Somewhere along the line an event occurs that leads to the creation of a status quo, but later on, no one can quite remember how that status quo came about in the first place.
Such is the case with application management, which right now is split between the world of Web applications and traditional corporate applications deployed inside the data center. This division came about largely because as external-facing applications on the Web first came into existence, they were based largely on new application development frameworks using tools and languages that most corporate developers were not all that familiar with.
Since then, however, there has been a tremendous amount of convergence. Those external facing applications on the Web are now intimately tied to back-end office applications. As a result, there has been a massive amount of cross-pollination of technologies across these sets of applications. And now all that integration is leading to calls to find a unified approach to managing both internal and external facing applications that are too often now are really extensions of the same process.
Much of that thinking is what is propelling the merger of Compuware and Gomez, two companies that started out at divergent ends of the application management spectrum. Today the two companies showed off the integration of their respective platforms using open interfaces that both companies developed prior to the merger. Longer term, the combined companies plan to provide customers a single pane of glass through which they can manage their entire application portfolio.
Customers, of course, will like this not only because it reflects their current application reality, but also because it should ultimately reduce costs by eliminating the need for separate management tools and the specialists required to manage them.
In the meantime, look for everybody in the application management sector to pursue similar strategies as the line between the Web and the rest of enterprise steadily disappears.