Joe McKendrick

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

Latest Posts

Security: agreeing to agree

In his recent post, Dan Farber relays a meeting of the minds over federated security issues that need to be addressed to move Web services and SOA forward.  It's interesting to see Liberty Alliance and Microsoft, if not on the same page, at least reading the same book.

May 11, 2005 by


Metaphor war

It's interesting to hear arguments about the future of high-tech played out in the realm of metaphor. After all, it is the "utility" metaphor that has proved a strong foundation for the folks behind the "on-demand" movement.

May 11, 2005 by Britton Manasco


Motorola seeks big agility

Fascinating presentation by Motorola CIO Toby Redshaw at InfoWorld's recent SOA Executive Forum and Phil Windley has done a great job of capturing its essence:  Key lessons learned: Start soon—its a long journey. Technology is not overly complex on the surface, but can be complicated to execute.

May 10, 2005 by Britton Manasco


To your health: Web services

Seattle's 17-hospital Providence Health System is leveraging Web services to transform how it operates, according to a recent piece in Healthcare Informatics. It brought in Cupertino-based Infravio Inc.

May 9, 2005 by Britton Manasco


OASIS sets out to tame the SOA beast

OASIS is building a reference model that it hopes will pin down the definition of a service oriented architecture.  ZDNet's Martin LaMonica explores the oversight group's latest initiative, the OASIS SOA-RM Technical Committee, charged with creating a reference model "to preserve a common layer of understanding across multiple service-oriented environments and architectures.

May 6, 2005 by


Is SOA samo samo?

"'SOA' doesn't really exist, does it?" Clemens Vasters, co-founder and chief technology officer of newtelligence AG, asks this simple but provocative question in a recent post on his blogsite.

May 6, 2005 by


IBM's center of gravity

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.

May 5, 2005 by Britton Manasco


Dynamic specialization

Cheap, off-shore outsourcing isn't the bogeyman it's made out to be. In fact, outsourcing and offshoring are nothing new.

May 4, 2005 by Britton Manasco


C-change ahead for SOA?

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.

May 4, 2005 by