Standardisation the way to go: IBM

The IT industry is "irreversibly" moving towards standardisation and customers should reap the benefits, according to an IBM executive.

In Sydney for a briefing on the company's security software offerings, SecureWay, Alfred Zollar, IBM, general manager, network computing software, said the move towards open standards is important for customers.

IT is, "not about proprietary lock-ins, it's about customer choice," Zollar said.

Through the development of open standards, customers will be able to keep up with industry changes, make decisions easier and make, "the right investments now", Zollar said.

"Over time, customers and other forces generally push vendors towards standards," Zollar said.

"Java is on its way to becoming a defacto industry standard . . .[it is] unstoppable," he said.

According to Zollar, with 3800 developers working on Java, IBM has a clear focus on the "write once, run anywhere" code.

Zollar also said IBM is working on LDAP standards based directory technology as a core component of the company's SecureWay security offering.

Secure Way is a family of products designed to integrate directory, connectivity and security software into a secure network platform for companies to build and run e-business applications.

According to officials, SecureWay includes the IBM SecureWay Directory, and Meta Directory Services; IBM Communication Server, Host-on demand, IBM On-demand Server and IBM FirstSecure.

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