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WebSphere Journal editor-in-chief Jack Martin recently chatted with Paraic Sweeney, IBM's VP of Marketing for Industry Solutions and Business Integration, Software Group. In this exclusive interview, Sweeney discusses IBM's Middleware Industry Solutions initiative, the drivers behind adding an industry-vertical dimension to the business, and the company's decision in 1999 to focus on middleware and get out of the application business. WebSphere Journal: Paraic, how do you spend a typical day? Paraic Sweeney: My typical day - especially now that we are in a launch phase around the Middleware Industry Solutions initiative - is a combination of working with early-adopter customers and business partners who want to participate and join us in this new market approach that is an extension of our middleware business and communicating with our internal product and sales team... (more)

Looking at IBM Portal with Larry Bowden

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)

The Evolving Role of WebSphere

Development tools like WebSphere Studio, according to IBM's Scott Hebner, have changed "from being almost rogue initiatives with a lot of customers driven by a couple of departments into really being strategic investments now." And the entire usage of tools like this, and of application servers overall, has, he notes, changed. WebSphere Developer's Journal editor-in-chief Jack Martin had the opportunity recently to engage with Hebner's entire team, the team behind marketing IBM's WebSphere infrastructure software, in a wide-ranging and exclusive discussion. In this first install... (more)

WebSphere Strategy Focuses on Tried-and-True

WebSphere Journal editor-in-chief Jack Martin recently chatted with Joe Damassa and the WebSphere marketing team, which features some new faces but is just as dedicated to the continued success of the WebSphere brand. In this exclusive interview the team discusses open standards, ISVs, Web services - and where WebSphere will go in 2004. WJ: Joe, WebSphere is a mature product and is obviously the market leader. Since you're the new head of WebSphere marketing, I'd like to hear from you and your team about where the platform's been and where it's going, so our readers can understa... (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)