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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 it is always with a hushed tone, as if speaking it aloud would give management the idea. In private it is discussed as if it were the greatest evil ever to befall the world, a faceless monster from far away. The reality falls somewhere in the middle. Outsourcing can be an extremely complex a... (more)

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

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 services. 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)

IBM Puts Its Stinger in the Competition Again

IBM is really on a roll as WebSphere continues to shellac BEA in market share and product extensions. Now they go and release Stinger (beta version) for the next-generation DB2 to give Larry Ellison and Oracle something to think about. It has been over a year and a half since DB2 has been upgraded and it looks like good things do come to those who wait. Stinger vastly simplifies and automates many of the tasks associated with maintaining database management systems. IBM continues to slash development time for users who are building new applications, so that everyone can focus mo... (more)

SOAs Help Businesses Deal with Change

IBM announced some new software and services to make it easier for companies to adapt their information-technology infrastructures to changing business conditions. The latest IBM offerings will help companies build service-oriented architectures (SOAs), which are collections of business processes that use reusable standard interfaces to integrate applications within a company as well as with customers and suppliers. IBM's focus on SOAs is an extension of its existing strategy to help customers take advantage of standards-based technologies to drive down costs, create new opportu... (more)

WebSphere Journal Exclusive Interview: What's Happening in WebSphere

Last month, Jack Martin, editor-in-chief of WebSphere Journal, and Tom Inman, vice president of product management and marketing, IBM WebSphere Software, talked about the differences between WebSphere and WebLogic. This month, they look at what's happening in WebSphere now, and plans for the future. Jack Martin: What was your background? What did you do before you did this? Tom Inman: I joined sales and marketing right out of college and have been here ever since. JM: What school did you go to? TI: I went to Michigan State University, where I earned a Bachelor of Science in enginee... (more)