I’ve been catching up on some podcasts lately — I subscribe to more than 20 via iTunes but only have a chance to listen to a couple of my favourites each day — and finally had a chance to listen to some of the recent RedMonk Radio podcasts from RedMonk, a small analyst firm. I like RedMonk Radio because it’s a conversation between the participants, rather than a formal interview or a standalone speaker, so it’s fun to listen to as well as informative (I especially like James’ imitation of American accents 🙂 ).
In episode 6, James Governor and Michael Coté talk about SOA testing, and the specific problems of testing the heterogeneous SOA environment that most organizations have that includes legacy systems and newer services. There’s a great bit where James states “EAI and SOA are not the same thing, but on the other hand, some of the concepts of EAI, some of the approaches and even some of the technologies are relevant.” Coté asks “What do you think the differences are between the two?” James responds “$40,000 per CPU” (referring to the former market for expensive adapters and connectors that have been replaced by standard web services interfaces), which completely cracked me up. Also some interesting thoughts on testing when some or all of the software/services are outsourced.
In episode 8, Scott Mark interviews James and Coté about life as an industry analyst, which is really about the small-firm analyst experience: I’m sure that things are much different for Gartner analysts, for example. The outside view of analysts is much more glamorous than the reality, but these guys are obviously in it because they have a passion for it, not because they’re making huge buckets of money at it. The funny thing is that the typical day that James described for himself is much like what I do: customer/prospect followups, industry research, reviewing blogs, vendor briefings, writing vendor and technology reviews, and consulting. Maybe I’m an analyst in disguise.