Joe McKendrick

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

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SOA path: Core business flexibility

The most interesting path in Forrester's six path SOA framework (see previous post) is the one that leads to "core business flexibility." As analyst Randy Heffner explains, this path "identifies places where business change is slowed by application delivery schedules and restructures processes, message flows, data structures and application integration paths to enable faster application change.

May 30, 2005 by Britton Manasco

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Paths to SOA

Earlier this month, analysts and speakers at Forrester's GigaWorld conference offered some leading thinking on opportunities ahead in the world of SOA. Forrester analyst Randy Heffner made the case that "business drives architecture" in this new era and "you need vision to guide the evolution of SOA.

May 30, 2005 by Britton Manasco

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Hosted software not strategic

ZDNet's DataPoint highlights a new report from Nucleus Research suggesting that SalesForce.com is not living up to its billing as a revolutionary new tool.

May 26, 2005 by Britton Manasco

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Sun and Microsoft cooperation still cloudy

For the Sun and Microsoft alliance, there seems to always be something happening, but nothing going on. Last year, we speculated about all the wonderful gifts that the newfound Sun Microsystems and Microsoft friendship would bestow on us in terms of interoperability.

May 26, 2005 by

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IBM gets SaSsy

IBM is putting some of its muscle into the Software as a Service (SaaS) model, announcing new resources to help its partner ISVs develop and adapt applications -- such as accounting, human resources and ERP -- to be delivered as services. IBM's Software as Service (SaS) offerings will be delivered through online tools, consulting, workshops, and an online directory of ISVs that are providing SaaS.

May 25, 2005 by

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Less Web, more services?

Are we through arguing about the composition of the asphalt in the road and ready to start talking about transportation?  Jorgen Thelin, program manager for distributed systems standards at Microsoft, recently posted this intriguing analysis of why we've crossed the threshold into what he calls the "Third Age of Web Services.

May 25, 2005 by

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Confronting the SaaS skeptics

In a recent piece at SandHill.com, venture capitalist Matt Miller argued that the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) movement is presently overhyped and that progress on this front will prove slower than expected.

May 23, 2005 by Britton Manasco

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Wall Street wakes up to Web services

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.

May 23, 2005 by Britton Manasco

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Office to the max

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.

May 19, 2005 by

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It's all about chunking

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.

May 19, 2005 by

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