September 26, 2002, 12:00 AM — This newsletter ends the UNIX and Windows Integration saga. I hope that
this series has provided some small nuggets of help to those involved in
the thankless job of managing cross platform solutions.
As you go forward you will notice an increased sensitivity among vendors
to provide solutions that will make your jobs less tedious. Despite the
black eye given by the media to Microsoft for its heavy handedness, this
company offers an incredible array of technologies including Services
for UNIX 3.0. Another set of "good guys" in the field, the folks at MKS
offer their UNIX to Windows tool sets and development environment. On
the enterprise side, Computer Associates is doing all the right things
to make cross platform environment management a reality. Sun and IBM
have made noises about interoperability, but remain highly proprietary.
Take heart though, because the pressures of the marketplace demand that
all vendors deal with baseline and advanced system integration issues.
As for me, my new venture, Secure Logistix Corporation, is launching a
series of security risk assessment and enforcement products -- starting
with Secure Financial -- that we believe has great promise. Also look
for my next book to hit the shelves in a few weeks entitled, "The
Ultimate Windows .NET 2003 System Administrators Guide" (Addison
Wesley). And don't be surprised to find me back at ITworld.com on
Happy trails to you all .... Bob