Category Archives: Application Platform

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Embrace Shadow IT Clouds

Cloud is the new shadow IT for enterprises. While stable, well-known SaaS offerings such as Salesforce or Netsuite are excellent paths forward,  unregulated, shadow IT cloud deployments often expand  business risk and magnify IT inefficiencies.   According to a recent TechRepublic report, shadow IT departments can create major fiscal problems for businesses using the cloud.  A PressReleasepoint.com release points to the source of increasing shadow IT cloud deployments:

Leasing cloud servers and subscribing to applications is incredibly easy. There is no reason why a business manager, customer service representative or other non-technical employee cannot quickly establish a cloud deal and start using an application because he or she thinks it will get the job done effectively. This is precisely why IT oversight is necessary.

Shadow IT teams gain faster time to market and decrease delivery hurdles by running home-brewed business critical systems on AWS, Heroku, Cloudbees, Azure and other cloud platforms. Often enterprise IT only discovers Cloud systems existence when the Shadow IT project requires access to  enterprise system data or services.

To co-exist with Shadow IT and maximize Cloud efficiency and productivity,  align corporate IT policy, architecture, operations, and support with innovative, shadow IT projects . Are you an expert at working with Shadow IT?

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Change your IT Value Proposition: Build the Plan, Work the Plan

Looking to reshape your IT value proposition, and feel legacy application platform, service infrastructure, or integration infrastructure is holding you back? Let’s talk about how the WSO2 advantage can transform your projects’ experience.    What our your goals, challenges, and constraints?

When building a plan for 2014, consider:

  • Re-shape Enterprise Architecture
  • Re-invent the Integration Platform

 

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Enterprise Identity Management and Business Relationships

Enterprise Identity Management has reached an awkward adolescent period, with prior success, tumultuous present, and uncertain future.    My colleague Ian Glazer at Gartner, published a thought provoking video entitled “Killing Identity Management in Order to Save It.”     The basic premise,  conventional Enterprise  Identity Management  inhibits  dynamic business relationships across today’s prevalent web interactions.   Traditional Enterprise Identity Management leads to lost customers, poor revenue growth, and inefficient business interactions.

Given the large historical investment in Enterprise Identity Management, how can IT Teams move beyond legacy practices and embrace New Web interactions, ad hoc team formation,  and promote business relationships?

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Dashboards and microsites drive user engagement

Dashboards and microsites drive user engagement and convert raw data into information that business participants turn into insight.  Everybody can agree on that “Data is worthless if you don’t communicate data correctly”.  Rather than presenting mind-numbing rows and columns of raw numbers,  visualization techniques enable individuals to quickly identify trends, patterns, and correlations.

Now available on GitHub, WSO2 User Engagement Server helps business participants achieve insight by delivering dashboards and microsites.

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Step up to the open source major league

Many IT leaders prefer to buy their application infrastructure software from a single vendor.   When I was at Burton Group, Anne Thomas Manes and I called the providers delivering comprehensive offerings ‘super-platform vendors’.    In a recent report, Gartner helps teams understand the trade-offs associated with the super-platform vendor strategy, and summarizes the strengths and cautions of comprehensive application infrastructure vendors.

Providing a who’s who in the vendor market, this research offers basic profiles for vendors that qualify to provide a comprehensive set of application infrastructure supporting an organization’s projects in the next three to five years.

Gartner cites WSO2 as a visionary in all three Magic Quadrants for Application Infrastructure including SOA Application Projects, Systematic Application Integration Projects, and Systematic SOA Infrastructure Projects. Of the vendors listed as options in the Comprehensive Application Infrastructure report, WSO2 is the only open source vendor included.

Gartner Comprehensive Infrastructure Vendor Chart 2013

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DevOps meets ALM in the Cloud – Cloud DevOps Factory

Since teams started creating applications and services, significant challenges have continually hindered effective delivery and diminished development team’s reputations. Common challenges include:
  • Long IT solution lead times leading towards an inability to capitalize on business opportunities
  • Complex and disjointed development processes hindering IT agility and degrading ability to meet business demand
  • Inaccurate project forecasts, non-repeatable processes, and rudimentary performance metrics leading to a persistent Business-IT perception gap
  • Perennial tension between management compliance mandates and development approach, which prevents improving app delivery
How do we change development processes, development tooling, and run-time infrastructure to decrease time to market, streamline development processes, deliver on-time and budget, and meet compliance mandates?

Sonic, Savvion, and Actional sold

Progress Software recently unloaded Sonic, Savvion, and Actional to a niche enterprise software development company, Trilogy Software.     Recognizing the poor brand fit between enterprise software development and enterprise application middleware,  Trilogy will form a new entity, Aurea Software, to re-introduce the acquired portfolio into the market.

According to the press release, Scott Brighton, Aurea’s new CEO, will focus the company on a goal

“to take these market leading, enterprise-class products and place a renewed focus on creating the next generation iBPMS – with a specific emphasis on enabling critical, high-value business processes in key vertical markets.”

According to Jim Snur at Gartner, an iBPMS:

“allows organizations to have more intelligent processes that can be aimed at better operations minimally and innovative processes easily. The iBPMS does this by enhancing a businesses situational awareness by seeking patterns of interest, enabling quicker / more effective decisions through poly-analytics and rapid adaptation for appropriate actions through flexible processes”

Source: Gartner Blog Network

 

An iBPMS focus is significantly different from the legacy standalone product lines focus on

  • Develop high-quality, service-based applications
  • Minimize downtime
  • Service-oriented architecture (SOA) and enterprise messaging
  • Rapidly and flexibly integrate services and applications across the enterprise

We will see if Progress’ decision to divest their on-premise integration portfolio was “the right thing for our customers and our partners that rely on them.” as stated by Progress VP Colleen Smith.  How Aurea’s corporate focus will serve current customers using Sonic ESB or Sonic MQ as the cornerstone for their integration platform or SOA strategy remains to be seen.  Whether development teams will embrace multiple best-of-breed vendors for iBPMS, aPaaS, iPaaS functionality also remains an open question.

As mentioned in the April Forrester and Gartner notes, the time is now to:

  • Develop an exit strategy and limit new investments in Sonic and Actional products
  • Implement exit strategies and reduce integration project investment on Sonic and Actional products

WSO2 stands ready to assist you in migrate away from legacy products and embrace open source innovation.   WSO2 is the only open source company that has been industry recognized for delivering enterprise-ready middleware platforms spanning integration, service oriented architecture, application, and business process platform.  Enterprise development teams use WSO2 enterprise middleware platforms to build traditional on-premise solutions or incorporate Cloud service characteristics (i.e. on-demand self-service, elastic scalability, resource pooling, consumption based pricing) and Cloud service capabilities (i.e. DevOps tooling, automated governance, service level management, metering and billing).

 

 

 

Use Business Activity Monitoring and Gain Business Visibility

Many organizations struggle to understand how their business performs.  In an attempt to gain operational visibility and situational awareness, teams have created multitude reports, spreadsheets, key performance metrics, portals, and dashboards. Business analytics attempts to increase event correlation, enhance presentation, and increase business insight, but analytics often does little to increase real-time visibility.  In between weekly, monthly, or quarterly analytic execution cycles, business managers guestimate how to increase supplies, adjust marketing campaigns, offer sales discounts, or hire additional resources.

 

Create a Comprehensive Business Visibility Environment

Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) and Complex Event Processing (CEP) augments business analytics by contributing a high performance data capture framework, in-stream event correlation, alerts and notifications, knowledge mapping, flexible data storage, scalable Big Data processing, and real-time dashboards.  By readily composing advanced middleware capabilities into a unified solution, teams are able to enhance information relevance and improve informational delivery.  The middleware enables filtering, aggregating, mapping, and reducing large, multi-faceted datasets over greater temporal ranges with analytical processes composed using statistical languages, event correlation languages, and MapReduce script languages.

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Moving eGovernment to Cloud

For any Government organization needing to do more with less, eGovernment is the answer. eGovernment solutions cost effectively deliver information and enable transactions among citizens residing within a local geography.  An eGovernment solution may also link various governmental groups supporting constituents. However, the role of eGovernment has been traditionally limited by the inherent cost and complexity of developing, integrating, and managing traditional server-based systems. To overcome these hurdles, government agencies are looking to cloud solutions as a way to radically scale service delivery while simultaneously minimizing the expenses related to IT infrastructure, application development and deployment, and operations. WSO2 has published a white paper examining demands faced by government agencies and how the cloud-native WSO2 eGovernment solution provides a powerful, highly flexible, and extensible platform that addressing eGovernment requirements in a cost effective manner.

For more information, download the paper at http://wso2.com/whitepapers/moving-egovernment-to-the-cloud/