Joe McKendrick

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

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Event-driven architecture

At the Application Integration and Web Services Summit last May, Gartner analyst Roy Schulte called "event-driven architecture" the "next big thing." Indeed, he predicted more than 67% of new large-scale application systems would "emit" business events by 2008.

January 11, 2005 by Britton Manasco


New view of BPEL

BPEL (Business Process Execution Language) is "a language for describing Web service orchestration in terms of stateful, long-running interactions consisting of synchronous and asynchronous message exchanges," explains Jim Clune of Parasoft. "It supplies a notion of abstract processes to describe externally visible behavior as well as executable processes, which can be run either by some interpreter or by compiling them into some executable form.

January 11, 2005 by Britton Manasco


Big Blue's patent surprise

An interesting announcement just came out of IBM today. Namely, Big Blue is publicly pledging that 500 of its patents will be made available for use in open source software projects.

January 11, 2005 by


Relief from XML bloat?

Since XML and Web services (which are written in XML) is comprised of human-readable text, many in the industry are concerned that we face an imminent performance crisis across the network. As described in this recent article in NetworldWorld Fusion, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is working on new specifications that enable the binary encoding of XML within SOAP messages.

January 10, 2005 by


Countrywide's extended service

Some of the most interesting applications of service-oriented architecture may be those that are extended outwards to create new customer value. Countrywide Global Markets, a division of Countrywide Financial Corp.

January 9, 2005 by Britton Manasco


The big four gotchas

If you're looking for a good read on the "gotchas" that come out of a Web services deployment, check out this latest article from Mike Lehmann, Oracle's Web services guru.

January 6, 2005 by


Is the price right?

As demands for a higher quality of service (QoS) perpetually rise, service providers -- the organizations "exposing" Web services for active use -- will need to determine how to price for their offerings. While there are some companies now (like Amazon) that make Web services available at no charge, it's simply not sensible to think this industry is going to come anywhere near its potential without a revenue model.

January 5, 2005 by Britton Manasco


SOAring or SOAking?

Every vendor with code to peddle has glommed on to the SOA hype cycle, but is anyone buying it yet? We asked this question of 427 Web services developers responding to the latest Evans Data survey.

January 5, 2005 by