The company is building middleware as a common infrastructure so that existing IBM hardware and software can be easily adapted for Internet or network-based computing and e-commerce, sources close to IBM confirmed. The announcements are expected to be built around what IBM will call its "Network Computing Framework"
John M. Thompson, IBM senior vice president, will unveil the software strategy tomorrow in San Francisco at a high-profile event that will include top executives from IBM subsidiary Lotus, as well as other IBM units.
"One of IBM's weaknesses as well as strengths has been that it's doing everything. They terribly need to do some rationalization," said Stan Dolberg, an analyst at Forrester Research. IBM could use the Lotus Notes distributed authoring environment with its other assets to create an "Open Market on steroids," he added, referring to the high-end e-commerce software vendor.
In a series of announcements, IBM is expected to: