Although ousted from Oracle Corp’s re-worked tools strategy (CI No 3,226), Visual Edge Technology Ltd’s pretty sure the database company will come back to it for Corba and DCOM integration technology when the requirement becomes crucial for its customers. If you are going 100% on one environment like Oracle is doing with Java, then you don’t need ObjectBridge, it says. The company’s ObjectBridge technology translates between different object formats. Now selling direct, Visual Edge is currently examining how it can take advantage of the rash of middleware technology efforts underway and is likely to seek partnerships with ERP companies such as SAP and Baan which are trying to tie swathes of different technologies together. There’s also an opportunity to work with router companies such as Cisco Systems Inc which are handling, exchanging and forwarding data stored multiple formats. Integration and bundling arrangements with other middleware companies such as Iona Technologies Ltd is also a possibility. It hopes to start working with Novell Inc again once Eric Schmidt has all of his ducks in a row and construction of the Infrastructure products takes shape. It’s X Windows products are providing a consistent, if not altogether glamorous, revenue stream. It’s not looking to get bought.
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