In a report titled “Forecast Analysis: Enterprise Application Software,
Worldwide, 2Q15 Update,” Gartner analysts highlighted the increasing trend
of application modernization among enterprises. According to a recent survey,
45% of respondents stated that modernization of installed on-premises core
enterprise applications is one of the top five priorities.
Gartner also predicted that by 2020, 75% of enterprise applications will
follow the model of build instead of buy. This is an indication of
organizations moving towards developing cloud-native, Software as a Service
(SaaS) applications instead of buying shrink-wrapped or packaged
The road to cloud-native computing
Going forward, enterprise customers will heavily invest in cloud-native
platforms that will support them in developing and deploying modern,
multi-tenant, elastic, and composite application... (more)
In 2000, Microsoft announced that it is building a brand new runtime and a
framework called .NET. At the heart of .NET was the Common Language Runtime
(CLR) designed to execute an assembly like language known as Microsoft
Intermediate Language (MSIL).
This was at a time when Sun was trying to lure the developers away from
Microsoft Visual Basic and Visual C++ to their flagship Java platform. It was
not just Microsoft but an array of language and platform players were
seriously threatened by Java’s dominance. Microsoft realized that by
supporting more languages on top of .NET coul... (more)
During the last decade, the enterprise war was among the handful of players.
Microsoft wanted to be the de facto choice of the IT by pushing .NET
application platform, integrated tools through Visual Studio, a set of
servers in the form of SQL Server, SharePoint, BizTalk and System Center.
Same was the case with IBM who was trying to compete through the Rational,
WebSphere, DB2, Tivoli and MQ Series platforms. Sun and Oracle complemented
each other and ran an integrated GTM to win the enterprise customers. The
goal of every player was the same – displace competition and own almos... (more)
A couple of weeks back, at the IBF Panel discussion on PaaS, we were
discussing the opportunity for a Private PaaS. While a Private Cloud is
typically associated with IaaS, I started to ponder on the value of a Private
Installing the development platform / runtime running .NET or Java stack on a
set of VMs provisioned on the Private (IaaS) Cloud doesn’t turn it into a
Private PaaS. PaaS should really abstract the nuts and bolts of the
infrastructure (OS, middleware and other plumbing) and should expose only
what is required for the applications to run.
As a part of my job, I work with large enterprise customers trying to help
them realize the potential of Cloud Computing. As much I believe in the
benefits of Cloud, I also have a realistic discussion around the
anti-patterns for Cloud and why certain applications may not be the great
candidates to be moved to the Cloud. It makes it easy to have certain
patterns in mind when discussing what kind of a line of business application
can move to the Cloud for realizing the best return on investment.
In this article, I want to discuss the possible scenarios for getting the
maximum val... (more)