Liz Lightfoot has some interesting insights on Web services over at our sister blog DataPoint. Leveraging some analysis from BT Trax, she notes that "interest in Web services ebbs and flows with some periodicity.
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.
Joe McKendrick is an author, consultant and speaker specializing in trends and developments shaping the technology industry.
It's always good to get some hard numbers around the results of a technology implementation, and such measurements are still extremely rare in the SOA space. At last, there is a big tangible ROI story to tell.
Can SOA change the culture of software? Let's hope so.
If you're looking for some good working definitions and explanations about what SOA is all about, ServiceOrientation.org is a good place to start.
We're finally crunching the final numbers for WebServices.org's first survey on SOA issues and adoption trends, which drew almost 1,000 responses.
Software powerhouse SAP has come a long way from being the provider of rigid, megalithic and monolithic ERP systems that took center stage in the 1990s. Now, the company says it wants to open up its vast platform toenable a new wave of entrepreneurial development projects, according to a recent piece by CNET's Martin LaMonica.
A running joke is that some IT vendors do such a poor job of explaining their products that if they were to try to sell sushi, it will be marketed as "cold, wet, dead fish." Are software as a service (SaaS) and on-demand computing providers similarly underselling what they do?
Larry Kim, product manager of the XML Products Group at DataDirect Technologies shared the results of a survey the company just commissioned on the long-anticipated XQuery standard. XQuery promises to do for XML data what SQL did for relational data -- that is, make it possible to write a standardized query that will pull the right data out of any database, regardless of vendor or format.
Phil Windley writes this compelling piece on why SOAP may be on the way out as a top choice of transport mechanism, being trumped by the simpler REST (XML over HTTP) formula. Carlos Peres is quoted as observing that the SOAP envelope is "extra machinery" that "has never been shown to improve interoperability.
It may be too soon to tell, but there are some signs that Asia will implement SOA more rapidly than America will. As Actional CEO Tom Ryan told us this week, "We are seeing a growing increase in activity and acquisition and implementations of SOA in the Asia-Pacific -- almost outpacing what's going on here in the U.