Joe McKendrick

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

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Integration in the SOA age

Web services and SOA serve many purposes, but integration of applications and data is the far and away the main appeal to implementing the specs and standards. I have the privilege of joining Gartner's L.

June 1, 2005 by


BEA's Free Flow

Over at Between the Lines, Dan Farber offers some insight on BEA's new go-to-market strategy.  Code-named Project Free Flow, the company's approach is "basically a service infrastructure grid that allows composite applications and services to be composed that are abstracted from the underlying systems and technology.

May 31, 2005 by Britton Manasco


SOA path: Core business flexibility

The most interesting path in Forrester's six path SOA framework (see previous post) is the one that leads to "core business flexibility." As analyst Randy Heffner explains, this path "identifies places where business change is slowed by application delivery schedules and restructures processes, message flows, data structures and application integration paths to enable faster application change.

May 30, 2005 by Britton Manasco


Paths to SOA

Earlier this month, analysts and speakers at Forrester's GigaWorld conference offered some leading thinking on opportunities ahead in the world of SOA. Forrester analyst Randy Heffner made the case that "business drives architecture" in this new era and "you need vision to guide the evolution of SOA.

May 30, 2005 by Britton Manasco


Hosted software not strategic

ZDNet's DataPoint highlights a new report from Nucleus Research suggesting that is not living up to its billing as a revolutionary new tool.

May 26, 2005 by Britton Manasco

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Sun and Microsoft cooperation still cloudy

For the Sun and Microsoft alliance, there seems to always be something happening, but nothing going on. Last year, we speculated about all the wonderful gifts that the newfound Sun Microsystems and Microsoft friendship would bestow on us in terms of interoperability.

May 26, 2005 by


IBM gets SaSsy

IBM is putting some of its muscle into the Software as a Service (SaaS) model, announcing new resources to help its partner ISVs develop and adapt applications -- such as accounting, human resources and ERP -- to be delivered as services. IBM's Software as Service (SaS) offerings will be delivered through online tools, consulting, workshops, and an online directory of ISVs that are providing SaaS.

May 25, 2005 by


Less Web, more services?

Are we through arguing about the composition of the asphalt in the road and ready to start talking about transportation?  Jorgen Thelin, program manager for distributed systems standards at Microsoft, recently posted this intriguing analysis of why we've crossed the threshold into what he calls the "Third Age of Web Services.

May 25, 2005 by


Confronting the SaaS skeptics

In a recent piece at, venture capitalist Matt Miller argued that the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) movement is presently overhyped and that progress on this front will prove slower than expected.

May 23, 2005 by Britton Manasco