Web Services and SCO

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

Customers"> In his own SCO Forum address, Andy Nagle, product manager for SCOx, said this new Web services initiative will help customers more fully exploit Internet technologies and help them grow their business in new ways; it will also provide developers the tools they need. Web services would also solve the problems of diverse IT infrastructures and the difficulty of adding new technologies to grow their business.
"There are four components to SCOx: SCOx Business Solutions for hosted horizontal and vertical applications; SCOx Enabled Partner Solutions, which will extend legacy applications to the Web and the integration of applications via Web services; SCOX Web services, which can be used to create composite applications tailored to individual customers; and the SCOx Application Substrate.
"SCOx will extend our platform, and we dont think there is anybody out there doing the level of integration that we are," Nagle said. Web services are important, since they allow applications to share data and invoke capabilities from other applications. Web services would ease partner-to-partner interaction, simplify application integration, and leverage existing application investments and creates new revenue streams, Nagle said. Rajiv Gupta, the CTO of Confluent Software, gave an address titled, "Web Services: Promise and Peril." He said the Web services market is already huge today, even though many analysts are saying the market would only come into its own in 2006. "The integration market today is about $31 billion in size, and all of this is a target for Web services," Gupta said. On the "promise" side of Web services are new channel opportunities, such as eBay and Amazon; new revenue opportunities; and the cost savings involved, all of which allow businesses to become more efficient. Web services reduce integration costs by up to 10 times and lower the total cost of business while making applications available to a broader audience, Gupta said. On the "peril" side are issues around deploying Web services, and the need to control how and who was connecting with and accessing the services offered. Standards are also continually evolving and changing, he said. "The choice is yours. You can stay where you are or you can start to exploit this technology gradually. Web services are a little like a kitchen knife: very useful, but you have to be careful when using it," he concluded.

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 www.eweek.com.


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