Several of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows platform products have achieved a Common Criteria certification of 4+, a rating that bolsters their profile among government and other vertical-market customers that have high-security needs for IT products, a company spokesman said Wednesday.
IBM Corp.'s SpeedStart Linux Software Evaluation Kit (SEK) is not only the company's, but also perhaps the industry's, most generous SEK offering ever. Designed to bring Linux adoption into enterprise systems, IBM decided to target developers with such a rich variety of tools and applications in order to encourage continued use of Linux. In this manner, the company hopes to see its products being used in concert with Linux.
A different approach is needed for the way we deliver applications and functional enhancements. We all know costs are incurred the day an IT project is funded, but incremental benefits accrue over a longer period. And yet very few organizations consciously focus on understanding and exploiting the benefit flow of an application once it's installed.