Joe McKendrick

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

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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.

May 6, 2005 by


IBM's center of gravity

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.

May 5, 2005 by Britton Manasco


Dynamic specialization

Cheap, off-shore outsourcing isn't the bogeyman it's made out to be. In fact, outsourcing and offshoring are nothing new.

May 4, 2005 by Britton Manasco


C-change ahead for SOA?

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.

May 4, 2005 by


Bad relationship...

The backlash against the software industry continues. But the feeling seems to have drifted from anger to disappointment to bewilderment.

May 2, 2005 by Britton Manasco


We want our XQuery

While XQuery has gained a lot of support and interest over the past two years, Microsoft has apparently bailed on the standard. In January, the Redmond software giant announced that it was dropping XQuery from the next release of its .

May 2, 2005 by


The SaaS paradigm

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) has never been hotter. It was the top topic at SandHill Group's Software 2005 conference in Santa Clara last week.

May 1, 2005 by Britton Manasco

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Fusion: Oracle's "Websphere" and more

Oracle has a lot of middleware products, now they will all have a common brand name, just as IBM has its Websphere brand.   Oracle Fusion Middleware is a newly created brand for Oracle's family of middleware products, which includes Oracle Application Server, Oracle Developer Suite, and Oracle BPEL Process Manager, among others.

April 28, 2005 by