Living on Internet time: Product development at Netscape, Yahoo, NetDynamics
, and Microsoft (Harvard Business School Case 9-697-052).
In the late 1990s Sun spent a small fortune buying companies such as Forte Software, NetDynamics
and Kiva trying to establish an application server platform, but with little success.
He joined SilverStream Software from Sun Microsystems where he specialised in Java Application Server products principally NetDynamics
and Netscape Application Server.
That's the iPlanet product into which NetDynamics
and Netscape/Kiva are being merged.
A few products (e.g., Visual InterDev, IntraBuilder, NetDynamics
, Cold Fusion) also include a simplified development path for nonprogrammers, based on "wizards" enabling the automatic generation of code from sets of preferences selected through a visual interface (Figure 7).
Of the Java development applications, Spider Technologies' NetDynamics
seems particularly interesting.
Breakaway uses Sun-Solaris-based delivery platforms and the NetDynamics
Java Application Server for its ASP services.
In a separate announcement, Dataware discussed a joint marketing and development project with Spider Technologies to bundle Spider's NetDynamics
software with Dataware's application programming interface, Total Recall.
Novera already supports IBM WebSphere and Sun NetDynamics
web application servers and says it counts IBM and BEA Systems as its closest competition.
It's a key milestone in the strategy to integrate the software - built by Kiva before it was acquired by Netscape - with its rival, built by NetDynamics
before it was acquired by Sun.
The Sun- Netscape alliance (iPlanet) has supposedly nixed putting the forthcoming Netscape Application Server 4.0 up on Linux; after 4.0 it gets souped up with Sun's NetDynamics
. From the beginning the alliance had said that Linux was to be an important platform for it.
"It's very difficult to take NetDynamics
and Kiva and try to meld them together into one product," Jarvis acknowledges.