Sun President Jonathan Schwartz was interviewed recently and had some interesting things to say about the future of middleware.
Sun’s “per-employee” licensing scheme sounds great on paper. It really does. And if the whole world would agree to use Sun’s Java Enterprise System, it would mean the end of middleware. But to claim “middleware is history” simply because Sun has a plan for capturing the entire enterprise market is, well, silly. Just because these guys have a plan (and a pretty good one) doesn’t mean that everyone’s buying. I mean that would be about like openoffice.org claiming Microsoft Office is dead “because we have a better product.”
Better doesn’t always win, Jonathan. I think Steve Jobs would agree with me.