Where have all the (SOA) flowers gone? Gone to bigger companies every one...

Here's a list of SOA vendors that have disappeared over the last couple of years -- and those still waiting for a suitor

Well, not quite every one. MomentumSI has actually published a list of the SOA-related companies that have been acquired, and those that are still sitting at home Saturday nights, waiting for suitors. (Thanks to James Hamilton for the pointer.)

Last week, I relayed Dave Linthicum's concern that a shrinking pool of SOA vendors means less innovation in this part of the market. Dave estimates that up to four dozen SOA-related product vendors have been scooped up into larger vendors over the past couple of years.

With help from the MomentumSI list, here are just a few of the specialized SOA vendors that have been consumed in recent times: 

  • The Mind Electric by webMethods 
  • Infravio by webMethods
  • webMethods by Software AG
  • LogicBlaze by IONA
  • Rogue Wave by Quovadx
  • Confluent by Oblix
  • Oblix by Oracle
  • Collaxa  by Oracle 
  • Systinet by Mercury
  • Mercury by HP
  • ClientSoft by Neon
  • Neon by Progress
  • Blue Titan by SOA Software
  • Flamenco Networks by SOA Software 
  • SeeBeyond by Sun Microsystems
  • DataPower by IBM
  • Webify by IBM
  • Reactivity by Cisco

And, here are vendors that are still sitting home on Saturday nights... or are they? 

  • Amberpoint
  • WSO2
  • Active Endpoints
  • SOA Software
  • Reactivity
  • Forum Systems
  • Mindreef
  • Layer 7 Technologies
  • Cape Clear
  • WebLayers
  • ActiveGrid
  • AboveAll Software
  • Logic Library
  • iTKO
  • Parasoft
  • Oracle (just kidding)

James Hamilton also made an interesting observation about these companies: "Any software company headquartered in the United States whose 'About' paragraph contains three magic letters of S,  O, and A is either currently negotiating the terms of a deal or getting ready to walk pretty on the auction block to meet their happy highest bidder. I don't believe there is a single exception to this theory."

Let me add that that this applies to companies that offer tried-and-true SOA tools or products, since every vendor these days with a piece of code to sell -- even if it has nothing to do with SOA -- claims to be about "SOA."