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May 06, 2009

Sparxent Set to Acquire Data Integration Company XAware


IT and business solution provider Sparxent has inked a deal to acquire XAware, Inc., a commercial open source company focused on developing real-time data integration solutions.
 
The move is expected to increase Sparxent’s ability to simplify the process of integrating software applications into existing environments while eliminating the need for custom code development.
 
Dave Taylor, Sparxent co-founder, says the deal to acquire the Colorado Springs, Colorado-based XAware was designed to extend the company’s ability to offer middle market customers tighter integration across their software applications, “thereby enabling them to realize additional value from their existing investments.”  



 
XAware has a track record of developing technologies designed to accelerate the task of building access across multiple data sources. Exact terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
 
Unlike previous acquisition deals reported by TMCnet – in August Sparxent acquired NetworkD (News - Alert) Corporation, a value-added reseller based in Newport Beach, California, with offices in North America and Europe and later in the same month snapped up Arbyte Group, a Moscow-based IT service provider – this one was a pure technology grab designed to deliver a broader range of services to clients, according to Taylor.

“This is different than the other deals,” Taylor told TMCnet. “This is not a VAR but a technology company.”

Taylor said the acquisition would allow Sparxent to extend XAware’s reach into thousands of midsize companies that have been generally underserved when it comes to designing broad portfolio.
 
As a whole, the deals were designed to provide a strategic component in the company’s overall plan of offering both integrated technology and broad service solutions for its customers, according to Taylor.
 
The open source XAware is designed to accelerate application development and deployment by simplifying the complex task of building and maintaining access to and from multiple external data sources.
 
According to a recent study, analysts estimates the handling of complex data across multiple data sources now accounts for more than 67 percent of all application development efforts.
 
The significance of the deal is telling in those numbers that suggests the real value to any organization is located at the data level.
 
“We are seeing a fundamental shift in today’s complex IT environment whereby mission critical integration needs to occur at the data level, not only the application level,” said Tim Harvey, chief executive officer of XAware.
 
Under the terms of the deal, which is expected to close at the end of the month, Sparxent will utilize existing XAware technologies to integrate data stores, addressing the problem of software applications operating in a silo.
 
“Our sole focus has been reducing the time and expense our customers expend integrating new applications and data sources into their environment so they can quickly realize the benefits of new IT services,” said Harvey.
 
XAware technologies provide rich data integration which allows data to flow back and forth across multiple applications within the IT environment. Previously, this deep level of integration was costly and, therefore, primarily only available to enterprises. With XAware, Sparxent plans to offer medium sized companies a cost effective and powerful solution that tightly integrates both the data sources and applications layer.
 
“We believe this mission is highly complementary to the Sparxent vision for its mid-market customers,” he added.
 
Using service-oriented architecture (SOA), XAware offers bi-directional, real-time data access to service-enable data for Web 2.0 and other integration services. The company’s solutions are built on open source, offering both a low cost of entry and a high level of integration with existing legacy systems.
 
This makes the XAware solution particularly attractive to medium sized companies.
 
Once the deal closes, XAware will come to Sparxent with a strong roster of industry partners including IBM (News - Alert), Sun, and Atos Origin. In addition, it customers include Synovus Financial Corporation, The State of New Mexico and Hire a Hero a leading online professional employment site for veterans.
 
In the past, XAware has been recognized as one of the top ten open source companies to watch. Today, the XAware.org community is very active with over 10,000 members contributing to the development of the code.
 
Sparxent will continue to consult with medium sized companies on an individual basis to identify and deliver the specific IT solution that is best suited to achieve their overall business goals, according to Taylor.

Tim Gray is a Web Editor for TMCnet, covering news in the IP communications, call center and customer relationship management industries. To read more of Tim’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jessica Kostek




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