Software Briefs: Java, HP and BEA, Fujitsu

Java leads, .Net gaining

Recent data released by industry analyst the Meta Group has found that while J2EE is overwhelmingly dominant in the Australian development space, Microsoft's .Net initiative is hot on its heels with at least 41 per cent of organisations polled currently working on .Net projects. Java's lead is impressive, with 72 per cent of respondents working with J2EE at the time of the survey. However, most organisations have not yet chosen a standard for their development projects - only 42 per cent of projects have settled on .Net or J2EE. The Meta Group see this as a strong indicator for further take-up of .Net.

HP, BEA bundle up

Hewlett-Packard plans to bundle a trial version of BEA Systems' application server software with every server it sells and supports, starting with those running HP-UX. Starting this month, HP will include for no charge a six-month trial version of BEA's WebLogic Application Server 7 with each copy of its HP-UX operating system. In the months ahead it will bundle BEA's software with every server it sells and supports, including those running Linux, Microsoft Windows 2000 and its own OpenVMS software.

Fujitsu goes with the flow

Fujitsu Australia is launching a new software product aimed at independent software vendors (ISVs) and value-added resellers that require business process management and workflow functionality in their solutions. I-Flow, part of Fujitsu's Interstage family of middleware products, is a business process management engine that smooths out the use of Web applications deployed in large organisations. The browser-based Java product fits with both Fujitsu's Interstage application server and similar J2EE-compliant application servers from IBM (WebSphere), BEA (WebLogic) and very shortly, iPlanet. Fujitsu has not yet signed up any Australian ISVs, but has several international customers. The company was unable to provide pricing.