IT without the IT Department
Almost exactly a year ago, we wrote in a ZapFlash that the IT department would have to make significant changes to its structure and value proposition to prevent its inevitable demise as a core part of the enterprise. In our conversations with enterprise architects, and venture capital investors (as part of our new ZapThink Startup Insights newsletter), we can now definitively state that the value proposition of the IT department is continuing to erode, and in many cases, we will see the entire department disappear within a few short years. In many ways, the formation of the IT department starting in the mid-1950s was a direct consequence of the cost and complexity of making computers do what you wanted them to. Back in the day, it literally took armies of highly skilled engineers to corral expensive pieces of equipment to meet the ever-changing needs of…

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Beemaster ICT: Platform-as-a-Service from the Ground Up
There’s a battle brewing in the Cloud Computing marketplace. Cloud Computing has the platform vendors running scared, because Cloud Computing may eventually replace the need to own enterprise software assets altogether. To deal with this threat, middleware vendors are scrambling to assemble Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings. PaaS is essentially the delivery of a computing platform and/or solution stack as a service. While established middleware vendors are planning to provide provide software to the Cloud providers themselves, the vendors are struggling with existing middleware offerings that are not well-suited to the Cloud environment. To fill this void, Beemaster ICT offers their BeeBox Enterprise Service Bus, a lightweight, Service-oriented integration platform that supports Cloud capabilities as part of its core design, including multitenancy, dynamic provisioning, and support for Virtual Desktop Integration. Beemaster ICT is well-positioned to take on the incumbent middleware vendors with a more innovative, agile offering that promises to meet PaaS…

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Why Cloud Computing Scares the Platform Vendors
There’s a battle brewing in the Cloud Computing marketplace analogous to the SOA platform war fought over the last few years. Just as platform vendors like IBM and Oracle sought to co-opt the SOA story to sell more middleware, leading to customer disillusionment and the “SOA is dead” meme, the battle today is over Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings. PaaS is essentially the delivery of a computing platform and/or solution stack as a service. “We make our money on traditional systems integration,” say the platform vendors, “so let’s move traditional systems integration to the cloud!” After all, you’d think with all the hullabaloo surrounding Cloud Computing, that platform vendors would be jumping into this new area of opportunity with two feet. And in spite of Larry Ellison’s initial resistance, it does seem that the platform players are all over this market. If there’s an opportunity to sell new stuff to their existing…

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ZapThink Training Offerings
ZapThink Training ZapThink offers a range of different courses and training options for both individuals and organizations. We offer a regular schedule of open enrollment courses, and we can also bring any course we offer in-house anywhere in the world for a discounted fee per student. Licensed ZapThink Architect Program ZapThink’s flagship offering is the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) program. The LZA program includes: A four-day Bootcamp course offered by ZapThink’s master architects A globally recognized, renewable credential A community of over one thousand architects and other practitioners who have received the credential. Learn more about the Licensed ZapThink Architect program. Custom Training and Round Tables If our Licensed ZapThink Architect Bootcamp or SOA & Cloud Governance course don’t quite fit the bill, we’d be happy to create a custom course just for your needs. From seminar-length Executive Round Tables to technically-focused deep dives for various technology audiences,…

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