Joe McKendrick

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

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'SOA is not ERP'

A reader provided some thoughtful insights to my recent post on whether SOA projects may exceed ERP systems in pain and suffering.  I wanted to bring this out and share his thoughts with you.

June 15, 2005 by

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Portal power

A new report, sponsored by Plumtree Software, argues that portal technology is "the delivery vehicle for a new generation of composite applications in a marketplace driven by the promise of service-oriented architectures." Plumtree’s report, which is based on customer interviews and industry research, offers analysis on various aspects of the portal marketplace.

June 14, 2005 by Britton Manasco


SOA=ERP but worse: fair analogy?

Many CIOs and IT managers are still smarting from the pain of enterprise resource planning (ERP) system rollouts -- multi-million-dollar megaprojects that required tearing up processes across the enterprise in an effort to automate.  Some have been outright disasters, and many others have simply been money pits.

June 14, 2005 by


Survey: services not shared, yet

We've just wrapped up the latest Web services/SOA development survey from Evans Data, and found some interesting contradictions in plans and perceptions around SOA.  There's no question that interest runs high in SOA these days -- a large majority of companies in the survey, 68%, say they have either adopted an SOA, or are in the process of developing an adoption plan for an SOA.

June 13, 2005 by

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Implementing SOA from the bottom-up

There's nothing obvious about how to successfully implement service-oriented architecture (SOA) in a way There's nothing obvious about how to successfully implement service-oriented architecture (SOA) in a way that will win business converts. Quite often, business decision-makers simply don't understand what it is all about in the early days.

June 10, 2005 by Britton Manasco


Connecting the SOA dots with UDDI

When BEA's "AquaLogic" hits the market, one of its most interesting features will be a service registry that employs the Universal Description, Discovery and Integration (UDDI) standard. (Details on the service registry can be found here.

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BEA pours a round of SOA

CNET's Martin LaMonica posts this news analysis on BEA Systems' latest application development strategy. The upcoming "AquaLogic" offering cuts right to the chase of what SOA is all about -- being able to assemble and dis-assemble applications as the business requires.

June 9, 2005 by


The architect and the new school

In his 1981 book From Bauhaus to Our House, Tom Wolfe wrote eloquently about how a group of arrogant, ideologically driven individuals spent much of the post-World War II period filling American cities with spare, lifeless office buildings of glass-and-steel. These self-styled “visionaries” were indifferent (at best) or disdainful (at worst) toward their clients, but they held the upper hand.

June 8, 2005 by Britton Manasco


SOA vs. Dilbert

One of the unfortunate aspects of the current SOA wave is the way it imprisons our thinking. The term itself invites us to obsess over IT "architecture.

June 8, 2005 by Britton Manasco