- January 5, 2009
- Posted by: admin
- Categories: Agile Applications, Blog, Business Dynamics, Enterprise Agility, Enterprise Software, SOA & Agile Applications
As we move to 2009, it’s important to put down the champagne glasses for a moment and consider all of the big technology stories that have come across over the past year.
Next-generation applications have been simmering for years, but they’ve yet to reach widespread acceptance. Many believe that this year developers and architects will start recognizing the power of user interface design with Microsoft Silverlight, Windows Presentation Foundation, and Microsoft Surface. The economic downturn has decimated 2009 budgets, but Office Sharepoint Server – and its recently launched cloud-based counterpart, Sharepoint Online – look poised to continue growing. Cuz Sharepoint is viewed as a way to reduce travel costs while facilitating communication between vendors and supply chain elements, making the product more strategic than ever. Delivering Sharepoint as a service is one way for Microsoft to bring Sharepoint to more small and mid-size companies, and it’s possible that Microsoft could tailor an offering to the specific needs of these firms.
Slated for launch in the second quarter of 2009, Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud-based development environment will lower the barrier to entry for channel partners to offer Microsoft enterprise applications. With the economy forcing organizations to be more effective in their IT operations, and Microsoft Hyper-V Virtualization proving to be reliable and dependable, many solution providers expect Hyper-V to become standard in data centers by the end of 2009.
The early commercial open-source vendors like MySQL and JBoss were able to build decent businesses on top of a license/support-only business model, but over time we’ve seen that approach is difficult to grow beyond a certain threshold. Red Hat becoming a Gorilla might take place this year. JBoss is contributing to Red Hat success. The most fundamental trend is that open source continues to be more and more of the core fabric of IT, specially at the OS, middleware, and DB layers.
Gartner reports open source database adoption growing at 50 percent over last year and troubles for Microsoft on the contrary.