RIAs in the Enterprise
Over the past few weeks, there have been some interesting developments that support our predictions that RIAs will become a trend in the enterprise over the coming year. The first move came from ReadWriteWeb (RWW), a popular and widely respected technology blog. Recently, RWW launched its new Enterprise Channel. While this channel is not purely about rich Internet applications (RIAs), its broad Enterprise 2.0 focus will no doubt touch on them. In fact in the channel’s first post, RWW does a great job of presenting the perfect storm that’s hitting enterprises and causing the push toward RIA-driven interfaces.
The second noteworthy item comes in the form of a comment made by Rebecca Wettemann, an analyst with Nucleus Research, in a Wall Street Journal article. While not directly implying that RIAs are a coming trend, she certainly lays down the path with this statement:
There used to be a time when IT departments could get away with forcing employees to use complicated and hard-to-use software. The average worker didn’t know that better alternatives were out there. But as workers gain experience with consumer-focused software – either in their personal lives or at the office – they’re starting to realize that software can be easy-to-use and quick to get started on.
It will only be a matter of time before we see more movement in this direction.