SOURCE: Fujitsu Computer Systems

November 06, 2007 08:00 ET

CentraSite Community Expands Industry Leadership With New Members and Initiatives

Led by Strong Organic Growth, Membership Surpasses Fifty Partners Worldwide; New Members Include BAP Solutions, Casewise, Iona, iTKO, JustSystems, MID, Progress Software, QualiWare and Solstice Software; Led by Fujitsu and Software AG, the Community Launches New Interoperability Initiative

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - November 6, 2007) - ORLANDO Integration World 2007 -- Fujitsu, a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace, and Software AG, a global leader in business infrastructure software, today highlighted the recent expansion of the CentraSite Community (www.CentraSite.org). Driven by strong organic growth and an expanding partner network, the CentraSite Community has grown significantly to more than fifty members worldwide. The CentraSite Community has also initiated a new global effort to define, test and certify best practices for standards-based interoperability between member products.

CentraSite is an industry-leading solution for service-oriented architecture (SOA) governance jointly developed by Fujitsu and Software AG. The CentraSite Community brings together within a single ecosystem for SOA the multitude of industry partners that are developing third-party solutions that either build upon or interoperate with CentraSite. By fostering a strong, active and growing ecosystem of complementary products and services, Fujitsu and Software AG make it easier and faster for enterprises to implement end-to-end approaches to SOA.

"Industry leaders recognize their support for CentraSite ensures their solutions can be positioned to best capitalize on the shift to SOA," said Ryosuke Mori, executive vice president, Software and Strategy, at Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation. "For customers, the CentraSite Community helps to eliminate the complexity and uncertainty inherent in heterogeneous environments. With our newest initiative, we're working to deliver more assured performance out-of-the-box as a means to simplify adoption of broader SOA solutions. This will allow projects to go into production faster and with less risk so they can begin to pay a dividend even sooner."

As a standards-based organization, the CentraSite Community has committed to expanding the role of existing standards within current implementations. Under a new initiative, the community has begun to catalogue and evaluate the specific processes, protocols and best practices used to maintain interoperability within a CentraSite-governed SOA. In order to ensure mission-critical performance, each proposed solution will also be eligible for testing and certification via the CentraSite Community SOA Governance Interoperability Testing Center.

"We recognized early on that the challenge of delivering a community-supported SOA Governance suite requires standards to drive interoperability and best practices to enable integration," said Björn Brauel, vice president and deputy CTO, Software AG. "By extending interoperability towards a true federation and interoperability framework enables our customers to benefit from the most efficient and best integrated set of governance tools available. This is in accordance with the growing importance that distributed systems play in delivering a truly comprehensive SOA governance solution."

Driven by growing, worldwide adoption of CentraSite as an enterprise standard for SOA governance, the CentraSite Community has expanded significantly in order to support these more diverse requirements. New members span a number of key disciplines, including leaders in enterprise architecture and business modeling, composite application development, SOA management and testing, and strategic consulting markets.

"We're honored by the number of industry leaders that have chosen to align themselves with the open CentraSite Community. For example, all of the leading enterprise architecture platforms now support CentraSite," said Ivo Totev, chief marketing officer, Software AG. "Working with members of the CentraSite Community, enterprises can quickly and confidently create end-to-end SOA solutions based on true federation and open standards. By focusing on out-of-the-box interoperability, we can deliver measurable benefits that reduce the time and cost of implementation."

Specific new members include:

Progress Software (USA) -- A leading provider of enterprise-grade SOA management software

"We're pleased to work with Software AG and Fujitsu to ensure that Progress Actional, the best SOA management solution on the market, seamlessly integrates with the leading SOA governance solution. This close collaboration ensures that all SOA stakeholders will be better served -- reducing the cost and risk, while improving the overall time-to-value of an SOA initiative." -- Dan Foody, vice president, Actional Products, Progress Software

MID (Germany) -- A leading provider of modelling tools, methodologies and processes based on a model-driven development approach

"It is an absolute pleasure to work with the CentraSite Community, as we share the same vision of effortlessly creating and operating an SOA. You can easily design your SOA with UML models using our Innovator tool suite and operate and maintain it within CentraSite. This integration is a convincing time and money saver for our customers." -- Andreas Ditze, executive board member, MID

BAP Solutions (UK) -- A leading provider of SOA governance solutions delivered as a service (Saas)

"We believe we have a unique differentiator to the market in our governance and review solution suite, which is a key complement to the CentraSite Community to enable CentraSite's major push to the market in SOA Governance." -- Ian Grant-Smith, CEO, BAP Solutions

Casewise (UK) -- A globally recognized leader in Business Process Analysis, Enterprise Architecture and SOA solutions

"Casewise is delighted to become one of the latest members of the CentraSite Community. This now provides us with the ability to further enhance and strengthen Casewise's SOA programs. We are delighted to provide the CentraSite Community with a robust solution and help grow the ecosystem." -- Ray Pearman, CEO, Casewise

JustSystems (Japan) -- A leading global provider of XML software solutions

"We are proud to be associated with the CentraSite Community and the promotion of SOA. JustSystems is committed to providing a complete environment for the development of Rich Internet Applications that enable developers and clients to make use of Service Oriented Integration to consume services and information as they require, but within a carefully controlled and governed environment." -- Simon Shaw, senior vice president, EMEA, JustSystems

Additional partners joining the Community include Composite Software, Intalio, Iona, iTKO, Solstice Software, SOA Software and SymphonySoft. As members of the CentraSite Community, they will take a leadership role in extending existing best practices, which is in keeping with Fujitsu and Software AG's commitment to retain and leverage each partner's current investment in the technology while maintaining existing compatibility.

"We are excited about the value that participating in the CentraSite Community creates for the SOA marketplace," said Jim Mackay, chief marketing officer, iTKO. "By natively integrating our LISA testing with CentraSite, as well as the critical integration and business process layers offered by its community partners, we can provide joint customers with the gold standard of SOA governance, quality, validation and management."

Other members of the CentraSite Community include alfabet, AmberPoint, Fujitsu, IDS Scheer, Layer 7, Mega, Novell, Parasoft, Seagull, and Software AG.

About the CentraSite Community

The CentraSite Community, founded by Software AG and Fujitsu, offers a unique approach to uniting partners to deliver standards-based, interoperable SOA solutions. It also provides enterprise customers with a single destination for SOA best practices and the latest industry information.

About Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation

Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Fujitsu Computer Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) committed to the design, development and delivery of advanced computer systems, application infrastructure software products, and managed services for the business enterprise. Through its TRIOLE(R) strategy, the company offers a complete line of scalable and reliable servers, storage and middleware solutions, high-performance mobile and client computers, as well as professional services. Fujitsu Computer Systems has established itself as a strategic solutions provider to the world's leading organizations by offering technology innovation, customer choice, exceptional product quality and reliability, as well as outstanding customer service. See http://us.fujitsu.com/computers for further information.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting device technologies, highly reliable computing and communications products, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that open up infinite possibilities for its customers' success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 5.1 trillion yen (US$43.2 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007. See http://www.fujitsu.com for further information.

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Software AG's 4,000 global customers achieve measurable business results by modernizing and automating their IT systems and rapidly building new systems to meet growing business demands. The company's industry-leading product portfolio includes best-in-class solutions for managing data, enabling service oriented architecture, and improving business processes. By combining proven technology with industry expertise and best practices, our customers improve and differentiate their businesses -- faster. Software AG has more than 37 years of global IT experience and approx. 3,800 employees serving customers in 70 countries. The company is headquartered in Germany and listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (TecDAX, ISIN DE 0003304002 / SOW). Software AG posted total revenues of EUR 483 million in 2006.

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