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Wednesday, June 27, 2007
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Trends driving enterprise IT

  • Today's toys = tomorrow's tools
  • SaaS as a new business model
  • Semantic disparity
  • Integration of collaboration into business apps
  • Virtualization
  • Automating regulatory compliance and governance
  • more...

Organizations should build general-purpose reusable infrastructure based on standards to ensure management, consistency etc. Tension between building for today and architecting for tomorrow. Realize that tech is fleeting.

Growing resistance to super-platform from best of breed. Innovations in raising level of abstraction and in the pursuit of simplicity.

Super-platform vendors are not just selling app servers but SOA/BPM platforms. More "stuff" in the core platform. But also more specialization in the areas of:

  • Domain-specific languages
  • OSS rebel framework
  • Mobile frameworks
  • UI frameworks
  • Others..

Increasing simplicity

  • Dynamic vs. compiled languages
  • 80/20 rule specialized frameworks (e.g., Rails)
  • Lightweight containers

Increasing abstraction

  • Model-driven development
  • Declarative languages
  • Data services
  • Infrastructure services

Assume heterogeneity at the core. Pursue simplicity and abstraction. Invest in infrastructure (SDLC, Governance, Runtime, Security, Data) to provide separation of concerns, increase productivity and efficiency and provide better governance and consistency.

Don't let the vendor dictate your strategy

  • Design own infrastructure
  • Identify functional capabilities and map vendor tech into them
  • Best innovation from startup community
  • Focus on principles and patterns and recognize that technology is fleeting
  • Separation of concerns between Apps and Infrastructure
  • More...

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