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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Making magic

Making magic

Abracadabra, here's Gartner's most recent Magic Quadrant covering "Web-Services-Enabled Software" (3Q04). The category is defined here as "a composite market, with functionality embedded in software products that are not being developed or sold primarily for those capabilities.

November 23, 2004 by in Cloud

Is REST for the weary? (or wary?)

Is REST for the weary? (or wary?)

Last week, Britton talked about the REST approach, based more on existing Web standards and protocols than newer Web services specifications coming out of standards bodies. IONA CTO Eric Newcomer shares his thoughts on the REST vs.

November 23, 2004 by in Cloud

When standards sputter

When standards sputter

If you don't like a standard, wait a few days for the next one to come along. There are a lot of standards and would-be standards flying around out there, but too few that you can bet your business on.

November 23, 2004 by in Tech Industry

The politics of SOA

The politics of SOA

One of the most immediate business benefits that can come out of Web services and SOA is that of reuse. Namely, companies or their developers shouldn't have to reinvent the wheel every time they need to build or integrate a new application.

November 22, 2004 by in Enterprise Software

Enlightened self interest in action

Enlightened self interest in action

Since Web services is based on open, accessible, and (allegedly) universally accepted standards, you'd think there would be more interplay between the Web services and open-source communities. But it hasn't really turned out that way yet.

November 21, 2004 by in Open Source

Model-based approach

Model-based approach

Bill Gates remains a big believer in the power and potential of Web services. He contends that standards will generate a "more model-based approach to developing applications.

November 21, 2004 by in Cloud

Busting the bus

Busting the bus

Loosely Coupled's Phil Wainewright weighs in on Enterprise Service Bus in a recent post: "I doubt many people will be talking about ESB in a year or two," he writes, citing Blue Titan's recent launch of a fairly comprehensive Web services-based messaging infrastructure as a harbinger of things to come. Why introduce a messaging system from anywhere else if an ESB is already in place?

November 18, 2004 by in Enterprise Software

A BPO revelation

A BPO revelation

Some more food for thought about the economics of business process outsourcing: A report just out of Datamonitor argues that speech-enabled self-service technology may be a better value proposition than using offshore call center agents for low-level transactions. The report estimates that a company can save 25% to 35% per transaction using speech-enabled self-service solutions versus using a call center in an offshore location.

November 18, 2004 by in CXO

Another registry advocate

Another registry advocate

Speaking of the critical role of the registry in SOA (see my previous post on UDDI, below), Infavio's Jeff Tonkel also beats the drum for registry in his latest blogs. Tonkel observes that there is no single corporate registry tostore information on SOA end points and govern theirrelationships and runtime interactions.

November 17, 2004 by in Enterprise Software

The business of business process outsourcing

The business of business process outsourcing

Can Big Blue succeed in BPO? The latest edition of KnowledgeWharton, published by the University of Penn's Wharton School, reports that IBM continues to shift away from platforms to services, with nearly half of its $89 billion revenue from last year coming from services.

November 17, 2004 by in CXO

UDDI, Interrupted

UDDI, Interrupted

UDDI, or the Universal Description, Discovery and Integration protocol, got a bad rap a couple of years back when the dot-coms dot-bombed. UDDI is considered one of the four basic Web services standards (along with XML, SOAP, and WSDL), but was closely associated with e-commerce, intended to serve as the "yellow pages" for linking providers and consumers of Web services.

November 17, 2004 by in Tech Industry

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