Believing developers are critical of its success against arch rivals Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, and Oracle in the e-business world, IBM has announced plans to roll out a raft of new technical and service support programs at its Software Solutions show in Las Vegas.
One new program called Member Value Offerings gives qualified developers access to a range of marketing and technical resources. Packaged options under the program include technical support for AS/400 Web servers, RS/6000 and NUMA Q servers, and S/390 mainframes, the Solution Partnership Center option which features priority enablement services, porting, and consultations.
IBM will also unveil a developer domain on the Web for Websphere, which will offer free software and technical information, a Websphere/Domino Package and Websphere Host Integration Services.
"We think these expanded developer programs indicate our increasing commitment to providing developers with the tools and resources they need in a rapidly expanding e-business marketplace," said Bob Timpson, general manager of IBM Developer Relations.
Timpson will give a keynote that highlights the theme of this year's show, "No Limits: Building the Open e-Business Universe," where he will outline to the 4500 attending developers how IBM hopes to leverage them and accomplish this.
IBM officials will announce their intention to spend $US600 million on developer programs this year. Many of these services programs will cover what IBM feels are the four primary needs of its developers, namely porting/enablement, education/communication, technical support, and help in going to market.
IBM will also announce a licensing program for emerging technologies through its AlphaWorks Web site. Under the program, users, for as little as $US1000, can license new technologies to create new products for a business or just enhance existing ones.