Everything is dead.
Its something I have known for a long while. When I came into the business in 1995 as a junior reporter I got the mainframe beat because “MVS is dead”. I got the IBM beat because “it used to be important”. 13 years later and that frigging mainframe still ain’t dead – well certainly not if death is a function of revenues. IBM had a bumper year last year.
Windows- Windows is obviously dead. MacOS and Linux have killed it stone dead. Yeah 80%+ market share is a terrible place to be. And don’t even get me started on IE. Because it. is. dead.
Unix is dead. Damn straight. Oh yeah don’t forget the relational database. Dead. Cobol – totally dead. Hundreds of millions of lines of new code each year. That’s dead right? Dead, dead, dead.
Everything is dead.
Roland Barthes has LOT to answer for…
The latest technology to bite the dust is SOA. Totally dead. IBM, Oracle and SAP haven’t committed anything to SOA. Neither have their customers. Lets chuck that shit out. Right… Lowering ERP integration costs by an order of magnitude- why would we want something like that???
Honestly – I don’t need to defend SOA. Anything that has garnered that level of investment just isn’t dead. RedMonk has long since aligned ourselves with the REST development and integration style. We saw developers getting on with it while SOA sales cycles for architects and CIOs were taking 18 months or more. But that is not to deny SOA’s value. SOA is about Enterprise Architecture, which has a value. Architecture, Discipline, Freedom.
It turns out that some of the Web Services standards so beloved of a certain constituency that wanted to “do Corba right” are indeed flatlining, but SOA is actually in bloody good health.
The Web is SOA. Put things in, Get Things Out, Post them or maybe even Delete them.
So the dead stuff runs the Enterprise, and there is no money there of course… Because the enterprise is dead. 99% of enterprise transactions run across dead platforms. 90% of Offices still run on dead software. Its all dead.
Dead dead dead. BRAINS….