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Web Services Strategies

The Web Services Technology Pipeline. I've posted a new essay explaining how the technologies of web services will be delivered by different categories of vendors over the technologies' lifetimes. Technologies comes out the end of the pipeline in a form that's more standardized, more reliable and less expensive than when they went in.

As you consider the many options for the deployment of your web-services projects, be aware that all of the technologies are working their way through the pipeline. If you need bleeding-edge (pre-standard) technology, you should be looking at the earlier stages, whereas those whose requirements are less demanding can avail themselves of later-stage (and less expensive) options. [Click the link above for the complete text.]
Posted Sunday, October 27, 2002 5:05:39 PM 

Software as Services? What Your Mother Didn't Tell You About This Aspect of Web Services. According to Dan Muse of, IDC reports, "...that while early adopters are successfully integrating heterogeneous systems in multiple locations, the next phase for Web services--delivering software as services--is at least a decade away." The $1,500 report by IDC's Rikki Kirzner claims that "businesses and users ultimately will have to be willing to make fundamental changes in the way they view software assets and intellectual property rights before vendors can deliver on the promises they are all making regarding the use of components as a key element of Web services. Semantics, standards, security, and privacy issues will present major stumbling blocks to later stages of Web services implementation."

All of that may be true. But ten years? Hard to imagine anyone willing to wait that long. I predict we'll see software-as-service in less than half that time, and in a big way.
Posted Saturday, October 26, 2002 10:53:01 PM 

The Role of Web-Services Networks. In this particularly good interview, InfoWorld's Steve Gillmor and Mark Jones speak with Craig Donato (president and CEO) and John McDowall (CTO) at Grand Central Communications. Intelligent questions and honest answers that explain the strengths and weaknesses of WSNs, and also provide perspective on the state-of-the-art in web services as a whole.
Posted Saturday, October 26, 2002 9:39:54 PM 

Understanding the Real Costs of Integration. In another excellent ZapFlash, Ronald Schmelzer and Jason Bloomberg take a stab at explaining what I've come to believe may be the most important issue surrounding web services. "...blindly applying Web Services to integration is a mistake...just because a new technology has promise doesn't guarantee that it will be applied correctly." They go on to ask, "Are implementations of Web Services simply 'old wine in new bottles,' with interfaces every bit as brittle and tightly-coupled as in the past, or are they really implementing Service-Oriented Integration among Services at many levels of granularity?"

It's been my experience to date, when helping clients develop their web-services strategies, that the greatest obstacle is getting developers and architects to truly understand what loose coupling is all about. It's elusive, but an absolutely critical concept.
Posted Thursday, October 24, 2002 11:26:25 AM 

Digital Identity Redux. Nate Torkington reports from the Digital Identity World conference. "There are no clear signs that Digital Identity is anything but hot air."
Posted Monday, October 21, 2002 1:25:57 PM 

Web Hosting Strategies

Will Web Services Change Web Hosting? The high-end web-hosting business is cooling off, but web services are on fire. What's going to happen when they meet? I recently spoke to some of the movers and shakers of the web-hosting world, and asked them how they were anticipating the arrival of web services. [My October column for The Web Host Industry Review]
Posted Friday, October 25, 2002 12:49:04 PM  

The WHIR Digest. The team over at The Web Host Industry Review have launched a monthly magazine that's delivered as a PDF. The premiere issue is a good lookin' 15-pager with the following articles:

  • A digest of recent web-hosting news
  • Combating Spam and Research Notes on Latin America by Rawlson O'Neil King
  • Research Insights by Shirley Siluk Gregory
  • Support Solutions... by Liam Eagle
  • What Web Hosting Customers Want by yours truly
It's particluarly nice to print out (in full color, no less) to read on the bus, train, ferry or airplane. Kudos to the WHIR team. Let's hope it's a success.
Posted Thursday, October 24, 2002 7:31:35 PM  

Doug's Appearances

Web Services, Trick or Treat? Web-hosting vendor Conxion is sponsoring Web Services, Trick or Treat: Don't Let the Missing Pieces Scare You on Tuesday, October 29, at Zibibbo restaurant in Palo Alto, CA. On the panel:

  • Antonio Salerno, Conxion CEO
  • Steve Holbrook, Program Director, Emerging e-Business Standards, IBM Corporation
  • Dave Wright,.NET Solutions Architect, Microsoft Corporation
  • Doug Kaye, RDS Internet Infrastructure Consulting
  • Brent Sleeper, the Stencil Group
Attendance is by invitation only. Contact Phyllis Davidson, Sr. Manager, Marketing Programs and Alliances, Conxion. (408) 566-8529.  

Next-Generation Web and Application Hosting: Distinguishing Hype from Reality. Thursday, November 07, 2002, 11:15am - 12:15pm, ISP Con, McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, California.

IT outsourcing is shaping up to be the proving ground for next-generation Web and application hosting services. In conjunction with Tier 1 Research, technology advisory firm RampRate has developed the Service Provider Intelligence (SPY) Index, a proprietary measurement tool that weighs more than 35 business factors associated with Internet and hosting services. This session will offer an overview of the SPY Index and will discuss the essential criteria that clients and vendors will consider to make data-driven purchasing decisions today and tomorrow.

  • Tony Greenberg, CEO, RampRate
  • Andrew Schroepfer, President, Tier 1 Research
  • Doug Kaye, Author/Consultant
Posted Thursday, October 24, 2002 7:55:07 PM  

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