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Archive for 'December 2007'

    What 2008 May Bring

    As the year comes to a close, it’s always an opportunity to reflect on what’s happened in the past 12 months and to look at what’s on the horizon.

    This past year was an active one, with major shifts in a number of areas. Rich Internet Applications (RIAs), which have been on the radar since 2002, finally started to garner attention and gain traction with organizations. Major announcements from technology leaders like Adobe, Microsoft and Curl have made friendly and stable development technologies available. As well, consumers have responded positively to early applications making RIAs a viable next step, even for enterprises.

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    New Public Betas of Adobe Flex and AIR

    Today, Adobe released the Beta 3 versions of both Adobe Flex and AIR. You may ask "Why should I care about beta software"? Well, both of these applications will be impactful if you are building, or considering building, Rich Internet Applications (RIAs). While not the only solution on the market, Flex is one of the most widely used technologies for enterprises RIAs.

    What makes this release interesting? It delivers:

    • Great tools for data aggregation and for visually presenting metrics that will contribute to decision making.
    • More freedom for end-users to access tools and information without necessarily being connected to the internet.
    • Great economies of scale in creating online and offline applications in from a single effort.

    We suspect that this release is a feature-complete version of what we will see in the final on which is anticipated to be available in early February 2008. If you are looking for a copy, it’s available on the Adobe Labs site.

    End Users Prefer SaaS

    There is an interesting commentary over at The Intelligent Enterprise Blog by David Linthicum, managing partner of Zapthink. This piece is about a recent Datamonitor survey of 300 pharmaceutical and biotech firms across Europe and North America about their attitudes toward software as a service (SaaS). The results showed that the end users of these applications overwhelmingly prefer the SaaS model over more traditional enterprise applications.

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