The Enterprise Computing Landscape

Thursday 12 May 2011

The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA. The nearest underground stations are Covent Garden and Charing Cross.

Geoff Sharman -

It's a cliché that modern enterprise applications are simply web applications. But is that the whole truth? And if it isn't, what are all the pieces of an enterprise application and how do they fit together? How can we continue to use older technologies within these applications and how might we exploit new technologies in the future? What new challenges do enterprises face in the 21st Century and how might they affect the design of applications and programming systems?

In this talk, I will show how the scope of operational applications, once strictly limited to core business functions, has expanded successively to encompass planning and production, sales and customer contact information and, in recent years, virtualisation and social marketing. We'll look at the technical model underlying operational applications and identify some optimisations which have been widely used. We'll see how the concept of a “customer” has expanded to include other businesses, enabling further virtualisation. We'll also examine how operational applications might adapt to changing markets and what that might imply for future technical models.

This will be a shorter than usual talk, followed by a “have your say” session. You are invited to come along with your ideas for what topics and activities the Advanced Programming SG might include in next season's programme, and any other thoughts you may have on how we run the group. Please be ready to speak your mind.


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