"The challenges of Eclipse as a project will be found
in partnerships: IBM has to make sure that participation by its
partners is not just lip service, as partnerships will likely be
the most critical factor in Eclipse's success. Without real
partnerships, IBM would struggle to turn Eclipse into the
foundation of a top tool kit. In addition, partners are not bound
to be exclusively loyal to IBM. IBM has to make its consortium,
Eclipse, the most appealing and rewarding one.
The advantage of Eclipse as a project is that it is first to
market with a community property and strong offer.
Eclipse is an ambitious project and an ambitious product
foundation. If it succeeds, it will revive the concept of best
tools combined in a single workbench--an application developer's
dream. Eclipse must guarantee the real partnership of many company
and make components a key aspect of participants' tools to make
them "pluggable" into the workbench.
IBM customers should start shifting from VisualAge for Java to
WebSphere Studio but also evaluate participating companies'
"pluggable" products expected to come to market in the second or
third quarter of 2002."
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