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.
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.
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.
Can SOA boost the "Innovation Spend"? That's the question that came to mind when I read Vinnie Mirchandani's recent piece at SandHill.
Java Business Integration (JBI) continues to stir passions on the right and on the left.
Our colleague David Berlind posts this thoughtful piece on the issue of patents as they relate to Web services standards. David says OASIS, or the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards -- the leading venue for "ratifying" certain Web services standards -- is actually a patent shelter for the big vendors.
In an insightful essay, ZapThink's Ronald Schmelzer suggests that the factor that separates SOA from other past programming movements is business process. SOA, he contends, has the potential to take us beyond the current prison of Business Process Management (BPM).