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.

Latest Posts

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

Our first billion, at last

Our first billion, at last

A couple of months back, Radicati Groupput out an estimate that the Web services market would be worth about$950 million in 2004. Since it's now December, we can assume we're onthe verge of reaching that first billion-dollarmilestone.

December 2, 2004 by in Cloud

Think talent

Think talent

ZapThink, an analyst firm focused on SOA and XML, has offered some pioneering insights on the talent necessary to usher in a new era of Web services. Central to the movement will be skilled consultants, according to the firm.

December 1, 2004 by in Enterprise Software

39 patents, five days...

39 patents, five days...

It is estimated that there are currently 100,000 software patents inexistence, according to Gregory Aharonian, editor of the InternetPatent News Service and Bustpatents.com, quoted last month in Baseline.

December 1, 2004 by in Legal

No guarantees

No guarantees

Given the growing concerns about a new XML performance crisis that Joe discusses in a prior post, it's worth noting that some of the most impressive new entrants in the Web services field such as Amazon and eBay are playing without service guarantees. In a recent piece at Loosely Coupled, David Longworth notes that the absence of such guarantees isn't holding back new developments and innovations.

November 30, 2004 by in Amazon

The true meaning of SOAP

The true meaning of SOAP

A few years back, I was involved with an organization called the"Society of Office Automation Professionals," or SOAP. The organizationhas gone down the drain (pun intended), but SOAP lives on as an important acronym in theindustry.

November 30, 2004 by in Enterprise Software

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