Tom.Glover 0100000MJP 468 Visits
No doubt you've noticed that my blog has been silent recently. And those familiar with life at WS-I will know that there's been much going on which you might have expected to see here. The one piece of WS-I news which while far from the most noteworthy will explain things is that after four years service as Chairman of the WS-I Board I've stepped down in order to focus my time on other matters. Steve Holbrook, who many of you may know from OASIS, W3C, and other standards organizations, has taken up the responsibility of serving as IBM's director on the WS-I board. Michael Bechauf of SAP has been selected to serve as WS-I Board Chairman. I'm happy to see both Steve and Michael contributing to WS-I and I wish them and the organization well! As Chris Ferris will tell you while I may not be attending the WS-I meetings I'm still involved in its work behind the scenes. My focus has expanded a bit this year. Infrastructure level interoperability through technologies such as Web services is still important and still developing, so it needs continued focus. However as SOA's importance grows infrastructure interoperability, while necessary, is insufficient to meet the needs of the marketplace. Simply put, the fact that you and I can talk and listen (infrastructure level interoperability) doesn't amount to much if we speak different languages, and working together to perform a task isn't easy if we don't have a common understanding of how it's to be done. As we try to continually lower the barriers to assembling applications the need to address higher order interoperability issues grows. I'm fortunate to be spending my time examining these increasingly important (to our customers) issues. I've been with IBM now for longer than I'd care to admit. When I first joined I was convinced I'd be with "Big Blue" for 5 years then move on. What I never counted on was the continual stream of new and interesting opportunities I've been given. This latest move is just one of many changes in my role. Fortunately over time I've recognized the "those who point out the work to be done often get the job" pattern and learned to point out the jobs I'd most like to do most loudly![Read More]
So here's a question for you.
Google's march to povide all the function most of us require continues. They've given us the search capability that most of us use, even on our desktops. They provide email services and instant messaging (IM). They will archive our photographs and home movies. They're moving into document authoring (they purchased writely), their calendar support is available in beta form, and they're moving into providing spreadsheet capability. In short they have done a good deal of the work required to duplicate the services most of us look for when we use Windows. The obvoius difference is that while the services we get with Windows are installed on our system and used behind our firewall Google's services are all offered via the internet and when you use a google service the data you create or move sits on google servers somewhere. Clearly we already trust google and those providing us with connectivity to it with a great deal.
So where's the question ... ok here it is ... if google were to offer a replacement for Quicken or Money would you use it?
Building towards higher level services such as financial packages seems a logical step for Google. It builds on the basic foundation they have created already and lets them offer other companies an avenue to provide an entirely new set of value add services.
Imagine where they'd go building on a basic financial application. Google Finance would help you build a financial plan for your home or small business. It would help you develop a budget, project income and expense, and manage your bank accounts, investments, credit cards, loans, and mortgages. It would give you basic advice on how to save more money. Google would provide integration with banks, credit card companies, etc. so you can keep account information up to date, pay bills, transfer funds, etc. with a minimum of effort. All that's not new ... but consider these points:
There's an endless list of value Google can offer people by providing integrated access to services and the data those services access and manipulate.
But would you trust google with your financial data?[Read More]
Tom.Glover 0100000MJP 391 Visits
Alan Kotok passed away over the weekend, leaving a rich set of relationships and accomplishments.
For the past few years Alan has been at the core of W3C and of those among us who have had the opportunity to participate in W3C activities many will have rubbed shoulders with Alan in the past.
Alan has a rich history in computing. Near and dear to my heart in 1961 Alan was among the group of MIT students which developed Spacewar, the first interactive game to run on the PDP-11. Alan was also a member of the TMRC at MIT and is widely accused/credited with being one of the first hackers. In addition Alan is also recognized as one of the creators of the joystick.
We're going to miss Alan![Read More]