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WebMethods to acquire The Mind Electric

WebMethods today announced that it will acquire The Mind Electric (TME) and its flagship Glue software, a Java-based platform for building Web services.

WebMethods Inc. today announced that it will acquire The Mind Electric Inc. (TME) and its flagship Glue software, a Java-based platform for building Web services.

The value of the cash deal was not disclosed, but Fairfax, Va.-based WebMethods stated in a release that it paid $32 million for TME and two other acquisitions it recently completed: The Dante Group Inc. and DataChannel.

WebMethods, a maker of software-integration technology, also said that Graham Glass, the founder, chairman and chief architect of Dallas-based TME will now serve as WebMethods' chief technology officer.

TME's Glue product -- which will rebranded as WebMethods Glue, is used by developers to create and deploy applications with Web services, JSPs and servlets. TME also makes Gaia, a tool for creating service-oriented architecture (SOA) capabilities that plugs into both J2EE and .NET servers. That product is being re-released today as WebMethods Fabric.

"Through this acquisition, WebMethods is eliminating the need for proprietary integration technologies by delivering a true enterprise service-oriented architecture," Phillip Merrick, chairman and CEO of WebMethods, said in a prepared statement.

WebMethods said Fabric supports SOAP 1.2, WSDL 1.2, WS-Routing, WS-Security, WS-Signatures, WS-Encryption and UDDI.

In addition to Glass, WebMethods said it will retain other TME executives, although the company did not specify how many. Glass, who recently participated in Microsoft Press' book on .NET and J2EE interoperability, is also the author of "Web Services: Building Blocks for Distributed Systems" and co-author of "Unix for Programmers and Users."

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Graham Glass interview: Weaving SOAs into a Web services fabric

Article: The Mind Electric rethinks grid computing

Article: Hitachi rolls out Web services using Mind Electric

Article: Mind Electric signs up high-profile customers

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