The Gartner gang may see great things on the horizon with Microsoft's upcoming Indigo platform, but a "show-me" attitude reigns in the IT trenches. ComputerWorld's Heather Havenstein took the pulse of users at Microsoft's VSLive conference in San Francisco, and found plenty of healthy skepticism.
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.
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Gartner is bullish on Indigo, Microsoft's upcoming Web services deployment and communications platform. Since Microsoft dominates up to 90% of the client-side or desktop computing market, the new Web services features will see significant adoption as the next version of the Windows operating system (Longhorn) rolls out.
Redmonk's James Governor alerted us to the potential of REST as a simpler alternative to SOAP (see my previous post), and also shed the spotlight on another under-reported spec that could make life simpler: ebXML (Electronic Business using eXtensible Markup Language).ebXML is a modular suite of specifications that provide a standard method to exchange business messages, conduct trading relationships, communicate data in common terms and define and register business processes.
Gartner estimates that about 10 percent of organizations now use UDDI, and makes another prediction: that UDDI may eventually merge with other specifications, including ebXML Registries, "which are used as much as UDDI."Gartner only foresees about 20 percent of new projects in Global 2000 companies adopting UDDI by year-end 2007.
"If you want to have more flexible, adaptive business processes, move your IT applications to SOA," says Meta Group analyst Janelle Hill in a new article in Intelligent Enterprise that profiles some SOA success stories.One of the companies profiled in Michael Voelker's excellent piece is Glen Allen, VA-based Owens & Minor, a respected distributor of medical and surgical supplies.
Are more developers turning their backs on SOAP for Web services? Redmonk's James Governor just posted this provocative thought at his MonkChips blogsite: "Evidence continues to mount that developers can' t be bothered with SOAP and the learning requirements associated with use of the standard for information interchange.
Dion Hinchcliffe mused on our recent post on who should get credit for launching the Web services/SOA revolution (BusinessWeek says Microsoft started it all), and reviewed the sequence of contributions that led us to where we are today. He provides this excellent timeline.
There was a lot of ho-ho-ho about a new era of "interoperability" between Microsoft and Sun platforms as a result of last year's financial settlement between the two companies. In early December, talk of impending breakthroughs was at a fever pitch.
Wondering where SOA and web services rank in terms of IT priorities? Right in the middle of the pack.
In a recent post, Dan Farber talks about a relatively new twist on the outsourcing trend -- "homeshoring." Rather than looking overseas, IT work is farmed out to rural communities.