What's new with Big Blue

Special Report: Inside IBM’s software plans
IBM has managed to tough out the turbulence that drastically changed the software business. IBM leveraged a mix of hardware, software and services to improve its results in the industry sectors, such as the public, financial service and industrial segments, it considers key. The company followed its ramp-up of Java with a big push on standards-based Web services, and has been a very successful player in the new Linux OS segment. Coming up on the agenda are wider pushes into autonomic computing to ease deployment headaches, as well as into pervasive computing to expand the notion of computer clients that cover more of the world.

IBM open-sources Cloudscape DB
IBM donated its Cloudscape database to the open-source Apache Software Foundation (ASF). The Java-based, embeddable DB, now called “Derby,” was open-sourced to “spur communal innovation for Java application development,” said Janet Perna, general manager of IBM’s data management operations.
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IBM offers Java coders free runtime for Linux and tool previews
Seeking to win over Java coders working on Linux, IBM is making its Java Runtime Environment (JRE) for Linux available as a free download on its developerWorks Web site. Java developers can also download the latest version of the open-source Eclipse SDK from the same site. Read more

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IBM rolls out Workplace tools
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Atlantic crossing

Like its competitors at Microsoft, Rational knows there can be value in a catchy code word for a newly brewing tools set; 'Atlantic' is the code name for the next release of the Rational Development Platform, and it became a bubbling matter of discussion at the IBM Rational User Conference held here this week. Read more

Big Blue goes to college
At the IBM Rational User Conference 2004, IBM announces an initiative to help colleges and universities that train students for careers in information technology. Read more

I have seen the future and it is Booch
The future of the world will involve more software, but not necessarily more coding, IBM Fellow Grady Booch asserted at the IBM Rational User Conference 2004 in a keynote alternately historical and futuristic.  Read more



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