IBM gives Java a good start

IBM gives Java a good start

If Java fails to be accepted as a mission-critical language in Australian enterprises, IBM won't be to blame.

The company has announced a new program called jStart, which is designed to stimulate interest and provide support for the language in local businesses.

Already piloted in several countries overseas, the five-step jStart initiative includes basic education about Java, architect and design support and Java mentoring for customers who have limited implementation resources.

The program will be delivered through IBM Global Services Australia, with business partners only being called on to provide Java expertise when it can't meet customer demand, Jack Verdins, IBM's software segment manager for Java, told ARN. In order to qualify for the program, corporates must demonstrate an interest in using Java for a mission-critical business application and the initial project must be completed - from evaluation to implementation - within eight to 12 weeks.

Verdins concedes large mission-critical systems will not suit that timeframe, but argues developments like "self-service" applications, which enable users to access internal business systems from disparate clients, are examples of projects that are likely to succeed in that period.

If jStart does take off, resellers who possess the necessary Java skills will also be able to deliver the initiative to companies, Verdins said.

In the meantime, IBM business partners will be able to leverage IBM Global Services Australia to provide Java expertise to their customers.

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