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On December 5, 2001, Rave Software Solutions opened the first WebSphere Innovation Center (WIC) in New York City. Located in The Information Technology Center Building at 55 Broad Street in the heart of the financial district, the center expects to draw clients from Boston to Philadelphia. The WebSphere Innovation Center is designed to provide important services for resellers and end users, including WebSphere software-based ""test drives"" on a variety of hardware platforms and operating environments, and proof-of-concept support and technical briefings. This customer-centric showcase will offer a wide range of technology-based solutions for several industry sectors, including financial services. Originally scheduled to open sooner, the Center was set back by the Sept. 11 attacks. Rave, originally an IBM Lotus Partner, directed their strategy toward WebSphere earl... (more)

Birth of a Platform: Interview with Don Ferguson

Jack and Pat Martin, editors of WebSphere Developer's Journal, recently sat down with Don Ferguson, "the Father of WebSphere," to talk about its history and his view of WebSphere's future. Editor's note: We would like to make a special note that Don is very modest about this "Father" title and, as a matter of fact, avoids claiming this title because so many people have provided leadership and insights. Next month, the interview continues when Don Ferguson discusses how business partners will collaborate in the future using WebSphere and some of the deficiencies in WSDL that need ... (more)

WebSphere Beats the Competition

On September 6, IBM and eBay jointly announced that the two companies have forged an alliance on three fronts. First, IBM landed a public software coup when eBay selected WebSphere as its next-generation trading platform. Second, IBM will expand its presence on eBay, making the trading site a new sales channel. Third, both companies will explore joint marketing opportunities in online and offline media. What Does It All Mean? For anyone interested in marketing, IBM and eBay stand to profit from this alliance in several ways. The "eight-bar logo" is always a great trump card to t... (more)

Global Holding & Investment Company

Global Holding & Investment Company is a retail consumer finance business founded 17 years ago in what was essentially a different technological era. President and CEO Joe Jones discusses how WebSphere has helped to transform his business from a paper-based company to a sleek automated firm poised for exponential growth over the next few years. The Company GH&I specializes in the financing of consumer items, with a market niche in consumer goods typically priced below $4,000 and paid for in installment plans over a period of time ranging from 6-36 months. GH&I finances the purch... (more)

IBM WebSphere Studio 3.5 Advanced

When first presented with the idea of moving into a WebSphere production environment, I looked for the exit door. I had been designing in a Web environment since it went graphical in 1994. Through the years I used a relatively small collection of software tools to accomplish my tasks and happily hand-coded all HTML using a text editor. At that point you were really cooking if you could gather information into a database using CGI. Then my neat, comfortable world changed. I began to work with "others." I welcomed this shared responsibility at first. My strength was in layout, de... (more)