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TechWeb: Sun ONE Counter to MS .Net Gets Mixed Reviews From Analysts

Feb 07, 2001, 20:25 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Antone Gonsalves)

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"Peter O'Kelly of the Patricia Seybold Group, Boston, reacted favorably to Sun's strategy of supplying "contextual smart services," which means adding software to the network that can identify the user and deliver services and content based on that person's profile. ... "They want to put more smarts in the network, so regardless of where you're coming in to an application service -- whether it's your handheld or your PC -- you'll have access to the same stuff in a secure and consistent way," O'Kelly said."

"While O'Kelly believed "smart services" differentiated Sun from the other major players, Jonathan Eunice, principal analyst for technology research firm Illuminata Inc., Nashua, N.H., felt differently. "I think that's spin," Eunice said. "The things that I've seen from Microsoft -- and definitely the things that I've seen from Hewlett-Packard -- the other major Web services leaders, have a lot of context and process built into their models as well."

"Evan Quinn, industry analyst for IDC, Framingham, Mass., said that without any finished standards, Sun appeared to be hesitant to describe how "smart services" would be implemented to avoid being accused of introducing proprietary technology."

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