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By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2004-08-09 Print this article Print

Stephen Forte, chief technology officer at Corzen Inc., in New York, said he welcomes software factory technology. "It all has to do with design patterns, an old concept that is gaining momentum in both the Java and Microsoft camps."

Forte said he used the technology on previous projects "and had to build the factory methods all by ourselves. It would be nice to see them just in the framework or as a simple add-on."

Other users said they dont see factories as a panacea. "Certain types of software lend themselves well to this type of development model, but for many others, its simply unrealistic," said Roland Collins, CTO of InvestEdge Inc., in Pittsburgh. "Our company develops high-end investment banking software, and the complexity and nature of this type of application doesnt really lend itself well to using a software factory."

Nevertheless, software factories would enable Microsoft to use its core strength—its tools—to take on IBM Global Services. Greenfield, formerly an architect at Rational Software Corp., which is now a part of IBM, said Microsoft plans to empower companies competing with IGS.

For in-depth Microsoft coverage, check out "We have a broad community of partners who have a lot of domain-specific knowledge, and, frankly, theyre competing with IGS," Greenfield said. "Wed like to empower them to build factories and to extend factories. And what that does is allow the Microsoft community to offer bits where the IBM community offers bodies. We think well win that game."

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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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