Tibco TUCON 08: gunning for "Enterprise 3.0"


Tibco's annual user conference (TUCON), held last week in San Francisco, saw the US-based firm announcing a slew of changes including a tie-up with Microsoft and Tibco's first hardware appliance.

Technology integration and support announcements are focused on two areas, said Tibco in a statement. Tibco and Microsoft Windows Communication Foundation leverages Microsoft .NET Framework services and applications to easily communicate using the former's Enterprise Message Service platform, which Tibco said gives "a degree of reliability and scalability not previously possible." And their selection of Microsoft's Silverlight technology for development "delivers the best experience for customers that have large-scale deployment and scalability requirements and complements what can be done using AJAX."

Also announced was a hardware messaging appliance "specifically designed to accelerate the capabilities and performance of [the firm's] Rendezvous software." The as-yet-unnamed device's "hardware/software combination will offer improved application-to-application, ultra-low latency messaging throughput for mission critical data," said Tibco.

In keynote speeches, Tom Laffey, executive VP, products and technology, said his firm posted record revenues in both FY07 and Q108. Tibco founder, chairman and CEO Vivek Ranadivé referred to the 80s-00s as the "database era," where software was tied to the database and devices like ATMs became commonplace. He called this Enterprise 2.0, adding that the 2000-2020 era is Enterprise 3.0, where software is tied to the customer and everything is event-driven. Timing, he said, would be "real-time plus"-"the velocity and scope of life has changed."

Matt Quinn, senior VP of engineering and tech strategies, said that users are the best source of innovation, inspiration and drive. Quinn also mentioned Spotfire, Tibco's latest acquisition, specifically Operation Analytics and Spotfire 2.1-the latter would enhance interactive business mashups, said the Tibco VP.

Robert Beauchamp, president and CEO of BMC Software, commented on San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, saying that while the bridge's construction costs were $25 million, annual management costs now run $54 million. "The same thing happens in IT every day," he said, "and this is a big problem in our industry."

Beauchamp said that Tibco and SOA practices are helping control these maintenance costs. But he added that IT departments within enterprises were often the last silos to undergo change, even as they upgrade other departments' processes.

Computerworld Hong Kong