Surprise, surprise. It seems that Wall Street analysts have found a new reason to be optimistic about the software industry -- one that they had begun to write off as "mature.
Service technology -- from SOA to cloud to IT service management -- promises many "-ilities": greater agility, flexibility, and reusability. Joe McKendrick explores the challenges and opportunities with service orientation, and how to capitalize on these emerging computing philosophies.
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For the last two decades, Bill Gates has ridden the crest of the rise of the information economy and subsequent chunking and realigning of information-related tasks. My colleague Scott Bekker relays Gates' latest thoughts on the changing role of the information worker, with MS Office at the center of the action, of course.
Musing more about Tuesday's SOA Executive Forum, one thought seems to stick out. A number of speakers described service-oriented architecture as the process of breaking applications into bite-size chunks to be delivered when and where they are needed.
SOA represents "the future of the software industry," says Henning Kagermann, CEO of SAP, who was sharing the good news this week at the company's SAPPHIRE conference. In this environment, IT won't be seen as a cost center, but rather, a "strategic lever.
There were a lot of great presentations and passionate discussions at Tuesday's SOA Executive Forum in New York. Everyone seemed to agree on one thing -- we're all still in the very early stages of extending Web services/SOA out to the enterprise, but once implemented, the benefits can be impressive.
The promise of Web services will not be realized until we surmount both organizational and technical hurdles, argues Harvard Business School associate professor Andrew P. McAfee.
We suspected it may be happening, but Datamonitor confirms it in a new report: "'Traditional' touchtone interactive voice response (IVR) -- utilized by businesses over the past two decades for the purposes of phone-based routing and self-service functionality -- is firmly in its twilight years.
IBM is currently trying to figure out how best to invest its large R&D budget in a world that revolves around intangible services as opposed to tangible products. In an excellent piece in Technology Review, we learn that Big Blue is struggling to determine how R&D applies differently to services than the chips, computers and software that have traditionally dominated its research budget.
I just heard that InfoWorld/IDG, which is sponsoring the SOA Executive Forum to be held this coming Tuesday in New York, is expanding the venue's capacity to accommodate additional attendees.Good news for IDG, of course, but it also suggests our IT economy is really picking up steam.
Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to co-present a Webcast on SOA growth trends and issues with Sean Kline, director of product marketing for Systinet. My overview of industry implementations was followed by Sean's excellent presentation on the opportunities that await, and how to manage SOA growth.