A couple of months back, Radicati Groupput out an estimate that the Web services market would be worth about$950 million in 2004. Since it's now December, we can assume we're onthe verge of reaching that first billion-dollarmilestone.
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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Score a big one for Web services and SOA. A major deal is brewing between IBM and the New York Stock Exchange, made possible, to a large degree, by Web services.
ZapThink, an analyst firm focused on SOA and XML, has offered some pioneering insights on the talent necessary to usher in a new era of Web services. Central to the movement will be skilled consultants, according to the firm.
One more thought from the software patent front. There is hope yet that bad or obvious patents can be invalidated or withdrawn.
It is estimated that there are currently 100,000 software patents inexistence, according to Gregory Aharonian, editor of the InternetPatent News Service and Bustpatents.com, quoted last month in Baseline.
Given the growing concerns about a new XML performance crisis that Joe discusses in a prior post, it's worth noting that some of the most impressive new entrants in the Web services field such as Amazon and eBay are playing without service guarantees. In a recent piece at Loosely Coupled, David Longworth notes that the absence of such guarantees isn't holding back new developments and innovations.
A few years back, I was involved with an organization called the"Society of Office Automation Professionals," or SOAP. The organizationhas gone down the drain (pun intended), but SOAP lives on as an important acronym in theindustry.
In a previous blogentry, I mentioned the so-called XML performance crisis that may bring down SOA and Web services networks in the near future. Colin Adam (of Webservices.
In Friday's post, we discussed the urgency of a patent auction taking place December 6th that could put some of our most fundamental Web services standards in the hands of the highest bidder. Here's more perspective on the urgency of the matter in an eWeek editorial.
Amazon is certainly one of the key players to watch in the emerging field of Web services. Ithas rolled out a powerful platform thatextends the value of its brand, while driving revenue through acommission-based model.