Using Rules to Upgrade Legacy Systems and Meet Regulatory Needs

The latest round of federal and state regulations has put tremendous pressure on compliance departments. As companies scramble to put new systems and procedures in place, it is no surprise that legacy COBOL systems are especially difficult to bring into...

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Adaptive Business Applications with EDM

(Posed by guest blogger, James Taylor) I have been thinking about adaptive applications recently and about what makes an application adaptive (see my twitter stream for instance). This seems like an important topic as people throw "business agility" and "agile...

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EDM Helps Minimize Trade Offs Between Application Maintenance and Strategic Initiatives – So Says Forrester Research

While Enterprise Decision Management (EDM) is not called out specifically in Forrester Research’s January 28 report, “The State Of Enterprise Software Adoption: 2007 To 2008,” it describes issues top of mind among technology executives addressable with EDM technologies, such as Business Rules Management Systems (BRMSs). The report is based on results of a survey of 1,017 IT decision-makers in North American- and European-based enterprises.

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The last decomposition of the application

One of the reasons for a focus on decisions and decision services is to complete the decomposition of the old, monolithic application (thanks Mark). Think about it. If you embed decisions - business logic - in your applications, you hide...

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Remember: Don’t Crush ‘Em, Restore ‘Em

The title of this posting is taken from a saying repeated at the conclusion of a cable television show about classic cars, and aptly summarizes the focus of this newsbit I saw today on DM Review’s website: “Major Software AG Customer Survey Reveals New Priorities for Legacy Systems”. Software AG, an infrastructure software provider, surveyed 180 of its clients to understand their views on legacy systems. The results cited in the article parallel the value of Business Rules Management Systems (BRMS) to legacy systems; all good news for Software AG and BRMS vendors, maybe less good news for application vendors trying to sell their latest wares.

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Lean application development and maintenance - some thoughts

I recently came across this McKinsey paper - Applying lean to application development and maintenance (subscription required). The abstract has a few key bullets: Lean techniques, originally developed to reduce waste in manufacturing, are boosting performance in more and more...

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"Blogging Live" from InterACT Lisbon: "How EDM Really Works"

"How EDM Really Works" at InterACT introduces the concepts of decision automation and predictive analytics.

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Legacy modernization, a comment

I saw this article over on IT-Analysis on converting legacy applications by Tel Hudson of Bloor. I tried to post it as a comment but their CAPTCHA system is broken so I kept getting errors. Hopefully they will fix it!...

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Enterprise Decision Management and important IT trends

I saw this article in Baseline - The 30 Most Important IT Trends for 2007 - and it struck me how many of them pointed out the need for an enterprise decision management approach. Highlights included: Needing to focus on...

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Live from Gartner Symposium ITxpo - Java and .NET – You Can’t Pick a Favorite Child

I am attending Gartner Symposium and ITxpo this week and blogging as I go. Mark Driver presented on Java and .NET – You Can’t Pick a Favorite Child Technology and application development platforms matter as need to slash time to...

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