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By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2003-04-30 Print this article Print

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.
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-market—a 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 external—with suppliers, partners and customers—rather than internal, so security concerns have hindered mid-market adoption of Web services, 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.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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