Monday, January 12, 2009

Some footnotes to recent blogs

Today's experience relates to the remote control which opens the doors of my car (well - mine does not have a panic button), for some strange reason I have noticed that it resides on the floor of my office decomposed to basic components, one screw has broken or something... I picked up all parts, held them tightly together and went straight to the contact person of the leasing company in IBM Haifa Labs, he looked at the broken device and said -- these days we are not allowed to replace them if they work, so he took the following working tools (see below) -

and now I have a remote control with cello tape around it, it turns out that the atmosphere of "reducing expenses" in our leasing company gets to the tiny details.... I also heard that some almost forgotten professions like shoemaker who knows how to fix shoes got alive these days...

Anyway today I am in reactive mode -- since several of the recent Blogs deserve some footnotes:

A footnote to the Blog with the provocative title: SOA is dead; long live services
by Anne Thomas Mannes (along with the many other responses)- I once heard a good talk about the many interpretations of SOA, which means different things to different persons, so it may be dead for some, and alive for others... anyway, good ideas live more than marketing TLAs that come and go with fashions. As an analog, The TLA CEP may survive or change with other fashionable term that will have some other blend of technologies, however, the more interesting thing is not the marketing term, but the substance behind it. If it solid and have value to customers, it will survive and prosper, and I believe that event processing (as a discipline - see: my previous posting on EP as a discipline) is one.

A footnote to Mark Palmer's Blog -
Speaking on event processing - it was interesting to read Streambase's report by Mark Palmer stating that Q4 was the best quarter ever for Streambase, which is a pure play event processing vendor. While this may or may not be an indication for a more general phenomenon, as I've started this posting, everybody is trying to reduce costs these days, and one of the ways to do it , automate processes that are event-driven by nature (e.g.automated exception detection and handling), getting alerts on cases where there is a potential expenses leakage (auditing), compliance with regulations that corporates see as "tax" on their operations, and would like to invest as little resources as they can, straight through processing and other activities associated with cost reduction are event-driven in nature, and thus can benefit from use event processing technologies, thus, the positive correlation between troubled times and growth in the use of event processing software may not be surprising, again, this may or may not explain Streambase's report, I am not familiar with the details.

A foontnote to Marc Adler's Blog - Marc cites a study about the influence of Blogs on purchasing. I am amazed every time to see the power of Blogs... from my personal experience, I am getting a lot of private communication based on my Blog, including some surprising offers, will write about it one day; one the RFPs that I got from our sales team to advice on, was traced by them to be copied from one of the area Blogs... customers started to see Blogs as authority, and this can be of course dangerous since not everybody who Blogs about something is really an authority on the area he or she Blogs on and get into the trap --- that's all for now -more alter.

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