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 Major Update to Popular SOA Implementation Roadmap Poster
ZapThink, the industry’s foremost experts, advisers, and educators in the field of Service-Oriented Architecture, is responding to customer demand with today’s publication of the third version of its popular “ZapThink SOA Implementation Roadmap” poster. The company distributed over 100,000 copies of its first two versions of the poster, the first in 2003 and then updated in 2005. The latest version adds cutting-edge thought leadership in SOA, includes detail on architectural artifacts, and expands coverage of SOA Quality, Enterprise Mashups, and more.   Read more at: Emediawire…

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Rich Internet Applications Based on Ajax, Flash, and Java Will Quickly Supplant Current Static Web Applications and Portals
BALTIMORE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 25, 2006–ZapThink released a report today showing that demand for Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) and more sophisticated user interaction is increasing dramatically. RIAs provide an end user experience that combines the experience that users are most familiar with in desktop and client/server applications, such as rich graphical user interface, responsive performance and highly interactive functionality, with the scalability, distribution, and manageability benefits that Internet applications provide. The report entitled “Rich Internet Applications: Market Technologies and Trends” shows that Rich Internet Applications will continue to gain prominence in the enterprise, with companies spending more than $500 million on RIA applications by 2011. “Users today increasingly demand more from their online user experiences,” said Ronald Schmelzer, senior analyst with ZapThink. “The convergence of SOA and Web 2.0 are leading organizations to retire their static Web pages and inflexible portal applications. Today’s set the bar for user interactivity higher than…

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Rich Internet Applications: Market Trends and Technologies
Market Overview: Combining real-time user interaction with rich user interface capabilities, Rich Internet Applications (RIA) leverage increasingly sophisticated client-side technology to enable users to interact with and compose functionality from distributed applications no matter where they are located. The market for RIA solutions consists of three submarkets focused on delivering RIA components, environments, or extensions to IDE suites. There are four primary means for providing RIA capabilities: Flash VM-based approaches; approaches that use JavaScript and HTML, also known as Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX), approaches that use Java applets or ActiveX controls; and Custom-developed Client Code developed with Java or .NET languages. Future Trends A set of six key business applications are motivating overall RIA spending consisting of enhancement of existing web applications, high-transaction and event-driven Internet applications, next-generation portals, enhanced business intelligence solutions, application modernization, and peer-to-peer or mashup solutions. ZapThink expects spending on each of these areas…

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