IBM Pushes Open Standards

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2002-05-08 Print this article Print

In his developWorks Live keynote, VP Steve Mills stresses the need for open standards-based integration across all applications and platforms.

SAN FRANCISCO--IBM executives on Wednesday talked up the need for open standards-based integration across all applications and platforms while, at the same time, announcing a host of new product offerings. As expected, Steve Mills, a senior vice president and group executive of IBMs software group, used his keynote address at the companys annual technical developer conference, developerWorks Live, here to stress the importance of open standards and Web services in the business and IT environments of the future. "Web services and XML, and all the benefits they bring to the business environment, are all about the evolution of standards toward the goal of true interoperability. Open standards are what IBM is all about.
"We are a heterogeneous provider of hardware and software products that run across a wide range of platforms, and open standards are key to continuing to evolve that model--a model that businesses around the world want and need," he said.
Legacy applications need to be maintained and reused and cannot be simply ripped out and replaced. That means that all of the existing models have to co-exist, and open standards make this possible by providing the framework and standards that make them all work together. "The infrastructure we provide is what distinguishes IBM from its competitors," Mills said. In his keynote address this morning, John Swainson, IBMs general manager of applications and integration middleware, announced that WebSphere Application Server Version 5.0 will be available within the next few weeks. "This latest version brings far greater flexibility in the way customers can deploy it, from single to clustered environments--and gives much greater functionality in a set of packages and price points that we feel customers will find most attractive," he said. The product also supports the latest version of Java 2 Enterprise Edition, the Java standard for business software, and offers built-in support for Web services standards, Swainson said. In the business integration arena, Swainson announced WebSphere Event Broker Version 2.1 and WebSphere Business Integrator Version 4.1, which will be available before the end of June.
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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