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Middleware Competitor Enters Federal Government Market

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DIMIA is looking to update its mainframe based, pre-Internet systems, and is exploring the middleware options in the marketplace. FileNet and Software AG both provided product demonstrations in August, as did TIBCO Software Inc.

So who is TIBCO Software Inc? It is part of TIBCO (‘The Information Bus Company’) which in turn is owned by Reuters. TIBCO Software Inc is headquartered in Palo Alto California, with revenues of $US387.2m for the 2004 financial year.

TIBCO Software appears to be making its first entry into the federal government arena with the award of the small product demonstration contract at DIMIA. However, the company has had a presence in Australia for more than 10 years, with clients in financial services, telecommunications, utilities and government.

TIBCO Software’s primary product – Rendezvous – is a middleware engine which competes with IBM’s MQSeries; TIBCO Software also offer portal, workflow and business intelligence products.

Last year, TIBCO Software Inc acquired British company Staffware for $217 million, with plans to combine Staffware's business process management applications with its software for integrating and automating corporate business processes. Staffware, itself well positioned in the Australian financial services sector, has limited presence in the federal govemment, beyond its business process management solution at Medicare Australia (previously the Health Insurance Commission) which handles compensation cases.

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