ZapThink is hosting a new series of free web radio "casts" to address some of the key issues in the field right now. Seems like a pretty good cast of participants, actually.
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.
As if we needed more confusion in the SOA world,ZapThink's Ron Schmelzerpoints out in a new piece that "registries" are being confused with "repositories," while the UDDI spec is being confused with a product. "In the world of SOA, significant confusion surrounds the storage and management of Service metadata that developers need during design time, as well as the metadata that the SOA infrastructure requires to manage Service operation during runtime," he states.
Linux isn't the only competitive threat to Microsoft. Web services/SOA-based technologies are prompting companies to revisit the notion of thin-client computing, as a way to cut deployment costs, improve security, and deliver value.
Can a small and young, yet ambitious company define the Web services registry standard? That's what Infravio, which was started by two Stanford students(and brothers) in 1999, intends to accomplish.
As I have said in the past in this space, the SOA and open source movements create opportunities for conventional "vendors" to reposition themselves as high-value "solution providers" that guide clients to successful outcomes.In a recent piece at SandHill.
ZDNet's Chris Jablonski cites some of the latest thinking out of Gartner in a compelling piece on the ongoing evolution of IT service management. Gartner analyst Colleen Young is an advocate of IT service management, which, in her words, "professionalizes the IT function.
IBM just announced new autonomic computing technologies that can be invoked by developers using Web services. The new technologies are available to developers at no cost, through the IBM alphaWorks Website.
In spite of the off-putting buzzword, I nevertheless find quite a bit of merit with Richard Samson's argument that automation will make offshore outsourcing a moot point in the not-so-distant future (as explored in this CNET report).Back in November, we uncovered some food for thought from Datamonitoron this very topic.
Pfizer Global Pharmaceuticals, one of the world's largest drug companies (and a division of Pfizer, Inc.), has begun establishingits own SOA and rolling out new process integration projects.
"XML can give legacy systems a new lease of life," goes the headline for this latest article in Computer Weekly. Now they're singing my tune.