Stories by Michael Vizard

  • A blockbuster movie without the queues

    Now playing at a data centre near you: Software Wars, starring Scott McNealy as Luke Javawalker, Bill Joy as Jini Wan-Kenobi, and James Gosling as Code-a. Also featuring Steve Ballmer as Darth Windows, Bill Gates as the evil Emperor, and a cast of 1000 marketing executives as Imperial stormtroopers.

  • New economic world order to hit IT hard

    Electronic commerce is going to get a lot easier to deploy. But if we aren't careful, an entire generation of IT workers and business-people may soon be lost. As we move into the age of the digital economy, IT is becoming the economic equivalent of the steam engine or the cotton gin. Time and again we see start-up companies take advantage of IT to build attractive applications that simplify lives. They do this by making some given task, such as trading stocks, a lot more convenient to do online.

  • Microsoft aims to address NT crash tendencies

    The two biggest complaints about Windows NT -- the need to constantly reboot servers and systems failures that lead to the blue screen of death -- are two issues that Microsoft expects to resolve to most customers' satisfaction with the release of Windows 2000 later this year.

  • Red Hat ready for duel with Microsoft

    As the chief executive officer of Red Hat Software, the leading distributor of the Linux OS, Bob Young is at the forefront of an open-source software movement that gains momentum on a daily basis. Michael Vizard talks to Young about the trends fuelling the adoption of open-source products and the role he sees Red Hat playing in the open-source revolution.

  • Java Lobby calls for reform

    The president and founder of the Java Lobby has called on Sun Microsystems to relinquish more control over Java before corporate rivalries destroy its cross-platform capabilities. "Sun's open process is broken," said Rick Ross, head of the world's largest independent Java developer organisation. The collective time and financial investments made by independent Java developers should earn them a seat at the standards process table, according to Ross.

  • Progress CEO looks to ease Java development

    In the 1980s, when fourth-generation languages were all the rage, Progress Software was a major partner for IT departments. Today, Progress is making a comeback with Web-based applications following its acquisition of application server provider Apptivity in 1997.

  • Viant CEO Gett refines Web site sales strategies

    Viant is a professional services company that specialises in developing intranet and Internet commerce applications. As an early pioneer in this space, Viant is a leading consulting company with customers ranging from American Express to Kinko's.

  • Better NetWare late than NT never

    It's one thing to arrive fashionably late for a party, but it's quite another to show up after most of the guests have gone home. And this pretty much sums up the situation with NetWare 5 from Novell and Windows NT 5.0 from Microsoft.