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How Long Can BEA Survive Against IBM? IBM Says, "We're Extending Our Lead Against BEA!" As predicted in the May issue of JDJ, the proprietary application server market is being dominated more then ever before by IBM, with BEA's share slipping for the second successive year. IBM's share in 2003, according to the annual study released this week by analyst Gartner Dataquest, hit 41.3% ($429.7 million) "up from 36.4% in 2002," while BEA's slumped to 27.5% ($286.2 million), down from 29% the previous year. The figures, especially bearing in mind that the total market fell in 2003 by 8.8% compared to 2002, are a vindication of Armonk, NY-based IBM's approach to the Java app server market. It was in 2002 that BEA first slipped from the top spot they'd enjoyed until then, dropping from 2001's 34% to 29%. In a race that began in 2000, it took Big Blue just two years to cat... (more)

SYS-CON Media Readers' Choice Awards Polls Will Close on December 31, 2005

  SYS-CON Media (, the world's leading i-technology media company, announced that its 2005 Readers' Choice Awards polls will close on December 31, 2005. So far more than 16,000 readers cast their votes to select the best  software products and services of the year for Java, Linux, Web Services, XML, Microsoft .NET, ColdFusion and Macromedia MX. Best Java Products of 2005: Best Linux Products of 2005: Best Web Services Products of 2005: http://webservices.sys-con.... (more)

Internet Pioneer Vinton Cerf Joins Google

Vinton (Vint) Cerf – pictured – is joining Google as Chief Internet Evangelist. Although the title may seem to be a redundancy both for a man known as one of the founding fathers of the Internet and for a company that has injected its name into the popular vernacular as a synomym for search, the point is that Google remains very aggressive in putting together a high-level team designed to maintain the company's current place as champion of the search world. "Vint Cerf is clearly one of the great technology leaders of our time," said Google CEO Eric Schmidt of Cerf, wh... (more)

BEA Donates Code To Open Source Java Community

BEA Systems has announced that it will open source a significant portion of BEA Kodo, its persistence engine, under the name Open JPA. BEA acquired Kodo as part of its purchase of SolarMetric, Inc. in November 2005. The announcement will benefit all Java users, particularly those who prefer to develop using a blended model of commercial software and open source frameworks. Open JPA is a set of Java persistence Application Program Interfaces (APIs) that are based on the forthcoming Enterprise Java Beans 3.0 (EJB 3) standard. A key element of the draft EJB 3.0 specification focuses... (more)

Mobile J2ME Apps from Students and Companies Win New Awards

(March 14, 2002) - Why shouldn't the world's leading supplier of mobile phones, with its listings on six of the world's major exchanges, also get close to its grassroots users? Accordingly, Finnish-based Nokia had the idea last November of launching a "Nokia Mobile Challenge" and trying to identify the best mobile apps in various categories including communications and enhanced productivity. Four months and 500 entries later, the judges of the Nokia contest selected the applications that in their view showed the best combination of mobility, quality, and usability. In the Java ... (more)