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ALM PaaS Bridges the Dev Gap

ALM PaaS bridges the development gap between corporate IT and distributed outsourced development activities.  The traditional gap impedes system integration, user acceptance testing, visibility into project progress, and corporate governance. Stephen Withers describes an often true, and ineffective current ALM state:

” the CIO does not have visibility of the overall project: this is a major problem.”

A top CIO desire is to obtain portfolio-wide visibility into development velocity, operational efficiency, and application usage.

What solution or best practices do you see solving balkanized, silo development tooling, governance, workflow, and status reporting across distributed outsourced teams?  Does your desired solution integrate with tools a CIO’s outsourced organizations  are using?

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Reducing Cloud Computing Cost

Warning: Cloud projects may cost more than terrestrial projects. Cloud projects may not reduce IT cost.    Unless, you carefully consider appropriate Cloud usage scenarios, build Cloud-aware solutions, and choose Cloud-native platforms.

Jared Wray (@jaredwray) has obviously been thinking about Cloud’s value proposition, market awareness, and end-user adoption scenarios. Jared has penned an excellent post on Cloud computings hidden costs that delivers in-depth analysis on Cloud computing dynamics.

Many news writers have documented cloud’s hidden cost, for example Beth Pariseau (@pariseauTT) at SeachCloudCOmputing documenting cloud sticker shock.    Beth outlines a key areas to watch:

  • Server instance performance
  • Provisioning cost
  • Data storage cost
  • Distaster recovery,  monitoring, and network bandwidth

Why Be Concerned About Cloud Cost?

Archana Venkatraman (@archanatweets) posts in ComputerWeekly that a

global survey of CIOs into attitudes and concerns relating to cloud computing has revealed that almost 80% are concerned about the hidden costs associated with cloud computing.

Adding to the conversation, Joe Mckendrick (@joemckendrick) details specific points of concern:

  • Poor end user experience due to performance bottlenecks (64 percent). This goes right to the customer end-user experience as well, since e-commerce is the leading cloud application area, the survey finds  – 78 percent of respondents are already using cloud resources to support e-commerce.
  • The impact of poor performance on brand perception and customer loyalty (51 percent).
  • Loss of revenue due to poor availability, performance, or troubleshooting cloud services (44 percent).
  • Increased costs of resolving problems in a more complex environment (35 percent).
  • Increased effort required to manage vendors and service level agreements (23 percent).

Correlating hidden cost fears,  IBM’s recent admission that  Cloud Foundry demand is “in its infancy” (reported by Joe Curtis  @JoeCurtis_CBR), and a 2013 summer story of lagging Enterprise PaaS adoption, many  IT professionals may predict that

PaaS may be poised to enter the trough of disillusionment.

The Smart Cloud Path Forward

Fortunately, smart tech leaders are presenting a viable path forward.  A path that jumps over the disillusionment gulf.  I especially appreciate Jared’s statement,

most savings come when users take advantage of the platform to optimize their workloads. 

When workloads and the platform may become Cloud-aware, Cloud solutions can live up to the hype.  Successful teams optimize code, configuration, and policy to capitalize on Cloud-native architecture and capabilities.   Rather than a ‘Bigger in Texas’ design mentality, a frugal, just-enough at the right time, design must pervade the Cloud solution.   I would like to see the industry move towards benchmarking how multi-tenant design effects ‘tenant density’ (tenant count divided by granularity), scaling time lag, and solution cost.

Reducing Cloud Computing Cost: Recommended Reading

PaaS TCO and PaaS ROI: hared multi-tenant container PaaS 

Building Multi-Tenant SaaS Applications 

Cloud-Native PaaS Architecture

Hidden Cost of Cloud Computing  (Joe Mckendrick)

Where is the Rub: Cloud Computings Hidden Costs (Jared Wray)

 

Reshape Reference Architecture: Why, What, How

The reference architectures of the past (i.e. client-server, web application, SOA services) are not adequately addressing current business demand, use cases, and expectations.  IT must update  reference architecture models to remain relevant and effective.

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 based on an updated reference architecture, teams can foster effective business collaboration, responsive iterations, streamlined processes, and no wait states; enabling business to operate at the speed of now.

What reference architecture goal-state is required to meet business demands and expectations?

A reference architecture should enable internal and external business service consumers, address future IT strategies, and transition current IT infrastructure and team skill sets.   Do you have a seven step plan describing how to reshape your reference architecture?

A three part slideshare series outlines why reshape reference architecture, what reference architecture models make sense today, and how to reshape reference architecture.

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Integrated Business

How to build an integrated business

Obtaining a well integrated business is a core connected business tenet. By integrating business data, processes, rules, services and capabilities between internal and external IT assets, IT teams create an environment accelerating business interactions inside, outside, and across organizational boundaries.   Business interaction acceleration leads to increased revenue growth and enhanced customer satisfaction.

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What is Operational Intelligence

Operational intelligence enables an adaptable, connected business.   Connected business’ grow revenue, optimize spend, and increase opportunity by gaining visibility and insight into business operations.    Operational intelligence platforms analyze streaming data feeds, event data, and temporal patterns to deliver dashboard visibility, automated operational actions, and operational recommendations.  Connected business teams react to operational intelligence feeds, adapt business activity, and gain business advantage over their competition.

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Connected Business Architecture

Realizing Connected Business Architecture

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.

 

 

Connected Business Architecture

Connected Business Architecture

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.

Connected Business Architecture

Figure 1: Connected Business Architecture

 

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Reducing Integration Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

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.

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