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A sponsored IDC paper, "Embedding Additional Value into Applications: What Enterprises Need Most from Application Vendors" talks about the results of a survey on why application vendors need to ensure their applications can integrate and operate effectively inside and alongside other applications. Ignoring the obviously sponsored tone of the paper, one chart showing the results of the survey jumped out at me:   Of the optional responses to the question, "Please rate how important it is to your organization that each of the following features be embedded within your application vendors' transactional applications", the lowest number of respondents placed an importance on a "Configurable workflow engine to automate and optimize processes". Does this mean that optimizing business processes through automation is not important? The question in fact is leading up to an... (more)

Your Digital Wallet and the Open Identity Exchange (OIX)

The US government has put its weight behind a new framework for certifying online identity management providers, so that they can be trusted to assign individuals digital identities that can be used to access a range of websites and transfer personal information. According to Finextra: Google, PayPal, Equifax, VeriSign, Verizon, CA, and Booz Allen Hamilton have announced the formation of the Open Identity Exchange (OIX), a non-profit organisation dedicated to building trust in the exchange of online identity credentials across public and private sectors. [...] Google, Paypal, and ... (more)

Why Do We Need Green IT?

'The problem is that too many "green" technology claims are just a bunch of hot CO2', according to Matthew McKenzie on the Enterprise Efficiency blog. "Green" is a source of incredible marketing opportunities, and the chance to sell complex concepts and technology, wrapped up in easily accessible feel-good language. As Matthew goes on to say, It all looks great on paper, but it leaves CIOs hanging when it comes to one vital question: How will it really affect the bottom line? That sounds heartless, but it's true. The sooner we face up to it, the sooner we can do the right things f... (more)

At $24k a year for server hosting, the cloud can't fail

  The tech industry's current love affair is with cloud computing - that hard to describe set of technology and infrastructure that is the obsession of companies large and small. Much like the industry's previous 'squeeze', SOA, the joy of the cloud is that you can make almost any technology fit under the name. Put plainly though, I see the cloud as a flexible set of server and storage resources that can host applications, somewhere out there, though you don't have to know where. With this comes the ability to reduce costs of running enterprise and SaaS applications. There are ... (more)

Once Upon a Time We Called It 'Collaboration'

New Media on Ulitzer There has been a big rise by the business process management (BPM) software vendors to get in on the 'social' game. As people become more comfortable with using Twitter and Facebook than they do Word and Excel, a new tag has appeared: Social BPM. My argument is that, once upon a time this was called 'collaboration' and the big software vendors (Documentum/EMC, Vignette, etc) did it. Collaboration software was about helping teams of people, typically on projects or with a need to share information to get a job done, to set up 'collaboration spaces' or 'team ... (more)