Gartner sees programmatic integration servers emerging as a distinct market segment in the wider application integration market. Gartner refers to vendors in the visionary quadrant as those with “a clear vision of market direction and are focused on preparing for that, but they can still improve in terms of optimizing service delivery.


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MITEM Listed as a Visionary by Leading Analyst Firm in Newly Defined Market Segment for Programmatic Integration Servers

Newly defined Programmatic Integration Server Market bridges the gap between low-end presentation-centric solutions and high-end integration brokers

MENLO PARK, CA – August 15, 2002 - MITEM Corporation, a leading provider of legacy integration software and e-Business solutions for Global 2000 companies and government entities, today announced that it has been positioned in the visionary quadrant among other vendors included in analyst firm Gartner’s new Programmatic Integration Server Magic Quadrant1.

This new market, according to Gartner, is comprised of vendors that offer “tools that focus on a programmatic representation of established legacy applications for the purpose of constructing composite applications”. Gartner sees programmatic integration servers emerging as a distinct market segment in the wider application integration market. Gartner refers to vendors in the visionary quadrant as those with “a clear vision of market direction and are focused on preparing for that, but they can still improve in terms of optimizing service delivery.”

MITEM made the first advances in building composite applications that provide access to legacy systems in a programmatic manner. “We appreciate Gartner’s research that has helped to define this new market segment. We feel that the Programmatic Integration Server Quadrant much more accurately reflects who we are, and helps us to differentiate our signature product, MitemView, from simple presentation-centric solutions,” states Martin Fincham, vice president of marketing for MITEM.

Prior to this research, industry analysts treated vendors of legacy extension and integration software as being cut from the same cloth. This lack of differentiation between powerful programmatic tools and simple terminal emulation products, or “screen- scrapers”, frequently caused confusion for potential purchasers. With seemingly no middle ground options available, companies often ended up purchasing expensive and difficult to deploy integration broker suites for more opportunistically oriented integration projects. The new programmatic integration server category helps give clear definition to the range of integration solutions available. Gartner expects that this newly defined market will grow faster through 2006 than the high-end integration brokers market.

Who’s Surviving on Integration Island?

MITEM has been a key player in the legacy integration software market since 1985, and over this period of time has witnessed a shake-out of the field of vendors. This consolidation is reflected in Gartner’s legacy integration research conducted over the last several years. Most recently, Gartner tracked a peak of 36 notable vendors in this research area. Only 9 vendors from this same group of 36 are tracked on the new Programmatic Integration Server Magic Quadrant.

“MITEM’s endurance through this consolidation can be attributed to our near 100% customer success rate, as measured by delivering on time, within budget and to the customer’s ultimate satisfaction. Our programmatic integration server product (MitemView) offers many of the benefits of high-end integration brokers such as data transformation and flow control at a faction of the cost,” comments Fincham.

Magic Quadrant Disclaimer

The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted June 2002 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission, which permission should not be deemed to be an endorsement of any company or product depicted in the quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is Gartner, Inc.’s opinion and is an analytical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It measures vendors against Gartner defined criteria for a marketplace. The positioning of vendors within a Magic Quadrant is based on the complex interplay of many factors. Gartner does not advise enterprises to select only those firms in the “Leaders” quadrant. In some situations, firms in the Visionary, Challenger, or Niche Player quadrants may be the right matches for an enterprise's requirements. Well-informed vendor selection decisions should rely on more than a Magic Quadrant. Gartner research is intended to be one of many information sources including other published information and direct analyst interaction. Gartner, Inc. expressly disclaims all warranties, express or implied, of fitness of this research for a particular purpose.

(1) Gartner Inc., "The Integration Server: From Presentation to Programmatic," August 12, 2002. D. Vecchio, M. Pezzini.

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MITEM Corporation
Andy Nelson
650.323.1500
pr@mitem.com

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