Joe McKendrick

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

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Sun rises in the SOA world

Sun Microsystems has introduced a new registry offering for tracking and managing Web services -- a move that strengthens its position in the SOA marketplace. The registry-repository offering is designed to enhance SOA governance, facilitating control and policy management.

June 17, 2005 by Britton Manasco


Fireman's Fund embraces SOA

At a recent IBM customer conference, Steve Mills, IBM's software group senior vice president, and Michael Liebow, vice president of Web services for IBM's Global Services Division, presented their vision of SOA's future. Mills contended that new developments in the field will help SOAs become an increasingly attractive option for streamlining the processes and IT infrastructure.

June 16, 2005 by Britton Manasco


Open sourcing SOA

ZDNet's David Berlind points to the competitive threat open-source software poses to leading commercial suppliers, namely Microsoft. We're increasingly seeing adoption of open-source software in the Web services/SOA space as well.

June 16, 2005 by


'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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