Last night I turned on the TV and listened to String Quartet No.10 in E-Flat performed by the Tokyo String Quartet on the Paganini Quartet.
The piece was composed by Ludwig van Beethoven who gave his first perfomance in Bonn, Germany 227 years earlier. It was performed by the Tokyo String Quartet which, by the way, did not originate in Tokyo but was formed in New York at Julliard. The Paganini Quartet is not a composition or a set of performers but a collection of four stringed instruments made by Itialian luthier, Antonio Stradivari in the 18th century and later acquired by violin virtuoso Paganini in the 19th century.
Ahhh...the sustainable standards of musical notation, enabling even a deaf composer to turn out compositions that have been enjoyed over the centuries performed by musicians from around the world on a time tested masterpiece of architecture designed by Stradivari...all coming together for an inspiring runtime interpretation by the Tokyo String quartet, captured in digital storage, provisioned over digital cable networks to endpoints around the world.
Reminds me of Autonomic Computing. (you knew that was coming, right? ) This week an article entitled Autonomic Computing Takes Center Stage was published on our autonomic web site
Today, the concert hall spotlights are also shining on a significant ensemble of technological capabilities that play together in a symphonic performance. Most significantly, within IBM more than 500 autonomic computing capabilities are currently available in more than 75 products. The XML Schema and the IBM Autonomic Computing Blueprint provides a detailed architectural guide - the sheet music, if you will, that describes the standards and building blocks of autonomic computing for these products.
On an industry-wide level, IBM has been a leader in the development of IT standards around critical autonomic technologies, as seen in areas like the Web Services Distributed Management standard and the OASIS solution deployment descriptor work. An individual instrument often doesn't make sense when you hear its' part by itself, but when combined with all the other parts of an orchestra, playing from the same score, suddenly you're listening to a masterpiece of sound! That is what autonomic standards do for the IT industry: enabling various technologies from multiple vendors to play from the same score. Without these autonomic standards, it would just be a jumble of products that don't play well together and certainly don't achieve the goal of reducing complexity.
Now is the time for you to join the band! We have made considerable progress and have achieved a strong level of maturity with our autonomic standards and technologies. Reach into the Autonomic Computing Toolkit case, pick up an instrument and join the orchestral performance. Visit http://www.ibm.com/autonomic for the latest thinking, initiatives, and articles on autonomic computing, where you can also download your copy of sheet music. For a real inside look, stop by alphaWorks and the Autonomic Computing Zone on developerWorks to get your backstage pass to meet and greet the newest technologies and standards specifications while they are being orchestrated into their final composition.
Join up, jazz it up, and let's make music together!