Editor's Note: Is It 'Clash Of The Titans II' In Emerging Web Services? - InformationWeek
Software // Enterprise Applications
03:33 PM
Stephanie Stahl
Stephanie Stahl

Editor's Note: Is It 'Clash Of The Titans II' In Emerging Web Services?

At first glance, you might think from our cover illustration that our big story this week is about Microsoft towering over the little guys, all those small or emerging companies that just can't compete with the software giant and certainly don't have the marketing machines to stand out in a crowd.

Not exactly. We're talking about Microsoft's position over Sun Microsystems in the emerging Web-services market. Currently, Sun has a lot of blank spots in its own strategy. Its SunOne Web-services platform, which includes the iPlanet Application server, was launched in February 2001, more than seven months after Microsoft unveiled its Web-services initiative, Microsoft.Net. But big gaps still remain. Meanwhile, Microsoft is set to take its .Net strategy a few big steps forward with Visual Studio.Net, a development tool suite and platform software layer, among other additions.

Let's be honest. The Web-services market is nascent. The goal of helping companies more easily integrate applications and business processes is a great one, and perhaps Sun has plenty of time to patch its strategy before business-technology managers are ready to commit to a Web-services plan. It also has plenty of strengths, not the least of which is the reliability of Solaris, especially compared with Windows.

If you're evaluating various options, our stories should give you something to sink your teeth into. And if you find the whole business of Web services to still be rather murky (especially because many companies define them in different ways and standards are still emerging), take a look back at our cover story in October ("Decoding Web Services," Oct. 1, 2001) for some clarity.

Sun's Web services are only one segment of the company's plan to get out of its slump. It's also banking on new storage systems, Linux, and other product lines, which senior editor Antone Gonsalves outlines in "A New Wave Nears: Sun Also Rises".

As for Microsoft, the company might have an edge right now, but its position is far from secure. It has the products and the strategy (and is staking its future on the .Net initiative) but, as senior writer Aaron Ricadela notes in "A New Wave Nears: Microsoft's Web Services", if the tools aren't as easy-to-use as the last version, IBM, Sun, and others might pop into the lead.

What's your plan for Web services?

Stephanie Stahl

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
2017 State of Data and Analytics
Today's companies are differentiating themselves using data analytics, but the journey requires adjustments to people, processes, technology, and culture. 
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on InformationWeek.com for the week of November 6, 2016. We'll be talking with the InformationWeek.com editors and correspondents who brought you the top stories of the week to get the "story behind the story."
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll