Systinet’s founding CTO and my friend Anne Thomas Manes pronounced the
demise of SOA a few weeks ago. Honestly, SOA lost its meaning for me on the
day when good, old Solaris became the “SOA operating system”. But is SOA
dead or not? I don’t believe so but I think that Anne and others are
looking for SOA in the wrong places. Here is why:
Part of our Systinet SOA pitch was this truism: “SOA is not something you
can buy”. We believed that SOA didn’t come in a box and companies have to
invest time and money to build it. And maybe this is the crux of the problem.
What if the act of building internal service blueprint is beyond the
capabilities and budgets of the individual customers? Go to the SOA mailing
list and try to understand how to build your own SOA and you can spend the
rest of your life reading the discussions and related blogs and comments.
My point is that I... (more)
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The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton M. Christensen is my favorite business
book – its main idea (disruptive technologies serve new customer groups and
“low-end” markets first) was the guiding principle of all my startups.
The best part is that even though everybody can read about the power of
disruptive technologies, there is no defense against them. Vendors can’t
help themselves. They study The Innovator’s Dilemma, pay Christensen to
speak to their managers, but their existing customer base and “brand
promise” prevent them from releasing products that are limited... (more)
Yesterday, I nearly drowned in a sea of extraneous data. In just one hour
during an important conference call, my laptop overflowed with 300 e-mails
from an email thread I frankly didn’t care about. Imagine how much time I
could have saved if my system knew I was unavailable, and sent me only the
two notifications I truly needed: That the customer I was on the call with
owed us an invoice, and that my next appointment was delayed by half an hour.
Clearly, enterprise users need an easy and intuitive way to parse all their
data into a useful context. Just as clearly, they also need ... (more)
No other major SaaS company in the world could get away with this approach to
paying customers. Not only Google offers no user-friendly tools to add shared
contact to the paid version of Google Apps. They offer no tools. Period.
Here is the only information available to email administrators:
Administrative management of non-employee contacts now available
Premier Edition administrators can now add contacts that aren’t employees
of their own company to the contact list that each user can access in the new
standalone contact manager.
First, create an XML representation of the shared ... (more)
Business Intelligence projects are famous for low success rates, high costs
and time overruns. The economics of BI are visibly broken, and have been for
years. Yet BI remains the #1 technology priority according to Gartner. We
could paraphrase Lee Iacocca and say: People want economical Business
Intelligence solutions and they will pay ANY price to get it.
Nobody argues with the need for more Business Intelligence; BI is one of the
few remaining IT initiatives that can make companies more competitive. But
only the largest companies can live with the costs or the high failure rates... (more)