Monthly Archives: January 2009

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Another good Democamp Dubai

2 days ago, there was the 4th episode of Democamp Dubai. This event brings an opportunity for internet startups to present their product to the public – and it’s an amazing chance to do some networking and getting to know the people.

I know I blog about this event a bit late, just like I arrived too late, but hey. Better late than never 😉

I am looking forward for the following episode, I silently promised the spinbits guys to have a demo ready for that.

Thanks,
Michael

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SOA is dead, or is it?

When I joined Dubaiworld three years ago as a information architect, SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) was the buzzword. All major vendors, IBM, Microsoft, SUN, had ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) solutions, and SOA’s were going to save the world, but instead it was a big failure.

While the business side of IT was too busy making definitions, and spending numerous hours (and hey, budgets) wondering if one would use REST versus it’s WS- counterpart; a open community namely the Internet, provided the world with home brewed services.

Big players such as Google, Facebook, and Yahoo, provided a simple new way to interact with what they were providing all along; services. You could use a certain service in another context. Without overwhelming the corporate ignorant world with buzzwords.

I believe corporates will often follow, it takes another caliber with a more innovative way of thinking to move things forward.

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Wishlist for 2009

Dear all,

Happy new year to all, I wish 2009 will bring you good health, prosperity and success. In these times, many would hope for economical stability, so we should add that to this also.

2008 was a good year, we launched places.ae, and were approached by some very interesting companies for partnerships, and have a few possibilities to get funding. It’s rowing for sure, but I will explain this on the places blog itself in eight days from now when places.ae celebrates it’s first year of operation.

Twitter was the tool in 2008, and sub 400 dollar laptops, became normal. My sister is currently cruising in Australia with her Asus EEE PC “netbook” and it will only grow to be this way. I believe many websites will rather become web services consumed on “portals” (igoogle, yahoo, live.com), or in widgets on your favorite phone or netbook. Bigger laptops are good, but I less usable. I have a 17inch Macbook pro, which I hardly use because of it’s size. (Plus, my other laptop runs ubuntu and I like it far more than OSX).

Anyhow, As a resident of Dubai currently, I would like to see the following being built, or rather announced;
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