by Dan Safarik

There are two types of integration projects on Wall Street these days: essential and postponed. Pure-play middleware vendors have responded by integrating, partnering and refocusing.

"A lot of the [integration] projects have been scaled back or cancelled altogether," says Christopher Keene, president, CEO and co-founder of Persistence Software, a dedicated message-oriented middleware vendor whose fortune has slid of late.

To make matters worse: new technologies like Sun

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