Joe McKendrick

Joe McKendrick is an author, consultant and speaker specializing in trends and developments shaping the technology industry.

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SOA and M&As: the power of two, or less than zero?

When Sperry Corporation merged with Burroughs Corporation a number of years ago to form Unisys, the combine ran a series of TV ads that bragged about offering "the Power of Two." Most mergers and acquisitions don't result in the Power of Two, of course -- they more likely give you the "Power of One and One-Quarter.

August 17, 2005 by

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Killer apps or app killers?

Okay, we dodged another close call: "Web services will change, not kill apps, says Forrester"  - SearchWebServices.com Randy Heffner, a Forrester Research analyst, says the nature of how applications get built will change, but that end users will still interact with a 'working business solution', with a look and feel similar to current day applications, despite its composite structure.

August 11, 2005 by

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ROI in SOA: Illusion or beautiful noise?

An SOA may be part of an orchestra making beautiful music, but it may be hard to pick out what parts of the music are a result of the SOA. A while back, on separate occasions, I had the opportunity to speak with Bill Inmon and Dan Lindstedt,  both leading thinkers in the enterprise data warehouse space.

August 10, 2005 by

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The rise of the 'composite company'

John Crupi, CTO of the Enterprise Web Service Practice at Sun Microsystems, has hit the nail right on the head when looking ahead on how SOA will change we put together our businesses. In a recent post, [link fixed] Crupi examines the rise of the "composite company," which essentially will be a collection of services drawn from other enterprises.

August 9, 2005 by

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The great ESB squabble of 2005

Both my blogmates Dan Farber and Britton Manasco have provided pointers to excellent information on what enterprise service buses (ESBs) are all about. However, there is some confusion -- if not outright sniping -- over who invented ESBs to begin with.

August 8, 2005 by

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Mapping the "Applistructure"

Last week, we recognized the successful implementation of SOA at British American Tobacco. In a recent issue of Optimize Magazine, Kevin Poulter, BAT's Application Development Manager, also discusses his perspectiove on a new concept called "applistructure.

August 8, 2005 by Britton Manasco

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