Amid the chatter on the next round of SOA acquisitions, where analysts like fellow ZDNet blogger Joe McKendrick are predicting that Oracle and perhaps SAP will be on a Fall spending spree, I have to agree to disagree. Oracle may well continue to enter vertical and specialized markets with outright purchases of industry-specific applications and data design concerns, but buying big chunks of SOA infrastructure -- they will opt to build instead.
Analyst Dana Gardner examines IT news and trends that impact software strategists to provide insights and outcomes on SOA, app dev, SaaS, enterprise infrastructure and mobile convergence.
Dana Gardner is president and principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions, an enterprise IT analysis, market research, and consulting firm.
I’ve heard it said by various knowledgeable people that if Google supported CalDAV in their calendar tomorrow, you’d very quickly see a response from Microsoft.
It seems that too much is being asked of the notion of SOA. It's being used as a marketing directive and IT maturation imperative on so many fronts as to make the acronym increasingly meaningless.
After all, it's SOA. The idea is lots of stuff working together; drag and drop interfaces for bringing services together. The payoff is business process efficiency and flexibility.
It will be fascinating over the next five years to see how Akamai works these values within the SaaS vendor community, and within a coalescing ecology with Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Salesforce.com, Citrix, and Cisco. How these companies relate may very well stretch the definition of co-opetition.
When the build, buy, or partner consideration process has unfolded lately -- the buy option has won out.
External forces -- sensors, unified communications, and moving to VOIP, and all these IP services -- are starting to come together, and they’re coming into the organization.
These projects, while still in hard-to-predict development mode, portend the possibility of a robust and ecology-driven SOA infrastructure stack and framework set.
Perhaps I read too much Heinlein and Asimov as a teenager, but the kind of feeling I got reading science fiction then is the same type of feelings I get now while observing the unfolding of Knowledge 2.0.
I see Microsoft stuck between an Apple and a Google place -- at least as far as business models and growth opportunities go.