Customer feedback

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2004-04-26 Print this article Print

"Basically, IBM has gotten the SOA gospel and is really taking it to heart in the way they build their products and deliver their services from here on forward," said Ronald Schmelzer, an analyst at ZapThink LLC, of Waltham, Mass. "Rather than announcing a single product or service, this announcement kicks off a major strategy for IBM around what they see is a combined effort from multiple product and service groups to meet the increasing demand for loosely coupled, distributed, standards-based computing that SOA represents."

Meanwhile, BEA Systems Inc. last week reminded the industry that it too is in the SOA business. The San Jose, Calif., company said it is the only company fully equipped to deliver SOA solutions today. "While many talk about SOA being a future trend, BEA customers are already benefiting from SOA, thanks to BEAs technology," said a BEA spokesperson.

Click here to read about BEAs claims regarding its SOA prowess.

BEAs SOA strategy is wrapped around BEA WebLogic Platform. Company officials said only BEA has a unified, standards-based infrastructure, built on a common set of components—which can be reused across services and applications—that can help customers build SOAs quickly. The company points to Accredited Home Lenders Inc., of San Diego, which uses BEAs WebLogic Enterprise Platform 8.1 and accompanying tools to implement an SOA for mortgage banking.

In a recent interview with eWEEK, BEA CEO Alfred Chuang said, "BEA is the only company qualified to deliver SOA today; nobody else can say that."

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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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