Joe McKendrick

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

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Science of services

IBM is currently trying to figure out how best to invest its large R&D budget in a world that revolves around intangible services as opposed to tangible products. In an excellent piece in Technology Review, we learn that Big Blue is struggling to determine how R&D applies differently to services than the chips, computers and software that have traditionally dominated its research budget.

May 15, 2005 by Britton Manasco


Trade show bellwether: looking up

I just heard that InfoWorld/IDG, which is sponsoring the SOA Executive Forum to be held this coming Tuesday in New York, is expanding the venue's capacity to accommodate additional attendees.Good news for IDG, of course, but it also suggests our IT economy is really picking up steam.

May 13, 2005 by

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Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to co-present a Webcast on SOA growth trends and issues with Sean Kline, director of product marketing for Systinet.  My overview of industry implementations was followed by Sean's excellent presentation on the opportunities that await, and how to manage SOA growth.

May 13, 2005 by


Security: agreeing to agree

In his recent post, Dan Farber relays a meeting of the minds over federated security issues that need to be addressed to move Web services and SOA forward.  It's interesting to see Liberty Alliance and Microsoft, if not on the same page, at least reading the same book.

May 11, 2005 by


Metaphor war

It's interesting to hear arguments about the future of high-tech played out in the realm of metaphor. After all, it is the "utility" metaphor that has proved a strong foundation for the folks behind the "on-demand" movement.

May 11, 2005 by Britton Manasco


Motorola seeks big agility

Fascinating presentation by Motorola CIO Toby Redshaw at InfoWorld's recent SOA Executive Forum and Phil Windley has done a great job of capturing its essence:  Key lessons learned: Start soon—its a long journey. Technology is not overly complex on the surface, but can be complicated to execute.

May 10, 2005 by Britton Manasco


To your health: Web services

Seattle's 17-hospital Providence Health System is leveraging Web services to transform how it operates, according to a recent piece in Healthcare Informatics. It brought in Cupertino-based Infravio Inc.

May 9, 2005 by Britton Manasco


OASIS sets out to tame the SOA beast

OASIS is building a reference model that it hopes will pin down the definition of a service oriented architecture.  ZDNet's Martin LaMonica explores the oversight group's latest initiative, the OASIS SOA-RM Technical Committee, charged with creating a reference model "to preserve a common layer of understanding across multiple service-oriented environments and architectures.

May 6, 2005 by


Is SOA samo samo?

"'SOA' doesn't really exist, does it?" Clemens Vasters, co-founder and chief technology officer of newtelligence AG, asks this simple but provocative question in a recent post on his blogsite.

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