Asked whether SCO had a sustainable business plan beyond simply raising revenue from Linux customers, McBride said it would be using its Forum 2003 conference to drum the message home that it did have a future product and corporate strategy. "We are focusing on our Unix business and the lucrative Web Services that we will integrate into that operating system through our SCOx Web Services initiative. We expect this to be a business in the hundreds of millions of dollars, if not billions, and that is the business and product roadmap we will be talking about this week," McBride said."These pieces all provide critical pieces of the SCOx Application Substrate (SAS), 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 Web Service enabled functionality for SCO Unix and other operating systems," McBride said. SCO will also on Monday make available its UnixWare Office Mail Server 2.0, now bundled with its UnixWare operating system. It will also release SCO Authentication 2.1 for Microsoft Corp.s Active Directory, which has enhanced scalability and now provides support for more than 100,000 users per container within AD. It has greater support for SCO Unix operating systems and also supports both Microsoft Windows 2000 and 2003, McBride said.
In line with that goal, SCO will on Monday announce the delivery of several key components of SCOx, including the SCOx WebFace Solution 4.0 combined with Ericom PowerTerm Host Publisher to create a solution to migrate legacy applications to the Web as well as integrate service-oriented architectures. It will also unveil the application programming interfaces (APIs) for both SCOsms Web Services and SCObiz Web Services