Welcome!

Bill Roth, Ulitzer Editor-at-Large

Bill Roth

Subscribe to Bill Roth: eMailAlertsEmail Alerts
Get Bill Roth via: homepageHomepage mobileMobile rssRSS facebookFacebook twitterTwitter linkedinLinkedIn


Top Stories by Bill Roth

JavaOne: A Look Back, and Predictions For This YearIt's that time of year again for those of us in the enterprise Java Community. JavaOne descends upon us like the monsoon. It's a force of nature and you'd better be prepared for it. BEA is a Platinum sponsor again this year, another sign of our continuing fealty and devotion to the Java Platform and its community. I have been at every JavaOne since 1995, and the show has changed quite a bit. It is also interesting to recall who Sun's cast of characters was at the individual shows. Except for Gosling and McNealy(and despite the latest news, he's not really gone), there has been quite a turnover in the faces that have shown up to lead the show. The show has also waned in its energy over the past years, down from its Bubble-induced high of 26,000 attendees. Last year's attendance felt a bit like around 10,000, though i... (more)

LinuxWorld, San Francisco: Day One Keynote Report

The LinuxWorld San Francisco 2004 Conference & Expo opened yesterday with a Red Hat keynote which at times seemed like a case study and at times like a political candidate's speech. The keynote opened with a talk by Chris Hjelm, CTO of online travel site Orbitz. Since its public launch in 2001, Orbitz has become one of the three largest online travel companies with access to 455 airlines, 65,000 hotel properties, and 23 rental car companies. It also touts 20% more choice than its competitors in terms of travel options returned. Linux - and Java - have played an important role in O... (more)

BEA World 2006: Beijing Day One

Day one of BEA World started out with the usual fanfare at a packed hall, and our Liquid Thinking video in Chinese. The master of ceremonies was Sichen Yu, one of the key technical people in China. Marcus Tsoi, the General Manager of our China business then kicked the day off by welcoming and thinking out sponsors. He then introduced Steve Au Yeung, who runs the entire APAC region for us. Steve talked about the growth in several countries in APAC, not just China, including India and others. He then introduced Alfred Chuang, our CEO and Chairman. He stressed the importance of SOA,... (more)

Semantic Web The Next Big Thing?

As I was traveling across Asia and hanging out in waiting rooms, customs lines, etc., my mind turns to the future, since the present is so dull. In our business you always have to keep wondering "What is the next big thing?". The more I think about it, "Semantics" always seems to bubble up to the top. To be clear, Semantics is the study of meaning. But its much more than that. Everything old is new again Note that I did not say Semantics is the next New thing. In fact, The pursuit of "Semantic Technology" is by no means a new pursuit. The earliest research on semantics and compute... (more)

We Are on the Cusp of Fundamental Change, with iPods and Web 2.0:Chuang

Bill Roth's Blog Another BEA World is upon us, and this year things are a bit different. In addition to the usual developer content, the focus of this year's event is to focus on how real customers are using the technology. Alfred ChuangAlfred started out by talking about his core believe that we are on the cusp of fundamental change, with the advent of iPods, Web 2.0, and social networks. He started with a discussion of Mashups, and talked about how most of them are consumer facing. He then said "The era of innovation in packaged applications is over." He then called out the key... (more)