Joe McKendrick

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

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Can Bob the Builder do SOA?

Speaking of Bob Vila and home construction (see Britton's recent post on new ways Web services may change our lives, including changing light fixtures), this construction analogy surfaced on the Microsoft XML team's blog site. Below are some excerpts.

December 27, 2004 by


2005-2015: the decade of SOA!

With apologies to our fellow ZDNet bloggers who may want to lay claim to 2005 for their own technology spheres, we have word from some industry movers and shakers that 2005 will belong to SOA. That's right, the year 2005 will be "The Year of SOA," said Eric Marks, founder of AgilePath and co-author of Executive's Guide to Web Services and Business Darwinism Evolve or Dissolve, in a recent interview with KnowledgeReports.

December 24, 2004 by


All tomorrow's services...

It's easytoget lost in the technical minutiaeassociated with SOA and Web Services. Presented with a blizzard of acronyms (SOAP, SOBA, XML), business decision-makers might even be tempted to roll their eyes and walk away.

December 22, 2004 by Britton Manasco


Will Canadians buy this?

Toronto is one of my favorite cities, and I have the pleasure of knowing many folks from the Canadian IT industry. And, from what I've seen in and around Toronto and Montreal, the place buzzes with commerce.

December 21, 2004 by

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Web services intermediaries

The InfoWorld test center has been playing with a new class of middleware designed to manage and monitor Web services. Known as Web services intermediaries (WSIs), these vendor solutions incorporate a host of features into their platforms includingmessage routing, security, exception handling, abstraction, message transformation, and logging.

December 21, 2004 by Britton Manasco


...Or getting matrixed?

Not everyone agrees that service-oriented IT isenablinga clear and swift shift from vertical to horizontal value creation. BTL's Dan Farber contends that "we are entering a phase in which a few companies will rule enterprise computing, each with a suite of pre-integrated functionality that promises to dramatically reduce integration and administration costs.

December 18, 2004 by Britton Manasco


Getting horizontal...

As we have discussed in previous entries, the Web services movement lays the foundation for an economic shift from verticaltohorizontal on a vast and dramatic scale. So it was interesting to hear HP CEO Carly Fiorina's recent take on this topic at theOracleWorld conference.

December 18, 2004 by Britton Manasco


"Men in Black" still dominate standards?

Lately, there's been a lot of heat generated in the blogosphere about the convoluted way many Web services standards have been coming together, which some snidely refer to as "WS-Complexity." The problem, according to many, is that many of these standards have historically come from the "Men in Black" (MIB -- Microsoft, IBM, BEA Systems).

December 16, 2004 by


Paradigms lost

Well, the week may have started with the announcement that Oracle would acquire PeopleSoft. However, Tim O'Reilly, founder and president of O'Reilly & Associates, has provocatively stated that "eBay will someday buy Oracle.

December 15, 2004 by Britton Manasco