Joe McKendrick

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

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Out of the box

What does SOA mean for the future of the software industry? Who wins and who loses?

February 22, 2005 by Britton Manasco

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OASIS is not an island

It just seemed too good to be true -- that people from all across theindustry could put their minds together, collaborate, and come up withsolutions and methods that can automate and advance the competitiveness of our businesses. Now, a calcified, creaky, and lopsided patent structure threatens to gum up the two best things we have going for us in this decade -- Web services and open source.

February 22, 2005 by

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SOA: Who's running this show?

I heard from Loosely Coupled's Phil Wainewright the other day, who shared the results of an SOA management market survey he just published. Loosely Coupled took a hard look at the 14 vendors that play in this space, and estimates that the size of the market stood at about $60 million at the end of 2004.

February 21, 2005 by

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The new alignment

The SOA wave -- which promises to embed business processes in code -- will drivetighter alignment between business and IT, according to a recent piece in Optimize Magazine. Citing Forrester Research analyst Randy Heffner, the article makes the case that IT development roles and responsibilities are shifting.

February 17, 2005 by Britton Manasco

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SSDL: the new WSDL?

Just when the world is starting to figure out the nuances and applications of WSDL (Web Services Description Language), a new way of describing Web services messages has been thrown into the mix. A new "experimentalframework" for Web Services description -- called the SOAP Service Description Language (SSDL) -- has just been released.

February 17, 2005 by

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From Minor to major...

We've entered the "practical phase" of Web services, says Halsey Minor, CEO of Grand Central in a recent interview with Business Week. "The first phase was a bunch of people designing a whole bunch of standards -- primarily those were a bunch of computer scientists.

February 15, 2005 by Britton Manasco

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True grid

Over the past week, fellow ZDNet bloggers George Ou and David Berlind have been discussing the potential and peril of grid computing. George points to some of the impracticalities of grid between organizations, and the fact that grid may be the wrong answer to other infrastructure issues.

February 15, 2005 by

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You can bet your BPEL on it

Jon Fancey provides a good explanation of BPEL (Business Process Execution Language) now posted on Microsoft's MSDN site. BPEL scripts will serve as the orchestration glue between various Web services to make the whole SOA work.

February 15, 2005 by

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There are some things beyond automation...

Maybe it's a sign we're relying on IT too much when we "outsource" our Valentine's Day sentiments to the Web infrastructure -- and things can and do go wrong.To quote writer Dave Barry, the way to remember your anniversary is that "it's the day before you have to buy a very expensive present.

February 15, 2005 by

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