Partners feel jilted

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2008-04-03 Print this article Print

Partners Left Jilted and Confused

Williams said that since Genuitec attended RSDC last year, "being banned from participation this year was a bit of a surprise.  We had a great time at RSDC 2007 talking to WebSphere developers about the type of tools they really wanted to use."

Williams said the experience at RSDC last year inspired Genuitec "to work very hard in the intervening months to deliver MyEclipse Blue Edition to the WebSphere community to satisfy those needs. We've always looked at MyEclipse Blue as a better way to support the WebSphere customers we share with IBM. 

"Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Rational division is more concerned with how their tools look in comparison, rather than ensuring WebSphere users have a choice of tool sets, so I understand why they are preventing us from exhibiting this year," Williams continued. "From their perspective, if Rational's users knew that they had a choice for $149 per seat for MyEclipse Blue Edition versus several thousand dollars per seat for any flavor of RAD, Rational just might have a mutiny on their hands."

Williams said Genuitec's MyEclipse 6.1 Blue Edition provides users with all the features of MyEclipse Workbench Professional Edition, but also includes customized tooling and capabilities for the IBM WebSphere application server.

"It appears that Rational is being aggressive this year and banning anyone that is remotely competitive with their offerings, even when it goes against the 'greater good' of serving other IBM customers," Williams said.

Meanwhile, Lorne Cooper, president and CEO of AccuRev, said: ""We integrate with much, and support most, of the IBM Rational product line, but we do overlap with ClearCase. As IBM's product line gets increasingly broad, it's hard to have zero overlap, and hopefully they won't make that a test for future inclusion at RSDC. Today, many of our customers utilize ClearQuest, Rose, and other Rational tools.  We understand there might be some sensitivity on the part of some of their sales people, but we hope that for the benefit of their customers, IBM will allow partners like AccuRev to participate."


Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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