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In Head-to-Head Comparisons AmberPoint Outperformed Actional, SOA Software and TIBCO at
Monitoring and Management of SOA-Based Systems

March 17, 2008 – AmberPoint, the industry’s leading provider of SOA runtime governance software, announced today that Yphise, a leading European independent analyst group, ranked AmberPoint SOA Management System the best overall “Service Monitoring and Management (SMM)” solution. Yphise conducted a hands-on review of runtime SOA governance solutions from AmberPoint, Actional, SOA Software and TIBCO to determine which provides the best visibility and control to ensure availability, performance and security of running services. Yphise is the latest analyst firm to highlight AmberPoint’s leadership. In recent reports on SOA governance, both Forrester Research and Gartner ranked AmberPoint as a leader.

Based on an ISO 9001:2000-certified assessment, Yphise certified AmberPoint SOA Management System as the best-ranked software product in comparison with the competition for Service Monitoring and Management. It attests that AmberPoint has the strengths that represent a valuable investment according to expected benefits by large companies.

“AmberPoint offers the best solution for service monitoring and management,” said Aurélie Chandèze, Senior Analyst, Yphise. “It has the best coverage of our list of requirements and proved to be very strong in a number of areas. AmberPoint has powerful functionality for policy provisioning and enforcement. It also offers the best set of monitoring capabilities, with out-of-the-box dashboards dedicated to performance and exception management. It provides advanced tools for root cause analysis and stands out for its runtime discovery capabilities. The other vendors in this category did not match AmberPoint’s breadth of capabilities.”

AmberPoint SOA Management System ranked highest across all of the selected parameters in Yphise’s review of SMM solutions. To come up with its rankings, the firm assessed four areas of service monitoring and management and aggregated more than 135 functional or technical control items. They evaluated the capacity of the products to provide an adequate return on investment (ROI) now and for preparedness to provide future ROI.

Highlights of the ISO 9001:2000-Certified Assessment:

• The AmberPoint solution includes advanced tools for customizing the deployment of policies. AmberPoint also provides various options for deploying the Policy Enforcement Points (PEPs) in the information system. This facilitates the management of heterogeneous and highly distributed services.
• The solution provides powerful runtime discovery capabilities, completed by manual registration tools. It lets users customize the direction of synchronization between runtime and design-time repositories.
• AmberPoint provides in-depth analysis of SOA-based transactions in order to identify quickly the root cause of a problem.
• The solution includes out-of-the-box policy templates and provides easy-to-use wizards for defining policies.
• AmberPoint SOA Management System is also fully integrated into AmberPoint SOA Validation System: it can feed the SOA Validation System repository with data collected from operational processes. This allows test managers to test SOA-based applications with realistic data sets.

“We’re pleased to see a respected third party like Yphise compare our solutions directly against competitors and come to the same conclusion that our customers and partners have,” said Ed Horst, vice president of marketing, AmberPoint. “It’s testament to AmberPoint’s commitment to innovation that we continue to lead the market in product performance.”

For the complete Yphise product assessment, please visit www.amberpoint.com/cgi-local/literature.cgi?yphise=true

For more information on AmberPoint SOA Management System, visit www.amberpoint.com

About Yphise
Yphise identifies and certifies the software products that allow large companies to increase the value of their information systems while optimizing the costs and managing the risks. Yphise covers all areas of interest in order to develop, operate, maintain and secure the applications to compete. Yphise ha assessed 150 software products each year since 1985. Each assessment is ISO 9001:2000-certified in order to guarantee independence and to focus on key issues for large companies. Yphise distributes more than 8000 comparative assessment reports each year all over the world. Yphise has unparalleled experience in the recognition of winning strategies in software vendor claims. Thousands of investment decisions made by large companies have used Yphise independent research.

About AmberPoint
AmberPoint is the runtime SOA governance of choice for commercial organizations, federal agencies and software vendors alike. Utilizing a policy-based approach to manage the health and well-being of SOA applications, AmberPoint's industry-leading software brings real-time visibility and control to services and applications at each stage of the SOA lifecycle. For more information, contact AmberPoint at 510.663.6300 or info@amberpoint.com, or visit www.amberpoint.com for a complimentary developer's edition of AmberPoint software.

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For more information, please contact:

Monique Chambers
Devonshire Marketing
0203 239 9722
monique@devonshiremarketing.com

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