Joe McKendrick

Joe McKendrick is an author and independent analyst who tracks the impact of information technology on management and markets. Joe is co-author, along with 16 leading industry leaders and thinkers, of the SOA Manifesto, which outlines the values and guiding principles of service orientation. He speaks frequently on cloud, data, and enterprise computing topics at industry events and Webcasts. As an independent analyst, he has authored numerous research reports in partnership with Forbes Insights and Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc. In a previous life, Joe served as director of the Administrative Management Society (AMS), an international professional association dedicated to advancing knowledge within the IT and business management fields. He is a graduate of Temple University.

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Last mile

Last mile

The most challenging aspect of service-oriented architecture is the final connection to existing applications and systems. Exposing your enterprise systems and managing the necessary linkages has been dubbed "the last mile problem" by software integration specialist David Linthicum.

December 13, 2004 by in Enterprise Software

Grid-like and gridlock

Grid-like and gridlock

Software and computing cyles are moving onparallel tracks toward a destination we call "service-oriented IT."We tend to refer to many service-focused, software advancements as "Web services," while many are now referring to on-demand, data processing services as "grid computing.

December 13, 2004 by in Hardware

The shape of things to come

The shape of things to come

As Britton observes, Oracle's $10 billion absorption of PeopleSoft will mean more acceleration of integration efforts between various potential "killer apps" (sorry, Britton, couldn't resist) within the budding Web services and SOA space. The acquisition is also is proof of an immutable law of business: when two or more vendors begin to offer identical products or services, consolidation becomes inevitable.

December 12, 2004 by in Enterprise Software

Hello Larry

Hello Larry

PeopleSoft's agreement to be acquired by Oracle for $10.3 billion may add a bit more momentum to theservice-oriented business application arena.

December 12, 2004 by in Oracle

The horizontal economy

The horizontal economy

In the late 1930s, economist Ronald Coase (later to win the Nobel prize) wrote an influential paper examining why firms tend to keep some activities in-house, yet rely on an open market of suppliers and partners for other things. Coase learned that "transaction costs" -- the costs associated with coordinating and collaborating with outside firms -- often were just too high.

December 9, 2004 by in Cloud

Starwood shines

Starwood shines

Starwood Hotels-- which operates the Westin, Sheraton and W hotel brands -- is intent on leveraging the power and potential of service-oriented architecture. It is now in the midst of an architecturaltransition that will make datanow stored in its legacy mainframe reservationsystem accessible in dynamic, Web services applications.

December 8, 2004 by in Enterprise Software

Lots of SOA in SFO

Lots of SOA in SFO

There's lots of SOA going around SFO these days.With OracleWorld going on at San Francisco's Moscone Center, there has been a slew of announcements around Oracle's 10g family of products and from Oracle's reseller/partner network.

December 8, 2004 by in Enterprise Software

Killing the "Killer App"

Killing the "Killer App"

Can we just start talking like grown-ups? At this point in the evolution of the tech industry, it's really disheartening to hearWeb services and Service-Oriented Architecture spoken of as the "next killer app.

December 7, 2004 by in Developer

An object plea

An object plea

There's a lot of confusion in the market about the definition of a "service" versus an "object." SOA development, for one, is similar to object-oriented programming in that components are reused in new configurations.

December 6, 2004 by in Cloud

UDDI finally springs into action

UDDI finally springs into action

The insurance industry may be a conservative lot, but I've noticed they have been ahead of the curve with Web services. The industry's big challenge is that carriers rely on networks of independent or semi-independent agents up front, but run a lot of mainframes in the back.

December 6, 2004 by in Cloud

Bill and Scott's upcoming holiday extravaganza

Bill and Scott's upcoming holiday extravaganza

Earlier this year, we saw Microsoft and Sun Microsystems settle their legal disputes, and stop the bickering. Now, it looks like the two infrastructure giants will spend the holidays together, with some interesting ramifications for Web services and SOA.

December 2, 2004 by in Cloud

Just for CICS...

Just for CICS...

More interesting news out of Big Blue. IBM has just introduced a new version of its 35-year-old Customer Information Control System (CICS) transaction server to support Web services.

December 2, 2004 by in Cloud

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