WEB SERVICES INSIDE THE FIREWALL. Web Services started out as a way to connect applications across the Internet, but seemed to lose their early sizzle when potential users didn't feel they could trust Web Services from other companies. They worried that another company might go out of business or stop supporting its Web Service offering, or they were uncomfortable entrusting sensitive data to another company. Web Services, however, continue to gain momentum inside corporations. The simplicity and loosely coupled nature of Web Services, although conceived originally for the entire Internet, is often a great architecture for connecting internal corporate systems.
CUSTOM PRODUCTS ORDERED FROM THE WEB continue to take off. For example www.Landsend.com features shirts and pants that are manufactured to your measurements. OMIX's latest site, www.RealmCrossing.com, offers exclusively custom products made with custom images from the players of Sony's EverQuest game.
SUN BUNDLES BEA'S WEBLOGIC WITH ITS OPERATING SYSTEM after having spent hundreds of millions of dollars trying to buy and develop its own application servers. When OMIX started developing with WebLogic, it was a beta product from what was then a 20-person company.
SOURCE CODE REDUCES RISK. CIO's are extremely risk averse in this economy, which is hurting many start-up companies. Somehow, buying mission critical software from an 18-month company just doesn't play so well in today's environment! As a way of dealing with this, OMIX has seen that some software companies are offering source code. For example, Versalent (mentioned above) offers its product in source code form. Even though OMIX has been in business for over 8 years, its ability to supply source code has still proven to be a significant competitive advantage in winning recent projects, since companies can modify an OMIX application without having to depend on OMIX or any other single vendor.