SCO Execs Tout Web Services

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-08-19 Print this article Print

At the SCO Forum, company officials talked up its SCOx Application Substrate and preached the gospel of interoperability.

LAS VEGAS— The SCO Group Inc. wants a piece of the Web-services pie. To make the cut, its officials are working to build the same business case for Web services as established players such as Microsoft Corp. and IBM Corp. There are three powerful forces combining to change the computing landscape—ubiquitous network connectivity; the mass adoption of communication standards; and the convergence of operating systems—Scott Lemon, chief architect for SCOs SCOx Web services initiative, said here on Tuesday morning
Lemon told attendees during his keynote speech on the second day of the SCO Forum 2003 event that operating systems provide a powerful level of abstraction beyond processors and hardware. "There has also been a massive consolidation of operating systems, with just a few dominant players now, from Windows to Unix and the Mac OS and Linux, both of which are variants of Unix," he said.
Operating systems are also becoming increasingly homogenous, languages have become more cross-platform, and higher-level abstractions have emerged above the operating system. "This allows for the creation of a new substrate that exists above the operating system and ... where you can rapidly create applications. ... SCOx is a foundation on which next-generation solutions will be built," he said. The SCOx Application Substrate (SAS) is a foundation for building next-generation business solutions as well as combining SCOs own Web services software components and products with partner technologies to create new capabilities for SCO Unix and other operating systems, Lemon said. SAS fully embraces Web services standards, Lemon said, and will provide a set of manual and automated tools to simplify the assembly of applications. It will also be completely interoperable with the other environments from Sun, IBM, Microsoft and other developers. "We really want to alter the way people are developing to our platform," he said. Next page: How users will benefit from SCO Web services.

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.

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