Computer Associates (CA) claims the latest upgrade to its Jasmine object-oriented database makes it a complete ebusiness product, but analysts say it is just middleware.
Charles Wang, CA's chief executive officer, told users this week that Jasmine Intelligent Infrastructure (ii) is the only product that lets users build ebusiness internet exchanges and portals that can be personalised dynamically. "You have to do ebusiness fast and you have to do it right. Jasmine ii provides everything you need to intelligently embrace ebusiness."
However, Clive Longbottom, service director at analyst Strategy Partners, said CA has confused the market by positioning Jasmine ii as a complete ebusiness environment. "Jasmine ii is a middleware product that helps you to glue together what you already have," he said. For example, most users have Oracle databases and Sun Microsystems servers that they consider form the basis of their ebusiness infrastructure, he said.
Longbottom said that although CA is making a lot of noise about ebusiness, the company has entered the market too late. "Scrub CA from the name and the rhetoric could be from any other vendor," he said.
CA said Jasmine ii provides users with a single platform that natively supports the eXtensible Markup Language (XML), Enterprise Java Beans (EJB) and Java.
The product is based on the company's object-oriented database, but includes an application server, a publish/subscribe engine and an object request broker. It also supports a range of application services including distributed transaction management, messaging, naming, events, encryption and cache management.
CA also launched a suite of ecommerce applications based on Jasmine ii, including catalogue merchandising, purchasing and shipping. The Jasmine iApplication Suite enables trading partners to electronically receive and transmit XML/electronic data interchange and other document types, while mapping and translation tools are aimed at helping users integrate their back-office packages with their trading partners' supply chain applications.
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