Are the ESB visions touted by IBM, BEA, and others a new spin on an old idea: vendor lock-in?
Companies that reduce the complexity of their IT systems can generate significant savings
In spite of IBM’s best efforts, a lot of customers continue to run mission-critical applications on older MVS mainframes
Some enthusiasts tout Eclipse as an Rx for programming anarchy
Many IT pros remain skeptical about service-enablement, but—as a growing number are finding out—they don’t have a choice in the matter
AON takes Cisco further afield from its roots—and deeper into an EAI segment dominated by IBM, SAP, and TIBCO
With canned ETL already on tap from Microsoft and Oracle, what—if anything—does IBM have planned for DB2?
Up to now, service enablement has largely been the baby of C-level executives and line-of-business managers. Many IT professionals see the promise of the technology, but warn that the reality is several years away.
Users expecting an infusion of Ascential’s ETL expertise into DB2 may be disappointed
Some users are praising the synergies of a combined Oracle, PeopleSoft, and J.D. Edwards stack—but for others, skepticism about Project Fusion is still the order of the day.
Big Blue hopes the latest release will entice fence-sitters
There's a chance mainframe and Unix administrators will have to deal with the revamped SQL Server whether they want to or not
There’s a good chance many highly specialized capabilities will find their way into DB2, Information Integrator, and other IBM products
ETL isn’t a data warehousing-only play—companies are increasingly tapping it to support database consolidations and migrations, among other tasks
Utility computing isn’t a rip-and-replace proposition, says CA
Big Blue’s durable workhorse still has plenty of kick left in it. And customers, for that matter, are increasingly willing to deploy it in support of new workloads
Compuware’s Vantage Analyzer lets customers identify and isolate J2EE performance problems—including troublesome memory leaks
An updated SQL Server ("Yukon") and Visual Studio, plus a new edition of Windows Server 2003 are among the highlights from the software giant
Big Blue says its Classic Federation product boasts several advantages over existing mainframe data-access products
The service-oriented architecture vision in practice may not be quite the slam dunk it looks like on paper