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.
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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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.
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.
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.
"'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.
As I mentioned in a posting last week, Webservices.Org identified a well-advanced group of companies implementing service-oriented architectures.
IBM's announcement this week that it would be laying off 10,000 to 13,000 workers seems reflective of the downside of "dynamic specialization" (a concept discussed in the previous post). But there is no stopping it.
Cheap, off-shore outsourcing isn't the bogeyman it's made out to be. In fact, outsourcing and offshoring are nothing new.
Many in this business talk about the wide disconnect between business and IT, but when it comes to SOA, it seems, they are of one mind. A new study released by BEA Systems finds that SOA is apparently as much on the radar screens of C-level executives as it is for their more technical staffers.
The backlash against the software industry continues. But the feeling seems to have drifted from anger to disappointment to bewilderment.