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"I don't have to work anymore," said Dr. Marc Fleury in an amusing aside during a recent interview with SYS-CON.TV, from his office in the Buckhead section of Atlanta. He was referring to how his role as CEO is changing from start-up entrepreneur to manager of a more mature company, as JBoss continues to grow and experience new levels of success. Whereas in the early days he "wrote tons and tons of code," today he is more focused on the organizational and customer-related challenges common to any fast-growing company. Fleury says his company is taking square aim at IBM WebSphere and BEA WebLogic, with a current staff of 150 people and a commitment to customer service. "We don't make any money on license revenue, of course, so customer service is everything to us," he told SYS-CON in remarks before the camera started rolling. During the interview, he outlined the way h... (more)

ClearNova's Steve Benfield Discusses AJAX

Steve Benfield discussed AJAX--what it is, why it's popular, what developers can create with it--in an interview with SYS-CON.TV recently. Benfield is VP/Strategy for ClearNova, which is based in the Atlanta area and focuses on "rapid application platforms and expertise to help companies quickly deliver robust web-based business applications." The company's flagship product, ThinkCAP, is the company's way of addressing what it calls "the absolute need to build systems quickly and efficiently--without sacrificing functionality or openness." Benfield was previously CTO of SilverStrea... (more)

IBM Launches "Open Standards" Initiative

IBM has announced a new initiative to help start-up companies in emerging markets -- China, India, Russia, Brazil -- more quickly and easily develop solutions based on open standards technology. For the first time, developers will get instant access to IBM's hardware and software portfolio, free of charge, from their desktop that will enable them to gain new skills and build open solutions in half the amount of time and at one tenth of the cost. IBM will also roll out more than 40 different virtual enablement workshops through the IBM Virtual Innovation Center that will expedite l... (more)

IBM To Open Source Unstructerd Information Management Architecture (UIMA)

IBM plans to carry through with its promise to open-source search and text analysis technology that mines unstructured data—such as documents, images, comment and note fields, e-mail, and rich media such as video and audio—to uncover hidden relationships, trends and facts. IBM is handing code for the technology, called UIMA (Unstructured Information Management Architecture), over to SourceForge.net, the world's largest open-source development site. The company plans to move the project to a full open-source community development model later in the year. Nelson Mattos (p... (more)

SCALE Announces Plans To Host Open-Source Health Care Summit

The Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE) has announced plans to host an Open Source Health Care summit as part of their upcoming 2007 conference, SCALE 5x. The focus of this event will be on the use of open-source software in the health care industry. The goal of this event is to foster an awareness of the availability of open-source options to medical organizations, private practices, and hospitals. The Open-Source Health Care Summit will be held on February 9, 2007 at the Los Angeles Airport Westin Hotel. Topics to be covered at this workshop include: • Relevance of Open S... (more)