Ed Sim blogs about a talk by Chris Thomas, Intel’s EStrategist, on the future of software in the enterprise:
Chris’ view is that we are moving towards a service-oriented world, where enterprises can tap applications and resources on demand and on the fly…As we move into this world of SOAs, there will be tremendous opportunities for software investment as enterprises consolidate, modularlize, and virtualize their data centers. Chris highlighted the 5 buckets or themes that mattered to him:
1. Software and data delivered as services
2. Hardware as a virtualized resource
3. Autonomic data sources (RFID, tags, smart sensors)
4. Occasionally connected usage (Intel’s mobile theme)
5. Services cross firewalls (security)
Chris’ bottom line was that asynchronous XML messages are what makes this service-oriented world possible.