Recently I was speaking to a top MDM expert about Oracle's product strategy in the MDM space. I was commenting on Oracle's "product", for which I had recently received a vendor pitch. He responded that Oracle has 5 products competing in the MDM space (and primary MDM tools).
Today I'm trying to produce an architecture model for a medium sized IT shop that purchased IBM DataPower to include within their existing SOA model (and fit with existing tools). In my search I came across this slide from IBM...
I see... one product provides fast connectivity, another connectivity, and another universal connectivity. Well, that clears it right up (sarcasm).
A number of the large vendors have gotten into the model of developing and/or buying up a number of products in a given technology space, and then figuring out what to do with them later. In the meantime they peddle the whole group, but can't provide a coherent strategy.
Good for me, more consulting and architecting to be done. But bad for the IT enterprises that have to figure out what's a fit versus the vendor salespeople ready to sell anything.