Foreword

In the early years of web services and service-oriented architecture, it felt as if people working for Microsoft, IBM, and a handful of startups were the only ones who really understood the power of what was being defined and created. At that time, I had the bittersweet opportunity of working for Talking Blocks with Mark Potts, Mark Perreira, and Dave Stanton. We focused heavily on web services management and it frequently felt as if we were Don Quixote chasing the IT windmills. When Talking Blocks was acquired by Hewlett-Packard (and then HP subsequently acquired Mercury Interactive which had acquired Systinet), it felt as if I had the opportunity to work with another group of like-minded people who truly understood the power we held ...

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