The backlash against the software industry continues. But the feeling seems to have drifted from anger to disappointment to bewilderment.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
When it comes to Web services and SOA, people are "learning as they go along, picking and choosing ideal best-user cases," says Sandra Rogers, director of SOA, Web services and integration for IDC. Rogers was recently interviewed on the state of Web services and SOA in IT Business Edge newsletter.
We've just wrapped up the data for the first quarterly Webservices.org SOA survey, with some interesting results.
"Order does not spontaneously form from disorder. A tornado passing through a junkyard would never assemble a 747.
Or alternatively, "Outsource a mess, get an outsourced mess." Pegasystems has identified what it calls the "Nine Worst Business Processes," presumably based on their difficulty to capture and automate.
Think like a chemist. Imagine pouring a powder into a liquid until it becomes a solid.
I can't think of a single meaningful problem we now face that could be solved by more bandwidth. And yet, I keep reading the words of techno-alarmists who are convinced that this is a significant problem facing the United States.