Rather than a post on a single topic, today I thought I'd share a few items of interest I've gathered throughout the week. Sometimes I like to do that because my attention span tends to be too short for a single topic by the week's end.
First, kudos to Sandy Kemsley, a systems architect/blogger/independent analyst specializing in business process management, not to mention one of my favorite people to follow on Twitter. This week, she and an anonymous partner-in-crime called out BPM vendors who sell multiple BPM suites rather than integrating them.
Actually, this started last week when Kemsley commented that Gartner seemed to be "bowing to pressure from platform vendors that have multiple fragmented BPM offerings." But this week, the discussion shifted to the vendors following a ranty e-mail from a colleague, which Kemsley published on her blog.
The unnamed colleague wondered if vendors were too cheap to fund the integration:
For those of us out there getting muddy in the trenches, who use and implement a BPMS for business processes executed by [humans] that have [document] and line of business system [integration] inputs and outputs required for most activities within a single business process, this 'three different BPMSs' reasoning doesn't make any sense at all. It does make a convenient pitch, however, if you're a vendor trying to explain why you've acquired products that overlap in a confusing way and perhaps don't want to lay out the money to integrate them. Maybe I'm missing something, but I'm a little stunned that it seems to be so widely accepted.
He also suggested this could be why vendors who do provide a single product will thrive despite the recession.
The post generated some passionate, interesting discussion that's worth a quick read.
Archiving Integration? I've written about a lot of different types of integration issues, but IT Business Edge colleague Susan Hall stumped me with this interview about the hidden costs of archiving integration. Hall interviewed George May, vice president of product strategy for Kroll Ontrack, a company that specializes in data management, legal technologies and litigation consulting.
You probably won't be surprised to learn that companies often overlook archiving during merger and acquisitions. But what is surprising is how complicated this issue can be. Archiving integration post-merger is a bit of a legal landmine, according to May, and it can create some real messes. If you're involved in mergers and acquisitions-or may be in the near future-definitely check out this Q&A.
Mashups via the Cloud. Finally, if you've ever wanted to play with mashups without actually investing in a software package, you might want to check out JackBe's lastest offering. The Presto Enterprise Mashup Platform is an enterprise mashup tool that runs entirely in the cloud-specifically, on Amazon EC2. Government Computing News shared how the intelligence community and other government agencies plan to use the platform.
Actually, if you're a member of JackBe's Mashup Developer Community, the platform is available to you at no charge.