Tibco Eyes Trading Exchanges

With business-to-business trading exchanges in mind, Tibco Software is taking aim at the transaction processing software of IBM Corp. and BEA Systems. with the launch of TIB/Rendezvous TX (RVTX), a combination of guaranteed publish/subscribe messaging middleware with transaction processing software.

RVTX is a hybrid offering that joins TIB/RV with the second generation of Tibco's internal transaction-manager transaction-processing software, previously available as a separate feature, Tibco officials said. The incremental offering is tying together e-commerce and legacy business applications in a bid to provide an end-to-end infrastructure solution that competes against IBM's MQSeries messaging middleware as well as BEA's transaction processing products for e-business.

For trading exchange activity, RVTX can combine multiple messages such as those from inventory, order/entry, and shipping systems into one transaction that is efficiently multicast to an exchange participant, said Andrea Eubanks, director of products for Tibco Software, based in Palo Alto, Calif.

Transactions such as orders in b-to-b marketplaces have many dimensions that will require data aggregation, which can lead to delays in response time, Eubanks said. "[But] RVTX streamlines the b-to-b process," she said, and it eliminates the need for a transaction processing monitor.

RVTX is part of the Tibco ActiveEnterprise publish/subscribe environment and will work with Tibco ActiveExchange and Tibco ActivePortal.

RVTX is also intended as a link between e-commerce platforms and back-end mainframe systems, and will support links into the IBM OS/390 environment by the end of the year, which will mean access to IBM's DB2 relational database and the CICS transaction processing monitor, Eubanks said.

RVTX will offer basic support starting at the following: IBM's AIX 4.3; Compaq Computer/Digital's Tru64 Unix 4.0; Hewlett-Packard's HP-UX 11.0; Linux 2.2; SCO Unixware 7.0; Sun Microsystems' Solaris 2.6; and Microsoft's Windows NT 4 and Windows 2000.

This announcement is a move by Tibco to compete head-to-head with IBM and BEA, said Susan Eustis, president of Wintergreen Research, a market research firm based in Lexington, Mass. In particular, Tibco has IBM's WebSphere and MQSeries offerings in mind, Eustis said.

"I think [RVTX] is a very strong offering that will provide significant competition," she said, citing Tibco's successful portal strategy and the usage of its technology by e-commerce companies.

Eugene Grygo is an InfoWorld senior editor.

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