Today's confusion over Web services standards was inevitable, argues Tarak Modi. Two reasons: 1) rapid advancement within the industry that eclipsed existing standards and 2) political jostling among vendors to gain a competitive edge.
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.
Microsoft's XML team provides some common-sense truisms about SOA in a recent post. The gist is that SOA for SOA's sake is absolutely useless, and will not fix any business problem.
Speaking of Bob Vila and home construction (see Britton's recent post on new ways Web services may change our lives, including changing light fixtures), this construction analogy surfaced on the Microsoft XML team's blog site. Below are some excerpts.
With apologies to our fellow ZDNet bloggers who may want to lay claim to 2005 for their own technology spheres, we have word from some industry movers and shakers that 2005 will belong to SOA. That's right, the year 2005 will be "The Year of SOA," said Eric Marks, founder of AgilePath and co-author of Executive's Guide to Web Services and Business Darwinism Evolve or Dissolve, in a recent interview with KnowledgeReports.
It's easytoget lost in the technical minutiaeassociated with SOA and Web Services. Presented with a blizzard of acronyms (SOAP, SOBA, XML), business decision-makers might even be tempted to roll their eyes and walk away.
Toronto is one of my favorite cities, and I have the pleasure of knowing many folks from the Canadian IT industry. And, from what I've seen in and around Toronto and Montreal, the place buzzes with commerce.
The InfoWorld test center has been playing with a new class of middleware designed to manage and monitor Web services. Known as Web services intermediaries (WSIs), these vendor solutions incorporate a host of features into their platforms includingmessage routing, security, exception handling, abstraction, message transformation, and logging.
There's been quite a bit of confusion around all the Web servicesdefinitions and acronyms that are floating around. Everyone has their own definition.
Not everyone agrees that service-oriented IT isenablinga clear and swift shift from vertical to horizontal value creation. BTL's Dan Farber contends that "we are entering a phase in which a few companies will rule enterprise computing, each with a suite of pre-integrated functionality that promises to dramatically reduce integration and administration costs.
As we have discussed in previous entries, the Web services movement lays the foundation for an economic shift from verticaltohorizontal on a vast and dramatic scale. So it was interesting to hear HP CEO Carly Fiorina's recent take on this topic at theOracleWorld conference.