Service Providers Create Ecosystems in New On-Demand Model
Opinion: As business computing moves toward pay-as-you-go and SOA models, enterprises may find themselves locked in with a single service provider who combines products from any number of players.Back in the early days of business computing, implementing computing technology meant building a relationship with a single vendor. Everyone had their own proprietary architectures, and when you selected a vendor, you were entering into the technology equivalent of marriage. The vendor moved into your business and provided you with all of the computing services you needed (or they thought you needed). Well, the current move toward a pay-as-you-go computing model seems to bring the industry full circle. As the computer industry moves away from pushing new hardware onto business users, the SOA (service-oriented architecture) model has begun to evolve as a preferred model for providing compute services to the business world. This isnt a sudden emergence; major software vendors such as Sun Microsystems and Microsoft for years have been touting the "service" aspect of their products (and sounding suspiciously like IBM mainframe salesmen from the 1960s).
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