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In an exclusive to the WebSphere Developer's Journal News Desk, Stefan Van Overtveldt, program director, WebSphere Technical Marketing, IBM, commented on the IBM vs Microsoft debate that's been raging over the superiority of their respective platforms for creating Web services. He holds that Microsoft's original white paper belittling WebSphere 4.0 was fatally flawed from the start due to its premise, which, in his words, "is missing the point." Before Van Overtveldt's complete response, let's look at highlights of the verbal battle: Microsoft launched the initial salvo with a white paper that compared the creation of Web services (using the PetStore.com scenario) using Visual Studio.NET versus IBM WebSphere v4.0. To support their claim that .NET has a significant advantage over WebSphere, Microsoft hired an independent consulting firm to develop a Web service with... (more)

SOA Web Services: ClearForest and Kapow Technologies Announce Strategic Partnership

ClearForest Corporation, a provider of text-driven business intelligence solutions and Kapow Technologies, the leader in Web Integration, has announced a strategic partnership designed to broaden customers' ability to access Web content for business intelligence applications. Under terms of the partnership, ClearForest and Kapow will jointly market solutions that leverage the Kapow Web Integration Platform to enable Clearforest's text analytics platform to extract and analyze information from any Web source. Kapow's Web Integration Platform uses a visual browser interface to auto... (more)

IBM Offers SOA Web Services "Entry Points"

IBM has announced new software and services as part of its ongoing SOA strategy. The new software  are based on IBM’s experience with an estimated 1,800 SOA customer engagements in companies of all sizes across all industries. “An SOA plays a strategic role in any company – from a retailer to a car manufacturer to a financial institution – because it enables people to collaborate and innovate, identify new business opportunities, and move the customers’ needs to the forefront,” said Steve Mills (pictured), senior vice president and group execut... (more)

IBM Partners with Siebel Systems to Deliver IBM WebSphere Software for Siebel Application Network

(May 2, 2002) - IBM and Siebel Systems, Inc. have announced plans to deliver IBM's CrossWorlds integration software for Siebel Application Network. The IBM CrossWorlds technology is an integral part of IBM's WebSphere platform. Working closely with Siebel Systems, the leading provider of e-business applications software, IBM will upgrade its robust, scalable integration server to run standards-based business processes delivered by Siebel Application Network. As a result of the product integration, the IBM CrossWorlds InterChange Server will become an integration server for Siebel ... (more)

IBM Delivers New WebSphere Studio Tools Supporting Linux and Web Services

(May 2, 2002) - IBM has announced new WebSphere Studio application development products for Linux and Web site development, as well as new toolkits for building wireless, portal, and voice applications. They're all based on the Eclipse platform, which is supported by an open-source community for multivendor software tool integration. Using Eclipse-based tools, developers can integrate tasks easily and quickly to improve the quality of applications and time to market. New WebSphere Studio products include: WebSphere Studio Application Developer, now available for Linux. The new Li... (more)