Obtaining connected business attributes of accessibility, integrated, collaborative, and adaptive require next-generation platform infrastructure to realize connected business architecture components.
Innovative, next-generation platforms decrease the IT effort required to build a more accessible, integrated, collaborative, and adaptive connected business. To enable a Connected Business Architecture, incorporate the following product capabilities:
- Security solutions to provide authentication and fine grained entitlement inside and outside the company especially for outside organizations interacting with your company
- Enterprise Service Bus to connect all your internal legacy services and data sources into new managed APIs and services and legacy partners
- API Management to provide visibility and metrics of usage of APIs inside and outside your organization
- Business Activity Monitoring to give you the information on the operation and social data to give you the information you need to discover opportunities and issues
- WSO2 Complex Event Processor to give you actionable events
- Mobile integration to make developing and deploying mobile easy and safe
- Cloud Native, fully multi-tenant software to deploy and scale cheap and fast
- Ecosystem PaaS to enable rapid iterations and development of new applications quickly to meet new opportunities
- Enterprise store to enable social interactions among developers, improve re-use and extend your value chain beyond your internal organization, help you manage the new IT world of many applications and APIs.
To become a connected business, your business requires a connected business architecture. Connected business architecture centers around the business activity that drives business revenue, effective sales, streamlined manufacturing, and excellent customer support.
IT teams are partnering with their core business counterparts to map activities, define key business events, and establish business-oriented workspaces that incorporate business activity streams. Figure 1 below describes a logical connected business architecture.
Figure 1: Connected Business Architecture
Obviously, every business today is a connected business. What specific attributes can we use to benchmark connected business maturity?
Many smart architects think of WSO2 as simply an open source ESB vendor, and look towards WSO2 when they need to solve a point integration challenge. As a veteran of the SOA adoption wars, I encourage teams to think beyond the ESB, and consider how to build a connected business.
If you run IBM WebSphere ESB or Oracle SOA Suite, you can reduce your Integration Total Cost of Ownership by choosing an alternative with a significantly better value proposition. Red Hat Fuse or WSO2 ESB will save your project sponsor millions of dollars over a three year period (see summary table below).
By decreasing spend on integration middleware, you may free up enough capital to invest in mobile, API management, or analytics without increasing IT spend.
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
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?
Connected businesses grow revenue and outperform peers by increasing customer engagement, enhancing productivity, and seizing market opportunity. A connected business seamlessly integrates people, process, and data across an extended value chain, decreases interaction cost, and automatically adapts business activity in response to market events.
The connected business environment is:
- Integrated: accelerates interactions inside and outside the organization
- Accessible: reduces interaction friction and cost
- Collaborative: increases engagement and enhances productivity
- Adaptive: senses business activity and automatically adapts
Figure 1: Connected Business Environment Attributes
How do you build an accessible, integrated, collaborative, and adaptive business environment?
Often outdated processes, tools, and skills inhibit IT’s ability to be a strategic enabler and gain an IT business edge. By adopting a new, Responsive IT delivery model, teams can foster effective business collaboration, responsive iterations, streamlined processes, and no wait states; enabling business to operate at the speed of now. By changing the business-IT dynamic through an innovation focus, business stakeholders start to view IT as a strategic partner.
Donnie Berkholz has an excellent blog post describing why EveryTown IT hesitates to adopt DevOps and Cloud, even though they realize significant business benefit may be achieved. Â Donnie describes how EveryTown IT lives in:
a world where inertia rules the day, where business is king and sysadmins have little to no say in major changes. And it’s a world where even experimentation is difficult and must be done on the smallest of scales.