Java, SOA, and China - Part I.
I had a chance to spend two weeks in China last month. Needless to say this was a very interesting trip. I spent time in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. I was there with a group teaching about our products, talking standards, visiting customers, and going over SOA related concepts and technologies such as Federated Portals.
I think SOA is especially relevant in China as companies are buying other companies, systems have be to be integrated, some of them are not web-based just yet. Also, new companies are being formed at a fast rate, or privatized from the government. To some degree there is a wave of re-tooling going on -- out with the old, in with the new. Java and Web Services are very hot in the new wave. With more open market policies in place, foreign companies are coming to China and bringing know-how and expertise that was not present there before. They are building systems, many times from scratch, to attend to a global market with the latest greatest technologies. This will help China strengthen its position in the global marketplace and take competition to a new level with the U.S.
Below, Tiananmen square and the Forbidden City, Beijing.
Doing business in China is quite an experience. Every time I visited a company we spent the first 1/2 of the meeting socializing -- visiting the office, production systems, meeting employees, answering questions about my background, where I work, and sometimes eating lunch prior to the actual