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.
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.
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.
A new study out of IDC concludes that spending on Web services will increase seven-fold over a five-year period. The analyst firm says there's a shift underway, from simple Web services creation to more "robust consumption," defined as "security, management, messaging and event processing, and the assembly of services into composite solutions.
What will be the next big thing? Not Service Oriented Architectures, Open Source, or Software as Service, argues Mike Nevins, former managing partner of McKinsey & Company's Global High Tech Practice at SandHill.
As if the software world was not facing enough threats, the hardware world now threatens to undermine software business models left and right. New chip architectures and other hardware trends now raise the prospect of software industry upheaval.
Collaborative information technology is already changing the world in dramatic ways, but even greater changes are on the horizon. Some of the threats and opportunities were explored in depth at the recent Supernova conference co-sponsored by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in San Francisco.
Colin Adam and I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Narendra Patil, president, CEO, and co-founder of Optimyz, to talk about the challenges around SOA and Web services testing. The bottom line is that end users will access services as an entire business process -- not as a single operation, he explains.