Joe McKendrick

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

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Next big thing?

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.

July 19, 2005 by Britton Manasco

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War of the worlds

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.

July 15, 2005 by Britton Manasco


IT-based collaboration has barely just begun

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.

July 14, 2005 by


Testing? You bet your BPEL you need testing

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.

July 14, 2005 by


The Innovation Spend

Can SOA boost the "Innovation Spend"? That's the question that came to mind when I read Vinnie Mirchandani's recent piece at SandHill.

July 13, 2005 by Britton Manasco


OASIS' potential patent punch

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.

July 12, 2005 by


Beyond BPM: Runtime SOA

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).

July 11, 2005 by Britton Manasco


Utility computing, literally, part 2

A timely follow-up to my last post: ZDNet's Marguerite Reardon has just posted a story on BPL, or broadband over power lines, which provides an in-depth look at what some major players are doing to promote actual "utility computing" -- high-speed Internet access provided right through your power lines.  (Thanks to my colleague David Grober for the forwarding the link to this article.

July 11, 2005 by


Utility computing, literally

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.

July 11, 2005 by

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