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There's a lot going on in the world of Web services these days, so much so that it's almost hard to keep track of it. And there is definitely enough to make it difficult to make sense of competing initiatives. But it certainly makes for interesting watching. Case in point is the Web ...
Web services are demonstrating their value and exhibiting the potential to substantially enhance enterprise productivity and reduce operating costs. But they will never reach their full potential without two things: trust and security. That's because Web services are based on open,...
We aren't a news magazine, and we don't cover current events except as they relate to our industry, so I had to think long and hard about what to say in this edition. Nevertheless, I decided that at least in my editorial, we would remember September 11th.
In the world of Web services, the question of the month is about platforms. Does the Web services world resemble the political system of the United States, with a two-party system, or is it a more free-wheeling system of coalitions and multiple interests?
I guess the title begs the question, if this is the end of the beginning, is it the beginning of the end? Hardly. But it is time to close the book on the first phase of Web services - the beginning of the hype curve.
Like many IT professionals, I'm an amateur musician. As such, I know how much effort it can be to get a group of people to work together, start together, end together and make a pleasant sort of noise together. And I play in a small group, so I can imagine the coordination effort of so...
In today's global economy, organizations are expanding their market opportunities by extending their reach. Mergers and acquisitions, new partnerships, and new business models - including e-business and Web services - are changing the way companies interact with their customers, and wi...
Remember that kid in the neighborhood - the one who had the bat and ball, and if you wanted to play together, you had to use his stuff? Even if he was a pretty nice kid, there was always a time when you longed for the ability to play on your own, or at least use a bat that was more you...
One of the ingrained attitudes in the United States is the desire to simplify choices to a binary decision. Black or white. Coffee or tea. Winner or loser. Even our expressions reflect this ­ 'two-horse race,' 'two-party system.' And it's no different in the world of Web services. On ...
By now we've all heard a fair bit about Web services, a lot of hype and few hints that there's something really innovative going on here. Trudge round any developer conference and you'll hear the chatter of eager developers wanting to roll together a host of disparate Web services into...
In a recent 'Strategic Planning' research note, Gartner issued a prediction that 'by 2004, more than 25 percent of all standard Web services traffic will be asynchronous....' and 'by 2006, more than 40 percent of the standard Web services traffic will be asynchronous.'
As the new year finally starts to take hold, we're seeing a number of interesting, challenging, and even disturbing trends in the world of Web services. One of the more interesting business intelligence reports predicted recently that Web services will hit the height of its 'hype curve...
There's an old story about what happens when several blind men encounter an elephant. One, feeling the leg, says that an elephant is like a tree. Others, touching various other parts of the elephant's anatomy, describe it as other things. The point of the story, besides not hiring b...
Wireless, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Mention wireless, and you can step back and watch the conversation spin for hours around differing definitions and approaches. In some minds, wireless is all about cell phones, and consequently is a completely consumer-oriented ...
I've described elsewhere the idea of 'swarms' - spontaneously federating devices and software services connecting over networks. Some people are now describing this concept as 'wireless Web services,' extending the group of ideas now being called services-on-demand.
I'm showing my age, but a number of years ago ELO released an album entitled 'Discovery.' One of the songs was entitled 'Shine a Little Light,' which is apropos for this month's editorial since our feature focus for this edition is Discovery. I took part in a panel discussion...
Reusable software components - when properly built, promoted, and tracked - deliver an enormously productive alternative to traditional 'built-from-scratch' application development. The benefits are real, tangible, and ultimately reflected in the bottom line for those organizations wit...
The software industry returned to New York City with the International Java & Web Services Conference and Expo at the Hilton New York. In spite of what many thought might prove insurmountable obstacles, the international software industry has provided New York City today with a res...
One of the most interesting paradoxes of the information age is the challenge of obtaining critical mass for a technology - the classic chicken-and-egg problem. Remember when you could buy your software on floppy disks because only a few people had CD-ROM drives? How about the ...
I sometimes think that the best job in the world would be strategic thinking. Every time I see a quote from a strategist, it's always five years out and full of promise. You know the ones I mean. It goes something like this: 'By 2005 every wristwatch will have a Pentium 7 processor and...
Recently I have fielded questions from customers like, 'Which is better, peer-to-peer or Web services?' and 'Do you think I should move from Web services to a peer-to-peer network?'. The answer is another question: 'Which approach best suits your solution?'. This tends to make the cust...
Without a doubt, 2001 is a rebuilding year. The market is down, especially the tech stocks. The dot-coms that were leading the charge are now the dot bombs that we're all trying to distance ourselves from. So it might be easy to conclude that the Internet revolution is over, and the b...
Being left handed and, therefore, left footed, I once tried to take dancing lessons so I'd look a little less ungainly at family functions like weddings. My father, who's ambidextrous, makes it look easy. Of course, I always forget that when he was growing up, dancing was the main soc...