Monday, 8 December 2014

Corporate ERP of the Next decade: Microsoft/Unix/Java - Coexistence & Harmony?

o          XML - is platform independent way to communicate: transfer inbound/outbound streams of information. This is the sign of future coexistence and it is simple in reading and understanding by human being

While in 1990th they saw fierce fighting between Microsoft Windows and Apple Computer PowerMac for the workstations market, when systems were practically not compatible and didn't have designs to understand each other, and all the blends of Unix/Linux were trying to step in and take workstation market over, the next decade in our view will be the decade of coexistence, integration, cross-platform heterogeneous information distribution and querying. Nice example would be this - imagine you are freight forwarder and your company has Microsoft Business Solutions Great Plains implemented as accounting and partly distribution application and on the other hand you have Oracle based cargo delivery / tracking method. You do not must phase out or the other - you make them coexist: in the event you need Great Plains user to lookup shipment status - you use heterogeneous query from MS SQL Server (Great Plains) to Oracle by linked server and have instant result set on the screen. Similar heterogeneous query you can have from Oracle side to MS SQL Server. Let's look at the trends:

o          The sundown of proprietary languages. Nice example is Great Plains Dexterity - this is the core of recent Microsoft Great Plains, former Great Plains Dynamics. Dexterity had the history of evolution, and now it is using SQL Stored procs to do all of database querying and updating, Microsoft designs to phase it slowly out and replace with the future .Net language of choice (not positive which will win: C# or VB.Net - but this is not important at this moment). In the close future SQL with XML inbound/outbound will be the language of integrations

o          IT Budget. Evolution versus Revolution: the elderly days of restructuring your company business operation around new computer method are probably over. Nowadays IT budget is limited and corporate management considers IT as regular (not elite) internal services department. Customer relationship management So - you, as IT manager or director has limited resources to revolutionize the company, so you follow the step-by-step evolution

They are already doing cross platform integrations from Microsoft Business Solutions products: Microsoft CRM, Great Plains to Oracle, DB2, Lotus and other databases, and Microsoft CRM electronic mail messaging through Lotus Domino to start recognize the strategy

o          The finish of heavy custom programming. At least in the US - majority of the project will be outsourced. In the USA they will be mostly dealing with project management and specifications writing, and physical hardware support. Even in the event you are dealing with, say Microsoft Business Solutions partner in San Francisco - partner itself will be using either abroad facility or basically contractors over there. When all of us will become project managers, thinking about business logic, not the way of realizing it in the code - they will cease heating the opposite platform -no more Microsoft VB.Net programmer hatred toward Java/EJB/J2EE programmer

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