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.
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.
Cheap, off-shore outsourcing isn't the bogeyman it's made out to be. In fact, outsourcing and offshoring are nothing new.
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.
The backlash against the software industry continues. But the feeling seems to have drifted from anger to disappointment to bewilderment.
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.