It's nice to see some validation that IBM's emphasis on open standards is yielding compelling competitive advantages.
A just-published developer productivity study, which the Branham Group independently verified and certified, concludes that IBM has a significant advantage in an area long perceived to be one of Microsoft's strengths: Developer Productivity.
The study concludes that, among other things:
- IBM development tools were more productive in seven out of the eight applications that were built.
- IBM development tools were able to meet and exceed the requirements for all eight applications. The Microsoft development tools were not able to meet four of the eight application requirements.
- Within the Microsoft development environment, as compared to the IBM development environment, over three times the amount of manual coding was required.
- More tools and more support software were required to build the eight applications in the Microsoft
environment vs. the IBM environment. This increased the complexity of the Microsoft development
For details, see the study report
and the related press release