Recognizing the need to continue clarifying the meaning of Web services so that business people can more readily understand and capitalize on the concept, here's another metaphor that has found the light of day: city planning.
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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Much of the current attention in the Web services world tends to revolve around the IT vendors -- such as IBM, Microsoft, BEA and Sun -- that are working to establish key standards. No doubt, such vendor-driven efforts arecritical to the growth of the field.
What makes Web services so appealing is that, for all intents and purposes, its an exercise in pure democracy. Anyone can be a creator and consumer of Web services.
As Joenoted in a previous post, one of the most significant challenges hampering theadvance of Web Services today is the opaque and abstruseway we speakof it.We are still very focused on tech talk and standards concerns; we have yet to really paint a vision that will grab the attention of business decision-makers and influencers.
"Standards voyeurs"? That's what Roger Nolan, Sun Microsystems senior director of product marketing, called IBM and BEA for asking to see the JSR-208 specification before anyone else, as reported in Java Development Journal.
A new survey tracking Web services and SOA growth is out, and some nuggets can be found onthe Evans Data site. As I mentioned in a previous blog entry, I serve as lead analyst for the Evans Data survey series on this topic, and will be sharing various findings with you over the coming weeks.
Revolutionary acts need not always end with blood in the streets. That's onelesson fromthe new economy of Webservices.
Beware of vendors claiming to use open standards. Pat Thibodeau, writing in ComputerWorld, describes some end-user brushes with vendors hawking Web services applications that are actually proprietary underneath the covers.
One of the most interesting aspects of the Web services wave is the recognition that it will require new, cross-functionalroles and positions. Indeed, some commentators have offered usinsightful views on what these new roles might be.
Web services and SOA have enormous potential to make our businesses more productive and agile. However, vendors need to start doing a better job of explaining to us why Web services can make a difference, and what parts of Web services really matter.