Tibco Takes After Twitter

Business software makers are increasingly drawing inspiration from social-networking Web sites and other online tools popular with consumers. The latest to do so is Tibco (TIBX), which is known for making software that integrates data from different corporate systems.

Integration software seems pretty far afield from, say, Twitter. But Tibco CEO Vivek Ranadive makes a direct comparison, calling his company’s forthcoming product “Twitter on steroids for the enterprise.” Similar to the way people use Twitter to share a sentence or two about their lives, Ranadive says Tibco will let business people turn corporate information like an expense report or a sales figure into a short update.

Tibco’s more traditional software has long accessed these data and making it available to humans and not just machines was relatively easy for the company, Ranadive says.

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