Oracle Corp. yesterday announced the acquisition of SOA performance specialist ClearApp, which provides model-driven management for composite applications built on J2EE middleware, not the least of which is BEA Weblogic, itself recently purchased by hard-charging Oracle. For ClearApp the purchase means a powerful channel for innovative products. For Oracle it means another enhancement to its Web- and transaction-oriented management offering. "ClearApp did a great job of identifying applications, especially portal applications, that were not being well monitored by the existing solutions, said analyst Bernd Harzog. "They successfully solved an unsolved problem." Harzog CEO and founder of APMExperts, noted that this is Oracle's second recent acquisition in the performance management space. Last December, the company bought end-user experience monitoring company Moniforce.,289142,sid26_gci1328066,00.html