Every acronym gets its share of abuse. ASPs, for example, could be Active Server Pages, or Application Service Providers.
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.
Joe McKendrick is an author, consultant and speaker specializing in trends and developments shaping the technology industry.
Is it time to start professionalizing the emerging field of SOA? Yes, SOA is more of a design philosophy than an actualprofession at this point.
Microsoft's Passport service took another blow the other day, with online auction giant eBay announcing that it will no longer support the ability for members to sign on using Passport. Members currently using Passport will have to sign in through eBay directly.
Concepts such as quality assurance and testing have been rare in the Web services world. Surveys I have conducted find that less than a third of Web services developers apply QA and testing to their services.
Time was, technologies began their lives in the enterprise and then, eventually, drifted out into the consumer realm. Now, we may be seeing a reversal of this pattern.
Today's confusion over Web services standards was inevitable, argues Tarak Modi. Two reasons: 1) rapid advancement within the industry that eclipsed existing standards and 2) political jostling among vendors to gain a competitive edge.
Microsoft's XML team provides some common-sense truisms about SOA in a recent post. The gist is that SOA for SOA's sake is absolutely useless, and will not fix any business problem.
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.
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.
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.