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The Savvy Manager's Guide to Web Services

Read about a webcast with author Douglas Barry, and find out how you can download a free chapter from his new book, Web Services and Service-Oriented Architectures: The Savvy Manager's Guide.

Doug Barry is the principal at Barry & Associates, Inc. He is a book author, magazine columnist, speaker, mentor, and consultant in software architecture, standards, and product selection, specializing in databases, systems integration, object technology, and Web services. His most recent book is Web Services and Service-Oriented Architectures: The Savvy Manager's Guide, from which you can download a free chapter below.

Topic: The Savvy Manager's Guide to Web Services
Premier Date: June 16, 2003
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In this webcast, Doug Barry will discuss a chapter from his new book Web Services and Service-Oriented Architectures: The Savvy Manager's Guide. The chapter covers the forces affecting the adoption of Web services and other integration techniques.

One of the toughest jobs for managers today is keeping up with the rapid changes in technology. Many managers are often caught in the middle when it comes to evaluating technology. On one side, are highly technical people working for them who are advocating a particular technology or technical approach. On the other side are people representing upper management who might be pushing certain financial constraints or, perhaps, a different technical approach. It is often up to the manager to develop a perspective on what is real and where to devote resources. This is a hard job.

This webcast will show the use of force-field analysis to help get a perspective on the forces affecting the adoption of Web services and other integration techniques. Common system integration techniques will be presented approximately in chronological order. Chronological order allows us to see how, over time, advances in technology and standards have diminished the number of restraining forces, making change more likely to occur. At the end, Web services will be shown as having the least number of restraining forces compared to any of the prior techniques. This is a great way to illustrate why Web services can be seen as a wave of change in the software industry.

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More on the book

This is a guide for the manager who wants to capitalize on the wave of change that will occur with Web services and service-oriented architectures. The changes wrought by this technology will require both a grasp of the technology and a way to deal with how these changes will affect the people who build our systems in our organizations. This book covers both issues. Managers at all levels of all organizations must be aware of the changes that are on the horizon and ways to deal with both sets of issues.

This is a non-technical book on a technical subject. It assumes no prior knowledge of the technology. It is written with a high-level view at the beginning of the book. As the book progresses, technical details are introduced and explained. You can keep reading until you have enough understanding of the technology for your use.

The intent of this book is to give you an opportunity to consider some ideas and advice that just might make it easier for your organization to realize the potential benefits in Web services and service-oriented architectures.

Free chapter: Copyright 2003, Douglas Barry and Morgan Kaufmann. Printed with permission.

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