Philip Howard went to at least one conference this month I didn’t, namely IBM’s, and wrote up some highlights. As usual, he seems to have been favorably impressed.
In one note, he says that IBM is claiming a 2-5X XML performance improvement. This is a good step, since one of my clients who evaluated such engines dismissed IBM early on for being an order of magnitude too slow. That client ultimately chose Marklogic, with Cache’ having been the only other choice to make the short list.
Speaking of IBM, I flew back from the Business Objects conference next to a guy who supports IMS. He told me that IBM has bragged of an actual new customer win for IMS within the past couple of years (a large bank in China). I feel similarly about IMS getting a new account as I do about Tony Bennett being a current pop star — they’re proof that there’s no such thing as “too old to succeed.”
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