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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)

Web Services: The Next Big Thing

If you search under Web Services in Yahoo! the results include religious supplies and services, translation services, adult entertainment, and Internet services; however, that's all about to change. Web Services are going to be the next incredibly great thing. Web Services are the core of the Microsoft .NET vision, and IBM is delivering a Web Services Toolkit based on J2EE. Sun, BEA, Ariba, and HP also have Web Service offerings, as will hundreds of emerging companies - the next NASDAQ darlings - by the end of the year. Soon even your barber and cab driver will be talking about ... (more)

It's You, Not the Software

The IBM WebSphere family of products can be a lot of different things to different people, and – just like any family – each member has it sown strengths and weaknesses. Some are fully developed and mature; others are just starting out. Each member has its own way of doing things and of working with other members of the family. Some members are very cooperative and eager to work with outsiders; others stay close to the family. The most important part of the family, though, is not the software itself, it’s the people who design, build, customize, deploy, and administer the softw... (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)

Talking with Sharon Nunes

Jack Martin, editor-in-chief of WSDJ, recently spoke with Dr. Sharon Nunes, IBM's director of Life Sciences Solution development, about how pharmaceutical companies are handling the rapid growth of information in drug development. WSDJ: How did IBM get involved in the pharmaceutical industries and what type of problem were you trying to solve? Sharon Nunes: In the mid '90s, IBM Research was collaborating on a few joint projects with pharmaceutical companies in the area of drug design and in the area of creating algorithms for pattern discovery and pattern matching. These algorit... (more)