GPL 3.0 Draft

This will be worth watching as it evolves. Can GPL 3.0 ever become as attractive to commercial software companies as the Apache 2.0 license?

Link: GPL 3.0 Draft Tackles Patents, Compatibility

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The first discussion draft of the GNU General Public License was finally released on Monday, and addresses the issues of patents and patent-related retaliation, as well as its compatibility with other licenses.

GPL v3 Draft can be found here.


Informatica & DataSynapse

In a press release this week, DataSynapse and Informatica announced a partnership agreement whereby DS's GridServer technology will support the Informatica PowerCenter data integration platform.

DataSynapse has to expand its market beyond their successful foray into the financial services sector. Business intelligence, drafting behind partners like Informatica, seems a sensible approach to me.

Link: DataSynapse Helps Deliver Enhanced Grid Computing Capabilities to Informatica's Leading Data Integration Platform

The agreement will enhance the deployment of PowerCenter in service-oriented IT environments where heterogeneous system resources are pooled and allocated as needed to satisfy computing demand. Informatica's PowerCenter empowers customers to cost-effectively scale their data integration processing across such pooled resources. An interface with GridServer provides added flexibility to coordinate PowerCenter workloads with other applications on the grid. The result is a more agile, scalable and manageable IT infrastructure that speeds application processing time for improved throughput and productivity.


Understanding UDDI

To explain UDDI in 200 words or less, Phil WIndley has a graphic and the "sidebar text" to go with it.

Phil Windley's Technometria | Understanding UDDI

As part of the SOA governance feature and Infravio X-Registry review that are going to be in InfoWorld in a few weeks, I’m trying to come up with a short (less than 200 words) sidebar and graphic on understanding UDDI.


Mercury buys Systinet

This week came the announcement that Mercury Interactive is bulking up its Business Technology Optimization (BTO) approach by adding SOA governance to the offer.

Link: Mercury buys Systinet in SOA governance play

... Governance capabilities are critical for Mercury. The company defines governance as the delivery of a predictable, consistent SOA, with control, visibility, and integrity to ensure the reuse of business services. Optimizing quality, performance, and availability of SOA applications also is part of governance, according to Mercury.

Key Systinet products cited include Systinet Registry (Overview, Articles, Company), which is a UDDI-compliant registry for managing and publishing reusable business services and other SOA services, and Systinet Policy Manager, for streamlining policy creation and management and automating service validation. ...

James Governor goes on to ask and then answer the question Why? and notes that in taking this approach, Mercury seems to be pitting itself directly against IBM's Tivoli Relationship Registry based on the Collation acquisition.

It's also fun to see Governor, InfoWorld journalists and Miko Matsumura point out the benefits of this move to Infravio, and the resulting higher profile as a potential acquisition by the likes of BEA, BMC or one of the other majors in this area.


Sun to reveal its software numbers

Jonathan Schwartz, Sun's COO, is quoted by InfoWorld as stating that Sun Microsystems will soon begin breaking out the revenues from the company's software business. The question is ... why now?

First, if the software revenues are big enough, are showing profitability (or something close), and are demonstrating year-by-year growth in the double digits, this may provide the street with something more to go on with respect to the company's valuation. That would be just good sense.

Another thought: Besides doing a better job at providing transparency to the company's revenues and where the margins are, could this be a precursor to either (a) creating a separately tracked stock or (b) creating a separate, Sun software (and services ?) company -- distinct from the hardware / systems company?

Link: Sun to break out software revenue

... In an interview at the conference here, Sun President and Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Schwartz told IDG News Service that the company will soon begin reporting the revenue from its software business. Currently, the company reports only systems, storage, and services revenue. He did not provide a time frame for when the change will be made.

The move may provide insight into how much revenue Sun derives from its Java technology licensing business, something the company has never fully disclosed since it introduced the technology in 1996. Sun executives long have been lambasted for not revealing how much money the company actually makes from Java licensing, which Schwartz said is a profitable business at the company.

However, because the company sees Java's true value not in licensing but as a driver for its infrastructure business, Sun has never felt the need to report how much money it derives from Java licensing, he said. ...