IBM Research; an Extra Ace up WebSphere's Sleeve
This wouldn't be the first time I was accused of cheating.
When I was nine years old, my (material scientist and IBM Researcher)dad and I wereaccused of cheating during a Cub Scouts Pinewood Derbyevent. Perhaps there was some validity to the claim (and eventualdisqualification). The car was composed of as much teflonas it waswood - and I think there is a rule against that sort ofdesign. Well... My dad and I chalked it up as our first real research collaboration.
Anyway... A couple of years ago, I (on behalf of WebSphere) wassimilarly acqused of being acheater. But this time, the "cheating" did not lead todisqualification. On the contrary... It led to sustainedinnovation and market leadership. During anindustry conference, after describing WebSphere's new high availabilitycapability - a colleague (from a competing company) shouted out"cheater!" He went on to say; they (our WebSphere team) were ableto build this compelling technology because"they have their own Research division" working on advanced technologyand "that's not fair". Well... As they say, all is fair inlove, war, and application server development. And ifcollaborating on innovations with our Research team is cheating, thenYES; guilty as charged.
Over the past 10 years, IBMResearch has made substantial contributions toWebSphere products. Here are some examples of "the cheating" that has been taking place over the recent past:
- High Availability and Resiliency Services
- Java Platform Messaging
- Low Latency Messaging
- Virtualization Technology
- sMash Flow Engine and Web IDE
- Dynamic Fragment Caching
- XML Standards, API, Implementations (XSLT) and optimizationtechnologies
- Web Services Standards and runtime implementation
- Web Security
- Work Flow and Process Management Technology
- Servlet Engine and Web Server Plug-in
- Java Garbage Collection
- Realtime Java
- Voice Server
- and innovations in Message broker, Premise Server and ComponentBroker.
I have a special place in my heart for the Research team, as I've spenta considerable part of my career in Research. We have agood thing going - and even with a slow economy we are not slowing downour investment in WebSphere-related research in 2009. This year,we are continuing to collaborate with Research on topics likeVirtualization, Business Process Management, Middleware as aService, and more.