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Oracle acquires Moniforce: Fills key monitoring hole



Posted by: Derek Kuhr
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Oracle’s acquisition of Moniforce fills a gaping hole in Oracle’s monitoring technology lineup, according to one IT industry analyst who pays close attention to Oracle Enterprise Manager and other systems management products.

Oracle, said Jean-Pierre Garbani, an analyst with Cambridge, Mass.-based Forrester Research Inc., has been laboring to build a system management portfolio that centers on Oracle, web and J2EE-based applications. And Oracle isn’t alone.

Garbani went on to say that the leaders in the monitoring space — CA-Wily Technology, Hewlett-Packard, Compuware and Symantec — have historically broken their offerings up into two major components: An end user monitoring product similar to Moniforce and a J2EE application monitoring product.

“Oracle just announced a new J2EE monitor [but] was missing the end user experience monitoring,” Garbani explained, “hence the acquisition of Moniforce who appeared to be the best available solution on the market.”

The analyst said that Moniforce will become an important component of Oracle Enterprise Manager, but Moniforce’s existing customer base probably won’t feel much pain as their vendor joins Oracle’s stable of acquisitions.

“One thing that may happen, however, is that the subscription business model used by Moniforce in Europe will be dropped,” he said. “I cannot say that with any level of certainty, but it would be a logical move.”

According to the IT blogger known as Captain Blackbeak, Moniforce will also be a boon to Oracle business intelligence (BI) efforts as they relate to the web.

“Oracle is the first BI solution to make a strategic acquisition into the web analytics space by acquiring Moniforce,” Blackbeak wrote. “It was only a matter of time, the only real surprise is that it has taken this long. [...] It will be interesting to see if Oracle make further moves in the industry.”

What do you think? Is Moniforce all it’s cracked up to be? And do you have an interest in buying such a product from Oracle? Let us know.

– Mark

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