Vendors wrestle for AI market

Vendors wrestle for AI market

With the appli-cation integration market expected to grow year over year, it's no surprise that IBM plans to beef up the rules engine in its MQSeries Integrator business integration tool and lessen its dependence on components from New Era of Networks (NEON).

IBM released MQSeries Integrator less than two years ago, and the product quickly assumed a market share lead against competitors like Tibco Software and Mercator Software.

IBM licensed the rules engine from NEON. But when Version 2.0 ships next month, it will contain a higher degree of IBM-developed content and business rules. IBM officials said NEON's technology is now just one node in the new version.

"IBM has taken a leadership position in the integration market, but NEON is poised to do extremely well in concert and in competition against IBM," said analyst Susan Eustis at US-based Wintergreen Research. According to Wintergreen, IBM quadrupled its share of the integration tools market from 16 million to 67 million units sold last year.

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