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Microsoft SharePoint and Agility

SharePoint is a becoming natural choice for enabling key capabilities of an Enterprise such as Collaboration, Social Computing, BI, Web Content Management, Document Management, Portals / web applications targeting both intranet & internet users etc. . Perception on SharePoint is gradually changing from a simple COTS product to very flexible platform. Especially the custom development & integration capabilities of SharePoint platform is a door opener for lots of opportunities. In fact, in some of the Enterprises, SharePoint is becoming the default development platform.

Recent research report from Forrester highlights that SharePoint is gaining very wide adoption in large organizations. Given that the capabilities of SharePoint can address most of the needs of an Enterprise, Enterprises which are planning to leverage the full potential of the SharePoint platform may end up in an IT portfolio where major portion will be solutions based on SharePoint. Hence, Enterprise Agility of…

CEP - CPU of an Enterprise ?

Can CEP can become a CPU of an Enterprise ?

Let us see first what is CEP


With the increasing competitiveness and changing market dynamics, Enterprises are looking for more innovative ways to do business. Lots of emerging capabilities are available for an Enterprise that could help it to keep an edge over its competitor through efficient operation of its business. One such capability is Complex Event Processing.

Even though “Agility” capability will help an Enterprise to drive its business in accordance with the changing market demands, “Real-time Analytics “will help an Enterprise to plan its business more accurately.

Complex Event Processing (CEP) helps an Enterprise to have the real-time analysis capability. CEP is suitable in the scenarios where there is a need to capture a very high volume of events in real-time to perform some analysis and take proactive measures / to make informed decisions. It include capturing more than one event, correlate them and extracting a “meaning” ou…

Follow the SUN Model - Global Workflow

Recently I had an opportunity to do an architectural analysis for enabling the “follow the SUN” business model for an Enterprise. Since the application is based on Microsoft Sharepoint 2010, analysis include evaluating various deployment options available in SharePoint platform, different WAN optimizations solutions & constraints and also performing cost benefit exercise.
Scenario involved users accessing a web based system from different geographical locations & in different time zones, carrying various parts of the same business process.
The primary options available for this are:
Option #1 - Central Farm with users around the worldOption #2 - Central farm with regional SharePoint deployments
Each of these options carries its own merits & demerits.
Option #1
 In this option, all the layers of the application (Web & App) will be deployed in the central location including the DB layer (which holds all the databases and data pertaining to users of all regional locat…