IBM Hires Former Microsoft .Net Guru

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-01-15 Print this article Print

IBM's new director of software services for Web services helped shape Microsoft's software-as-a-service .Net brand.

IBM has hired a former Microsoft executive who was actively involved in helping shape the Redmonds software-as-a-service .Net brand. IBM said on Wednesday that Dr. Jason Weisser, previously the head of Microsoft Consulting Services for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, has been appointed its Director of Software Services for Web Services. Weissers specialty at Microsoft focused on services related to the .Net brand, said IBM, adding that Weisser will head a global team of technical experts to help IBM customers and partners develop business solutions built on an integrated, standards-based infrastructure.
While Weisser will be based in Paris, he will work with customers and partners around the world and be a "leading technical resource helping customers achieve IBMs vision of e-business on demand, in which organizations can work faster and more easily across the enterprise and with partners, suppliers and customers," the company said in a statement.
Microsoft could not immediately be reached for comment. But the announcement follows last weeks news that Microsoft was changing the name of its upcoming Windows .Net Server 2003 family, due out on April 24, to Windows Server 2003. Bob OBrien, a group product manager in the Windows Server Division, told eWEEK last Thursday that Microsoft had decided to drive an overall effort to clarify the naming and branding strategy around .Net. "Realistically the support for Web services is becoming ubiquitous across our entire product line, so the .Net team felt that moving toward a consistent naming and branding strategy would better enable partners to affiliate with it and would also allow customers to easily identify .Net enabled products," he said. But customers said the name change underscores the problems Microsoft is having explaining the concept of .Net to customers. "No one has yet been able to properly explain what .Net actually is and give me an example of what Web Services really are. I just dont understand why I should be jumping for joy about .Net in the enterprise," an MIS for a large metals company in Pittsburgh, told eWEEK. IBM said Weisser joining the company pre-dated last weeks Microsoft announcement. Weisser said in a prepared statement that he was "delighted to join IBM, which is unmatched in its technological innovation, commitment to delighting customers and devotion to open standards."
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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