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What are some suitable criteria for evaluating a list of Companies complimentary middleware? I am doing a trade study on several Company's middleware implementations and so far I have came up with the following criteria:

  1. Cost
  2. Ease of Development/Ramp Up Time
  3. Licensing
  4. Support
  5. Quality of Tools
  • Sorry to be thick-headed, but can you give some examples of tools you are evaluating. I read developer tools and then middleware and my head starts to buzz because to me they are not so related. – Jeff Jun 25 '11 at 22:08
  • @Jeff: I'm sorry fixed the title. DDS is the middleware. – Brian Jun 25 '11 at 22:09
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You've got a solid start. I would add:

  • How wide spread is the usage, and how easy is it to hire people with experience using the technology.

If you are planing on using the technology for a long time, choosing one where its possible to hire people who already know it can be a big saving for you.

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