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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...Or getting matrixed?

...Or getting matrixed?

Not everyone agrees that service-oriented IT isenablinga clear and swift shift from vertical to horizontal value creation. BTL's Dan Farber contends that "we are entering a phase in which a few companies will rule enterprise computing, each with a suite of pre-integrated functionality that promises to dramatically reduce integration and administration costs.

December 18, 2004 by in Oracle

Getting horizontal...

Getting horizontal...

As we have discussed in previous entries, the Web services movement lays the foundation for an economic shift from verticaltohorizontal on a vast and dramatic scale. So it was interesting to hear HP CEO Carly Fiorina's recent take on this topic at theOracleWorld conference.

December 18, 2004 by in Innovation

"Men in Black" still dominate standards?

"Men in Black" still dominate standards?

Lately, there's been a lot of heat generated in the blogosphere about the convoluted way many Web services standards have been coming together, which some snidely refer to as "WS-Complexity." The problem, according to many, is that many of these standards have historically come from the "Men in Black" (MIB -- Microsoft, IBM, BEA Systems).

December 16, 2004 by in Cloud

Paradigms lost

Paradigms lost

Well, the week may have started with the announcement that Oracle would acquire PeopleSoft. However, Tim O'Reilly, founder and president of O'Reilly & Associates, has provocatively stated that "eBay will someday buy Oracle.

December 15, 2004 by in E-Commerce

Web services keep on truckin'

Web services keep on truckin'

Real-life, large-scale working examples of Web services/SOA are few and far between, so I was pleased to have the opportunity to chat with Jerry Hilt, systems analyst with Con-Way Transportation, a $2 billion distribution services company (you can see their trucks on most main highways across North America). Con-Way has been evolving an SOA infrastructure for several years now, enabling its seven separate business units to share standardized customer-facing applications.

December 14, 2004 by in Cloud

WSDM: Not-so-conventional wisdom

WSDM: Not-so-conventional wisdom

For you standards aficionados out there -- and you know who you are -- there's another spec now out for public review. The OASIS Technical Committee that oversees development of the Web Services Distributed Management, or WSDM (pronounced "Wisdom") specification, will be accepting comments through January 10, 2005.

December 14, 2004 by in Cloud

Kernel knowledge

Kernel knowledge

In a recent post, Avanade's Steve Maine parses a presentation by Microsoft's Don Box, and does a great job of explaining the essential core elements of a Web service, which he calls the Web service "kernel." The kernel in an operating system consists of the important stuff you dont need to know too much about, as Maine puts it.

December 14, 2004 by in Tech Industry

Security outside the box

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 in Security

Last mile

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 in Enterprise Software

Grid-like and gridlock

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 in Hardware

The shape of things to come

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 in Enterprise Software

Hello Larry

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 in Oracle

The horizontal economy

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 in Cloud

Starwood shines

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 in Enterprise Software

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