webMethods, Inc., a leading business integration and optimization software company, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Infravio, Inc. for approximately $38 million in cash. The deal is expected to close during the month of September 2006 and it is anticipated to be accretive to webMethods' earnings per share (EPS) beginning with the quarter ending March 31, 2007.

Infravio is the leading pure-play provider of service-oriented architecture (SOA) registry and governance solutions. SOA governance enforces the policies and procedures that determine how developers, IT staff and business users leverage and utilize services throughout the entire SOA lifecycle, from initial design and run-time to ongoing changes in the system. SOA governance creates alignment and enables collaboration across these disparate groups while allowing each participant to maintain their own distinct view of services and policies.

Once integrated within the webMethods Fabric(TM) product suite, Infravio's leading SOA registry and governance solutions, coupled with the semantic metadata technologies recently acquired from Cerebra, will enable users to accelerate SOA adoption throughout their enterprise. Customers will benefit from these enhanced capabilities in two distinct ways:

  • Guided SOA Governance(TM) - SOA best-practices built into the product make a wealth of knowledge immediately accessible to users, while interactive tutorials are used to shorten the learning curve. This approach rapidly extends user proficiency, ensuring greater consistency and quality in the development process while reducing costly trial-and-error.
  • Enterprise-scale SOA - webMethods' integrated SOA platform helps organizations deliver and maintain service-level agreement (SLA) backed, enterprise-class Quality of Service while also facilitating expanded reuse of services. These additional features enabled or improved by Infravio include automatic content validation, service level agreement management, security enforcement, versioning and impact analysis, with Infravio's patent-pending contracts manager, Service Delivery Contracts(TM), used to improve the configurability and agility of services. These features are further enhanced by webMethods' recently acquired semantic metadata technology, which describes business assets in common, clear terms, facilitating broader and simpler reuse across the enterprise.

According to leading industry analysts, SOA governance is essential to a successful enterprise SOA. Specifically, Gartner, Inc. states [Service-Oriented Architecture Craves Governance by Paolo Malinverno (January 20, 2006)], "Service-oriented architecture governance isn't an option — it's an imperative. The bigger the SOA is, the more governance it needs, and the more-complex the governance roles and mechanisms must be. Governance arrangements take a long time to design and install, and are difficult to enforce, but without them, every SOA project out of pilot phase is at risk."
"With the acquisition of Infravio, combined with our recent acquisition of Cerebra, we are demonstrating our commitment to doing SOA the right way - a way that actually addresses real market needs and challenges," said David Mitchell, president and CEO, webMethods, Inc. "With the addition of these industry leading products, we continue to capitalize on the leadership that we have established while positioning ourselves for accelerated growth in one of the fastest growing segments for IT spend."

Infravio's award-winning products and expertise have been leveraged throughout numerous Fortune 1000 customer implementations, including Allianz Life, Level 3 Communications, Lockheed Martin, The McGraw-Hill Companies, MCI-Verizon, Providence Health System, and Sprint-Nextel.

Infravio's registry, repository and SOA governance solutions are expected to be integrated within the webMethods Fabric product suite by the calendar fourth quarter of 2006. In the interim, Infravio's current products will continue to be offered on a standalone basis.

Infravio has approximately 65 employees, including 50 developers in its offshore development facility in Chennai, India. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions.

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