Joe McKendrick

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

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SOA's deep impact on software

SOA is the top trend in the software industry, according to attendees at's Enterprise 2005 conference earlier this month. Asked what technology will have the most impact on the software industry in the next 12 months, 30% picked Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs).

August 23, 2005 by Britton Manasco


Software architects and SOA interdependencies

Sandra Rogers, program director for service-oriented architecture (SOA), Web services, and integration research at IDC, was recently asked what professional role becomes particularly important as the SOA movement evolves. Her answer: software architect.

August 22, 2005 by Britton Manasco


Who says SMBs don't get SOA yet?

Web services/SOA are inherently egalitarian, in that anyone can pick up the specifications and apply them somewhere. Large companies have a distinct advantage, however, in that they have armies of developers and system architects that can "experiment" with new approaches.

August 21, 2005 by


Demand Generators

Will Value Added Resellers (VARs) embrace the Software-as-a-Service (Saas) movement or treat it as a disintermediating threat? According to VARBusiness' 2005 State of Software survey, VARs (or solution providers) are actually prepared to capitalize on SaaS.

August 18, 2005 by Britton Manasco


KeyBank's SOA payoff

As Joe's previous entry on the ROI challenge suggests, we may forever face challenges in terms of delineating SOA's specific contribution to the overall business value equation. However, one thing we can do -- if we are smart -- is align our SOA initiatives and projects with specific business problems where value is itself easier to quantify.

August 17, 2005 by Britton Manasco

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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