ISV Model: Evolution at Play?

Broadband and ubiquitous Internet access have fed the growth of the World Wide Web (WWW) and led to the  birth and growth of cloud computing and Software as a Service (SaaS), which in turn have started affecting the traditional Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). ISVs were instrumental in defining and giving momentum to the software market 

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Financing the Rationalization Renaissance

The exercise of application rationalization is certainly complex.  Reconciling the needs of many constituencies within an organization and reconciling those needs against a large and byzantine IT portfolio is a daunting task.  In an effort to eliminate waste, streamline the IT estate and create a more “lean” environment to support, this kind of software engineering 

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The Five Factors of Agile Suitability

Agile is here to stay. With its emphasis on lightweight processes, high-quality deliverables, flexibility in dealing with changing business priorities, short delivery cycles, higher team morale, and a whole host of other benefits, agile development offers a fresh approach to businesses seeking greater agility in their software engineering processes. Agile over traditional practices brings in 

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Enterprise Content Management – Simplicity is the order of the day

One of the biggest virtues that any enterprise application should possess is the simplicity of its interface which allows rapid and enthusiastic adoption of the application by its intended users. Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and specifically Web Content Management (WCM) solutions are no exception. However the majority of the Enterprise Content Management Solutions available today 

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10 Best Practices while defining a Globalization strategy for Web Portals

Organizations often develop country portals in silos. Each country/region may have its own IT department, which develops websites that cater to that region’s needs. While this provides a good customized solution catering to a specific country/region’s requirements, the branding and user experience across these various sites for the same corporation becomes very inconsistent. Many organizations 

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Next Generation IT Services will take a Lean Approach

The next generation of IT Services will take a new approach to business process improvement and information technology.  The new approach uses Lean principles to deliver more than cost savings – it drives superior business performance through a relentless focus on waste reduction and continuous improvement. Clayton LockeMore Posts

The ECM Hype, Flop & Revival

While much has been written about Enterprise Content Management (ECM) trends that have come to fruition, not much is talked about those hyped technologies that ‘just passed by’. Even though some of them flopped, they may have manifested themselves in other forms and are still gaining success. I think it’s worth understanding how the underlying 

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The Invasion of Social

Virtusa has participated in quite a few conferences lately.  At each one, I noticed a pending mash up of whatever core technology was covered with all things social.  Right now, social looks like the Blob consuming everything in its path. On the one hand, social is terrifying to many IT professionals.  It reeks of teenage 

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BPM Adoption – How to derive extended cost savings?

Recent research has shown that there is a marked increase in the move to outsourcing application development and maintenance of organisational applications. Computer Economics have found that based on an annual survey of 200 IT organisations, there has been a marked decrease in ‘in-house’ IT staff ratios for application programmers and system analysts. It has 

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Application Platform consolidation in ECM is real

The market of Enterprise Content Management (ECM) has historically been misunderstood as many vendors, analysts and customers had their own interpretations of what ECM constitutes.  In my opinion, it includes document and web content management that needs to be put through a work flow in order to publish, with up front capturing / scanning and 

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The Mythical Quality of IT

No one likes to be told that they produce poor quality. Each one of us believes that the work we do strikes the right balance between customer needs and time to market, between cost/benefit and right quality. We reassure ourselves that the number of defects in our code is lower than industry standard. But the 

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