Developing E-business Systems & Architectures: A Manager's Guide

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"Wow-I read the book on the plane last night-it's the book I've always wanted to write. You'll want to keep this book close at hand. It is an eminently readable dissertation on best practices, application architectures, and organizational metamorphoses that every e-business IT manager needs to know." Anne Thomas Manes, Director Business Strategy, Sun Microsystems "A powerful yet easily understandable strategic blueprint for successful transition to e-business augmented with liberal examples showing the application of technology for business advantage. A must read for those tasked with managing the migration to e-business." Paul Allen, Principal Component Strategist, Computer Associates "I was delighted to see a book that talks to the people who need to get us where we are going. Not overly technical and a healthy change from the overly generalized genre of business IT books published." Gregory Maciag, President and CEO, ACORD "This is really a terrific book! In the current rush of books on e-commerce, the treatment is generally too high-level to be of any value, or too low-level to help manage the difficult transition from business to e-business. This book finally bridges the gap, with hands-on details for the manager who has to somehow transition 40 years worth of computing detritus supporting a bricks-and-mortar operation to an online business melding the walk-in customer with the surf-in customer. Congratulations to one and all." Richard Mark Soley, Ph.D., Chairman and CEO, Object Management Group, Inc. "The software architectures that have evolved over the last decade to drive the Internet and the "knowledge economy" are truly complex-they are today's rocket science. The authors have produced a cogent, readable explanation of state-of-the-art thinking about modern e-business software: a useful framework for corporate decision makers. The book gives high-level perspectives and practical guidance for rethinking business processes and retooling applications development to support business in the modern, totally wired age. The inclusion of several case studies is particularly helpful." Avron Barr and Shirley Tessler, Stanford Computer Industry Project Developing E-Business Systems & Architectures is not another book on how the Internet is changing business or about the potential of e-commerce. The authors assume that their readers already understand these things. Rather, it is written for executives and managers of medium to large companies who are considering or are already engaged in transforming their companies into e-businesses, and especially for IT managers with responsibilities for designing and developing new corporate software systems. This book provides managers with a road map to help them develop a strategic plan for their own transition. It also focuses on e-business architectures and software development practices that will need to change, and how the company itself must change to accommodate software development with components. Since all transformation depends upon people, there is also an emphasis on the reorganization of IT teams to support component-based development. Features: * Includes many case studies that the authors, all of whom have written best-selling books on e-business, have gathered from years of experience in implementing these systems. * Focuses on the changes companies must make in their IT groups to support the development of e-business initiatives. * Fully describes the enterprise component architecture framework for implementing e-business applications with an enterprise class infrastructure.
 

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Paul Harmon is the editor of the "Component Development Strategies" newsletter & Senior Consultant with the Cutter Consortium. He has coauthored many books, including "Understanding UML: The Developer's Guide", "The Object Technology Casebook" (Wiley), & the international bestseller "Expert Systems: Artificial Intelligence for Business" (Wiley).

Michael Guttman is CTO & cofounder of Genesis. He is an expert in enterprise component architectures & in the analysis & design of large-scale distributed applications & has written many articles on component & enterprise computing as well as the book "The Object Technology Revolution" (Wiley).

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