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
software. Without all of you...there would be no WebSphere.
The professional life of a talented group of men and women at IBM is entirely
focused on WebSphere and literally thousands of companies have joined the
family to help deploy, customize, administer, and create their own
applications that r... (more)
As chief architect of e-Business Integration Solutions for IBM Global
Services, Kerrie Holley turns business requirements into cutting-edge network
solutions. Holley, an IBM Distinguished Engineer, was honored for his
contributions to IBM when he received the Chairman's Award at the 2003 Black
Engineer of the Year Awards ceremonies.
In an exclusive interview with WebSphere Developer's Journal editor-in-chief
Jack Martin, Holley discusses the origins and future of e-business on demand,
and the importance of a service-oriented architecture in today's enterprise.
WSDJ: When you firs... (more)
The whole point of my recent series of editorials has been to get people
thinking about what has happened to the job market for IT developers and
administrators - and where it is going next. Over the past two months I have
written about what I have witnessed at countless dot coms and development
companies around the country and where I see the IT work market going.
I've made some people angry. Some of them have even called me names or said I
am out of touch, but others have agreed with me. I know that some of my
examples went to the extreme, but that was the whole point; the curre... (more)
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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
When technical people use the word in public ... (more)
How Low Does BEA Have to Go?
Jack Martin: I brought a couple of interviews with Alfred Chuang from BEA
Systems where he says that he thinks that companies like IBM are too big now.
That your sales process is too complicated and updating legacy is too hard.
That BEA can out innovate you guys. It doesn't sound like that's what's
happening though. Sounds like you're out innovating them.
Tom Inman: Fundamentally we are out-innovating them. You know, whether it is
the patents that we have, or how quickly our engineers turn new innovations
into new product features. Or if you'd like to c... (more)