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Is On-Premise BPM Still Relevant? By Manish Nepal Cloud-based BPM platforms are taking the application development market by storm. But does that mean on-premise software is becoming obsolete? Like the daily newspaper that many thought would be dead by now, on-premise business process management tools are probably here to stay for the foreseeable future because a lot of enterprise IT directors are not convinced that their enterprise data is ready to transition to the cloud. Many enterprises prefer on-premise BPM software because it is tangible, visible, and exists within the enterprise boundaries. IT leadership feels that they have to have datacenters within their ‘jurisdiction' in order to keep their corporate data safe. On-premise vs. Cloud-based Offerings A shipping company, with a team strength of 500 people, is looking for a BPM solution to manage their custome... (more)

Visual PaaS: If Data Is King, Then Logic Is Queen

Or, should this title be If Data is Queen, then, Logic is King - Queen (data) being the protected - in Object Oriented terms! Jokes apart, in the last post, I talked about the importance of Data Structure, i.e., data model and now you can understand why it is logical and important to talk about Business Logic. You can't imagine any business application without a business logic/rule. Yet, business rules are the most abused term and the least understood. Everybody knows the importance of it, but sadly everyone has a cliched understanding. In this post, I set out to articulate busi... (more)

Clearing the Confusion Around "Private Cloud"

I was on a LinkedIn thread titled ‘How cloud computing is different from SaaS‘ where Rick Chapman who runs SoftLetter and SaaS University went on beating on this question ‘What is a private cloud’? It is definitely worth it given the tremendous amount of confusion in the term ‘Cloud’ in general and ‘Private Cloud’ in particular. The motivation for this post is Rick and supported by a tweet I read around the same time from ‘Carl Brooks‘ who is a technology writer on Cloud at TechTarget. Let me give it a shot. First, Cloud is about leveraging economies of scale whether it is public o... (more)

What Is PaaS All About? - Part 1

This is the first part of the multi-part series on "What is PaaS all about?" Let’s start by looking at the “Platform” story prior to Cloud. Enterprise IT did a lot of heavy lifting. They handcrafted the platform by combining various products such as App Servers, Web Servers, Databases, Middleware, Integration Servers, Portal Servers, and Workflow Engines. Not only did Enterprises IT create a unique combination for them, they also ended up redundantly deploying it for various projects within the enterprise. There was no common or central runtime platform, although they always inte... (more)

Data Model - Hero of Your Story, Sorry, Project!

This post is an elaboration of one of the features of Visual PaaS, i.e., data model designer. Here the full list of features. Visual PaaS (meta-data PaaS) is purpose built for developing business applications like Order Management, CRM, Dealer Management Systems, Claims Processing - type applications. In such applications, the success of the project is determined by the strength of the "data model" created by your solution architect/designer. In our experience in building very complex enterprise applications for large conglomerates, like Unilever, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Citi Group... (more)