WebMethods' Mitchell wouldn't provide specifics on other bids the firm received. "There was substantial strategic interest in the company," he said. "Software AG's offer was the most compelling." He did add that webMethods, which has just closed its financial year, had a pretty challenging first half of the year particularly in relation to distributing its software, problems that he thinks were largely fixed in the second half of the year. Mitchell expects to stay onboard after the merger is complete. "I wouldn't miss this for the world," he said.
WebMethods is strong in BPM and BAM (business activity monitoring), while Software AG is strong in ESB (enterprise service bus) technology and SOA governance along with its traditional roots in legacy application modernization, according to Peter Kürpick, member of the Software AG board in charge of marketing business integration. Software AG will continue its focus of providing a best of SOA suite approach not tied to a particular operating system, database or application server.
Once the companies are combined, Software AG will undertake a technical and marketing challenge of how to bring webMethods' Fabric product family and Software AG's Crossvision software suite together, Kürpick added.