Joe McKendrick

Joe McKendrick is an author and independent analyst who tracks the impact of information technology on management and markets. Joe is co-author, along with 16 leading industry leaders and thinkers, of the SOA Manifesto, which outlines the values and guiding principles of service orientation. He speaks frequently on cloud, data, and enterprise computing topics at industry events and Webcasts. As an independent analyst, he has authored numerous research reports in partnership with Forbes Insights and Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc. In a previous life, Joe served as director of the Administrative Management Society (AMS), an international professional association dedicated to advancing knowledge within the IT and business management fields. He is a graduate of Temple University.

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Smoking SOA

Smoking SOA

British American Tobacco -- which operates in 180 countries and manufactures Dunhill, Pall Mall and Lucky Strike cigarette brands -- is leading the pack in the SOA world. With 64 Enterprise Resource Planning platforms worldwide (with as many as 2,000 applications on some of them), the company was desperate to bring some senseto itsIT infrastructure.

January 24, 2005 by in Enterprise Software

Okay, where are the flying cars?

Okay, where are the flying cars?

Our fellow ZDNet blogger Dana Blankenhorn picked up on this unusual story about XML Smell, and how it may finally bring some predictions from long ago to reality. The concept of "smellavision," along with a similar concept for movie theaters always seemed like one of those intriguing applications that the Jetsons and other people of the future would enjoy.

January 24, 2005 by in Enterprise Software

This is Interoperability Month

This is Interoperability Month

Actually, its more like two half months -- January 18th through mid February. Microsoft has posted a bunch of Webcasts in observance of Interoperability Month, each lasting about 15 to 20 minutes, with details on interoperation between .

January 20, 2005 by in Tech Industry

BizTalk roadmap revised

BizTalk roadmap revised

Microsoft just announced a new roadmap for the centerpiece of its Web services strategy, BizTalk server, as disclosed in ENT Online. Microsoft has shifted direction with the integration platform several times since its introduction in 2000.

January 20, 2005 by in Servers

Fountainhead of progress

Fountainhead of progress

Enter the Chief Architect, an "emerging executive role in corporations tasked with bridging the gap between IT and business management," states Blue Titan CEO Frank Martinez. "The Chief Architect is a trusted resource to both executives and technologists, championing IT innovation for increased business responsiveness and profitability.

January 20, 2005 by in Enterprise Software

Do we secretly prefer machines over people?

Do we secretly prefer machines over people?

At a corporate communications seminar I attended a few years ago, the topic was all about the loss of the human touch when attempting to phone a company, that many customers or callers were getting trapped in "voice mail jail." But someone else observed that it was far more annoying when someone did not have voice mail.

January 20, 2005 by in Enterprise Software

XML performance: another view

XML performance: another view

An excellent pieceappears in the latest issue of CMP's Network World that provides somesobering insights on the XML performance problem, and what IT professionals can doabout it until standards, specifications, and methods are wrung out of committees.

January 20, 2005 by in Enterprise Software

Inch by inch it's a cinch; mile by mile it's a trial

Inch by inch it's a cinch; mile by mile it's a trial

In a recent commentary, Grady Booch, an IBM Fellow and software architect's architect, says the failure of the FBI's multi-million-dollar Virtual Case File project provides a lesson that extends to all big-budget projects. The issue is that such projects try to do too much in one big bang.

January 18, 2005 by in Cloud

Disrupt or reinforce?

Disrupt or reinforce?

Some people continue to wonder whether Web services is what management author Clayton Chistensen calls a "disruptive innovation" -- one that utterly transforms an industry or an economic environment. True, Web services promise to dramatically change the way applications, systems and machines interact -- much as the Internetand the World Wide Web have changed interactions among people.

January 18, 2005 by in Cloud

Federated identity's new advocate

Federated identity's new advocate

George Goodman, newly installed president of the multi-vendor Liberty Alliance, was recently interviewed for his take on the waning acceptance of Microsoft's Passport model, and what his organization will be doing for federated indentity management going forward.

January 18, 2005 by in Tech Industry

Beyond the big walled gardens...

Beyond the big walled gardens...

Ok, ok, Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) may have "issues," asmy skeptical co-blogger has just pointed out. It mayeven be quite a while before it enables business analysts to simply draw up new IT-enabled business processes on the fly with cool visual tools.

January 13, 2005 by in Enterprise Software

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