Joe McKendrick

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

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2005: The year people will be talking a lot about SOA

Many organizations have just barely begun to get their feet wet in Web services, and are understandably confused about the SOA phenomenon. So while pundits may be calling 2005 The Year of SOA, let me make this 100% guaranteed, accurate forecast: 2005 will be The Year People Will Be Talking a Lot About SOA.

January 25, 2005 by

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Integration at warp speed now possible?

It seems everybody's starting to get some SOA religion, from Dade County's call center to an Indiana-based cabinetmaker. What really jumps out in a recent article on all these implementations is that Web services/SOA is many things to many people.

January 24, 2005 by

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Smoking SOA

British American Tobacco -- which operates in 180 countries and manufactures Dunhill, Pall Mall and Lucky Strike cigarette brands -- is leading the pack in the SOA world. With 64 Enterprise Resource Planning platforms worldwide (with as many as 2,000 applications on some of them), the company was desperate to bring some senseto itsIT infrastructure.

January 24, 2005 by Britton Manasco

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Okay, where are the flying cars?

Our fellow ZDNet blogger Dana Blankenhorn picked up on this unusual story about XML Smell, and how it may finally bring some predictions from long ago to reality. The concept of "smellavision," along with a similar concept for movie theaters always seemed like one of those intriguing applications that the Jetsons and other people of the future would enjoy.

January 24, 2005 by

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This is Interoperability Month

Actually, its more like two half months -- January 18th through mid February. Microsoft has posted a bunch of Webcasts in observance of Interoperability Month, each lasting about 15 to 20 minutes, with details on interoperation between .

January 20, 2005 by

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BizTalk roadmap revised

Microsoft just announced a new roadmap for the centerpiece of its Web services strategy, BizTalk server, as disclosed in ENT Online. Microsoft has shifted direction with the integration platform several times since its introduction in 2000.

January 20, 2005 by

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Fountainhead of progress

Enter the Chief Architect, an "emerging executive role in corporations tasked with bridging the gap between IT and business management," states Blue Titan CEO Frank Martinez. "The Chief Architect is a trusted resource to both executives and technologists, championing IT innovation for increased business responsiveness and profitability.

January 20, 2005 by Britton Manasco

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Do we secretly prefer machines over people?

At a corporate communications seminar I attended a few years ago, the topic was all about the loss of the human touch when attempting to phone a company, that many customers or callers were getting trapped in "voice mail jail." But someone else observed that it was far more annoying when someone did not have voice mail.

January 20, 2005 by

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XML performance: another view

An excellent pieceappears in the latest issue of CMP's Network World that provides somesobering insights on the XML performance problem, and what IT professionals can doabout it until standards, specifications, and methods are wrung out of committees.

January 20, 2005 by

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