What might the job description for an enterprise-minded, SOA architect read like? Good question -- and one that ZapThink's Ron Schmelzer takes on in a recent piece.
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.
Joe McKendrick is an author, consultant and speaker specializing in trends and developments shaping the technology industry.
George Martin, legendary producer of a legendary band called the Beatles, was recently quoted as saying he "disapproves of modern technology because now anyone can make a record in the comfort of their own home." He also noted that, "with iPods, mini-recorders and all the new technology, people can lie in their bath and make a rock record.
ZDNet is reporting today that Amazon has filed a patent application for an online marketplace where consumers search and pay for Web services. (Here is a link to the patent application.
I always find IDC's Dan Kusnetzky to be an incredible source of wisdom about all things IT. Lately, Dan shared with me some of what he calls the "Golden Rules of IT.
In recent posts, I've been talking about legacy systems, how certain systems seem to have lasted, and will continue to last, through the ages. Like Rocks of Gibraltar.
IBM just announced another, more powerful mainframe -- and there are plenty of implications for SOA and Web services. Today Big Blue announced the 'z9,' which the vendor claims can process one billion transactions per day, more than double the number the previous biggest iron of iron, the zSeries z990, could handle.
Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc. is investing heavily in the promise of SOA.
Some people never tire of pointing out that SOA is nothing new -- merely old wine in new bottles. Fair enough.
One reader of this blog recently made a very astute point: that the reason people think older houses were built better is because the ones that weren't built well probably collapsed some time ago. Likewise, the legacy we see around are the solidly built applications that survived years or decades.
It's obviously no fun to have to worry about having your IT job offshored or outsourced. But now you have something else to worry about: the possibility that you may be removed from the critical path.