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The no-code/low-code platform marketplace is exploding, as numerous vendors flesh out offerings in this white hot segment of the broader PaaS market. As with many emerging markets, these vendors each have a well-differentiated offering, each one bearing little resemblance to the others. Gaining a rapid foothold in these turbulent waters is Vizru, a low-code platform that empowers citizen developers to craft ‘smart’ business applications by assembling spreadsheets, forms, or dashboards that leverage Vizru’s underlying workflow automation and messaging capabilities. The Vizru User Interface – Click to Expand (source: Vizru) Given the range of different types of business apps that this new citizen developer role can assemble using Vizru’s platform, the company risks falling into the trap I like to call the ‘Swiss Army Knife’ problem: it’s so versatile, it’s hard to expl... (more)

Automate This! (and this and this)

By Doug Tedder In a recent Forbes magazine article, Jason Bloomberg featured Automic, an IT automation and service orchestration software company. Automic, recently acquired by CA Technologies1, has evolved IT automation to another level. Automic offers a suite of business automation products that integrate with numerous applications, then orchestrates the interactions providing automation of business processes as well as IT operations processes. Examples of this ‘next level’ automation innovation include capabilities like zero-downtime, ‘hot’ upgrades of legacy applications wit... (more)

How to Leapfrog Legacy Complexity with a Modern API Integration Strategy

The contrast between traditional legacy integration and modern API-based approaches is profound – especially when comparing the respective time to value In the race to digitally transform themselves into agile, customer-driven businesses, enterprises are struggling with the diversity of technology in place in their IT shops – in particular, between the traditional categorizations of front-office, customer-facing technology and the back-office gear that keeps the organization up and running. With API integration, existing IT investments are no longer legacy ‘boat anchors’ At som... (more)

Net-Centricity: SOA in Battle

ZapThink recently conducted our Licensed ZapThink Architect Bootcamp course for a branch of the United States Department of Defense (DoD). As it happens, an increasing proportion of our US-based business is for the DoD, which is perfectly logical, given the strategic nature Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) plays for the DoD. SOA is so strategic, in fact, that SOA underlies how the DoD expects to achieve its mission in the 21st century -- namely, defending US interests by presenting the most powerful military presence on the globe. Furthermore, the story of how SOA became so st... (more)

Best Practices for SOA: Building a Data Services Layer

These days nearly every sizable organization has either implemented some form of SOA or has it on their roadmap. They quickly find that SOA efforts tend to expand like spider webs, eventually touching every corner of IT as well as the business itself. Due to the vital role that data plays both in business and systems operations, database architects, information specialists, data integration experts, and anyone responsible for data persistence in an organization are increasingly being called on to contribute to their organization’s SOA initiatives – whether or not this was intende... (more)