(forw) eADT for February 20, 2001

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In this issue of e-ADT

Analysts Compare IBM's Web Services to Microsoft's .Net,
by John K. Waters

Application Integration
Sun Takes it to the Net with Sun ONE Web Services Offering,
by John K. Waters

Data Management
CO-llaborating across the enterprise to increase time to market,
by Barry Zellen


Analysts Compare IBM's Web Services to Microsoft's .Net,
By John K. Waters

SAN JOSE, CA--A recent report from Gartner Research contrasts
Microsoft's approach to Web services via its .Net initiative and
IBM's current offering. According to "IBM Steps Into The Web
Services Arena," IBM's Web-services architecture is technically
compatible with Microsoft's .NET but is driven by a different vision.

Gartner analysts Yefim Natis and Messimo Pezzini see Microsoft's
.NET as signifying a radical departure from Microsoft's orientation
around proprietary technologies, while IBM's strategy is focused on
enabling the incremental evolution of existing enterprise systems.
Announced late last year, IBM's roadmap for supporting the delivery
of Web services has Big Blue embedding the SOAP, UDDI and WSDL
protocols into its main middleware products (the WebSphere
Application Server and MQSeries) and in its DB2, Lotus Domino, and
Tivoli products. Microsoft announced .Net in June, 2000.

According to the Gartner report, although .NET is a new foundation
architecture and a revolution for Microsoft, for IBM, "Web Services
represents a technology layer aimed mainly at enabling incremental
evolution of enterprises' existing business-application systems. This
difference in vision is quite significant and can be used to predict
the areas of primary investment by the two vendors as they deliver
real technology to fulfill their announcements."

The report predicts that IBM will look to extend the useful life of
its "vast installed base of older applications" by provide tools to
wrap or modernize the existing mainframe or other applications
alongside Java support for Web services. Microsoft, on the other hand,
is "looking to modernize the overall Windows environment," and so
"will primarily provide tools for building new service-oriented
applications in Windows alongside interoperability with pre-existing
COM+ applications."

Natiz and Pezzini see the differing objectives of the two companies
as complementary, noting that "the new Windows-based Web services and
the revitalized mainframe-based Web services, both based on the same
set of standards, would represent the best of both worlds for many
enterprises." All of which presents an "opportunity for cooperation
between IBM and Microsoft."

IBM's incremental approach to Web services, the report concludes,
will favor incremental adoption from its large pool of loyal
customers: "This approach will mean IBM's customers will experience
lower entry barriers to adopting IBM's Web services than other customers

adopting the radical and innovative approach promoted by Microsoft."

The authors expect all leading e-business platforms to support at
least the basic Web-services infrastructure by 2002 or 2003. By 2003,
they say, more than 75 percent of Web services in production will be
supported by Web-services infrastructures provided by IBM, Microsoft,
or two or three other vendors.

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Application Integration

Sun Takes it to the Net with Sun ONE Web Services Offering
By John K. Waters

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--Sun Microsystems has joined Microsoft, Oracle,
and Hewlett-Packard in the battle of the Web services architectures
with the announcement of the Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE). Sun
ONE includes server software, development tools, and other products
for building Web-based e-commerce applications and services.

Sun ONE consists of new products and services coupled with
repackaged software, including offerings from iPlanet Commerce
Solutions, a joint venture between Sun and America Online Inc., as
well as services from Sun itself. The offering includes an architecture
and roadmap based on open standards, such as Java and XML, which Sun
execs say will allow developers to take advantage of so-called smart
Web services. Sun defines "smart" Web services as "enhanced Web
services with a level of intelligence based on context, [that] span
multiple networks beyond the Web, and provide a richer experience for
both enterprises and end-users." Sun ONE is designed to simplify the
way in which Web and open smart services are created, assembled, and

Among the products highlighted during the announcement was the Sun
ONE Webtop technology developer release 1.0. Sun execs also announced
updates of a slew of iPlanet server software products, which include
iPlanet Directory, Web, Application, Portal, Commerce, and
Communications servers.

The Webtop technology helps service providers deliver productivity
applications via a branded, customized Internet-based desktop that
users will be able to access on any type of device, officials said.
Sun also claimed the new technology changes Web browsers from
"read only" to "read and write."

Although Sun was among the first big IT vendors to embrace a highly
networked and Internet-centric vision of computing, analysts have
rapped the Palo Alto-based firm for coming late to this particular
party. Addressing a crowd of reporters and analysts gathered for the
announcement at the Sheraton Palace Hotel, Sun chairman Scott McNealy
said that his company has been developing a comprehensive Web services
strategy almost from its inception.

"Everything we have been doing are Net services," McNealy said.
"We have been doing this for a long time. It's all we know how to

Data Management

CO-llaborating across the enterprise to increase time to market
By Barry Zellen

Oculus Technologies, of Boston, Mass., recently introduced a new
peer-to-peer (P2P) collaboration product called CO, which is designed
to bring collaborative synergy and efficiency to the corporate
product design and development process, while ensuring security.

Chris Williams, Oculus' president and CEO, says, "CO software
leverages the speed and scalability of peer-to-peer technology to
enable users to make better decisions through secure, direct
interaction with data sources." Williams adds that this allows
companies to save time to bring products to market. "As a result,
companies will realize a significant cost savings and at the same
time, enhance the quality of the products they create."

Williams says that to continue to grow in today's volatile
economic conditions, companies must "harness the power of secure
P2P computing environments to take a revolutionary step forward in
product development."

Hartford, Conn.-based United Technologies Corporation (UTC) has a
pilot project using CO to integrate modeling and analysis tools.
David Sirag, senior consulting scientist at UTC, says, "It is
expected that the use of CO will reduce the integration task from
several months to a period of weeks. This kind of integration allows
us to look at more options and process choices in significantly less

CO connects function-specific applications across the extended
enterprise, making it easier for geographically dispersed design
and development teams to collaborate while at the same time
protecting proprietary information from unauthorized use or access.
"Peer-to-peer technology is a fundamental part of the Internet and
private IP networks, yet most applications ignore this capability,"
says Mark Levitt, research director for Collaborative Computing at
IDC. "Oculus has 'rediscovered' peer-to-peer computing to enable
the creation of real-time connections between design, financial and
other application models with the goal of reducing time-to-market for
new products."

Oculus' Williams noted that the name CO "comes from the prefix 'co,'
which often connotes "between or among". CO is the 'glue and grease'
that ties together disparate operating systems, applications,
organizations and locations while providing decision support tools
to make working across these boundaries efficient and productive."

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