IBM will ship its Corba-based Component Broker Connector (CBC) three months late and only on Windows NT because, it claims, the product still requires more testing.
The offering, which is based on version 4.0 of Big Blue?s DSOM object request broker (Orb) and includes the gamut of Corba services including security and naming (see Newswire 14 March), was due to ship in September, but will not now ship until January next year.
Patti Dock, IBM?s director of object technology, said: ?The code is complete and is now in the final beta release, but we decided to do three months more of testing at customer sites to incorporate customer feedback. We had a very aggressive original schedule amd working with the Enterprise JavaBeans specification had an impact because we?re trying to ensure we stay in sync. We?re mapping that as it continues to emerge.?
She added that CBC would ship first on NT because it was developed on that platform, but the AIX version, which was supposed to be released at the same time, would trail it by three months.
The OS/390 release will not now go into beta at two customer sites until February, although it was originally scheduled to ship in March. Another four to eight beta customers will be added by June, but the offering will not be released until September next year, some seven months late.
No timescales were available for the AS/400 or OS/2 products.
IBM is also trying to ramp up the number of partners that support the product. Development tools suppliers such as Sterling Software, Rational and Liant Software have already signed up, although none of their offerings will be ready by January.
But, Big Blue is also hoping to interest applications vendors such as SAP and PeopleSoft in writing application adaptors to enable their packages to hook into the CBC world.
Its own San Francisco Java-based financial application templates will support CBC, but not until early 1999. Next year, the company will start work on replacing the plumbing or foundation technology layer of San Francisco - as opposed to the base utilities layer to install and configure the applications and the business object layer - with CBC, for those users wanting that option.
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