Spent the day at Fidelity Investments listening and participating in a Web Services
Summit. I tried my hardest to get out of it because I did not want to travel
during Thanksgiving. The lady next to me on the plane had bronchitis. I felt bad for
her. I would hate to be on a cross-country flight coughing the entire way... how miserable!
May my Echinacea hold true.
The day went well; I was on a panel with Patrick Gannon, Chris Ferris, Ron Monzillo,
and Mark Potts. It was very odd to have a panel before everyone speaks. Patrick
spoke about the need for customers to be involved in the standardization process,
Chris spoke on the WS-I basic profile, I did a talk on the big picture of Web services
and making WS interoperability a reality, Ron spoke about Web services security, and
Mark spoke on Web services management.
I disagree with both Mark and Gartner on one minor point. I believe there
is still a marketplace for independent players in the Web services management arena
independent of the platform and existing enterprise management players. My caveat&
they players must verticalize! Cataloging, Model Views, and other Management functionality
can be very industry centric. Most platform players will not verticalize to the extent
There were snow flurries this morning when I woke up. The sun was shining bright and
the snow was coming down gently. It was quite beautiful. I went to dinner with Cezanne,
Robin, Jen, and Kelly. It was excellent to see all of you. I enjoyed your company
If you do not know Jenifer Riley,
you should get to know her... well her art at least! She produces images that
evoke harmonic light. I am asking her to make me a sun for my home in Seattle.
As a native Californian, I have a hard time living without lots of sunshine ;). Kelly
brought photos of her art. His art is also phenomenal. I already own a piece of his, a
period piece, the Big Dig and the Suspension Bridge before they were complete. I miss
Boston, my old neighbors, the romanticism of the first snow fall, breakfast at
On the Park, and fresh pasta in the North End.
On to Reston tomorrow...