TIBCO Software Introduces Enterprise Reference Architecture

12/22/2003 - TIBCO Software Inc. (NASDAQ: TIBX), a leading enabler of real-time business and the world's largest independent business integration software company, as demonstrated by market share and analyst reports, has announced the creation of the Enterprise Reference Architecture (ERA). The ERA is a collection of best practices for companies and technology vendors to develop, assemble and manage a service-oriented architecture (SOA).

“Virgin Mobile UK sees its investment in IT as an investment in its future. With an integrated platform, Virgin Mobile will be able to add new products and services and interact with new partners in real-time,” said Matthew Roake, design manager, Virgin Mobile UK. “For us, service-oriented architecture is not just a business integration platform, but an agile and flexible strategic business tool.”

The ERA serves as a blueprint for CIOs and IT architects for establishing a flexible, lasting enterprise infrastructure. It provides the ability to quickly adapt to changes in business conditions, reduces the amount of time spent developing custom code and complex applications, and provides long-term cost savings. Initial contributors to the reference architecture include Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and TIBCO. Additional vendors have expressed plans to contribute. Doculabs, publisher of the ERA, will maintain the architecture for the foreseeable future. Doculabs will also provide updates on a quarterly basis as new standards are developed and established, such as the Data Center Markup Language (DCML) and the Web Services Management Framework (WSMF), and new members are established. The ERA white paper is available now from TIBCO’s web site: http://tibco.com/mk/trawp.jsp.

"The link between business and IT has never been more essential, nor has it ever been more complex,” said Ian Bromehead services director, HP. “We believe that it's time to aggressively drive the evolution toward a new enterprise architecture that removes the vertical silos of automation built up over the years. Instead, they should be replaced over time with a flexible, modular, standards-based architecture such as the ERA and HP Darwin where business changes can be executed effectively and transactions and information can flow freely.”

About TIBCO Software Inc.
TIBCO Software Inc. (NASDAQ:TIBX) is the leading independent business integration software company in the world, demonstrated by market share and analyst reports. In addition, TIBCO is a leading enabler of Real-Time Business, helping companies become more cost-effective, more agile and more efficient. TIBCO has delivered the value of Real-Time Business, what TIBCO calls The Power of Now®, to over 2.000 customers around the world in a wide variety of industries. For more information on TIBCO’s proven business integration, business optimization, and enterprise backbone solutions, TIBCO can be reached at +1 650-846-1000 or on the Web at www.tibco.com. TIBCO is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA.

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