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Traditionally business process services are built on applications that are running within the enterprise to fulfill business demands. In the recent past, the concept of SaaS Clouds gained significance with services being hosted in a common cloud environment within the enterprise or outside the enterprise. In this article, we propose an innovative implementation of Cloud-based SaaS Enterprise Frameworks in "Corporate Action Events" Processing. A lot of discussions have appeared on how enterprise architecture services and cloud-based services, namely SaaS, are connected within an organization and how these architectural styles are better leveraged to fulfill business domain demands. [1] Enterprise architecture often describes the blueprint of applications and strategies within an enterprise, whereas enterprise SOA is more about enterprise services and provides integr... (more)

Enterprise Content Management on the Cloud

Large enterprises have to deal with a tremendous  amount of content in terms of documents that need to be stored in a un-shredded  format, that can be  stored, indexed, searched, archived and can be accessed globally across different departments. Typical functions of an enterprise-wide content management system: Ensure that business users and applications can import documents easily using both online and batch systems Ability to organize documents into multiple folders with respective security levels Create document types, links between documents and item attributes Ability to search using advanced searching conditions Options for the versioning of documents , along with Check-In & Check-out features for document control Support Workflow of business processes based on documents, and support document status Provide options for automatic and manual approvals, especial... (more)

Defining Requirements – The TOGAF Way

If you are new to TOGAF, you may be wondering how this process is different from what you do in a typical “Requirement Analysis” phase of software development. Once I tell you that the many of the techniques recommended in TOGAF are what you are already using, like UML modeling techniques like Activity Models, Use-Case Models and Class Models, you may think why bother with TOGAF? What you really do differently in TOGAF is that you take a much wider perspective of the requirement. There are three important things that you need to do: Explicitly document the current state, the expected future state and identify the gap Assess impact of the change on other projects and other organizational initiatives State the change from the perspective (viewpoint) of different stakeholders and get their buy in While doing this, you need to keep in mind the following: Are you adher... (more)

Enterprise Cloud Governance - Plug & Play for Cloud Services Is Not Enough

Enterprise Cloud Governance is the specification of policies and procedures for cloud solutions and services for the organization. Many organizations struggle with having silos of clouds without a coherent approach for governance. It is very tempting for departments or groups to go and buy new services and try to plug them and then play  to see how they work. If specific services have their own individual policies and procedures, this can lead to problems due to lack of centralized management. Without proper alignment with enterprise architecture and security, this can lead to spaghetti like conglomeration of Cloud services without proper attention to interoperability and service management. With enterprise-level solutions that leverage hybrid services, the situation can quickly spin out of control. It is extremely important to have a strategy and vision in place to a... (more)

Reducing Conjecture with Enterprise Mobility and M2M

Mission critical enterprise mobility is all about removing blind spots from people and processes. ~Kevin Benedict The competitive battlefield of 2014 will increasingly involve data.  It will be about collecting, transmitting, analyzing and reporting its meaning faster and more efficiently than competitors.  If you can digitally represent locations, events, activities, resources, job skills, assets, schedules, materials, job statuses, etc., in remote and mobile locations accurately, then you have the ability to introduce incredibly powerful algorithms and AI (artificial intelligence) capabilities that will greatly enhance your ability to optimize processes automatically within your software systems.  WOW!  That was a mouth full!  If you have hundreds of locations, projects and job sites and thousands of assets and remote workers, your future viability as a business ... (more)

Is ESB Mandatory for SOBA?

Deploy ESB if you really need integration solution for your Service Oriented Business Application. ... (more)

Enterprise Cloud Services Architecture

Enterprise services are built on applications that are running within the enterprises to fulfill the business demands. In the recent past, the concept of services in a cloud environment gained significance with services being hosted in a common cloud environment within the enterprise or outside the enterprise. In this article, I described the various steps involved in moving services from an enterprise level to cloud-based environment as part of a cloud implementation. Traditionally an organization's Enterprise Services Architectures are considered in terms of Business Architecture, Information Systems Architecture (Data and Application Architecture) and Technology Architecture. [1] A variety of enterprise services architectures such as core services, infrastructure services, and technology services are supported by these levels of architecture. Core services are t... (more)

In Five Minutes or Less – Enterprise Manager v2.2

Check out some of the new features in Enterprise Manager v2.2 like Predefined Reports, SSL TPS Utilization, Custom Views, Custom Monitors, Alerts and Reports, EM Virtual Edition, Bulk actions and more. Enterprise Manager is a centralized management appliance for F5 BIG-IP® devices that gives you a consolidated, real-time view of your entire F5 application delivery infrastructure, plus the tools you need to quickly optimize performance and scale your infrastructure to meet business needs. ps Resources: F5 Broadens Management Solution Portfolio with New Virtual Appliance F5 Launches Application-Focused Video Series Enterprise Manager F5 YouTube Channel Enterprise Manager Product Overview Enterprise Manager Datasheet Enterprise Manager Version 2.2 – SlideShare Presentation TechValidate Enterprise Manager Portal – Customer Quotes and Statistics In 5 Minutes or Less ... (more)

Every Enterprise Needs a Modernization Strategy

An enterprise without a modernization strategy is an enterprise with a painful future of paying technical debt with the highest interest possible. This is especially true of custom-developed applications. Software changes, period. So why not include a strategy for change in your enterprise. I have seen a lot of enterprises that pride themselves on being ready for requirement changes during their application development projects, but very few that ever consider a modernization strategy. Modernization should be architected into your applications. History has continuously shown us that in our industry nothing stays new very long. I have seen some large projects that need to upgrade the version of the .NET Framework before they even get the first release to production, but they never even consider that an option, so they deploy a legacy application on their first releas... (more)

Challenges Facing the Enterprise Private Cloud

It seems like the last several months have brought a rapid increase in the number of organizations getting serious, really serious, about private clouds in their enterprise. By this, I mean they are going beyond working on ROI documents, formulating strategies, and doing referential research. They are starting to put their preparation to good use in the form of implementation work. Maybe it just so happens that many of the customers I work with are arriving at this phase at the same time, but I would wager a bet that this is more or less happening in many companies. Luckily, I have been able to be a part of the private cloud rollout for many of my customers, from the initial strategy and architecture talks to the implementation plans. One thing that has become clear is that regardless the industry or size of the company, there are technical challenges lying in the ... (more)

How Enterprises Can Tackle and Exploit Complex Challenges

The past several years have ushered in a changing set of expectations from users as they engage with technology and services as both consumers and workers. The sense is that they want to get as much ease of use and productivity from enterprise technology as from their smartphones, social networks, tablets, and cloud-based offerings. These deep rumblings of change mean that IT needs to rethink things a bit, to develop a "prosumer" strategy, whereby both the applications and services they provide to internal employees and their end-user customers increasingly bear the hallmarks of modern consumer services. Their applications may need to behave more like apps. Their provisioning may need to be more like app stores. And self-service and intuitive adoption of new features need to be built in as primary requirements. Ease in social collaboration has become a must. So how ca... (more)