Joe McKendrick

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

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The business of IT... is business

ZDNet's Chris Jablonski cites some of the latest thinking out of Gartner in a compelling piece on the ongoing evolution of IT service management. Gartner analyst Colleen Young is an advocate of IT service management, which, in her words, "professionalizes the IT function.

March 15, 2005 by

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Automatic for the people

IBM just announced new autonomic computing technologies that can be invoked by developers using Web services. The new technologies are available to developers at no cost, through the IBM alphaWorks Website.

March 13, 2005 by

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'Offpeopling'? Arghhh!

In spite of the off-putting buzzword, I nevertheless find quite a bit of merit with Richard Samson's argument that automation will make offshore outsourcing a moot point in the not-so-distant future (as explored in this CNET report).Back in November, we uncovered some food for thought from Datamonitoron this very topic.

March 13, 2005 by

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Pfizer's SOA strategy

Pfizer Global Pharmaceuticals, one of the world's largest drug companies (and a division of Pfizer, Inc.), has begun establishingits own SOA and rolling out new process integration projects.

March 11, 2005 by Britton Manasco

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SOA's five not-so-easy pieces

In his latest post, Loosely Coupled's Phil Wainwright notes that "attention is starting to shift from the lower levels of SOA wherepeople argue about ESB, SOAP vs REST, security and other message-levelminutiae up to layers that merit a lot more thought than they've sofar enjoyed in SOA debate." He goes on to mention these higher-level concerns -- registry,policy, governance, semantics and business process management.

March 10, 2005 by

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Collapse: a weighty prediction for Web services

Sun's Jonathan Schwartz recently posted some takeaways from a recent Sun executive conference, and added one of his own -- that "Web services will collapse under its own weight."Schwartz opines that "I'm beginningto feel that all the disparate Web service specs and fragmentedstandards activities are way out of control.

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Worst practices in SOA

We can learn a lot from mistakes, preferably someone else's. With that in mind, it's valuable to take a look at some of the early mistakes and worst practices exhibited by folks who have embraced the SOA movement.

March 8, 2005 by Britton Manasco

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SOA's long, hard slog

The SOA movement, we should recognize, has its share of skeptics. However, the skepticism is more about the pace of SOA change thanthe likelihood of SOA's arrival.

March 6, 2005 by Britton Manasco

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