IBM buys Systemcorp Busy week for M & A -- CA buys Netegrity, IBM buys SystemCorp, and EMC buys Dantz. Wow, lots of founders got rich!! Interesting notes about the IBM and EMC buys...companies looking to consolidate their software purchases and middleware infrastructure can focus even more attention on IBM and EMC, though I believe EMC will continue to struggle a bit in defining the role of its software portfolio in its overall business strategy (of course, everyone knows that software sells hardware, but with growth in the enterprise storage market slowing to almost flat, EMC's looking for new revenue and growth opportunities).
Competitors Pounce on CA's Netegrity Buy Given CA's record of making good technology disintegrate, this acquisition is bound to make competitors in the IdM space nearly giddy at the prospect of potential customer migration.
O'Reilly's XML Hacks Ran across this in one of O'Reilly's promo emails and I think it's a good starting point for exploring the capabilities of lightweight XML and web services functionality. Probably have to put it on my "buy" list soon.
InfoWorld Special Report: Solving the identity crisis -- Companies are finally beginning to recognize the fundamental nature of identity in almost any business transaction of value. This Infoworld Special Report considers identity from several angles, each one timely and relevant to today's enterprise IT environment. Identity is the convergence point for e-security and service-oriented architecture, and businesses that recognize and exploit the opportunities underpinned by a successful and robust identity infrastructure will spend less time battling electronic invasions and manually chasing transactions across discontiguous application identity spaces, enjoying substantial improvements in efficiency through easier system integration, both inside the enterprise and within trading communities willing to establish an effective identity federation.