The Open Group today announced the new Open FAIR Certification Program aimed at risk analysts, bringing a much-needed professional certification to the market.
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The biggest shift is not that Microsoft is doing away with the roach motel, it's just that they are not so much concerned with the client any more -- they want (and must) preserve the roach motel on the server. And that means Microsoft needs partners, because the relationship between the virtualized hardware means that multi-core, multi-thread hardware (and the interplay between binary-level software and parallelism) counts more than ever.
The two tool frameworks will enable mobile web developers to visualize and debug mobile web applications from within an Eclipse-based integrated development environment (IDE). Beyond this the FireFly project will develop next-generation technologies and frameworks to support the creation of mobile web applications that look and behavior similarly to native applications and are able to interact with device services such as GPS, accelerometers and personal data.
We knew that Sun has been lusting after a real software business in addition to Solaris. We knew that Sun "shares" -- that it digs open source, including Solaris and Java. And we knew that Sun had a love-hate relationship with Oracle and a hate-hate relationship with IBM.
Having automated configuration and installers, coupled with monitoring, remote management and remediation, will go a long way to making IT managers embrace open source solutions.
If Oracle is going after the model, and not the company, then IBM -- and again, oddly, the other global systems integrators -- will need to come to open source's ... errr, Red Hat's, aid. Their future is services, even as Oracle bets that it can live on business applications licenses long enough to hollow-out the open source business model.
Several new Eclipse-based projects are emerging that provide a strong framework for device development, and the theme is a common framework everywhere. Indeed, the mash-up of open source Java and Eclipse is very exciting. This new Eclipse activity augments and burnishes the Java ME platform, especially as its runtime (if not the community and tools) go GPL open.
"I have done what I can to help Red Hat succeed. People need to understand that Open Source is a tsunami that is transforming the software industry in its wake and its inevitability is now well beyond challenge or the force of individual personality." He will now apparently pursue other personal interests, such as teaching, research in biology, music and his family. That is until his non-compete is up and the entrepreneur bug stirs anew, I suspect.
Sun is Sun, Java is Java. So be it.