Joe McKendrick

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

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Bringing out the big guns for SOA

ComputerWorld reports that the US Department of Defense is moving to Web services and SOA in a big way, as only the DoD can do. According the article, DoD is spending $2 million on Web services registry technology to help developers with the Army, Navy and Air Force locate specific Web services and make "several hundred" Web services available to end users.

April 16, 2005 by


Throwing hardware at the problem

Recent survey data made public by Conformative Systems, though skimpy, points to to an issue that is increasingly being faced by companies in the midst of multiple Web services or SOA projects -- systems performance.  The survey estimates that the median XML LAN traffic load among participants in 2004 was 20%, with over half anticipating XML traffic to grow to more than 40% in 2005.

April 15, 2005 by


ROI, step by step

Since SOA, and Web services for that matter, is still a new approach to businesses, there are few reference cases, and therefore, the ROI case still a lot of fuzzy math.   This new piece in TechTarget discusses what we do know about Web services/ROI so far, and what to expect at which stage of the process.

April 14, 2005 by


SOA's strong medicine

ZDnet's Dan Farber recently sat down with Harvard Medical School CIO John Halamka, to talk about his technology-driven healthcare organization. (See post here, which will lead you to a video).

April 13, 2005 by


Software sector under attack

Joshua Greenbaum, a principal at Enterprise Applications Consulting, argues that the traditional software business model is heavily threatened by the spectre of SOA and composite applications. "The whole notion of a software license -- and with it maintenance and service -- will be under attack as soon as service-oriented architectures and composite applications start dominating the market," he contends in Web Services Pipeline.

April 12, 2005 by Britton Manasco


A Call to Liberty

The Liberty Alliance announced the release of three new interface specifications for identity-based Web services -- Presence, Geo-locations and Contact Book. Contact Book Service Interface is a common method for users to manage and share personal or business contacts regardless of contact book provider, enabling service providers to access or automatically update, at the user's request, information like billing or shipping address.

April 12, 2005 by


Gartner: smaller business will do SOA, too

ZDNet's Chris Jablonski cites a new Gartner report (accessible to paying clients only) that predicts that 40% of all development investments among small to medium-size businesses will be going to SOA (service-oriented architecture) or SOBA (service-oriented business applications) within the next five years.Gartner's tangled alphabet soup aside (SOA vs.

April 8, 2005 by