SOURCE: WebLayers

January 04, 2008 09:52 ET

WebLayers Positioned in the Visionaries Quadrant for SOA Governance Technology Sets Magic Quadrant

Evaluation Based on Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute

CAMBRIDGE, MA--(Marketwire - January 4, 2008) - WebLayers™ Inc., the market leader for automated Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) governance, announced today that it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the visionaries quadrant in the "Magic Quadrant for Integrated SOA Governance Technology Sets, 2007" report(1).

According to the Gartner report, "Good governance of an SOA is now becoming a critical core competency... The market for SOA governance is a varied one, with many different types of products providing support for governing the behavior of an SOA. In short, SOA governance is about ensuring and validating that assets and artifacts within the architecture are operating as expected and maintaining a certain level of quality. This Magic Quadrant reduces the market to one set of technologies with strong architectural cohesion (integration) promoting ease of use and interoperability of products."

Gregg Bjork, CEO of WebLayers, believes that WebLayers' singular focus on automating SOA Governance through Policy Management has provided a significant advantage to its customers.

"We are proud to be recognized in the visionaries quadrant in the Gartner Magic Quadrant on SOA Governance Technology Sets," said Bjork. "2008 is the year of Policy Management as the mainstream market begins to understand the critical importance of a vendor-neutral, independent Policy Management solution that starts in design-time and is enforced consistently throughout the entire lifecycle."

In an earlier Gartner report(2), Gartner stated, "Governance is a larger issue than just operational management through registries or policy or quality assurance. However, the market growth has most often occurred around these specific technology capabilities. Customers seeking to start an SOA project should demand that potential vendors demonstrate support for registry/repository and policy management, at a minimum, to ensure proactive governance of service can begin at project inception."

About WebLayers

WebLayers is the market leader for automated SOA governance. WebLayers Center, the company's flagship product, is a policy management solution that automates what has traditionally been a manual, labor-intensive process of enforcing governance policies. In use today at many of the world's largest companies and government agencies, WebLayers Center is the only solution to ensure compliance throughout the lifecycle which provides the necessary visibility and guidance to govern effectively. WebLayers is also the founder and coordinator of The SOA Forum, an industry roundtable of executives who are mandated with the challenging mission of driving a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) within their organizations. The SOA Forum is celebrating over three years of successful and interactive collaboration among its members. Today the Forum includes over 1,500 members representing more than 450 organizations. A private company founded in 2002, WebLayers is headquartered in Cambridge, Mass. For more information please visit http://www.weblayers.com

About the Magic Quadrant

The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2007 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

WebLayers and WebLayers Center are trademarks of WebLayers Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

(1) Gartner Research "Magic Quadrant For Integrated SOA Governance Technology Sets, 2007" by F. Kenney and D. Plummer, Dec. 31, 2007.

(2) Gartner Research "Evaluating IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP Commitment to SOA Governance" by F. Kenney and D. Plummer, Oct. 4, 2007.

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