In one of my previous posts, I mentioned that IBM is very involved in various Standard Bodies and User Groups. As a person who works very deeply in Retail, we work members of the community to make it easier for our partners to integrate and collaborate with others in the industry. Below are some of the Retail Standard Bodies and User Groups that we work with.
ARTS – Association for Retail Technology Services
DMTF – Data Management Task Force
Rosetta Net (Subsidiary of GS-1)
Pragmatic viewpoints of Open Computing
From archive: November 2006 X
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IBM Middleware has provided broad support for Linux for over 5 years. Today, we have over 380 SWG products (spanning all 5 SWG brands) that support Red Hat and Novell SUSE across all of the eServer platforms (xSeries, Power, and zSeries). SWG treats Linux as a Tier 1 platform on par with Windows and UNIX. As such, new Linux releases are supported in a timely manner and new SWG product releases will support Linux at initial GA.[Read More]
IBM is committed to open standards. Early on, we were the cofounder and lead architect for RosettaNet, the key standards that electronics company used, specifically, and also IBM uses as an electronics manufacturer. We co-authored many of the Web services and UDDI standards. We also have been a leader in Web service tools and Web service security, overall. Good examples of that commitment are submission of the BPEL capabilities to Oasis, and IBM’s co-chairing of some of those organizations. So IBM is committed to open standards to give you freedom of choice. We were the first Web services gateway and the first integrated private UDDI directory, so we are very proud of our leadership and our commitment to open standards to give you that freedom of choice.
Chair of workgroup responsible for WS-I Basic Profile 1.1Co-chair of working group responsible for OASIS WS-Security 1.0Co-chair of OASIS WS-Notification TCFebruary 2, 2004: Eclipse Forms Independent OrganizationMore than 1,000 developers devoted to XML and more than 1,500 focused on Linux. Over 200 software products running on Linux
IBM is involved in over 150 open source projects. Some of the major areas include:
Web Application Servers – contributing to Apache Geronimo as part of the community and then using Geronimo as the base for WebSphere Application Server Community Edition
Client Collaboration – contributing to the Eclipse 3.0 Rich Client Platform as part of the community and the using Eclipse RCP as the platform for building Workplace Client Technology and delivering cross-client GUI applications
Storage Management – working with other IT vendors to set up the Aperi project to provide a common open source storage management platform on which future generations of products such as Tivoli Storage Manager can be built
Globus Alliance and IBM Grid Offerings – working as part of the Grid community to develop the Globus Grid toolkit
Software Development – contributing to the Eclipse IDE community and then using Eclipse as the basis on which the Rational Software Development Platform is then built
Embedded Databases – donating the Cloudscape database to open source as the Apache Derby project, and then using this as the basis for future generations of the IBM Cloudscape embedded relational database which is then used as part of a number of IBM products
Power.org and Blade.org – opening the ecosystem around POWER processors and Blade systems through an open source hardware approach
Open Source Services – identifying and leveraging new services opportunities around open source software for IBM Global Services[Read More]
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When you're integrating Open Source into your enterprise, it's important to take pragmatic approach to it. With that said, IBM has a "best practices" list that can help you on your adoption.
Insist on Open Standards-Increases flexibility and responsivenessEvaluate Open Source and Commercial software options -Most customers are using a mixture of open source and private source-Don’t build a separate strategy – interoperability / migration considerations are important-Balance up-front costs against recurring costsEvaluate Community and Maturity of Open Source before committing-Open, robust communities and broad industry support are important-Sustainable business models are critical-Healthy ecosystem of ISVs and Business Partners is requiredEstablish policies for working with Open Source software-Educate company teams about OSS before they work with it-Implement a management system to review, approve, and track the use of OSS inside the company, and contributions of company software assets to external OSS projects -Review Open Source Licensing - establish a process within your company to help developers understand the terms of the OSS licenses and the procedures required to comply with themBe pragmatic-Run a proof of concept or pilot to test out viability-Make decisions based on both business and technical factors[Read More]