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Shellshock, appropriately and of course punnily named, is ravaging the Internet right now. Active exploits continue to grow in number and in complexity. While there are multiple avenues through which this vulnerability can be exploited, the most active one at the moment appears to be ...
Recent reports have shown that companies are shying away from the public cloud due to security concerns, but how accurate are the results and what, if any, are the alternatives? A committee of CIOs met in Singapore last week. The committee compromised of C-Level executives from the ...
I was 25-26 years old when I worked at IBM. Steve was not much older. IBM, like many companies, plots a career path for every new employee it hires. It moves them from job to job grooming them from their first day on the job until their retirement. Whenever I took an elevator with Mill...
Earlier this month I attended the IBM Impact conference in Las Vegas. The core theme of Impact was "Smart SOA" and how cloud computing comes together in the enterprise, with the emphasis on private clouds. The core notion of private clouds for IBM is really about extending their expe...
Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) has been discussed as an important architectural style for the last few years. Organizations have started to develop service-oriented solutions and many are now leveraging services in their production environments. SOA introduces new technical comple...
Can afford to take just one day off, get out of your cubicle and see what other people up to these days? Is J2EE still in favor? What's this ESB is about? Have you even heard of using Flex as a Web front end of your Java applications? Do not miss an event in NYC this Monday, that is cr...
We live in the eternal present, yet think mostly about the future and the past. When we are able to stop time and consider what's going on 'right now' or 'these days,' we often think about how our lives and times used to be simpler. How often do you recount stories from a 'simpler, mor...
Whatever the industry or company size, everyday business processes require access to information resources such as data, applications and people. Providing access to all necessary information resources in a cohesive and efficient manner can play a large part in improving employee produ...
Welcome back to WebSphere Journal. Good to see you, good to know that you're still engaging in web services, one of the more dynamic areas within all of technology today. Although there are a number of new acronyms emerging right now, the now-old standby SOA continues to drive a large ...
The new year is proceeding with what appears to be a renaissance or perhaps mini-bubble in the global IT industry. Use of the technically imprecise but no doubt seductive term 'Web 2.0' is stimulating companies to think through what they need to deploy for and through their websites in...
As the year closes it's time for industry columnists to make their bold, wrongheaded predictions for 2006. You won't find that sort of nonsense here. There's no Top 10 or crystal ball or cute list of Things to Watch.
It will be interesting over the coming year to witness the progress of open source software in general and open source in application development in particular. IBM, chided by many members of the open source community for taking the proprietary approach to app development (through WebS...
This issue has an emphasis on SOA, an area of application development that has gotten a life of its own over the past year. Service-oriented architectures are not only the rage of the age, but represent an approach sure to be on the front burner of enterprise IT managers and developers...
Random encounters can provide unexpected illumination. If you are the type of person who just starts talking to strangers anywhere anytime, as I am, the conversations that ensue can relate to your work a suprisingly high percentage of the time.
IBM announced an expanded SOA strategy in September building on the recent momentum it has gained over its archrival in this space, BEA, as well as Microsoft's .NET strategy.
Unification, integration, clustering, connectivity. These are words found commonly in enterprise IT and in this issue of WebSphere Journal. Picking up on last month's Non-Theme theme, we continue to provide you with a variety of articles that cover many parts of the application develop...
The idea of a 'pure' application development continues to lose meaning in an enterprise IT world that continues to try to integrate legacy systems with server networks, local-area networks, increasing varieties of wireless networks and devices, and the latest new kids on the block who ...
This month marks the 10th Anniversary of the JavaOne conference, sponsored and controlled by Sun Microsystems, and an annual drawing card for Java developers worldwide. As someone who played in a role in this event?s launch, I am always happy to see it succeed, to see Java and its offs...
The amazing thing is that anything gets done at all. Software architects and developers, analysts and administrators, and C-level executives all share this core belief, whether they publicly state it or not. As we approach the summer months, one thinks of weekends in the Hamptons or th...
'If it were a fight, they'd stop it.' This expression is often employed by sports announcers during a particularly lopsided football or baseball game, and also by market watchers when one business gets a clear upper hand versus its competitors.
The Western conception of time relentlessly flying forward is a key underpinning of many societies' continuous focus on improving things, becoming more efficient, getting ever better, and not wasting a minute in the process.
I received a lot of feedback last month on my 'Will Every Child Be Left Behind?' editorial. A lot of you related your collective disappointment in the current state of our public schools. What surprised me was the number of readers who thought that application servers, XML, and Web ser...
The politicians are at it again with their general collective hallucinations. Recently Rod Paige, the U.S. Secretary of Education, made the following statement: There is a new fervor in American education and a new creativity that's being driven in part by this generation of tech-savvy...
Another month is upon us and the world continues to change. The world of corporate governance is making its presence felt in all corners of information technology as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act requirements begin to take effect with regard to Section 404. You only need to read the daily new...
As the world becomes progressively more comfortable with e-business as a business model for the 21st century, criminals are also gaining a level of comfort in stealing information at a progressively alarming rate. Information theft is a global problem that will continue to grow as crim...
IBM just announced WebSphere Application Server (WAS) version 6, which IBM says can save companies as much as $110,000 per minute in lost revenue and productivity. This capability is a major advance for enterprise-class computing.
As I'm sure you've noticed. over the last few months I've been asking you whether you think BEA is DOA? The response has been intense and interesting. At some points some readers started with personal attacks on me and, in some cases, the publisher of this magazine. I think those peopl...
Microsoft has released an XP update with advanced security technologies and has urged Windows XP users to turn on Automatic Updates to get consistent security updates. However, IBM has told its users not to install the Windows XP update.
IBM announced some new software and services to make it easier for companies to adapt their information-technology infrastructures to changing business conditions. The latest IBM offerings will help companies build service-oriented architectures (SOAs), which are collections of busines...
IBM is really on a roll as WebSphere continues to shellac BEA in market share and product extensions. Now they go and release Stinger (beta version) for the next-generation DB2 to give Larry Ellison and Oracle something to think about.
Ineffectual corporate management has given a great gift to programmers, system administrators, and CIOs - endless corporate accounting scandals. Our federal government has not missed this scandalous behavior, as they have passed an extraordinarily strong, far-reaching law to contend wi...
Well, it's another month and we're off to a good start with IBM making it easier for people to find new uses for WebSphere. IBM has taken the teams-based approach to the next step. They just released a roles-based group of tools - six power packs and eight tracks in total - based on wh...
There's a lot going on in business and IT today, and it's rapidly becoming more important that you have a good understanding of e-business on demand, service-oriented architecture, Web services, and grid computing. I've been in more than one conversation and read more than one article ...
Some new opportunities are appearing in the world of technology, some of them quite unexpected. Faced with the specter of mad cow disease appearing in the U.S., the American rancher and the entire chain of U.S. food suppliers are about to embark on a far-reaching program that will affe...
As we go to press with our December issue, Microsoft has issued its 65th security bulletin of the year disclosing a security flaw of critical severity in most versions of its popular Windows operating system. Microsoft urged users of Windows 2000, Millennium, 98, and NT 4.0 to download...
The whole point of my recent series of editorials has been to get people thinking about what has happened to the job market for IT developers and administrators - and where it is going next. Over the past two months I have written about what I have witnessed at countless dot coms and d...
Whether you like it or not, the offshoring of IT projects is here to stay, so get over it. If you can't get over it, get out of IT. But before you head for the exit, think about what you'll be missing.
In the world of IT, outsourcing is either the dirtiest word you can utter or a brilliant one; it's all about who says it to whom and where it is said.
The latest way to make a buck is to get your company some very cheap labor using L-1 visas. You can pay the new workers less than minimum wage - and it's completely legal.
It's been a busy month in the world of WebSphere, with the advent of some very exciting new functions in WebSphere Studio and WebSphere Application Server. The latest version of WebSphere Studio (v5.1) takes a huge step toward helping people build Web applications in Java - without...