What sets MachineShop apart?
It makes sense that Diebold used MachineShop's middleware to "develop a solution that separates the application layer from the underlying systems and devices." That pretty much defines the role of middleware. It also makes sense that the company can contrast itself with expensive, incumbent commercial middleware options from the likes of IBM, Oracle, and SAP. What's not clear -- and perhaps MachineShop can pipe up on this -- is how the company's technology compares and contrasts with open source middleware and options for using plain-vanilla Web services and REST interfaces etc. for doing this sort of work?