Daniel Magid

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Ah, the good old days of data processing - the days when Unix developers worked on Unix, Windows developers worked on Windows, and mainframe developers stuck to the big iron. In those days, each group could gather around its own water cooler and make fun of the developers working on the other platforms. The Unix team would make fun of Windows' reliability; Windows developers would make fun of the mainframe's outmoded technology; and the mainframers didn't care because they controlled the company's mission-critical business applications. Developers simply never talked to each other. Then along came WebSphere and everything changed. WebSphere provides a standards-based application environment in which data and functions can be shared across applications. Empowered users access necessary functions and data regardless of the data's location or the application's operat... (more)