Dion Hinchcliffe mused on our recent post on who should get credit for launching the Web services/SOA revolution (BusinessWeek says Microsoft started it all), and reviewed the sequence of contributions that led us to where we are today. He provides this excellent timeline.
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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There was a lot of ho-ho-ho about a new era of "interoperability" between Microsoft and Sun platforms as a result of last year's financial settlement between the two companies. In early December, talk of impending breakthroughs was at a fever pitch.
Wondering where SOA and web services rank in terms of IT priorities? Right in the middle of the pack.
In a recent post, Dan Farber talks about a relatively new twist on the outsourcing trend -- "homeshoring." Rather than looking overseas, IT work is farmed out to rural communities.
As noted in a previous post, Microsoft is now actively campaigning for interoperability between various vendor's platforms, not just its own. Optimize recently ran this point/counterpoint to the simple question: "Is Microsoft integrating with others?
Fellow ZDNet blogger David Berlind describes events at the recent GlobusWorld gird confab in Boston. Grid represents the next generation of clustering -- in which workloads can be spread across multiple processors -- and much more.
That's the catchy title for this latest BusinessWeek tutorial. A good read if you're new to the Web services space.
SOA is "one of those perfectly mind-numbing expressions that defies even a modicum of consistent definition, sounds important, and gives everyone the freedom to do it 'their way," argues BPM Group chief analyst Terry Schurter. "What an incredible waste of time, money and energy.
As Bruce Silver points out in Intelligent Enterprise, companies need business process management (BPM) to be agile. "But to achieve agility without breaking the bank, you can't simply rip and replace," he adds.
Fellow ZDNet blogger Dana Blankenhorn asks an enticing "What if"? question: what if IBM's OS/2 prevailed in the client OS space, and Microsoft Windows were the also-ran?