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The recent news on Google stopping further development on their offering Google Wave did create mixed responses. Thousands of fans even registering support for it and critics liked it. However my interest was on the messaging platform that it used. Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) has finally come of age and given its high profile usage such as Google Wave and Talk, there is a thought process if XMPP can be used within organizations for middleware or EAI. It might sound surprising on how a protocol that is used in Internet Messaging services could be used in EAI, but XMPP has evolved and extended itself in the Message oriented Middleware (MOM) domain as well. In my opinion this could be a new dimension for EAI. At present most of the popular MOMs are Queue based such as Java Messaging Service (JMS) where the Architecture principle is centralization. ... (more)

Collaborative Business Process Modeling

I just came across the group ABPMP (Association of Business Process Management Professionals) Toronto chapter. It's good to see these groups being formed to take BPM execution forward. I have yet to go through to see the activities to be taken up by these groups. Another thought that came across the same lines is the recent trend of mobile apps. All the product companies in the mobile gaming industry are creating the platform and driving on the collaborative model of people enhancing the applications on the platform. Having same analogy in BPM, I think there are many platforms a... (more)

Enterprise Mashups – Recovering Value from SOA Investments

Industry analysts have repeatedly pointed out that technology is a beguiling proposition and businesses invest expecting to save money or increase revenue, but rarely realize either benefit. The rapid investment over the first half of the nervous nineties have placed the CIOs under enormous pressure to  become “Value Creators” and  produce or increase profit from existing company property rather than investing further.  This may be connecting the enterprise's data in new ways to give new insights and improve decisions. However, there is an added mandate to be thrifty and manage ... (more)

In a SaaS-Based Setup, What Should Be Controlled by Enterprise?

I am not too sure about the title, but I had to enter a title to share my thoughts. And this is the best I could think at this point. Now the question, which I was asked few weeks back: "Company X has decided to go for SaaS-based applications to run its enterprise and are not sure how to get control over these applications, which are scattered over different clouds." It's an interesting situation that was never an issue in a typical on-premise deployment. However, when any organization chooses to go for SaaS-based deployment, I believe that organization has implicitly decided to ... (more)

Legacy Modernization and Transformation: Part 1 of 2

“Modernization,” or “Legacy Transformation / Modernization” is one of those catchy business propositions that everyone agrees with. Who does not want to modernize? The term “legacy” connotes rigid, difficult to maintain, and almost impossible to change without a long highly costly engagement. Legacy pertains to systems and applications that are either home-grown or point solutions that were acquired and extended. Legacy also deals with the increasingly aging baby boomers that are approaching retirement age. Maintaining legacy systems will become increasingly expensive as the kn... (more)