Sure Annrai, I'll bite :).
James is ranting about the recent Forrester ESB Wave report, and questioning why it doesn't include open source offerings. James is trying to promote the use of open source. Good on you James! He also questions whether I would have issue with them being included. I can't speak for Forrester, but I would welcome ServiceMix and others being included in the next round of the report.
In the process he is also trying to portray software vendors as being evil in order to add a little contrast. C'mon James. Don't lump us all into the same category of evil closed proprietary vendors. Progress / Sonic have been very active in the open source community for a number of years. We have been active contributors to the Apache Axis project, Axis II, and the Synapse project. We are very active in working in the open standards process and have been helping to drive the shape of many important SOA related standards such as WS-ReliableMessaging, WS-Addressing, WS-Policy, WS-Security, WS-Notification, WSDL, SOAP, and XQuery, to name a few. We also implement these open standards in our Sonic ESB and Actional product lines.
Since you brought this up, Annrai, I should point out some things about the report. "The Forrester Wave(TM): Enterprise Service Bus, Q2 2006," published June 30, 2006 puts us in a leadership position and states: "Progress (Sonic) has a strong and credible corporate strategy" and "claims a significant number of customers and provided good reference accounts." While the evaluation considered the Progress(R) Sonic ESB and Actional(R) products that were available through March 2006, a new version of Sonic ESB (www.sonicsoftware.com/ESB7) was made available in April just after Forrester's cutoff date that delivers powerful new capabilities. Among these capabilities are support for WS-ReliableMessaging, WS-Security, WS-Addressing, and WS-Policy. Sonic ESB 7 also includes an Eclipse based SOA Workbench that addresses the overall lifecycle of top down process modeling, service configuration, testing and debugging, and SOA deployment. We are pretty psyched that we fared as well as we did even without these newer capabilities and we look forward to doing even better in the next report.
Here are some key findings from the report:
-- The Forrester Wave shows Progress (Sonic) as among the leaders in market presence (4.36 of 5) and in particular new customers (5 of 5).
-- The Forrester Wave shows Progress (Sonic) as providing an ESB which is free from runtime dependencies and scores among the highest in memory utilization (5 of 5).
-- The Forrester Wave shows Progress (Sonic) as scoring among the highest Product Strategy (4.60 of 5). While the new capabilities delivered in Sonic ESB 7.0 missed the deadline for scoring, the new Eclipse-based toolset and advanced Web services support delivered in 7.0 could positively impact scoring in future evaluations.
-- The Forrester Wave shows Progress (Sonic) earned high marks for its Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) governance capabilities (5 of 5).
In the end it's the market that decides what is the best overall offering. In the Forrester report, Progress (Sonic) scored the highest possible score in new customer adoption. This, combined with the Gartner report (the original subject of this posting), clearly strengthens our position as a market leader.