Joe McKendrick

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

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In and out of love...with Web Services

Liz Lightfoot has some interesting insights on Web services over at our sister blog DataPoint. Leveraging some analysis from BT Trax, she notes that "interest in Web services ebbs and flows with some periodicity.

April 1, 2005 by Britton Manasco


At last, SOA gets some credit

It's always good to get some hard numbers around the results of a technology implementation, and such measurements are still extremely rare in the SOA space. At last, there is a big tangible ROI story to tell.

March 31, 2005 by


SAP's 'radical approach'

Software powerhouse SAP has come a long way from being the provider of rigid, megalithic and monolithic ERP systems that took center stage in the 1990s. Now, the company says it wants to open up its vast platform toenable a new wave of entrepreneurial development projects, according to a recent piece by CNET's Martin LaMonica.

March 29, 2005 by Britton Manasco


When paradigms collide: SaaS meets SOA

A running joke is that some IT vendors do such a poor job of explaining their products that if they were to try to sell sushi, it will be marketed as "cold, wet, dead fish." Are software as a service (SaaS) and on-demand computing providers similarly underselling what they do?

March 29, 2005 by


Waiting to XQuery

Larry Kim, product manager of the XML Products Group at DataDirect Technologies shared the results of a survey the company just commissioned on the long-anticipated XQuery standard. XQuery promises to do for XML data what SQL did for relational data -- that is, make it possible to write a standardized query that will pull the right data out of any database, regardless of vendor or format.

March 28, 2005 by


SOAP diss

Phil Windley writes this compelling piece on why SOAP may be on the way out as a top choice of transport mechanism, being trumped by the simpler REST (XML over HTTP) formula. Carlos Peres is quoted as observing that the SOAP envelope is "extra machinery" that "has never been shown to improve interoperability.

March 25, 2005 by


Will Asia leapfrog America?

It may be too soon to tell, but there are some signs that Asia will implement SOA more rapidly than America will. As Actional CEO Tom Ryan told us this week, "We are seeing a growing increase in activity and acquisition and implementations of SOA in the Asia-Pacific -- almost outpacing what's going on here in the U.

March 24, 2005 by Britton Manasco