Lombardi, a leader in business process management (BPM) suite software for Global 2000 companies, and Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS), a provider of leading application infrastructure software to develop, deploy, integrate and manage business applications, today announced a strategic alliance to jointly market and sell the Lombardi Teamworks BPM platform and the Progress Sonic ESB (Enterprise Service Bus).
The combination of the award-winning Teamworks BPM and the world's best-selling ESB (1), best-of-breed BPM and ESB products, brings enterprise customers unmatched business and IT agility.
"The new generation of BPM software is event-driven, services-oriented and an increasingly important component of an integration stack. Combining ESB and services management capabilities with a BPM is critical for success in an SOA environment," said Maureen Fleming, IDC Program Director for Business Process Integration and Deployment Software. "Offering an ESB and BPM infrastructure to enterprises interested in end-to-end SOA capabilities will enhance both products' position in the market."
Jeff Schneider, CEO of MomentumSI, commented: "Lombardi and Progress are well-known leaders in their respective product segments, and have already demonstrated their joint value at multiple customers. The enhanced combination of their BPM and ESB technologies provides companies with a fully integrated offering that is far superior to anything that the stack vendors are attempting to deliver today."
Progress and Lombardi provide customers with best-in-class business and IT agility through their respective offerings. The Sonic ESB Product Family provides robust infrastructure software that simplifies flexible integration of business processes with diverse technologies in a large, physically distributed SOA. Lombardi Teamworks provides a high productivity BPM platform that delivers the full spectrum of capabilities for designing, executing, and improving business processes using the Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) standard, including a rich set of human interaction capabilities.
The Lombardi and Progress development tools work together in a standards-based, Eclipse-based environment that increases user productivity. From the same design environment, users can create a business process with the Teamworks BPM modeler and design distributed ESB intelligent routes and system to system services for execution in Sonic ESB. The integrated products enhance flexibility and productivity of business and IT staff by sharing BPM models and metadata across the products. The Sonic Management Console gives users visibility into their infrastructure, which allows these users to manage ESB services, adapters to legacy systems, and Lombardi Teamworks deployments from within a single console.
Phil Gilbert, EVP and CTO of Lombardi, said: "By offering companies the combined capabilities of BPM and ESB, we are giving them end-to-end visibility and control of business process across their entire enterprise. The combination of Teamworks and Sonic ESB offers an unparalleled solution for scaling business process improvement and extending the reach of business processes both across their own enterprise and externally with partners."
Gordon Van Huizen, vice president and general manager of the Progress Software Enterprise Infrastructure Division, commented: "To deliver on the vision of SOA agility, both business and IT agility must be addressed. Together, Sonic ESB and Teamworks provide our customers with a flexible enterprise infrastructure that translates into more agile, competitive business processes. Our combined offering gives users exactly what they need—best-in-class agility."
The Sonic product line from Progress Software helps IT organizations achieve broad-scale interoperability of IT systems and the flexibility to adapt these systems to rapidly changing business needs. The Sonic product line includes SonicMQ, the industry's only continuously available JMS enterprise messaging system, and Sonic ESB, the world's first and market-share leading ESB. Sonic products simplify the integration and flexible reuse of diverse and often proprietary business systems by manipulating them as modular, standards-based services which can be rapidly combined to serve the business in new ways.
(1) Gartner Dataquest's "Market Share: AIM and Portal Software, Worldwide, 2005," report published June 9, 2006 cites Progress Software's Sonic ESB as the number one in market share at 18.1 percent.