Joe McKendrick

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

Latest Posts

UDDI finally springs into action

The insurance industry may be a conservative lot, but I've noticed they have been ahead of the curve with Web services. The industry's big challenge is that carriers rely on networks of independent or semi-independent agents up front, but run a lot of mainframes in the back.

December 6, 2004 by


Just for CICS...

More interesting news out of Big Blue. IBM has just introduced a new version of its 35-year-old Customer Information Control System (CICS) transaction server to support Web services.

December 2, 2004 by Britton Manasco


Our first billion, at last

A couple of months back, Radicati Groupput out an estimate that the Web services market would be worth about$950 million in 2004. Since it's now December, we can assume we're onthe verge of reaching that first billion-dollarmilestone.

December 2, 2004 by


Think talent

ZapThink, an analyst firm focused on SOA and XML, has offered some pioneering insights on the talent necessary to usher in a new era of Web services. Central to the movement will be skilled consultants, according to the firm.

December 1, 2004 by Britton Manasco


39 patents, five days...

It is estimated that there are currently 100,000 software patents inexistence, according to Gregory Aharonian, editor of the InternetPatent News Service and, quoted last month in Baseline.

December 1, 2004 by


No guarantees

Given the growing concerns about a new XML performance crisis that Joe discusses in a prior post, it's worth noting that some of the most impressive new entrants in the Web services field such as Amazon and eBay are playing without service guarantees. In a recent piece at Loosely Coupled, David Longworth notes that the absence of such guarantees isn't holding back new developments and innovations.

November 30, 2004 by Britton Manasco