WebSphere Developer's Journal Editor-in-Chief Jack Martin recently spoke with
IBM's Peter Fordyce, Worldwide WebSphere Foundation and Tools Sales Manager
about how he sees his group's role in the WebSphere community - and what
customers are looking for. In this exclusive interview Fordyce discusses the
push for on-demand business, the value of legacy code, and the future of
WSDJ: What do you do on a typical day?
Peter Fordyce: I interface with sales folks all over the world, with
marketing colleagues formulating our messages and collateral as well, and
with the development staff in terms of appropriate features and functions
that we need in the product as we go forward.
WSDJ: What kinds of customers do you usually see - big customers, little
customers, all kinds of customers?
Fordyce: Typically I get involved through the field sales folks, who either
It's been a month of good news for IBM, which has been ranked the Top
Corporate Citizen of the year, taken the lead in the application server
market, and set some impressive records.
In our society, winning and ethics seem to be completely at odds. You only
need to look at how professional sports and even the Olympics have
degenerated into one cheating scandal after another. Then there are the
Enron-like headlines that run everyday in the business press. It has become
commonplace for companies like Global Crossing, which has been accused of
manipulating its accounting books, to ... (more)
Jack Martin, editor-in-chief of WebSphere Developer's Journal, recently spoke
with Larry Bowden, vice president of IBM Portal
WSDJ: What was the genesis of the IBM Portal and how were you involved? We
built portals long before they were called portals. Customers have been
describing to IBM for several years how they wanted to use business
technologies to lower costs and improve productivity for employees by
bringing the applications, content, processes, and people interactions to a
new Web-based workspace. Some customers focused on employees as their primary
goal, others on part... (more)
As we go to press, Microsoft has issued its 65th security bulletin of the
year disclosing a security flaw of critical severity in most versions of its
popular Windows operating system. Microsoft urges users of Windows 2000,
Millennium, 98, and NT 4.0 to download a software patch from the company's
security Web site. Attackers could exploit a vulnerability in the software
that underlies many database functions and take over the user's computer.
Microsoft's newest version, Windows XP, does not have the problem.
In the U.S. it was recently discovered that a substantial percentage of ... (more)
After reading Jim Martin's closing piece last month I wondered if we were
living on the same planet. He envisions a huge upturn in tech spending - a
return to the good old days. I see massive consolidation, with the weakest
players going out of business and the companies with good, serviceable
products either just getting by or being acquired.
The handwriting is on the wall. All one must do to see the future is look at
what is happening to the companies who actually buy enterprise technology.
For example, Burger King and McDonald's have rolled prices back to the 1970s
for their ... (more)