Michael V. Copeland discusses how today's traditional enterprise systems are not going away anytime soon. The media often forgets about this when discussing cloud computing. But the interesting part of the article compares the 25% profit margin of traditional enterprise versus the only 4% of cloud computing. As the article states, the cloud is working on ways to making data available offline -- and there will be profit to be made there as well.
Greg Schott is the new CEO of Mule Source. Schott was previously the VP of Marketing at SpringSource and will be charged with growing the user base of Mule. Schott was also a VP at Agile Software, which was acquired by Oracle. It's a good pickup by Mule.  It's a good open source product that needs more direction on the business side.
Google has finally introduced a billing system for its Google App Engine. Before today, Google App Engine developers faced quotas on bandwidth, CPU, and API calls. It's about time - Google has been promising this since May 2008. Not surprisingly, the limits for free usage will be lowered but you can still serve up to 5MIL pages/month for free. It's a sign that Google is making a business out of Web Services and not treating it as a hobby. Google is less flexible, less robust, and offers less than Amazon (no offline processing, for instance) but with similar pricing. Both charge $0.15/GB storage and $0.10/GB inbound traffic. For outbound traffic, Google is cheaper ($0.12/GB vs $0.17/GB).  I see no advantage for using Google over Amazon.
Less than two weeks ago, the Guardian migrated to Google Apps and stopped using traditional in-house e-mail servers. The Guardian is just one of several newspapers that has migrated to Google Apps (newspapers will save money wherever they can).  They were all left in the dark by another Gmail meltdown today.  It's been a problem that has occurred too frequently at Google.   It underscores the need for cloud data to be available offline.   A big effort is underway on this but cloud computing is still showing some immaturity.
Joe McKendrick points out that David Linthicum has noted a recent uptick in SOA activity versus a slowing trend late last year. I have seen a definitive uptick this week. For instance, a medical company (medical is big on SOA) was one of several companies to contact us this week about SOA work. It was a big improvement from the beginning of January. One thing analysts often miss (or most likely, don't know) is that job losses is a lagging economic indicator. These losses should have happened 6 months ago. While hidden in the news, some leading economic indicators are turning positive. But just as companies are too slow to fire, they are too slow to hire. I would expect SOA hiring to gradually pick up throughout the year.
Privacy and security concerns are two of the biggest roadblocks to SOA adoption. Many customers simply refuse to store important data on the cloud. The current spotlight on Facebook's Terms of Service fiasco can only hurt enterprise adoption of Web Services.

Those important business documents you have on Google...  Would you be as inclined to still use Google Docs if you understood that "Google reserves the right (but shall have no obligation) to pre-screen, review, flag, filter, modify, refuse or remove any or all Content from any Service?"   I surely do not want Google modifying any of my content.

That great idea you posted on LinkedIn? It's not yours exclusively anymore. Says their ToS: "You do not have to submit anything to us, but if you choose to submit something (including any User generated content, ideas, concepts, techniques and data), you must grant, and you actually grant by concluding this Agreement, a nonexclusive, irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual, unlimited, assignable, sublicenseable, fully paid up and royalty free right to us to copy, prepare derivative works of, improve, distribute, publish, remove, retain, add, and use and commercialize, in any way now known or in the future discovered, anything that you submit to us, without any further consent, notice and/or compensation to you or to any third parties."

It does not take long for users of an online social network to migrate.  Does anyone you know still use MySpace?  Or are they on Facebook now?   Web Services simply have to pay more attention to Terms of Services - it will cost you customers.
Despite the current economy and job losses in the tech sector, there is still a lack of talented SOA individuals on the market. The economy actually exacerbates this twofold: talent is less likely to switch jobs and companies are afraid to hire a H-1B visa holder due to the political climate. So how to land the best SOA talent? Find the smartest person and pair them with an architect or senior developer already knowledgeable on SOA. Too many companies are resume keyword dependent and will overlook a bright person without SOA over an average person with SOA on the resume.
Magic Software is a small company with revenues of $62 MIL in 2008.  What's driving their growth?  SOA. Magic reports that "Significant adoption of Service Oriented Architecture. The migration to Service Oriented Architecture is driving the initiation of many new IT projects based on Magic Software products and increasing the scope of existing ones. In parallel, an increasing number of Service Oriented Architecture projects are using both uniPaaS and iBOLT."
I am not a big fan of technology companies mixing technology and politics as noted in this somewhat disturbing article in Sci Tech. It's great that SOA reduces the "carbon footprint", but let's not pretend that SOA will help "save the planet" (not that we could ever destroy the planet anyway, even if we tried). If tech companies wish to play politics, they should promote SOA as making information cheaper and more easily accessible. This will lift everyone's standard of living in the long run. Of course, making that claim becomes harder when some tech companies are helping countries censor that very information.
I like to follow the amount of calls/e-mails my company receives to gauge business activity in the software and consulting world.   January 2009 was the slowest month since the months after September 11, 2001.  Activity has only slightly picked up in February; many companies I talk with have placed indefinite holds on new Web 2.0 and SOA projects.   Other companies continue to invest in their core technology (the smart thing to do).  There also seem to be two schools on thoughts on compensation.  Some companies are following MisManagement 101 and giving across the boards cuts.  I am seeing smart companies scoop of the best employees of such companies.  A vicious cycle it is.
Another iPhone app is out to manage Amazon AWS. Ylastic has released a version of their browser based dashboard for iPhone and Android platform. The iPhone/Android app can manage EC2, S3, and SDB domains, but does not offer S3 stats or user management. The cost: $10 per user per month. I think it's priced a little high, especially since Amazon is almost surely to have its own iPhone app in the near future.
I have blogged about working on government contracts and the use case of multiple agencies needing different access to the same set of data. Legacy systems are complex and inefficient. SOA is the obvious modern day solution. To that end, Northrop Grumman has helped develop DCGS. The latest addition is DCGS-IC (intelligence community). DCGS-IC provides U.S. intelligence agencies and tactical military units with SSO access to a variety of data sources from various agencies. The production system was built in less than one year (based on a POC). It would takes years to develop this system on old technology.
Yahoo's BOSS search Web Service will no longer be completely free.  It's now a business.   After 10,000 queries, a tiered pricing model kicks in (AWS clearly used as a model). Rates depend on query time, number of results (new maximum of 1000), and number of queries. Users will start paying up later this year. Currently, BOSS receives over 10MIL queries a day, and included TechCrunch among its user base.
IBM announced plans to deliver its software via Amazon Web Services today in a somewhat surprising move. I thought IBM would focus on their own cloud, but IBM isn't one to turn down a money making opportunity. IBM will make available DB2, Informix, WebSphere Portal, Lotus Web Content Management, WebSphere sMash and Novell's SUSE Linux operating system software. Noticeably missing: IBM WebSphere. IBM will provide free Amazon Machine Images for development and testing. The software will be available in an EC2 beta within 30 days, with pricing to be announced later.
Data Warehousing is perhaps one of the last applications you would expect to be on the cloud. But it's not available on Amazon Web Services and AppNexus thanks to Aster Data Systems' nCluster(TM) Cloud Edition. Aster, which flies under the radar, is a provides analytic database system for frontline data warehousing. Aster is also brining Online Precision Scaling(TM) to the cloud, providing hot scalability.
IBM is complementing its WSRR (WebSphere Service Registry and Repository) tool with a new consulting group dedicated to WSRR and SOA governance. I have worked extensively with WSRR and a few WSRR developers in their Hursley lab. WSRR has lost some steam due the economy but should be a big money maker for IBM. Their current problem: a lack of expert WSRR consultants who can establish custom governance solutions at client sites. By establishing a separate practice, they should be better able to focus.
Microsoft is close to releasing SkyBox, a Web-based service that will let users store, share, and back up data from their mobile phones. The catch? Users must be running Windows Mobile 6 OS. I have tried all the mobile operating systems and I've found Windows Mobile to be the worst.
Micro-blogging site Tumblr is readying enterprise Web Services.  No timeline or specifics were offered.  Tumblr is also working paid subscription services.  Good luck with that -- I do not think paid anything with micro-blogging is going to become popular.
Amazon has made public its Flexible Payments Service (FPS).  Amazon takes a set fee along with a cut of the transaction amount, which differs upon on the amount and payment method.  For example, Amazon charges 30 cents and a 2.9% cut on credit card transactions greater than or equal to $10 USD.  If you sign up before March 15 and launch your applications by June 1, you can take advantage of free payment processing for the first 90 days or $500,000 transaction volume.  Amazon provices a FPS Sandbox to build and test applications without using real money or incurring any transaction charges.
CNNMoney should change Jon Fortt's tagline from senior writer to glorified writer.   Fortt minimized Google as "a glorified advertising service" in a CNNMoney article on Web Services.   Fortt is another example of the mainstream's lack of knowledge on Web Services.
Pressured by Daum and Naver, Google and Yahoo are merging their Korean Web Services. Map service traffic comparison for a recent week: Daum: 2.5 million visitors, Yahoo: 530,000, Google a distant third. It will take more than this for Google and Yahoo to gain market share in Korea. Daum's image quality is simply superior and their interface is preferred by the local market.
Microsoft brought out McDonalds to demonstrate "Real World SOA" as part of last week's SOA and Business Process Conference.  The noteworthy aspect is  McDonalds use of Oslo, Microsoft's forthcoming modeling platform.  Chevron, also represented at the conference as "Real World SOA", is also interesting in using Oslo.   The major customer benefit of Oslo as described by Microsoft?   Productivity - thanks to Oslo's visual modeling tools.
Amazon, to the detriment of their Web Services, has been overly secretive of AWS revenue. They list revenue is a category called "other." Their 2008 "other" revenue was $542 million, up 42% from 2007. Analysts are noticing. The first question in last week's conference call was enterprise adoption, but Amazon replied only "We think this is a very significant and meaningful opportunity over time for enterprise level customers." This is not an acceptable answer for a public company. Worse, it could hurt AWS growth, since companies follow each other. AWS is largely used by startups and research groups. The real money is gaining adoption from enterprise (beyond the like sof Woot).