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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 WebSphere 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)

Birth of a Platform: Interview with Don Ferguson, "The Father of WebSphere"Part 2 of a 3-part series

In the last issue (WSDJ, Vol. 1, issue 2) Jack and Pat Martin, editors of WebSphere Developer's Journal, spoke with Don Ferguson about the beginnings of the WebSphere platform. This month, they look at Portal Server and what's happening with WebSphere today. WSDJ: What's your view on Portal Server? DF: Portal Server is the most significant enhancement to the WebSphere family in a long time. It's a great product. WSDJ: What are the most significant points about Web-Sphere Portal Server? DF: The first clever decision was to base it on the Portlet concept from the Apache Jetspeed proje... (more)

Solutions, Not Technology, Drive WebSphere Products

Customer involvement at all stages of product development, including early access for independent solution vendors, is crucial to IBM's strategy for managing the WebSphere Application Server development process, according to the WebSphere marketing team, headed up by Scott Hebner, director of marketing for WebSphere infrastructure software. The WebSphere marketing team includes Joe Anthony, program director for WebSphere Extensions marketing; Derek Bildfell, program director for business development; Aimee Munsell, program director for WebSphere Application Server; Bernie Spang,... (more)

Profit Without Honor

The latest way to make a buck is to get your company some very cheap labor using L-1 visas. You can pay the new workers less than minimum wage - and it's completely legal. The way the L-1 visa program works is simple. All L-1 employees must have been employed by the company outside of the U.S. for at least one of the three years preceding the transfer. It doesn't matter if the worker was directly employed by the sponsor, or paid through a personnel agency, or even on a freelance basis, provided the sponsor had management and control of the worker during the qualifying year. The... (more)

Offshore Outsourcing: Magic Bullet or Dirty Word?

Read JDJ's 2004 Predictions by i-Technology Leaders Feature Story Read The End of Middleware by Jonathan Schwartz Read From the Founding Editor by Steve Benfield In the world of IT, outsourcing is either the dirtiest word you can utter or a brilliant one; it's all about who says it to whom and where it is said. No matter who uses it, it is a word most often said in private. When corporate managers use the word, it is always mentioned in a most confidential fashion as a potential cost-cutting tactic, a magic bullet to increase margins. When technical people use the word in public ... (more)