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  • Oracle OpenWorld/JavaOne 2011 conference coverage

    Oracle OpenWorld, now combined with JavaOne, has always been a bright indicator of current trends – even more so of late. The amount of application integration content increased in recent years, as Oracle Corp. became a significant vendor of standard Java middleware. It had little choice, of course. After buying most of its ERP competitors it faced the daunting task of actually integrating their offerings. The result of that is now available to general enterprise customers as the Fusion middleware line, which continues to grow, and was top on the agenda at last year's Oracle OpenWorld event. Bookmark this page to keep up with this year's doings.

  • Gartner AADI Summit 2011 conference coverage

    Gartner's Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit focuses on important aspects of enterprise architecture from the nitty-gritty developer level all the way up to the top strategic level. In 2011, Gartner focuses on mobile Web applications and the social Web as new opportunities for the IT organization. Other important areas of interest include emerging cloud computing technologies, integrating SOA within the enterprise, legacy application modernization, application portfolio management and of course delivering greater business value and agility.

    Join us for a look back at what Gartner has brought us in years past and stay tuned as we bring you coverage from this year's event as the discussions unfold.

  • Consumerization at work: A guide to IT devices

    IT consumerization is the blending of personal and business use of IT devices and applications. Consumerization is changing the software industry with a growth in mobile devices, applications, cloud computing and also in security concerns.

    While businesses can generally command control of security within established technologies, it is the personally owned devices that require new ways of thinking about security. How does a business manage personal apps? What types of security precautions are necessary? What kinds of threats are out there?

    Learn how to stay on top of the trends and the challenges of consumerization. This guide compiles the latest news and advice on mobile, app management and how consumerization affects other software technologies.

  • Gartner conference coverage

    Among all of the Gartner conference annual events, the Application Architecture, Development & Integration (AADI) Summit and the ITxpo focus on themes such as enterprise architecture, SOA, cloud computing and Web-based applications. Takeaways from these events shape perspectives on the industry's top trends each year. In this master guide, join us for a look at Gartner's events in years past -- and stay tuned as we bring you coverage from new events as they unfold.

  • Maximize mobile services, SOA and app dev futures

    In 2012, mobile disruption seemed to widen its scope and expand its reach -- right into the developer departments of many organizations. Mobile trends such as app stores and open APIs brought about a new, consumer-centric direction for developers and enterprise IT planners. To meet the scalability demands of mobile, some development teams turned to approaches such as representational state transfer (REST) and Backend as a Service (BaaS). At the same time, many developers and application architects were forced to learn new skill sets -- from front-end design to HTML5 -- in order to succeed in a mobile setting.

    Widespread adoption of mobile applications is at the root of these changes in development, and it shows no signs of decline. Industry analyst group Gartner Inc. predicts that more than 73 billion mobile applications will be downloaded in 2013, and Gartner estimates that that number will nearly quadruple to 287.9 billion by 2016. Couple those numbers with the rising tide of IT consumerization--  the blending of personal and business use of technology devices and applications -- and a powerful trend emerges.

    According to Jeff Schulman, group vice president and team manager at Gartner, traditional architectures, integration approaches and mobile app development mindsets are becoming "increasingly obsolete.". Schulman's observation played out in 2012 through a series of mobile-driven events that challenged the app dev status quo, such as Oracle's API-copyright lawsuit against Google, the battle between Web and native browsers, and the RESTful versus SOAP-style services debate.

    Anticipating more mobile upheaval, experts say there are steps development teams can take to adapt their application strategies to mobile requirements heading into 2013. "The mobile world is moving so quickly that it's hard to keep up," said Rob Daigneau, custom application development practice lead at Slalom Consulting and former director of architecture for "But there are certain approaches, trends and patterns that you can identify as part of that movement."

    This one-page guide brings together expert advice on the top mobile application and service development strategies of the past year. In addition to definitions of key mobile terms, it provides best practices on integrating mobile apps, navigating the HTML5-native debate and managing legacy applications in today's mobile era. From an in-depth look at BaaS to an overview of how mobile has changed integration architecture, development team leaders will gain insight into the latest in mobile app development with this collection of content.