What does SOA mean for the future of the software industry? Who wins and who loses?
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.
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.
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.
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.
The OASIS ebXML Registry Technical Committee has voted to approve the ebXML Registry Version 3.0 specification as a "Committee Draft" andto advance the draft for public review in preparation for ballot as anOASIS Standard.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.