Object technology is unusable by enterprises, a senior analyst claimed today, drawing instant rebuttal from standards body the Object Management Group (OMG, which called the report "superficial".
Rosemary Rock-Evans of consultancy Ovum - author of the report 'Ovum Evaluates: Orbs' - said that the OMG, with its Corba standard for Orbs (object request brokers), had failed to create a product usable by enterprises (see earlier story). Microsoft was equally guilty, she said, but she believes it will eventually produce an implementation that works.
She said: ?Microsoft?s DCOM is relatively new and there?s a lot that?s changing. It's moving to Active Directories, the Falcon project is now in beta ... A lot is new but they?re still not geared for enterprises.? This will take time but Microsoft will get there, she believes.
She was less optimistic about Corba, saying: ?The Sun people who worked on it originally were not that good at objects. I?m not entirely sure that Corba will ever get there. The first problem is the design of their directory. Naming Services is a single file in an organisation, which is a single point of failure. Unless they do dramatic design changes, it won?t be suited to enterprises. End users are not crying out for objects.?
That was immediately disputed by Eric Leach, UK representative of the OMG. He said: ?We?re surprised by this report because last year Ovum said Corba was the way to go. We have a database of over 200 large enterprises that have built Corba applications and they support legacy systems too. Microsoft, to my knowledge, has only one reference site and that is Christie?s, the auctioneers.?
He cited a number of large organisations including the Home Office, Vodafone, BT, British Aerospace and British Airways, which have used Corba for object-based implementations that also support legacy systems. The Home Office, for instance, has built an application for checking on people coming into ports. ?British Aerospace is rolling out 4,000 users on a Corba system?, said Leach. "The reality is that Corba is being adopted."
But Rock-Evans said there were only likely to be two winners in the battle. ?The technologies that NCR and Bea are building are based on a stable middleware foundation,? she said. ?They?re widely applicable but they provide objects as well. That is immensely attractive to a large number of users.?
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