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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-06-02 Print this article Print

An integrated platform needs to focus on simplicity and a lower total cost of ownership, and Microsoft is working hard to make sure that its products integrate better together, added Flessner. It is focused on making sure the environment provided is familiar, fits together and installs in a familiar way, he said. The foundation for the Windows Server System is the recently released Windows Server 2003. "Were not perfect yet with regard to security, but a huge amount of effort went into this with Server 2003," Flessner said.
Microsoft is also committed to increasing information worker productivity while decreasing the IT support burden around this, Flessner said, bringing John Rauschenberger, the MD of Clarity Consulting, to the stage.
For the demonstration, Clarity had built an end-to-end business solution for an imaginary health care provider, Contoso, which used the Tablet PC platform to capture structured and unstructured data, interacting with Server 2003. The physician could write notes, review charts and x-rays as well as the services performed—all of which is pulled directly into the application and stored in the back-end database. Once the physician had signed off on the patient, the claims to the insurance company would be managed as XML forms by the claims administrator, using the Microsoft InfoPath XML forms management application, Rauschenberger said. Flessner said the application infrastructure and the infrastructure and tools for a service-oriented architecture are vital to the industry going forward, with some 50 percent of all developers currently using Microsofts Visual Studio .Net tool. Microsofts Dynamic Systems Model is also already addressing the management of applications rather than systems, which will dramatically increase simplicity, flexibility and automation across the application lifecycle, he said. Flessner concluded by confirming that Microsoft will invest more than $1.7 billion into research and development for the Windows Server System in the 2004 financial year, which starts on July 1, as well as $450 million in community-based efforts to support IT professionals and developers.

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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