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Avi Rosenthal

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I recently read a post by ZapThink's analyst Jason Bloomberg titled: Continuous Business Transformation: At the Center of ZapThink 2020 According to that post the permanence of change drives how we run our organizations,but it is against our human quest for stability. As far as Enterprise Architecture is concerned, he notes that the To-Be Architecture organizations trying to move to from current As-Is Architecture is a moving target: There will never be a stable Enterprise Architecture. I do agree that Architecture is dynamic in nature, however we should look more deeply at the characteristics of that ever changing process. Does Enterprise Architecture evolve linearly or Spirally? I use the term linear for describing any type of monotonic evolution, just because linear is simpler than other monotonic fuctions. In my opinion as described in a previous post it is spiral.... (more)

Market Surveys – SOA yet a Long Journey

I recently read EbizQ's SOA Market Pulse a global SOA survey done by the company via internet published on January 2008 and sponsored by IBM. The survey is not a scientific survey, because the sample may be biased. However, Major SOA Trends are probably reflected. I would suspect that more refined findings are not accurate. The most interesting findings in my opinion are: Current State Finding: Almost half of the participants have any SOA implementation and another third have plans to implement SOA. My Take: SOA is Mainstream but not yet implemented in most enterprises. (Similar... (more)

Oracle's AmberPoint Acquisition - First Take

I was asked in ebizq SOA forum: What Do You Think of Oracle Buying AmberPoint? My answer in the following lines is my first take of that acquisition. AmberPoint is a very small vendor who has a remarkable runtime SOA governance product. Its offerings includes also SOA Management solutions and lately also Transactions Runtime Governance products. It was a matter of time until one of the mega companies will acquire it. The natural candidate for acquiring it was its closest partner Microsoft. I think that Oracle acquired it in order to fill a gap in its SOA portfolio (BEA licensed Am... (more)

Acquisition is not simple

On May 14th SAP AG signed a definitive agreement to acquire Sybase Inc. for approximately $5,800 million. The offer price represents a premium of 44% over the three-month average stock price of Sybase and a premium of approximately 56.36% over the closing price of Sybase' common stock of $41.57 on May 11, According to the announcements by the two companies the deal, which follows a partnership for a significant time, is beneficial for both companies. I partially agree: It is very good for Sybase. However, I think that acquiring Sybase looks like a SAP's mistake. What motivated SA... (more)

Why IBM Is Going to Acquire Unica

Unlike the other three leading Eco Systems vendors Microsoft, Oracleand SAP, IBM is not a player in the applications market. Its absence from this market is based on strategy which does not include ERP,CRM and other applications as one of its target markets. So why is IBM going to acquire a small CRM vendor named Unica? In order to answer this question I am going to describe the first time the name Unica was mentioned to me. It was a strategic CRM consulting project I was participating in. The large customer was using Siebel. I joined a CRM expert with vast knowledge and experie... (more)