IBM Web Services Demo
I am attending an IBM "e-business on demand" pitch right now. I have to admit, so far, the presentation has been interesting. They have an impressive array of platforms running on multiple laptops, including a Linux laptop.
This is basically a websphere app server/websphere developer studio/rational rose demo. Of course, they are starting the day with a demo of web services. I am sad to admit, this is the first real demo of a running web service, a real web service, that I have seen. They just showed us a web services demo where a .Net app called a websphere-based web service. They have two projectors up, one showing the client app and the other showing the server console so we can see the actual calls. Cool.
Being a Java vendor, they are taking a lot of time to demonstrate the differences between .Net and Java. They are preaching to the choir. I used to develop Java apps before making the fabled switch off the "technical" track and onto the "management" track. As far as I know, no state agency is using .Net.
These demos bring several questions to my mind:
- How soon will agencies want to create web services?
- What should our enterprise strategy for Websphere be?
- What about Linux on the mainframe?
- How can ITS get ahead of the agencies and lead in the development of web services?
- What infrastructure should we build to handle future demand?
- How can we do all of this and provide the best value for taxpayers?
I'm goning to have to chew on this quickly. Customers are waiting.