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Ch@nnelWeb: Integration At Forefront of Tools Competition; Tools Extending to Linux

Oct 17, 2000, 16:10 (0 Talkback[s])
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"There have been a number of changes in the enterprise development tools area since last year. Indeed, the very title of the product category has changed from Java tools to reflect that most vendors now bundle their tools with Web application servers or enterprise application suites. ... New products in this category extend to the Linux OS, which has become a popular environment for developers. And existing vendors are combining tools with business intelligence products to strengthen their products' e-commerce capabilities."

"IBM's objectives, according to Olague, include rapid development, tight integration with the run-time environment, and a broad partnership strategy. IBM, based in Armonk, N.Y., provides specific interfaces with partner applications, such as Rational Software's ClearQuest. The tools are delivered on multiple platforms, including NT, Windows 2000 and Linux. And, from IBM's standpoint, Linux seems to be attracting attention. "There is much growth and huge partner interest in Linux," Olague says."

"Like IBM, Oracle is seeing increased development activity around Linux, Magee says. "There is huge interest in Linux from the developer community," he explains. "In our Oracle Technology Network, we make all our software available for free, and Linux is very popular."

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