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SD Times 100: 2005 — May We Have The Envelopes Please


Last year will be viewed as an important transitional period for enterprise software developers.


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May 15, 2005 —  Many trends evolved during the twelve months of 2004, moving from being new, interesting ideas to becoming part of our industry’s infrastructure.  The SD Times 100 is our attempt to recognize the players behind those trends. Each year, we seek to identify the movers and shakers. Not merely the biggest of the big (though such companies are nearly always influential), the companies and organizations cited in the SD Times 100 are those that we believe demonstrated the greatest amount of leadership, either through market clout or meaningful technological innovation.

The word “meaningful” is important: A clever new tool or interesting paradigm isn’t enough to demonstrate leadership. To lead, others must follow. We define the SD Times 100 as being those organizations, individuals or movements that were talked about, those that created not only great technology but also great buzz.

Sometimes leadership drives an industry in the wrong direction. Such was the case with one of the most controversial companies mentioned in last year’s SD Times 100, published in the May 15 issue. We took some heat for naming The SCO Group as a top influencer. As we said at the time, “The company’s legal assaults on IBM and Linux users dominated 2003’s tech headlines and shook up the open-source community. No other IT topic inspires such fervent debate, fear, uncertainty and doubt.”

Our choice was controversial. Many readers felt that by recognizing SCO, we were endorsing the company’s initiatives. But we stand behind our recognition of SCO, because the company set off a firestorm of debate within the entire IT industry, minor aftershocks of which are still being felt today. If that doesn’t define influence, nothing does.

Of course, fame may be fleeting. You won’t find SCO listed among this year’s SD Times 100 companies. Why? Even though the courts haven’t yet ruled on the legal case, the software development community has voted the company, and its tactics, off the island. Open-source software is stronger now than it was before SCO began its assaults; look at the tremendous success of Eclipse and JBoss, for example, Sun’s initiatives around OpenSolaris, and the re-emergence of Novell as serious player. In other words, the FUD flopped.




SDT 100

MODELING

The yardstick everyone measures against. “Atlantic” tied Rational’s modeling tools to Eclipse 3.0 and to the rest of the IBM tool chain. Rose (now Rose XDE) remains the de facto standard modeler.

Artisan
Leads by bringing UML and SysML to real-time embedded systems.


Borland
Re-emphasizes modeling, brings UML to Microsoft’s Team System.


Embarcadero
Product breadth maintains position at the forefront of data modeling.


I-Logix
Model-driven development focus of embedded development arena.


Magic
Business process and workflow designer eases integration troubles.


Popkin
Models entire enterprise architecture, not merely software projects.


Select Business Solutions
Drives UML specification, MDA from a component perspective.


Telelogic
Rounds out round-trip engineering among models, C++, Java code.


Versant
Maps server business objects, relational databases with UML.

 

TEST & PERFORMANCE


Shaken and stirred: An innovative approach to exercising code raises the bar on Java application quality. Test automation, clever tools and pushing testing back into the coding process are all winners.

Bugzill
Embeddable bug-tracking tool is ubiquitous, functional, practical.


Compuware
Coordination between unit, functional testing struck a solid QA note.


Fortify
Even competitors know its source code analysis, simulation test tools.

IBM
Everyone’s tools compete with Rational or support Rational. Or both.


TKO
Automated regression testing without the code, without the hassles.


Klocwork
Drove static analysis at security, other code vulnerabilities.


Mercury
First name in testing, from load tests to governance to management.


Quest
Scalable J2EE testing spans development, massive deployment.


Wily
Demonstrated leadership in specs such as Byte Code Implementation in J2SE 5.0.

 

TOOLS & ENVIRONMENTS

The newly independent Eclipse community became all the rage with heady market buzz and third-party momentum for tools and plug-ins. A board packed with competitors makes a level playing field.

Altova
Must-have XML toolbox added new data mapping, authoring gear.


Borland
Shopping spree yields fruit in integrated software delivery platform.


BuildForge
Juiced product cycles, agile methods call for solid build management.


Compuware
Tools, services place strong emphasis on models and best practices.


IBM
Agile delivery, big-picture plans drive Big Blue across the Atlantic.


JetBrains
Sharpens Java expertise in the Microsoft universe.


Microsoft
Despite delays, everyone focused on first foray into team life cycle.


SlickEdit
Demonstrates that agile development, code refactoring fits C++.


Sun
New JSF, JSP tooling creates solution to J2EE complexity woes.




COLLABORATION & SCM

A shift to Java and the launch of a site for building add-ons to SourceForge helped maintain the company’s position as the gold standard for internal and external collaboration efforts.

AccuRev
Pushed change management upstream with notion of change streams.


Borland
Modeling, SCM and dev tool melding broaden collaboration appeal.


CollabNet
Subverted SCM with solutions based on popular Subversion system.

IBM
Rational tool set and WSAD form formidable collab environment.


MKS
Major suite built from scratch offers a truly seamless experience.


Perforce
Cross-platform SCM cranks raw performance, price performance.

Seapine
Rolled bug-tracking, SCM, testing into a widely supported system.


Serena
Merant meant new dimension in distributed change management.


Telelogic
Begins and ends with everyone on the same requirements page.

 

COMPONENTS & LIBRARIES

Went beyond Windows, Java component suite with resources to help application designers as well as developers; new test automation tools provide advantage for exercising presentation layer QA.

ComponentOne
Custom IDE solutions, quarterly updates give GUIs flash and flair.


Dundas
Charts, graphs, diagrams and new gauges bring realism to .NET.


Flashline
Enterprise architecture, IT governance kits simplify compliance.


ILOG
Process management made easy with embeddable biz-rules system.


LogicLibrary
Asset manager expanded to SOA governance, federal architectures.


N Software
Tackled B-to-B transactions with adapters for BizTalk, EDA, more.


Scientific Component
Stayed grounded with components for serial communications, GPS.


Software FX
One API to rule them all: Brought consistency to Win32, .NET, Java.


Visual Numerics
Top purveyor of math libraries for C, Fortran, Java now serves C#.



EMBEDDED & MOBILE

Made wireless strides with numerous JSRs; implemented real-time JVM. Plus, Java Phone has become a de facto standard mobile platform—and archrival Microsoft isn’t even close.

Axalto
Brought .NET runtime to smartcards, long the purview of JavaCard.

Enea
Best of both worlds by combining embedded Linux with hard RTOS.

Green Hills

Separation layer is clever way to support, secure Linux, Windows.

IBM
Striding briskly into embedded technologies as it evolves ChipOS.


Microsoft
It’s no game: Software finds incredible diversity of design wins.


PalmSource
Generated buzz with Linux strategy, acquisition of China MobileSoft.


Sybase
Say what? Plain-language mobile query system has big implications.


Trolltech
Keeps gaining traction, mindshare with cross-platform GUI toolkits.


Wind River
Linux embrace threw a monkey wrench into either/or RTOS debate.

 

DEPLOYMENT PLATFORMS

Despite delays, the exercise of Windows power continues to pay off, as seemingly half the world flocks to the .NET Framework and the other half scrambles to compete against it or connect to it.

BEA
WebLogic’s embrace of SOA keeps leader moving, albeit slowly.


IBM
Can’t argue with market clout: WebSphere keeps gaining strength.


JBoss
“Professional open source” is more than a slogan—it’s JBoss’ reality.


Macromedia
Nobody comes close for mass-market rich-client Web environments.


Macrovision
Pricing, licensing, packaging, oh my: Its job is to protect the ISV.


Novell
Forget NetWare: Linux is the company’s hot enterprise server platform.


Oracle
Surprising innovation in Java grids, clusters and hostile takeovers.


PalmSource
Compact OS rebuffed enterprise plays from Microsoft, everyone else.


Sun
High-heat Solaris 10, low-cost Java Enterprise System shined bright.


INTEGRATION & MIDDLEWARE

Informix spin-off strengthened its leading market position and strategic alliances as integration player—so much that IBM, which bought the rest of Informix, ultimately acquired it too.


BEA
WebLogic Integration boosted the company’s enterprise standing.


Fiorano
Drives ESB by combining event/trigger and query/ response methods.


JBoss
Made waves with announcement of Enterprise Middleware System.


Microsoft
Opening up with Web services spec collaboration, BizTalk adapters.


Oracle
Work in 10g, E-Business Suite pushed business process integration.


Pervasive
Demonstrated the power and flexibility that ETL solutions can offer.


Progress
Strong combination of data access and Sonic-based ESB innovation.


TIBCO
Clever acquisitions garnered BPM, rich-client tools; profits soared.

 

INFLUENCERS

‘The Bazaar’
Corporate embrace of open-source communities kicked many projects to the next level. The commercial support now found in Eric Raymond’s concept of The Bazaar creates the ideal synergy between altruism and enterprise acceptance.


eBay
Web services APIs offer enterprises a new e-commerce paradigm.


Eclipse Foundation
Seemingly unstoppable momentum redefines competing tool chains.


Cyber Security Division, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Finally, best practices for coding, testing to eliminate vulnerabilities.


IBM
developerWorks embraced developers, raised bar for everyone else.

Microsoft
Keeps folks guessing with promises of Longhorn, Yukon, Whidbey.


Novell
Instant Linux leader by snatching SUSE, building enterprise stack.


Sun
Retains tight control over JCP, sets agenda for Java technologies.


Wal-Mart
Mandate spurs supply chain to bring “Everyday Low Prices” to RFID.

World Wide Web Consortium
XQuery, Semantic Web show Internet innovator still has vision.

 

DATABASE & DATA ACCESS

Oracle 10g, which came out in early 2004, pushed grids into the foreground; no competitors have a credible response. 10g R2 similarly raised the bar for database availability.


Business Objects
With Crystal Reports, now offers top suite of biz reporting software.


Embarcadero
Agentless data management tools dominate enterprise deployments.


IBM
Open-source Cloudscape raised bar for Java, app-specific databases.


Microsoft
SQL Server power is being enhanced by Yukon’s .NET integration.


MySQL
Forced many closed-source vendors to adopt open-source strategies.


Progress
With ObjectStore, Persistence, emerged as new data powerhouse.


Sleepycat
Innovator proves complex data can be mastered by small database.


SolarMetric
Moved to forefront with focus on data objects and JDO specification.


Sybase
Early leader in integration of RFID into enterprise database systems.






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