Just six weeks after its commercial death Dais, ICL's object request broker (Orb), has been resurrected by a US software company.
In July it emerged that ICL planned to kill Dais - one of the only Orbs produced in the UK - after it signed a marketing deal with rival object developer Microsoft.
Last week, Peer Logic, which supplies the Pipes messaging software, bought the worldwide rights to license the Dais sourcecode, while ICL has retained the rights to sell Dais to its existing user base.
ICL will continue to support the product for its existing customers, including British Aerospace and the Home Office Immigration Service, but no further development work is planned.
ICL's marketing director for Dais, Ian Hunter, said he was "delighted" with the Peer Logic deal. "This is good news for ICL, Dais staff and our customers," he said.
Although neither company would discuss the financial terms, Hunter said "a substantial cash transaction in ICL's favour" had taken place.
Peer Logic will continue to use ICL's "engineering facilities" and "some opportunities would be offered to Dais development staff" said Peer Logic's vice president of product marketing, Peter Tait.
One of Tait's first problems will be breaking the news to one of Peer Logic's major partners, Iona. Peer Logic currently uses Iona's Orb.
"This will affect our relationship with Iona. But it is part of our plan to get into the core object technologies," Tait said.
Colin Barker is consulting editor of Computing.
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