Fujitsu and Software AG on Monday announced a joint offering for managing integration components within a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). The CentraSite SOA repository enables maximum visibility and re-use of Web services components within and across organizations.
The first three products enabled with CentraSite are Fujitsu's Interstage Business Process Manager, which models, automates, and optimizes business processes; Software AG's Enterprise Information Integrator, which provides a single view of information to business users; and Software AG's Enterprise Service Integrator, an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB). Fujitsu and Software AG are also developing a community program for partners and other technology vendors that they plan to introduce at the beginning of 2006.
CTO leaves Borland
October 6,7:05 a.m. PDT
Borland Software announced that CTO Pat Kerpan is leaving the company to pursue opportunities outside software development and more in line with his Venture Capital roots. Kerpan had been with Borland since the acquisition five years ago of his company, Bedouin. As CTO, Kerpan was an advocate for Borland's SDO (Software Delivery Optimization) vision as well as the company's decision to leverage Eclipse as a framework. The company has not announced its transition plan for the CTO role.
IBM addresses computing needs of maturing workers
October 3,7:30 a.m. PDT
IBM on Monday unveiled technologies aimed at making the work environment more conducive to maturing workers' comfort and productivity. The four new accessibility tools include Keyboard Optimizer, which helps users adjust keyboard settings to suit their typing style; Web Adaptation Technology, which magnifies the contents of a Web page and adjusts font, image, and page layout to improve readability; Mouse Smoothing Software, which enables users with hand tremors to eliminate excessive cursor movement; and Reflexive User Interface Builder, which helps developers build applications with popular graphical user interfaces that are still accessible to users with disabilities and mature workers. The tools are available for free download in a new accessibility section on IBM's alphaWorks Web site. IBM recently announced business consulting services that helps companies prepare for the baby-boomer transition.
Quest releases Application Assurance Suite for Java and Portals
September 30, 6:35 a.m. PDT
Quest Software announced at BEAWorld the release of its Application Assurance Suite for Java and Portals, which lets users rapidly measure, analyze, and optimize applications during development. The suite is the next generation of Quest PerformaSure integrated with Quest JProbe, and it enables development and QA teams to correlate end-user transactions to performance impacts on Java applications and portals. New to this solution are features for diagnosing issues in portals, memory performance analysis, and automated performance blueprinting. Other features include automatic optimization of SQL statements in Java applications when used in conjunction with Quest's database tools; line-of-code isolation; automatic application mapping, which reveals the interdependencies of components; and transaction correlation, which speeds problem diagnosis. Quest's Application Assurance Suite for Java and Portals is available now priced starting at $7,000 per CPU.
Chinaboasts nearly 373 million mobile phone users
September 30, 6:35 a.m. PDT
The number of mobile phone users in China continues to expand at over 3 million new subscribers per month, hitting 372.8 million as of the end of August, the government said. In July, China reported 368 million users, meaning the figure increased by 4.8 million during August, according to statistics from China's Ministry of Information Industry. There were 342.3 million fixed-line telephone users in China as of the end of August. The numbers compare to just 57.4 million mobile phone subscribers in India as of the end of June, 2005, according to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. Both countries boast populations of over 1 billion people. China Mobile (Hong Kong), the world's largest mobile phone service provider, added 3.6 million subscribers in August, bringing its total to 231 million handset users, according to the company's Web site.
Macromedia ColdFusion MX 7 supports Mac OS X 'Tiger'
September 29, 7:55 a.m. PDT
Macromedia announced the availability of the Macromedia ColdFusion MX 7 Updater, a free incremental release that adds support for Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger" and Mac OS X Server 10.4 "Tiger", and also updates support for Oracle 10g, Red Hat Linux AS 4, Solaris 10, and IBM WebSphere 5 Network Deployment. In addition to expanded support, ColdFusion MX 7 Updater offers security fixes and other enhancements. To download the free ColdFusion MX 7 Updater go to http://www.macromedia.com/coldfusion.
Samsung breaks ground for $33 billion expansion plan
September 29, 7:55 a.m. PDT
Samsung Electronics has begun construction on a $33 billion expansion of its chip-making base outside Seoul. The funds, which will be spent between 2005 and 2012, will be used to expand Samsung's existing semiconductor facilities at Hwaseong, roughly 50 kilometers south of the South Korean capital. When completed, Hwaseong, which is now home to five Samsung chip production lines, and nearby Giheung, where the company has 11 production lines, will be the world's largest semiconductor manufacturing base with a total of 24 production lines and six R&D lines, Samsung said. The planned expansion is expected to create 14,000 new jobs, according to the company. The expansion at Hwaseong will focus mainly on memory chips and system-on-chip applications, which integrate several semiconductor components on a single piece of silicon.