbing WebMethods will give Software AG a chance to put the technology to the test.
Andy Dornan
NWC Technology Editor

Software AG signed a deal this week to acquire WebMethods, a maker of business process integration software. WebMethods accepted Software AG's $546 million cash offer, which translates into roughly $9 per share.

The German SOA vendor said the merger will provide it with a much stronger and broader service-oriented architecture and business process management product portfolio. Software AG also expects to gain some cost savings from eliminating overlapping resources, the company said.

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