Potential users were generally positive about Sun’s ONE technology as described at a presentation last week in Wellington, but some seemed almost resigned to it and web services technology as an inevitability.
The Sun ONE type of architecture, its recently rebranded software range and the core development platform for web services, is the latest in a cycle between centralisation and decentralisation, said a financial institution executive. “You’ve got to evolve; you can’t stop the world.”
One particularly positive aspect he and others (none was willing to be quoted by name) mentioned is Sun’s promise that the architecture can absorb legacy databases and applications, so there will be no need to “rip and replace”.
“It’s very much the way we’re going — or rather the way the Australians are going,” said a representative of the WestpacTrust bank.
“The Sun solution has the merit of being open, and we’re all trying to be open. But at the same time it has to recognise that, at the terminal level, we’re still very much Microsoft-oriented.”
The technology looks impressive, said an Inland Revenue representative, but there is clearly more to web services arrangements than the technology. To succeed with collaborative use of applications, there have to be appropriate business agreements in place, and this may prove to be the more difficult part of the implementation task.
A consultant suggests that adoption of Sun ONE “will probably begin with the big boys — possibly government, and then trickle down after a while”, when the rest of the market was assured the pioneers’ experience had been positive.
An Early Childhood service representative saw the architecture as very appropriate to its needs. Co-working of applications through the web seems a good way to go, she says.