Articles tagged 'platforms'

Sixtree to form Deloitte Platform Engineering!

We often collaborate with other consultancies on projects and sometimes those collaborations can highlight the journey that we’ve been on over the last few years and the fundamental shift that is happening in the way that businesses use technology.

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Sixtree Partners with Docker

At Sixtree we specialise in building distributed systems. Solutions that, by their nature, bridge information assets across boundaries to support end to end business processes. Today, the majority of information solutions are distributed and heterogeneous, and are shifting between on-premise and the cloud. This requires a standardized runtime platform that is independent of any particular technology, language or runtime environment.

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PaaS: Only a Part of The Composable Enterprise

Is PaaS the secret sauce for the Composable Enterprise? Certainly Warner Music Group and their CTO Jonathan Murray have put a lot of effort into using CloudFoundry as the container for applications in their new enterprise. But I think PaaS is only one side of the coin.

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The Digital Enterprise Shift

Continuing my series on the Composable Enterprise I’m looking at how different thought-leaders and organizations perceive the shift from our current methods of doing business to the digital platforms that will drive future, more agile businesses. This week I cover the “The Digital Enterprise Shift”, a whitepaper written last year by Neil Ward-Dutton, co-founder and Research Director at MWD Advisors and a prominent member of the enterprise architecture community.

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Composable Capabilities on Demand

My last post on the Composable Enterprise gave an overview of Jonathan Murray’s manifesto. While this is leading edge stuff, it is by no means new. We’ve been aiming for composable architectures for many decades now, going back to DCE and CORBA and perhaps even earlier. This speaks to how difficult the challenge is and how our approaches change with lessons learned from previous attempts.

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A Busy Day at InfoQ

I have two articles published in InfoQ today. The temporal coincidence is quite by accident, but they both represent trends that I find very interesting.

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The Composable Enterprise

Fifty-five percent of businesses are under threat from digital disruption. An MIT CISR Research Report that landed in my inbox this morning reports that out of a sample of 105 senior executives that attended a recent workshop on digital business models, 55% assess their business as being in the "red zone"—significant threat of digital disruption.

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Alfresco Partnership for Activiti BPM

Business process management (BPM) is one of the key capabilities in our layered architecture. When you're building out services—liberating the data and functions from your back-end systems—you're only doing that for one purpose; to operate on those systems through external channels. You want these capabilities to be available to your customers, your business partners and your internal business processes. A stand-alone business process engine enables you to manage and orchestrate processes that cut across system and organizational boundaries. These processes consist of automated tasks as well as human tasks.

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Sixtree Partners With Elasticsearch

Perhaps you can tell from my last post that we're quite excited by analytics and the ability to understand your business in realtime. We're also very keen on the ability of open source software to deliver innovative products with rational support and pricing models. The confluence of these two streams is that we have now become the first Elasticsearch partner in Australia.

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Sixtree Partners With Red Hat

We recently talked about how open source software is at the core of our philosophy. Sixtree operates mostly in the enterprise domain and we still run into many different attitudes and preconceptions about open source software. But the industry is clearly past the tipping point and there are many enterprises and governments adopting an open source first purchasing policy. Twenty years of outsourcing responsibility and perceived risk has proved unsuccessful. Organizations are seeing more success, better value and higher quality in open source offerings. Not to mention a more sustainable licensing model that doesn't require high up-front costs before anything has been built yet.

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Incremental Change

A billion dollars used to be a lot of money. These days it can buy you a small social network, a sports team or perhaps a high profile IT project disaster. ComputerWorld's round-up of top IT disasters for 2013 leads with the Healthcare.gov debacle, but Australia proves its world-class chops with the Queensland Health payroll upgrade project; number two with an estimated cost of A$1.25 billion. These big project failures have many contributing causes and there are some good commission reports to learn from, but undoubtedly a major problem is their sheer size and scope.

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Platforms Beat Monoliths

IT goes through cycles—fat clients vs thin clients, centralised mainframes vs distributed computing. These tend to be areas where the costs and benefits of either end of the spectrum are difficult to discriminate between the alternatives. It takes time for the industry to settle on an equilibrium position, and quite often technology change shifts the equilibrium before it is reached.

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The Benefits of A Layered Architecture

Perhaps the number one problem in enterprise IT is 'change'—how to handle it and how to keep up with a changing world. Gartner says that "IT organizations' application strategies often aren't dynamic enough to handle changes in technology." 

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The Value of Integration

There are two ways to look at integration:

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