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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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

39 patents... seven days...

39 patents... seven days...

In Friday's post, we discussed the urgency of a patent auction taking place December 6th that could put some of our most fundamental Web services standards in the hands of the highest bidder. Here's more perspective on the urgency of the matter in an eWeek editorial.

November 29, 2004 by in Legal

The Amazone

The Amazone

Amazon is certainly one of the key players to watch in the emerging field of Web services. Ithas rolled out a powerful platform thatextends the value of its brand, while driving revenue through acommission-based model.

November 29, 2004 by in Amazon

Patents pending

Patents pending

If things don't go right at the federal bankruptcy court in San Francisco this December 6th, Web services could potentially have its very own SCO Group drama at some time in the not-so-distant future. There's an effort underway in what could be the industry's most important test to date of its ability to shield Web services methods from legal shenanigans.

November 25, 2004 by in Legal

Standards revolt

Standards revolt

It isn't often that you see a groundswell of opposition rise to a specification in "Last Call" mode. That's why there's been quite a bit of buzz in the blogosphere and beyond over Rich Salz's scathing critique of the new Web Services Description Language spec (WSDL 2.

November 24, 2004 by in Tech Industry

No strain, no gain

No strain, no gain

As if we don't have enough to worry about, there's a new crisis in the offing. A report making the rounds predicts that we'll soon be straining the capacity of our networks, which may be unable to handle the rising tide of XML and Web services messages.

November 23, 2004 by in Enterprise Software

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

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