Jack Martin, editor-in-chief of WebSphere Developer's Journal, recently sat
down to talk with Jocelyne A. Attal about IBM's plans for the future of
WSDJ: What do you do at IBM?
Jocelyne: I'm the vice president for marketing for the WebSphere brand. Which
means a lot of things. I have a wonderful team that covers a very large scope
of work for WebSphere. We work on strategy and design for the next version of
WebSphere, making sure it has what customers and developers need and want. We
are very focused on customer needs. Based on input from technical experts
like Danny Sabbah (VP of Development), Don Ferguson (IBM Fellow), and others,
we have some very original and innovative technology.
Strategy is very important because it's about designing what WebSphere will
be next year and beyond. WebSphere has been successful because we base our
strategy on customer n... (more)
In the final part of our interview with Don Ferguson, Don talks about the
future of WebSphere
WSDJ: What is your vision for the future of WebSphere?
DF: Our current focus is on implementing Web services and simplifying their
development. WSFL and tools support for visually and dynamically building new
Web services. Business rules support customizing the behavior of existing Web
The next big things will be support for better, dynamic binding between a
service requester and the multiple implementations that are available. The
binding process will be able to consider "quali... (more)
Well, it's another month and we're off to a good start with IBM making it
easier for people to find new uses for WebSphere.
IBM has taken the teams-based approach to the next step. They just released a
roles-based group of tools - six power packs and eight tracks in total -
based on what you do, with two for developers focusing on either J2EE or
.NET. System analysts and architects who need to model are also included.
Testers have a full portfolio of tools to do code testing. Project managers
will find Requisite Pro - a requirements-management tool created by Rational
- very eas... (more)
Ineffectual corporate management has given a great gift to programmers,
system administrators, and CIOs - endless corporate accounting scandals. Our
federal government has not missed this scandalous behavior, as they have
passed an extraordinarily strong, far-reaching law to contend with financial
Officially it's called the Public Company Accounting Reform and Investor
Protection Act, but it's more commonly known as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
Designed to keep corporate managers honest, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act rewards
dishonesty with a 10- or 20-year prison sentence for CEOs a... (more)
IBM just announced WebSphere Application Server (WAS) version 6, which IBM
says can save companies as much as $110,000 per minute in lost revenue and
productivity. This capability is a major advance for enterprise-class
WebSphere version 6 is designed to automatically detect problems - and
automatically save and process Web-based business transactions that until
recently could take hours or days to recover under older systems. It is also
the first J2EE application server to deliver these capabilities together.
The financial impact of IT system downtime per hour varies ... (more)