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.
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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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).
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.
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.
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.