The news that Tibco is offering cloud computing tools caught my attention this morning.
The middleware leader is getting ready to deliver a tool — Tibco Silver — for building enterprise grade applications of top of a public cloud infrastructure, according to SearchSOA.com. The applications will run on Amazon EC2 for now, but they’re planning on supporting other cloud providers in the future.
Back when Oracle bought BEA Systems, there was lots of talk about SAP perhaps buying Tibco. Bloggers and analysts engaged in loads of commentary on what SAP needed to boost its own middleware — NetWeaver — and why Tibco would make an excellent acquisition. Much of this is summed up well in this 2007 blog by ZDNet’s Dennis Howlett.
In turn, a recent Forrester Research report ranked Oracle’s Fusion middleware ahead of SAP NetWeaver, touting its broader set of tools, and better support for openness and standards.
Tibco’s still available — could it bolster SAP’s middleware?
Add to that scenario the benefit to SAP’s cloud computing strategy, and Tibco’s looking good. SAP has said repeatedly that it’s trying to find a way to accommodate enterprise customers in the cloud. That’s a governance challenge that Tibco is going to tackle with Silver, Tibco’s Rourke McNamara, head of product marketing, told SearchSOA.com:
“We have been looking for a way to make the cloud useful to enterprise customers, and have talked to them about stumbling blocks such as the lack of governance, lack of portability of skill sets and code, and security.”
According to the article, Silver also features integration as a service, built on Tibco’s core service bus technology, which simplifies the process of sending and receiving data with other enterprise applications like SAP, Oracle Financials, and Siebel.
Plus, the product sounds as though it’ll be platform agnostic — the direction SAP is indicating they want to go with the cloud.
Might Tibco make a nice 2009 acquisition for SAP?