XML SIG: Overview of HailStorm
Robert Eisenberg, Consultant - Reassociates, Inc.
Cubberly Community Center
4000 Middlefield Road, Room H-1
Palo Alto, CA
$10 for non-SDForum Members
No charge for SDForum members and students with ID
HailStorm is a new set of Web services from Microsoft that provide a centralized way to store and access user data. Currently, a user's data is tied to many individual devices and applications. A centralized system such as HailStorm potentially increases the ease and convenience of Internet usage exponentially.
Microsoft maintains that HailStorm's data gathering, analysis, and ubiquitous access capabilities provide benefits far beyond mere centralization. Initial HailStorm services will include a calendar, wallet, notification, and preference system, all of which are accessible from any device connected to the Internet.
HailStorm marks Microsoft's official entry into the software-as-a-service market, solidifies its .NET initiative by making concrete the abstract vision of Web services creation, and places it in firm competition with AOL—in particular with AOL Instant Messenger.
There are privacy, security, and pricing concerns that may hinder or even stop the use of HailStorm services. On the other hand, there is a very likely chance HailStorm services will find strong demand from the business market and will become widely used in the consumer market as increasing bandwidth creates always-connected users who will be ready to use the consumer services offered by Microsoft. This demand may result in these services becoming a cash cow in a way that Microsoft Office, which accounts for 50 percent of Microsoft's revenue, was during the last decade.
In this presentation Robert will provide an overview of HailStorm. Robert will explain what he thinks HailStorm is, where he thinks it is going, and how its architecture is built around XML schemas and user identity. He will also touch on new news form AOL, including its identity service and its new alliance with Amazon.
Robert has almost 20 years experience developing and implementing systems. Robert was CEO of Framfab USA from March 2000 through May 2001. Framfab Inc. acquired eBizApps.com, a company Robert founded with Ben Fuller in May 1999.
From 1995-1998 Robert directed systems and development at Ocular Science (OCLR). Robert installed, implemented, and customized Ocular’s order entry, demand forecasting, CRM, global reporting, and EDI.
From 1987-1994, Robert was founder and president of Micromax, a consulting firm that installed database and accounting systems for clients, including Pacific Bell, Nynex, Ameritech, South Western Bell, Cushman & Wakefield, the Federal Reserve Bank, and Frexienet. In 1986, Robert was a founder of the Lambda Group, which later became Peer Logic. Critical Path acquired Peer Logic in 2000.