SCO also is in the process of building a certification center for users to be able to test and certify their applications developed under the framework. Hughes said all the pertinent pieces of the SCOx framework would be available SCO Forum in August. "Framework 1.0 will be available at [SCO] Forum in August," he said."Therefore, SCOs combination of Web services security support and their strong support of the channel positions them to make solid inroads into the nascent mid-market Web services space," Bloomberg said. Bloombergs ZapThink partner, Ronald Schmelzer agreed, but said a market used to external integration and mostly homogeneous systems sets up Microsoft as to claim the spoils. "However, Linux is increasingly gaining traction in the SMB markets, and it is clear that SCO realizes that there is a market opportunity here," Schmelzer said.
Jason Bloomberg, an analyst with ZapThink LLC, a Cambridge, Mass.-based market research firm, said the interesting part about SCOs announcement "is that it is solidly aimed at the mid-marketa space that has been slow to adopt Web services, when compared to the enterprise segment." One of the reasons for this is that integration at the mid-market level is externalwith suppliers, partners and customersrather than internal, so security concerns have hindered mid-market adoption of Web services, he said.