RIP Enterprise Software?
Our friends at Forrester Research recently published a report entitled Enterprise Apps Vendors Have Issues, which reported on a survey of business process and application professionals at 111 enterprises and their beefs about enterprise software. Their top answers in a nutshell: high cost of ownership (91%), difficult upgrades (87%), poor cross-functional processes (86%), apps don’t deliver on business requirements (80%), and inflexibility that limits business process change (75%). This list appalled me for two fundamental reasons. First, there’s absolutely nothing new about these concerns. Forrester might have conducted the same survey ten or even twenty years ago and gotten the same results. Second, weren’t these problems SOA was supposed to solve? ZapThink has been encouraging enterprise software vendors to leverage SOA principles in their software packages for years. In 2006 we discussed what software vendors had to do to leverage SOA best practices to improve their products. By…

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هل هناك مستقبل للتطبيقات البرمجية المؤسسية
هل هناك مستقبل للتطبيقات البرمجية المؤسسية ترجمة: وائل الخواص – 7 ديسمبر 2009 (http://wael.elkhawass.com) Arabic Translation for the ZapFlash article “Is there a Future for Enterprise Software?” يمكنك قراءة المقال من خلال هذا الرابط غالبا ما يتبادر الحديث ضمناً عن دور ومستقبل التطبيقات البرمجية المؤسسية عند الحديث عن البنية القائمة على الخدمات (إس أو أيه). ففى الواقع فإن زاب ثينك تتحدث منذ سنوات بشكل أو بآخر عن مستقبل التطبيقات البرمجية المؤسسية. إذاً فلماذا يسلط الضوء على هذا الموضوع مرة أخرى الآن وفى هذا المنعطف؟ هل تم رصد أى تغيير فى السوق؟ هل تم الكشف عن إجابة جديدة عن هذا السؤال: إلى أين ستؤدى التطبيقات البرمجية المؤسسية. ستكون الإجابة على هذين السؤالين بالإيجاب وربما قد حان…

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What To Do When your SOA Initiative Gets Cancelled
We at ZapThink are an idealistic and optimistic bunch. We tend to see the positive side of well thought-out IT initiatives and believe that when rational planning meets incremental expenditure that provides short-term returns, all is well and companies can sail smoothly ahead. However, we realize that is not the reality for most companies. In the current economic climate, companies are giving the axe to those half-planned efforts that spent tremendous sums up front to show little to no returns well past their promised milestones. Even well-planned, rational initiatives that met distinct business pain-points and used iterative approaches and incremental expenditures justified only when short-term business goals are met also got their proverbial plugs pulled.   While we spent almost a decade trying to help you avoid this outcome by ingraining the Service-oriented style of enterprise architecture as a core tenet of dealing with continuous change, we know that for…

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The Dissolution of the Rich Internet Application (RIA) Market
Traditional market research focuses on the size and growth of well-defined market segments. As vendors enter and compete in those markets, customers participate by purchasing products and services within those segments, and market research seeks to establish the patterns of such transactions in order to predict the future trends for such markets. In the Information Technology (IT) space, however, many markets are transitory in that as new technologies and behavior patterns emerge, what might formerly have been separate markets vying for customer dollars merge into a single market in order to address evolving customer needs. Over time these separately identifiable markets lose their distinct identity, as products and customer demand both mature. The Rich Internet Application (RIA) market is certainly no exception to this pattern of market behavior.   As we originally covered in a ZapFlash back in 2004, a Rich Internet Application combines elements of rich user interactivity…

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Preventing the Demise of the IT Department
ZapThink has long championed the role of Information Technology (IT) and the information technologists that turn IT resources into capabilities. However, we are especially champions of the users of IT, notably the business. After all, if it weren’t for business users, there would be little funding and relevance for IT. Yet, we must distinguish between IT and the IT organization within the enterprise. Whereas IT represents the assets business wants to leverage, the IT department serves as an organizational structure by which the IT needs of the business can be met. Simply put, the IT department is a means to an end… or at least it should be. One of the frequently repeated complaints we’ve heard over our past nine years is that the IT department is increasingly non-responsive to changing business needs. Complexity, fragility, unpredictability, and unreliability all conspire to turn even the simplest of business requests for IT…

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Evolution of the Rich Internet Application Market
Market Overview ZapThink estimates that the total market for RIA will grow to over $700M by 2011. Adobe is currently the biggest and most experienced RIA player, but it faces serious challenges on multiple fronts, most notably open source solutions and Microsoft, with its relatively new Silverlight technology. Since 2006, ZapThink has seen substantial contraction in the RIA component submarket, elimination of the extensions submarket, and consolidation and expansion of the RIA environments submarket. Future Trends There is increasing demand for RIA capabilities in the enterprise, although people don’t identify the applications that leverage such capabilities as RIAs. Rather, RIA capabilities are features of many of those applications. As the line between browser-based and desktop-based applications blurs, and as approaches for abstracting functionality and information from user interfaces develop, other markets will eventually merge with the RIA market. Table of Contents Overview of the Rich Internet Application (RIA) Market The…

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ZapThink Announces SOA for Managers Certification Course at IMPACT 2009
BALTIMORE, MD (PRunderground) March 26, 2009 — ZapThink announces today the availability of its SOA for Managers course co-located at IBM’s IMPACT 2009 conference in Las Vegas, NV on May 3, 2009. In this one-day course, attendees will get detailed guidance and expertise in how to implement and manage SOA with the latest best practices and methods. The one day event will feature Jason Bloomberg and Ronald Schmelzer, Managing Partners with ZapThink as lecturers and contributors. “Companies want to know how apply SOA best practices to enhance and optimize their existing investments in IT,” said Ronald Schmelzer, Managing Partner with ZapThink. “This one-day, practical event will give enterprises of all sizes, architecture practitioners, consulting firms, and technology vendors the best practices and practical implementation knowledge they are seeking.” Key topics addressed during the one-day event on May 3, 2009 in Las Vegas, NV include: Fundamentals of SOA Defining SOA Success…

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SOA Strategy Comparison: IBM & Microsoft
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is a set of best practices for organizing enterprise IT resources to support dynamic, flexible business processes. As an architectural approach, SOA is inherently platform, technology, and protocol neutral, so how well leading platform vendors are able to tell an accurate SOA story, while nevertheless seeking to promote their own platforms, is an interesting question. It’s important to emphasize that it’s reasonable for any vendor to seek to explain how their offerings support their customers’ architecture efforts. SOA, however, sets the bar particularly high, as a core aspect of SOA is organizing heterogeneous resources to better support agile process requirements. It is important, therefore, to contrast how well platform vendors, and in particular Microsoft and IBM, position their offerings to support their customers’ efforts to deal with their inherent heterogeneity, without requiring them to solve heterogeneity problems by moving to a single vendor platform.[hide -1]…

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Real World Processing with Events, SOA & Web 2.0
Today’s exploding numbers of business events, both combining with and driving the exponential growth of information in the business world, are increasing the need for Business Event Processing (BEP). This increased reliance on business events also leverages thethe collaborative, Internet-based technologies of Web 2.0, as well as Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), providing a flexible approach to obtaining value from events. The combination of these three approaches provides a foundation for flexibility, visibility, composability, integration, and scalability. The bottom line, however, is the business story. BEP, combined with Web 2.0 and SOA, are bridging the gap between business and IT better than any of these approaches can separately. Today’s organizations require real time visibility into their business, as well as the ability to process business events to solve business problems, what we call Real World Processing. Such solutions will have broader impact on the business itself and can create new…

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