I just caught up with the month-old news that Irish ESB/SOA vendor Cape Clear has been bought by WorkDay, a supplier of ERP SaaS.
Of course, SaaS needs integration, and Cape Clear CEO Annrai O'Toole promises that they will be providing the necessary Integration-on-Demand - but it seems like one of the leading independent commercial vendors has now been marginalised.
Ronan Bradley, former CEO of PolarLake (also Irish - one of our partners at SpiritSoft, and later a client of mine) also worries where the ESB market is going.
Is this a general problem in the middleware market, or is it just 'cos they is Irish? Are small vendors being caught between the rock of large vendors and the hard place of open source? Or is this (as Steve Craggs suggests in a comment on Ronan's post) simply a result of Cape Clear's own hubris?