ZDNet UK: Open Source is Key, Says Lastminute.com CTO

[ Thanks to Jason
for this link. ]

“Re-engineering the site around Linux and open-source
technologies such as JBoss Web middleware is just one part of a
plan to cut page-load times and improve the user interface. The
wider picture is to boost Lastminute’s image as an e-commerce
innovator and services provider while attracting more partnerships
such as the one recently announced with TheTrainline.com.

“Steinmetz believes that the average travel search on Lastminute
is as complex, if not more so, that anything Google or Amazon has
to cope with–which is why his department has so many PhDs keen to
work on its unique computer science problems.

“ZDNet UK spoke to Steinmetz about the trade-off between
usability and speed and the importance of Linux and open-source to
his mission…”


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