Microsoft doesn't own everything

In a glossary of middleware terms [GCN, May 15, Page 46], a GCN Buyers Guide defined CORBA as Microsoft's Common Object Request Broker Architecture.

Who wrote this, Bill Gates?

Microsoft Corp. has nothing to do with CORBA. CORBA comes from the Object Management Group, at www.omg.org, and Microsoft has refused to comply with this standard. Funny how your glossary doesn't mention that Component Object Model, Distributed COM and COM+ are Microsoft standards.

Someone needs to do his research.

Capt. Rex W. Little

Action officer

Air Combat Command, Communications and Information Branch

Langley Air Force Base, Va.

Hey, you left us out

We appreciated your article, 'GTSI launches federal customer subsites that it says improves searches' [GCN, Aug. 14, Page 62], on GTSI Corp.'s customer- and vendor-centric Web sites accessible via our main Web site. But we find it unfortunate that we were not included for review in the more comprehensive article.

Had we been included, we know that your testers would have found GTSI's site to be among the easiest to navigate, that it contains more new product information and search options than all others, and that it offers the widest selection of both products and contracts to the government community.

No company mentioned in your review has more contracts and products than GTSI, a testament to our 17-plus years of meeting our government customers' needs and building strong relations with hundreds of cutting-edge vendors.

As early as 1994, long before any of the other sites you review even came into existence, GTSI put its experience to work to create the first electronic-commerce site for government buyers.

But we didn't stop there. We continued as a pioneer in the business-to-government electronic-commerce arena. GTSI was the first to conduct electronic transactions with NASA for the Scientific and Engineering Workstation Procurement in 1992. We produced the first electronic Web product catalog in 1994. We were the first to take a federal credit card transaction online in 1995, as well as conduct the first electronic data interchange transaction that same year.

And, GTSI consummated the first EDI order on GSA Advantage. GTSI also developed the first shopping cart technology for government buyers in 1997.

The significance of our subweb technology is that we have once again performed a first. We are the first to develop both customer- and vendor-focused subwebs in the B2G arena.

Given that background, it was indeed amazing that GTSI was omitted in your listing of 'Who's Who in Online Marketplaces.'

Dendy Young

Chairman and chief executive officer

GTSI Corp.

Chantilly, Va.

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