James McGovern is an industry thought leader whose focus is on the human aspects of technology around open source, SOA, software security, enterprise architecture and agile software development.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Random Thoughts for 2009-01-11
The number of IT conferences next year will be on the decline with some of them executing last minute cancellations when they see that registrations are at an all-time low. Now is the time for conferences to reinvent themselves where they don't use the same tired approaches. I am curious though why anyone hasn't blogged on this trend?
News of doom related to Satyam is all over the newspapers. I wonder if the CEOs of Infosys and others have been telling the whole truth. I know that I own a few shares of Cognizant and am worried that ethics in India are on the decline.
Why do people outsource when they can open source? For example, if there are 250 P&C insurance companies in the US in which each may have their own claims administration system, why do they outsource individually to India instead of open sourcing the systems that are expensive but otherwise don't provide competitive advantage? Is it the lack of vision within the enterprise architecture crowd?
Ever think about how Gartner and other analyst firms do a disservice to their customers? Consider the need to be PCI compliant where you can purchase tools in the static analysis space such as Ounce Labs, Coverity, etc for a lot cheaper than you can purchase a web application firewall. Analysts need to become more solution-oriented and stop focusing just on products.
Have you ever thought about the the architecture of facebook? The ability to add in applications in a loosely-coupled way is something that enterprises should be demanding of their portal vendors. Wouldn't it be cool if JSR-168 and other equivalents were as straightforward as adding an application to facebook?