Joe McKendrick

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

Latest Posts

Giving Alphabet Soup a Bad Name

For those of you who have had your fill of standards, you're in good company. In the latest Web services study I just wrapped up for Evans Data, we found that even the early adopters still aren't quite up to speed with the alphabet soup.

November 11, 2004 by


Best Buy is an On-Demand Buy

Web Services Journal reports thatAkamai Technologies now shares its J2EE-based architecture with customers on a pay-as-you-go basis. The vendor says it has already signed on big retailer Best Buy.

November 11, 2004 by


Big Iron Redux

There's a great piece out by InfoWorld's Eric Knorr on the impending resurgence of the ultimate SOA machine: the mainframe. Big Iron is constantly given up for dead, yet IBM is reporting record sales, especially the ones that run Linux.

November 10, 2004 by


The Big Blue Boot Camp

IBM has been sending its consultants to "boot camp" to learn the principles of service oriented architecture (SOA). Now, the company reportedly has an army of 35,000 that are trained and ready for an SOA invasion.

November 10, 2004 by Britton Manasco


SOA in the Loop

Speaking of cities and SOA (see Britton's posting below), here's a literal example. BEA Systems just announced it has signed on the city government of Chicago to implement a citywide "service-oriented architecture.

November 9, 2004 by


Metaphor Watch II: City Planning

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.

November 8, 2004 by Britton Manasco


Customer-Driven Innovation

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.

November 5, 2004 by Britton Manasco


Metaphor Watch

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.

November 4, 2004 by Britton Manasco