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'Headless' Applications Signal Return of SOA

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Chris B
Chris B
8/1/2013 2:35:27 AM
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@Michael and for that matter, many of the SaaS vendors continuosly roll out new features and fix bugs on an almost daily basis.  There may be the occassional major facelift, but for many of these online services, the software is in continual evolution.  Without a really well thought out API and sandbox for customers to customize to their needs things can go south in a big bad way suprisingly quickly.

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Michael.Steinhart
Michael.Steinhart
7/31/2013 11:21:16 PM
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Re: timeline
That's a good question, Chris. And I think the nature of software upgrades has to be considered, too. If software's moving off-site and managed by a provider, upgrades happen on schedule regardless of your cycle. The IBM and Rackspace reps talked a lot about dev departments focusing on mashups and customized front-ends for cloud services. Does that level of customization put a company at a disadvantage when software upgrades roll around?

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Chris B
Chris B
7/8/2013 9:38:36 PM
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Is it hardware or is it software that is driving today's upgrade cycle? As hardware continues to fade into the background now that it is offsite and often virtual will IT departments talk about upgrading hardware or will they talk about upgrading systems where the cycle is more about software updates than hardware centric?

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Michael.Steinhart
Michael.Steinhart
7/8/2013 3:36:52 PM
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I defer to your deeper understanding here, Chris. The Rackspace folks at Cloud Expo made a big to-do over cloud and its ability to disrupt the "buy new hardware every 3 years" paradigm, which may put early adopters in a better position to transition on a more accelerated schedule. But if IBM's just announcing its strategy now, 24 months is probably a good estimate.

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Chris B
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7/8/2013 2:23:03 PM
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@Michael that's not too far from what I was envisioning.  The 18 month schedule may be a little optimistic though, I would imagine 24+ to be more in line.  Part of my thinking is that corporate refresh cycles have been getting longer and might range from 3-5 years these days.  Many corporations just got on board with cloud solutions in the last year or two and many vendors are still working on sorting out just how to handle the cloud. So the next refresh cycle is probably a good bet for headless solutions, I just think the next refresh is further away at maybe 24-36 months.

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Michael.Steinhart
Michael.Steinhart
7/8/2013 12:20:32 PM
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I think a lot of that depends on the refresh cycles of enterprise equipment and the degree to which IBM customers will trust their providers to lead them in this direction. So I might dial back the timeline to 18-24 months. Do you think that's too soon?

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Chris B
Chris B
7/6/2013 4:55:10 AM
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How far out are we on seeing these 'headless' applications take hold in corporate America? It's going to be a few years before cloud use become standard practice for everyone. I'd imagine that this level of flexibility won't materialize for a few years after the cloud becomes SOP?

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