SCOx Web Services Technology Framework
SCO Outlines SCOx Web Services Strategy for Future Growth
Company to Roll Out Technology Framework for Integrated Web Services Applications at SCO Forum
Lindon, Utah, USA. April 30, 2003.
The SCO Group (SCO), a leading provider of business software solutions, today announced the company's SCOx strategy, a technology framework that will allow SCO, its resellers and developers to provide the benefits of Web services to small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) and branch offices. Using industry standards, such as XML and SOAP, SCO and its partners will deliver Web services-enabled applications. SCO's UNIX and Linux operating systems, the foundation of SCOx, will be updated to better enable Web services.
The SCOx framework will allow customers to continue implementing SCO solutions in a traditional on premise environment, or access their applications and services online. SCOx will also allow for the integration of any Web services-enabled application including Microsoft .NET and SunOne J2EE applications.
"SCO's strength in the market has been to take complex UNIX and Linux technologies and simplify them for the value added reseller to deliver to the SMB and branch offices," said Jeff Hunsaker, senior vice president of worldwide marketing, The SCO Group. "SCOx will allow SMBs and resellers to leverage SCO's UNIX and Linux platforms, while taking advantage of the emerging world of Web services. This will be an attractive solution for our customers who want to worry less about their IT infrastructure and focus more on growing their business."
More than 4000 applications currently run on SCO platforms, including many that are focused on specific vertical markets such as manufacturing, pharmacy, retail and finance. SCOx enables applications to integrate with e-business solutions such as SCObiz -- SCO's technology that provides e-commerce solutions to SMBs and branch offices. This integration allows SCOx customers to share information between traditional applications and e-business services. For example, data can be shared real-time between an onsite inventory management system and an online shopping cart.
SCO empowers resellers to offer customers the option of purchasing applications for traditional on site installation or through an online subscription model. Partners may also choose to have SCO host their SCOx-enabled software applications.
"Through their reseller channel, SCO has been a mainstay of the SMB and branch office markets for many years," said Laura DiDio, senior analyst, The Yankee Group, an IT industry research firm. "SCOx should play very nicely with many of SCO's stakeholders since it allows vertical application providers a greater reach to customers through Web services as well as provide SCO resellers with a recurring revenue stream."
SCO has already begun rolling out portions of the SCOx framework to allow developers to enable their applications for Web services. Developers that are interested in participating in future SCOx webinars from SCO can obtain more information at www.sco.com/scox.
SCO plans to showcase many of the first applications available for the SCOx framework at SCO Forum, the company's annual worldwide conference. SCO Forum will take place in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Hotel from August 17-19. Registration for interested parties is available at the SCO Forum Web site at http://www.sco.com/2003forum/.
"As a leading provider of point-of-sale solutions to retailers, we understand the value proposition of SCOx," said Jane Giggal, vice president of business development, Vigilant Business Software. "To help our mutual customers integrate what have been islands of data, we are partnering with SCO to provide one of the first SCOx solutions available in August."
The SCO Group helps millions of customers in more than 82 countries around the world grow their businesses everyday through the company's UNIX, Linux and Windows business solutions. Headquartered in Lindon, Utah, SCO has a network of more than 11,000 resellers and 8,000 developers. SCO Global Services provides reliable localized support and services to partners and customers. For more information on SCO products and services, visit http://www.sco.com.
Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive.