When IBM said it envisions computing power to be available as a utility the same way electricity is offered, I didn't realize they meant it literally. But this report in today's Houston Chronicle shows that it is being done, with broadband being delivered over the electrical grid.
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.
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IBM has come out with a new package of services and software to promote greater automation of IT operations, and Web services is being employed throughout. The mechanism by which a lot of the inter-systems play that is required for automation is the WSDM standard, or Web Services Distributed Management.
Property markets are hot. With that in mind, First Franklin, a division of National City Bank of Indiana, has embraced SOA in an effort to stay on the leading edge of mortgage lending.
In order to accelerate the effective deployment of SOA, we need "efficient governance," argues Ajit Sagar of Infosys Technologies in a recent issue of Web Services Journal. He proposes the establishment of a globally distributed "center of excellence.
My father is fond of saying, "If I had known I would live this long, I would have taken better care of myself." Likewise, many of the IT people who designed our large inventories of legacy systems could have never imagined that these systems would still be chugging along in 2005, and likely well beyond that.
"The word architecture is generally quite misleading for describing what most companies have today," write John Hagel and John Seely Brown in their new book The Only Sustainable Edge. "Architecture calls forth images of the neat schematics of an architect who is carefully thinking through in advance all the needs of the occupants of a building and designing a structure that optimally meets these needs.
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates has been talking up Web services and SOA, which is music to our ears, of course. But what will Microsoft's role be in this brave new world?
In my previous post ("What Does Sun See Beyond SeeBeyond?"), I discussed Phil Wainewright's concerns around the openness and maturity of Java Business Integration (JBI).
Over the years, the act of putting more user-friendly front ends on legacy applications was often referred to as "putting lipstick on a pig." Loosely Coupled's Phil Wainewright invokes this analogy to describe Sun's recent announcement of its plans to acquire EAI vendor SeeBeyond.
I had the opportunity to sit in on a session on "Software as a Service" at the C3 (Corporate & Channel Computing) conference going on this week in New York City. The panel consisted of IBM SaaS guru Dave Mitchell, JamCracker's Todd Johnson, and Intacct's Robert Jurkowski.