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For a phrase that’s being thrown around a lot recently, what does “Digital Transformation” really mean? When someone says that they want to digitally transform their business, what does one really mean, why do they want to do it, and should they approach this “digital transformation” process? First off, let’s start with a definition. If we don’t know what we are trying to achieve, then how do we know how to get there? Or to quote the famous Greek philosopher Yogi Berra: “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” In a recent blog “How To Achieve Digital Transformation,” I stated with the following definition of Digital Transformation: “The coupling of granular, real-time data (e.g., smartphones, connected devices, smart appliances, wearables, mobile commerce, video surveillance) with modern technologies (e.g., cloud native apps, big data ... (more)

What I Learned at Gartner ITOSS 2017

Last week, I took time from my “day job” to spend at the Gartner ITOSS conference in Orlando, and it was worth the investment. From the education sessions and keynotes to engaging with our customers to meeting with Gartner analysts, I walked away with a sense of rejuvenation regarding the future role of IT operations and infrastructure in digital business. My seminal takeaways can be summed up as follows: Monitoring requirements of the “new world of digital business” means your tooling strategy must change I&O must change focus from building and running to delivering on business outcomes Change your tooling strategy Let’s start with what’s driving the big changes in monitoring requirements: Cloud. Today cloud computing or what Milind Govenkar called a “virtualized infrastructure” in his “The Cloud Computing Scenario – The Last and the Next 10 Years” presentation, whe... (more)

SOA and Integration-as-a-Service

Customers want smooth fast purchase transactions. They want to connect to vendors' sell-side systems transparently - accessing online catalogs and issuing purchase orders without leaving their native procurement environments. Companies that offer this capability differentiate themselves from competitors. Integrating suppliers into the supply chain is nothing new. Many global enterprises have increased operating efficiency by requiring key players to adopt their integration technologies. Batch-oriented EDI messaging has typically been used to link organizations and, despite some limitations, has been adequate to the task. Customer integration is altogether different. First, customers expect sellers to conform to their integration methodologies. Second, e-procurement application providers promote access through their particular pathways. Finally, real-time communica... (more)

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Round-up

Welcome to Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility in Asia.  Asia is predicted to be the fastest area of growth for enterprise mobility between now and 2016. Despite a push for mobile business, China’s Baidu only has 35 percent of the mobile search volume.  The company is pushing for pre-installation of its search engine in mobile devices.  Read Original Content According to a recent survey by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India, over 50 percent of full-time employees prefer mobility and employing mobile technology into the workplace.  Read Original Content Indian e-commerce site offers a unique customer service plan in which customers can simply recharge their prepaid mobiles online and in return receive gift coupons of the same ... (more)

NewsWatch September, 2000

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How to Secure a Web Application

While security is a concern throughout an application, it is especially important for Web application components. An insecure Web application leaves a Web site vulnerable to many attacks, some that require nothing more than an Internet browser and a small amount of knowledge. The global and anonymous nature of the Internet means that a Web application can be attacked from anywhere in the world by individuals who frequently cannot be traced. Even if they are found, international law often makes prosecution all but impossible. Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) provides many security features. Understanding when and how to use these features is complex and error prone. Furthermore, J2EE security falls short of satisfying many of the needs of Web application developers. BEA WebLogic Server implements all of the J2EE Web application security features and extends them to h... (more)

AJAX-Based Online Community Introduces Social Bargain Shopping, an online social shopping community driven by its users and community, launches today. It offers a distinctive place where user can share great bargains gathered from throughout the internet. was founded on the principles of Web 2.0 design philosophy, allowing for tightly integrated content and user interactivity. was co-founded by Ben Chui, founder and president of, which is one of the most popular bargain shopping destinations on the Internet. is one of a number of shopping communities that allows user find good deals, but is the first and only this site combines social bookmarking, user level, and non-editorial control over the posted content. With, members not only submit the deals, but they decide what the best deals are to make the front page headlines. An AJAX interface allows users to r... (more)

Amazon - The Real Web Services Company

I am biased writing this article because my company is a big user of Amazon Web Services. But please read on and see why I am so excited about what the largest online retailer is doing these days. Not only Amazon is the real Web Services company now, it is becoming an icon for the 21st century software tools company. Not Microsoft, not IBM not even Google, but Amazon has been quietly, and recently not so quietly, building the blocks of the next generation software platform. At the core of the Amazon strategy are the Web Services. The Amazon team takes the concepts of search, storage, lookup and management the data and turns them into pay-per-fetch and pay-per-space web services. This is a brilliant strategy and Amazon is certainly a visionary company. But what impresses me the most as an engineer is their ability to take very complex problems, solve them and then ... (more)

Retailers Off to a Bumpy Start Online on Black Friday: Keynote Systems

Keynote Competitive Research provided an update on the technical performance (responsiveness and reliability) of leading retail Web sites over the course of Black Friday, one of the busiest online (and offline) shopping days of the year, and the results were mixed for online retailers. “Our monitoring of retail site performance has shown a definite slow-down in site performance over the course of Black Friday for many leading sites,” said Shawn White, director of external operations for Keynote. “Almost a third of the thirty leading retail sites we monitor for our holiday shopping index experienced significant slow-downs that impacted the product search and check-out processes – and presumably will impact online sales.” Online shopping will represent about $30 billion in sales this holiday season, according to eMarketer, and about 30% of ... (more)

IBM Helps Retailers With SOA-based Solutions

IBM has announced the IBM Retail Integration Framework, an enterprise software architecture designed to help retailers accelerate the implementation of new customer-focused strategies. For example, the new framework, which is based on a service-oriented architecture (SOA) strategy, could help retailers introduce new product assortments and provide a multi-channel customer experience whether a consumer is shopping online, in a store, at a kiosk, or through any other sales channel including mobile devices. Retail companies are increasingly turning to solutions based on SOA to enable them to integrate fragmented applications and processes and increase reuse across their enterprise. IBM's Retail Integration Framework delivers a retail blueprint that can accelerate the deployment of agile business processes. The new framework features retail-specific components, templat... (more)

A Web 2.0 Makeover for Online Stores

As many e-commerce sites celebrate their 10th birthday, web stores are facing the reality that the Internet is changing and current sites need to be refurbished. From left-hand navigation and search to product catalog and product detail, from the cart and check out to the general design and format - most sites are in desperate need of a makeover. With changes in web innovation being accompanied by drastic changes in the economy, no major vertical has more to gain than e-commerce. Many new ideas are emerging all the time - including social shopping - that not only drive traffic, increase conversion, and decrease abandonment, but also increase brand loyalty and provide customer feedback directly to merchants. E-commerce is changing at a rapid pace. Projects are getting funding, action is taking hold, and innovation is being born. There is considerable pressure to inno... (more)