The maturation of ESBs is a topic worth boning up on and tracking closely, from all the angles.
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This past weekend Stanford University hosted the Accelerating Change 2005 conference, bringing together visionaries, academics, and forward-thinking executives to share thoughts on Artificial intelligence (AI)—in the broadest sense of the word—and Intelligence amplification (IA), which, according to the conference Website, "empowers human beings and their social, political, and economic environments.
Barely minutes pass after I first pressed the publish button on my Google PC blog and InfoWorld has a story on the European-based VodaPhone introducing a VodaPhone PC with 3G networking technology built-in. Verizon Wireless, a US-based joint venture between VodaPhone and Verizon is expected to follow suit this Monday.
In writing Now's the time for the network computer, my colleague and fellow blogger Dana Gardner has it all wrong. OK, maybe half wrong.
Larry Ellison, the swashbuckling buccaneer and yachtsman of the consolidating enterprise software industry, left it to his chief lieutenant and deal maker Charles Phillips to kick off Oracle Open World at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. One of high-tech Oracle/BMW racing yachts--Ellison's preferred sailing vessel--spanned the floor at the Moscone North entrance to the keynotes.
For Microsoft, SOA is a means to Windows everywhere, and not an ends unto itself.
My former colleague Jim Rapoza, lab director at eWeek, has joined the chorus of those who are tarring and feathering the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for making Internet Explorer a requirement in order for natural disaster victims (eg: Katrina vicitims) to apply online for assistance. Writes Rapoza: I looked at the online application on the FEMA Web site, and it is a very simple form—applicants are presented with standard fields asking for basic identifying information.
Nicholas Carr, the Harvard Business School professor who posited that IT doesn't matter in his book Does IT Matter?, has, in his most recent blog, sided with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in its decision to phase out office applications from Microsoft and other providers in favor of those based on open standards, including the recently approved OpenDocument standard.
A busy week that was. At the Professional Developers Conference, Microsoft rolled out enough material to keep us busy for the week and more.
Worth reading: BusinessWeek has a good package on what ails Microsoft--innovation stagnation, slow product development, sagging morale, too much bureaucracy and slower growth (but record profits). Included in the package in an in-depth interview with CEO Steve Ballmer, who of course disputes the notion that Microsoft is struggling.