Microsoft to Publish New Common Engineering Criteria at Tech Ed

 
 
By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2006-06-06 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

While Microsoft says the criteria demonstrate its commitment to providing best-in-class products that are integrated and manageable, it was criticized by customers as a ruse to facilitate even greater lock-in.

Microsoft will use its annual Tech Ed conference to be held in Boston the week of June 12 to publish the new Windows Server System Common Engineering Criteria for infrastructure software produced in 2007. Among the new criteria are improved feedback platform for users; IPv6 support; Web services adoption; improved diagnostics; identity and access management; support for the security configuration wizard; native x64-bit support; and a standardized content model for printed documentation as well as online information.
Microsoft instituted the Windows Server System CER (Common Engineering Roadmap) for infrastructure software in 2003.
It lays down a process wherein all of its infrastructure server products will follow Common Engineering Criteria. This includes a mechanism for publicly publishing progress toward implementing those criteria before each product launches.
The Common Engineering Criteria also apply to the software as well as to accompanying documentation, training, support, licensing and branding, it says. The Redmond, Wash.-based software giant adds that it also "demonstrates Microsofts commitment to provide best-in-class products that are integrated and manageable, thereby providing the most consistent and predictable user experience, reducing IT complexity and total cost of ownership, and enabling a more secure and reliable IT infrastructure." However, when the CER was first announced, it was roundly criticized by customers as a ruse to make its "latest and greatest" products work better together at the expense of older versions and thus facilitate even greater lock-in. To read more about customers criticism of CER, click here. Needless to say, Microsoft officials such as Andy Lees, corporate vice president for server and tools marketing, didnt see it quite that way. In an interview with eWEEK at the time, Lees said that Microsoft was not "forcing anyone to do anything. ... The better togetherness is something we often cant retrofit, but if there are things that we can retrofit so that products can be used in combination, I think we will go through and do that. "But on average, I suppose, people using the latest product combination will get the most amount of benefit. The Roadmap basically says we are working on this, and we will have a set of criteria that we will be snapping to. All of our products that come out in 2005 will adhere to that criteria. We are also already working on the next round of criteria after that, which may be in 2006 or 2007," he said. The eWEEK Editorial Board also weighed in on the topic, expressing optimism about the concept, but also noting the concerns of some customers and Microsofts previous history. Check out eWEEK.coms for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.
 
 
 
 
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at www.eweek.com.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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