According to Wikipedia, “The last mile (or last kilometer) is the final leg
of delivering connectivity from a communications provider to a customer.
Usually referred to by the telecommunications and cable television
industries, it is typically seen as an expensive challenge because ‘fanning
out’ wires and cables is a considerable physical undertaking.” The
significant complexity, cost, and risk associated with this situation delayed
many broadband rollouts until new technology became available that could
realize the “last mile.”
This powerful and real-world analogy from the world of telecommunications and
cable TV succinctly summarizes the current state of Service Oriented
Architecture (SOA) in the enterprise. It is widely agreed in concept that SOA
has the potential to break down barriers between application silos and enable
the reuse of business or application-le... (more)
Given the speed at which organizations are conducting business today, the
promise of increased agility is making "Data Virtualization" a hot topic.
However, as with all things, the devil's in the details. We need to go a bit
beyond simply looking under the hood.
Yes, data virtualization is an agile data integration approach that provides
fast and direct access to new critical data that the business can trust and
consume. That's all well said and done. However, it's a loaded statement.
Each word, in fact, needs to be put under a microscope to make sure that
simple data federation... (more)
This is the first in a series of articles that will explore the realm of Web
services, the challenges that lie ahead, and advancements that enable
extending Web services to the real world.
Applications for real-world scenarios have significant dependencies on
development time and ROI and must be robust, platform neutral, and
performance sensitive. Most important, these scenarios need to be highly
flexible to changes in requirements and applicability. Web services are an
effective way to balance all these aspects of real-world applications and
provide a rich and extensible infras... (more)
Portals are central points of access for applications and content for both
internal and external use in an enterprise through interactive and rich
Personalized access to information, applications, processes, and people is
provided to portals by getting information from local or remote data sources
such as databases, transaction systems, content providers, or remote Web
sites. This information is then rendered and aggregated into meaningful pages
to provide information to users in a compact and easily consumable form. In
addition to pure information, many... (more)
In a recent article, CIO.com said that analytics and BI will be the top
technology priorities for CIOs in 2012, based on a Gartner Inc. survey of IT
executives. However, if you look back in time, reports show that BI was a top
priority even then. Although we have fast-forwarded many years, the
priorities haven't really changed. BI is still top of mind.
Granted, the amount of data that needs to be processed is growing by the day,
and the need for businesses to have timely insight into things that matter is
becoming more immediate. But wasn't this the case earlier as well? Businesse... (more)