Cloud API popularity is fueling interest in creating service ecosystems across organizations, teams, and applications. By externalizing software platform functions from containers, operating systems, and on-premise data center environments, new business opportunities emerge, and development teams gain faster time to market when building scalable business solutions. Is the time right for you to build a cloud ecosystem architecture based on APIs and supporting rapid application development?
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?
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.
Many IT leaders prefer to buy their application infrastructure software from a single vendor. Â When I was at Burton Group, Anne Thomas Manes and I called the providers delivering comprehensive offerings ‘super-platform vendors’. Â Â 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 InfrastructureÂ 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,Â WSO2 is the only open source vendor included.
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