Sure, now that the deed is done and the board has approved the acquisition,
there’s lots of Monday morning quarterbacks.
However, in this case, I’m not one of them. Indeed, I point to the
release of my 9/1997 report that I wrote for NC.Focus entitled “State of
Java Report: IBM” and the subsequent press release where I assert that IBM
is leading in deploying Java in the Enterprise.
The story goes somewhat like this. On the day I released the report, I
subsequently released the press release through PR Newswire, but it was also
available on the IBM website.
Within hours of posting the press release, IBM was contacted by Sun and told
to remove the link to the press release on their website. Ultimately, Sun
did not like the fact that I presented that IBM was doing a better job of
monetizing Java in the Enterprise than Sun was, but that was the truth.
Now, Sun had ... (more)
Regardless if you’ve migrated multiple applications or this is your first
migration to a public Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) you will want to run
a small proof-of-concept to make sure that the basic elements of data flow
operate as expected and your components will run in the IaaS environment.
This week I spent some time experimenting with the three top IaaS offerings:
Amazon AWS, Google Compute Cloud and Microsoft Azure. The architecture was
relatively simple: three docker containers, one hosting a LAMP—Linux,
Apache, MySQL & PHP—stack running WordPress, one hosting Postfi... (more)
Making Financial Sense of PaaS, Part Deux
In my blog, “Making Financial Sense of PaaS,” I provided an analysis of
delivering a newly-developed mobile application using a variety of platforms.
Subsequent to my posting I had some great conversations about the content
with Brent Smithurst (@brentsmi) from ActiveState and Mark Thiele
(@mthiele10) from Switch. Brent is from a PaaS software provider and Mark is
a world-renowned expert on data center operations and architecture, so
clearly their insight is extremely relevant and credible.
As pointed out by Mark, it’s very easy t... (more)
The term e-commerce (or e-anything for that matter) is now recognized by
corporate executives and customers alike as denoting a new frontier. Here
services like customer support, online purchasing and simple information
retrieval can provide the gold standard of a global consumer society: instant
Remote services are nothing new: for years, hundreds of businesses have
successfully shared and exchanged information with each other and their
consumers, using a variety of media from pigeons to ponies. However, the high
level of necessary human involvement have traditio... (more)
XML can be thought of as the "universal serialization of data." It provides a
flexible, open approach for modeling data and sharing messages among business
partners (or systems) in a consistent manner. XML provides the ideal solution
to messaging in a B2B e-commerce infrastructure since it enables a loosely
coupled design that can significantly lower a partner's barrier to entry.
While most users of XML utilize its hierarchical nature to define data, this
article discusses possible approaches for eliminating redundant data within
XML messages by employing the features of ID and ID... (more)