Joe McKendrick

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

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Security outside the box

In my previous post, I observed that disruptive Web services standardization will create many consolidations and mergers within the IT industry. Simultaneously, new markets are also springing up.

December 13, 2004 by

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Last mile

The most challenging aspect of service-oriented architecture is the final connection to existing applications and systems. Exposing your enterprise systems and managing the necessary linkages has been dubbed "the last mile problem" by software integration specialist David Linthicum.

December 13, 2004 by Britton Manasco

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Grid-like and gridlock

Software and computing cyles are moving onparallel tracks toward a destination we call "service-oriented IT."We tend to refer to many service-focused, software advancements as "Web services," while many are now referring to on-demand, data processing services as "grid computing.

December 13, 2004 by Britton Manasco

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The shape of things to come

As Britton observes, Oracle's $10 billion absorption of PeopleSoft will mean more acceleration of integration efforts between various potential "killer apps" (sorry, Britton, couldn't resist) within the budding Web services and SOA space. The acquisition is also is proof of an immutable law of business: when two or more vendors begin to offer identical products or services, consolidation becomes inevitable.

December 12, 2004 by

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Hello Larry

PeopleSoft's agreement to be acquired by Oracle for $10.3 billion may add a bit more momentum to theservice-oriented business application arena.

December 12, 2004 by Britton Manasco

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The horizontal economy

In the late 1930s, economist Ronald Coase (later to win the Nobel prize) wrote an influential paper examining why firms tend to keep some activities in-house, yet rely on an open market of suppliers and partners for other things. Coase learned that "transaction costs" -- the costs associated with coordinating and collaborating with outside firms -- often were just too high.

December 9, 2004 by Britton Manasco

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Starwood shines

Starwood Hotels-- which operates the Westin, Sheraton and W hotel brands -- is intent on leveraging the power and potential of service-oriented architecture. It is now in the midst of an architecturaltransition that will make datanow stored in its legacy mainframe reservationsystem accessible in dynamic, Web services applications.

December 8, 2004 by Britton Manasco

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Lots of SOA in SFO

There's lots of SOA going around SFO these days.With OracleWorld going on at San Francisco's Moscone Center, there has been a slew of announcements around Oracle's 10g family of products and from Oracle's reseller/partner network.

December 8, 2004 by

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