Joe McKendrick

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

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Speed wins at Owens and Minor

"If you want to have more flexible, adaptive business processes, move your IT applications to SOA," says Meta Group analyst Janelle Hill in a new article in Intelligent Enterprise that profiles some SOA success stories.One of the companies profiled in Michael Voelker's excellent piece is Glen Allen, VA-based Owens & Minor, a respected distributor of medical and surgical supplies.

February 11, 2005 by Britton Manasco

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Is SOAP a washout?

Are more developers turning their backs on SOAP for Web services? Redmonk's James Governor just posted this provocative thought at his MonkChips blogsite: "Evidence continues to mount that developers can' t be bothered with SOAP and the learning requirements associated with use of the standard for information interchange.

February 11, 2005 by

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Who gets the credit (or blame)?

Dion Hinchcliffe mused on our recent post on who should get credit for launching the Web services/SOA revolution (BusinessWeek says Microsoft started it all), and reviewed the sequence of contributions that led us to where we are today. He provides this excellent timeline.

February 11, 2005 by

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Stealing Xmas

There was a lot of ho-ho-ho about a new era of "interoperability" between Microsoft and Sun platforms as a result of last year's financial settlement between the two companies. In early December, talk of impending breakthroughs was at a fever pitch.

February 10, 2005 by

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Microsoft: two views

As noted in a previous post, Microsoft is now actively campaigning for interoperability between various vendor's platforms, not just its own. Optimize recently ran this point/counterpoint to the simple question: "Is Microsoft integrating with others?

February 9, 2005 by

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Can you spare a cycle or two?

Fellow ZDNet blogger David Berlind describes events at the recent GlobusWorld gird confab in Boston. Grid represents the next generation of clustering -- in which workloads can be spread across multiple processors -- and much more.

February 9, 2005 by

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Revolutionary purge?

SOA is "one of those perfectly mind-numbing expressions that defies even a modicum of consistent definition, sounds important, and gives everyone the freedom to do it 'their way," argues BPM Group chief analyst Terry Schurter. "What an incredible waste of time, money and energy.

February 7, 2005 by Britton Manasco

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