Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Welcome to the Services Economy.
Each year, billions are spent on services. Package shipping. Conferencing. Dining. Travel. Entertainment. Mobile communications and much more. Despite the expenditures, most corporations don't have an effective way to manage the procurement of Employee Business Services (EBS). Here's why:
Unlike other procurement categories, EBS and other on-demand services have distinct characteristics that make them difficult to manage. They're schedule oriented. Acutely time sensitive. Enmeshed in the day-to-day work of your employees. They can't be represented in a catalog-based e-procurement application. And they can't be easily managed across the enterprise.
Sleepycat Software makes Berkeley DB, the most widely used open source developer database in the world with over 200 million deployments. Profitable since it started in 1996, the company boasts some of the leading database experts in the world, including co-founder and CTO Dr. Margo Seltzer, the Herchel Smith Professor of Computer Science and Associate Dean for Computer Science and Engineering at Harvard University.
A privately-held company based in Massachusetts, Sleepycat Software has solutions deployed in mission-critical applications globally. Sleepycat customers range from telecom and networking leaders such as Cisco, Motorola and Ericsson, computing giants such as Sun, HP, Hitachi and Fujitsu, service providers such as Google, Amazon.com, AOL and Yahoo, and storage leaders such as EMC and VERITAS.
The Source for Apache & Tomcat and Now Axis!
Covalent is the leading provider of products and services for the Apache Tomcat Application Server, Apache HTTP, the world's leading Web server, and now, the Apache Axis Web Services Framework. The only source for full commercial support for Apache, Tomcat, and Axis, Covalent currently supports more than 50% of Fortune 500 and 70% of Fortune 100 companies.
Covalent has assembled the deepest talent pool of Apache experts in the industry. Through Covalent's products and services, Apache users receive all the flexibility and benefits of open source, with the support and reliability of a commercial enterprise fully dedicated to Apache, Tomcat, and Axis.
The LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP/Perl/Python) open source stack has been the technology of choice for a "scale out" architecture. LAMP provides a reliable way of deploying rich Web 2.0 applications on inexpensive clusters of commodity computers. Controlled by no single vendor and backed by broad open source global community, it now powers nearly 70% of the world’s web infrastructure.
Until now only organizations with significant expertise in handcrafting LAMP implementations could benefit from LAMP’s scalability and cost savings. The LAMP stack also lacks many of the enterprise features expected by corporate developers and deployers. ActiveGrid Enterprise LAMP applications can be flexibly deployed on grids of commodity machines or at virtually any ISP.
You’ll be up and running in less than 15 minutes. The ActiveGrid Application Builder comes with everything you need to start creating applications - including a built-in Web server, database, sample applications and a step-by-step tutorial so that you can build your first application quickly and easily. Both the ActiveGrid Application Builder and ActiveGrid LAMP Application Server are released under the flexible, open source Apache Software License 2.0.