Welcome!

Eclipse Authors: Pat Romanski, Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan, David H Deans, JP Morgenthal

Related Topics: Java IoT, Linux Containers

Java IoT: Article

"Middleware Is Alive and Well, Thanks!" Says TMC's Deshpande

"Middleware Is Alive and Well, Thanks!" Says TMC's Deshpande

One of the first reactions to Jonathan Schwartz's essay in February's JDJ comes from Salil Deshpande, CEO of The Middleware Company, which runs the enterprise software community sites TheServerSide.com, and the recently launched TheServerSide.NET.

"Jonathan Schwartz has said some silly things over the years, but this one might take the cake," says Deshpande, speaking exclusively to JDJ News Desk.

"Saying that middleware is history is like saying our nation's highways, railways, and waterways are history. They are boring when working well, maybe, but not history."

"On the contrary, middleware is the future. It is constantly evolving, adapting, and innovating; and there are standards, because computing will never be a one stop shopping experience. Sun understands this, I think they just need to work on their message. If they don't refocus on what they do well, Sun will be history."

More Stories By Java News Desk

JDJ News Desk monitors the world of Java to present IT professionals with updates on technology advances, business trends, new products and standards in the Java and i-technology space.

Comments (14) View Comments

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


Most Recent Comments
Nick 02/18/04 09:39:30 AM EST

Well, guy just wanted to say "Let''s call it "services" istead of "middleware". That''s all. Just didn''t like the word.

TV 02/10/04 09:21:24 PM EST

Interesting . . . What about airways ?
Important to understand is the meaning of J2EE - integration. Under this, many enterprise resources may be integrated, provided there is the server. Then if the server works well, and costs less, why should anybody object ? But that, only time can tell, as we will definitely find out which "middleware" people are buying more of !

Frederick P Mikkelsen 02/10/04 03:46:33 PM EST

Middleware is a concept to integrate heretofore unintegrated technologies more easily. As long as there are technologies to integrate, and projects to be done more quickly, middleware is the key.

But just as 3G programming languages obfuscated machine code, middleware solutions will become more sophisticated to abstracting out the nitty technology. There was a time that making ODBC drivers was a profitable business plan. Later, message queue software sold. Now, realtime integration is the presumption however operational middleware is more valuable. How do I execute better business quicker?

Middleware has migrated in 15 years from API packages to business solution generators. Only if business stops having competitive time pressues will middleware cease to exist.

Randy Schnier 02/10/04 11:40:56 AM EST

What do companies do when they realize they''ve lost the battle as defined by the current market? Try to redefine the market.

Darren Pye 02/10/04 10:25:18 AM EST

Agree @ Joe

With crap like this comming from Sun, it is the duty of all of us Java supporters to stand behind the technology. If it were left up to Sun alone, .NET would surely win. IBM, please take the wheel.

Joe 02/10/04 09:49:02 AM EST

I get sooo tired of these silly things coming out of Sun. It seem it is only a direct marketing attck at IBM. It reflects that Sun has lost it''s focus, and can''t seem to find it. Sun may well end up being history...

...please IBM, buy out Sun and save java for us all.

John Walker 02/10/04 09:04:51 AM EST

Middleware is very much alive and well and is instrumental in business today. Packaged solutions have been very successful and have a foothold, but the number of custom solutions to tie disparate systems together is beyond calculation. Applications developers are looking to web services for the next generation of applications, we all pretty much agree on that point, but the phrase ''middleware is dead'' is as premature as the rantings of ''the mainframe is dead'' that started many, many years ago.

John Walker 02/10/04 09:04:48 AM EST

Middleware is very much alive and well and is instrumental in business today. Packaged solutions have been very successful and have a foothold, but the number of custom solutions to tie disparate systems together is beyond calculation. Applications developers are looking to web services for the next generation of applications, we all pretty much agree on that point, but the phrase ''middleware is dead'' is as premature as the rantings of ''the mainframe is dead'' that started many, many years ago.

Paul Barns 02/10/04 07:58:42 AM EST

Hey, at least this guy did not paste his mug shot all over the article.... He is obviously not seeking the publicity that the "czar" (hardy har har) from Sun did.

bobR 02/10/04 07:47:50 AM EST

Am I correct in thinking that a J2EE Application Server is essentially middleware? Is SUN saying J2EE is ...

Brook Monroe 02/10/04 07:16:32 AM EST

Sounds to me like Sun''s marketing department doesn''t know diamonds from dishwater. Sun has had essentially zero sales performance in the software department for years--these guys can''t even figure out how to market Java effectively. Sounds like Sun has reached the denial stage of terminal illness--and is declaring everyone else to be dead, too, just so they''re not the only ones.

james 02/10/04 02:07:22 AM EST

It''s just which reference point you''re talking about here. To A, B is death! and to B, A is death!
Technology had evolved so fast that new term/jargons/piece of software tempt to confuse user. In my opinion, no matter what, "Middleware has always been a software that earned lots of companies great fortune, AND will continue to do so!"

ashishK 02/09/04 09:52:21 AM EST

yes but which statement? that''s it''s "dead" or that it''s "alive and well" ;-)

en 02/06/04 08:50:00 PM EST

hehe, it''s an expression of marketing instead of technology.

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
The deluge of IoT sensor data collected from connected devices and the powerful AI required to make that data actionable are giving rise to a hybrid ecosystem in which cloud, on-prem and edge processes become interweaved. Attendees will learn how emerging composable infrastructure solutions deliver the adaptive architecture needed to manage this new data reality. Machine learning algorithms can better anticipate data storms and automate resources to support surges, including fully scalable GPU-c...
Machine learning has taken residence at our cities' cores and now we can finally have "smart cities." Cities are a collection of buildings made to provide the structure and safety necessary for people to function, create and survive. Buildings are a pool of ever-changing performance data from large automated systems such as heating and cooling to the people that live and work within them. Through machine learning, buildings can optimize performance, reduce costs, and improve occupant comfort by ...
The explosion of new web/cloud/IoT-based applications and the data they generate are transforming our world right before our eyes. In this rush to adopt these new technologies, organizations are often ignoring fundamental questions concerning who owns the data and failing to ask for permission to conduct invasive surveillance of their customers. Organizations that are not transparent about how their systems gather data telemetry without offering shared data ownership risk product rejection, regu...
René Bostic is the Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America. Enjoying her career with IBM during the modern millennial technological era, she is an expert in cloud computing, DevOps and emerging cloud technologies such as Blockchain. Her strengths and core competencies include a proven record of accomplishments in consensus building at all levels to assess, plan, and implement enterprise and cloud computing solutions. René is a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and a m...
Poor data quality and analytics drive down business value. In fact, Gartner estimated that the average financial impact of poor data quality on organizations is $9.7 million per year. But bad data is much more than a cost center. By eroding trust in information, analytics and the business decisions based on these, it is a serious impediment to digital transformation.
Digital Transformation: Preparing Cloud & IoT Security for the Age of Artificial Intelligence. As automation and artificial intelligence (AI) power solution development and delivery, many businesses need to build backend cloud capabilities. Well-poised organizations, marketing smart devices with AI and BlockChain capabilities prepare to refine compliance and regulatory capabilities in 2018. Volumes of health, financial, technical and privacy data, along with tightening compliance requirements by...
Predicting the future has never been more challenging - not because of the lack of data but because of the flood of ungoverned and risk laden information. Microsoft states that 2.5 exabytes of data are created every day. Expectations and reliance on data are being pushed to the limits, as demands around hybrid options continue to grow.
Digital Transformation and Disruption, Amazon Style - What You Can Learn. Chris Kocher is a co-founder of Grey Heron, a management and strategic marketing consulting firm. He has 25+ years in both strategic and hands-on operating experience helping executives and investors build revenues and shareholder value. He has consulted with over 130 companies on innovating with new business models, product strategies and monetization. Chris has held management positions at HP and Symantec in addition to ...
Enterprises have taken advantage of IoT to achieve important revenue and cost advantages. What is less apparent is how incumbent enterprises operating at scale have, following success with IoT, built analytic, operations management and software development capabilities - ranging from autonomous vehicles to manageable robotics installations. They have embraced these capabilities as if they were Silicon Valley startups.
As IoT continues to increase momentum, so does the associated risk. Secure Device Lifecycle Management (DLM) is ranked as one of the most important technology areas of IoT. Driving this trend is the realization that secure support for IoT devices provides companies the ability to deliver high-quality, reliable, secure offerings faster, create new revenue streams, and reduce support costs, all while building a competitive advantage in their markets. In this session, we will use customer use cases...