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NewsBytes: After Browser Wars, Middleware Wars, Says IBM

Jul 13, 2000, 02:24 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lemuel G Oliva)

"The browser war is over, and IBM is now proclaiming that the next battlefield is Internet middleware, the software layer between computer operating systems and Web-based applications. "E-business will be a war of Internet middleware technology," declared Jocelyne Attal, vice president for marketing of IBM's WebSphere, the company's version of the so-called Internet middleware."

"Although the line separating "middleware" and operating systems is a blur, IBM recently unveiled a long-list of Internet middleware products that makes e-business a reality. It has products ranging from "simple" Web applications to the eclectic transcoding publisher, that literally translates Web-content (HTML) to XML or WML formats - formats that are designed for pervasive devices such as wireless application protocol (WAP) devices, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and others."

"WebSphere Transcoding Publisher is a tool that is considered "protocol agnostic," meaning that this technology will soon allow any Web content to be easily ported on any "display" device, according to Edward Harbour, director of IBM's business line management and marketing connected e-business. Meantime, IBM is now keen on promoting "open standards" and "open source" computing as it declared that WebSphere will run on any platform, or that is at least 30 hardware platforms, and a list of computing environments such as Windows 2000, Linux, HP-UX, among others. "IBM is particular about not building a suite of Web applications but components that can be modular and can scale up," said Dutton."

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