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Developing E-Business Systems and Architectures: A Manager's Guide [Paperback]

Paul Harmon , Mike Rosen , Mike Guttman
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12 Dec 2000
"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. It: 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; and, fully describes the enterprise component architecture framework for implementing e-business applications with an enterprise class infrastructure.

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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann Publishers In (12 Dec 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558606653
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558606654
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 18.7 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,739,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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Paul Harmon is the founder and chief strategy officer of Enterprise Alignment and the executive editor of Business Process Trends Newsletter. He has coauthored many books, including Developing E-Business Systems and Architectures: A Managers Guide, The Object Technology Casebook (Wiley), and the international bestseller Expert Systems: Artificial Intelligence for Business (Wiley). Michael Rosen is Chief Enterprise Architect at Genesis Development Corporation, an IONA Technologies' Company. He has over 20 years of experience in distributed computing technologies, including transaction processing, object systems, DCE, MOM, COM, and CORBA, and he coauthored Integrating CORBA and COM Applications (Wiley). Michael Guttman has over twenty-five years of expertise architecting, developing, and deploying large-scale complex enterprise software systems and infrastructures. He currently serves as director for the Object Management Group's MDA FastStart Program. Previously, he was chief technology officer (CTO) of Genesis Development Corporation, which he co-founded in 1992. After Genesis was sold to enterprise software vendor IONA Technologies, Mr. Guttman subsequently served as IONA's VP of Strategic Technology, and helped manage the operational integration of the two companies. While at Genesis and IONA, Mr. Guttman managed the development of SureTrack, a groundbreaking process for transitioning large IT organizations to advanced software technologies. Mr. Guttman also was a major contributor to numerous key technology standards, including OMG's CORBA, which has become the embedded messaging protocol of choice for sophisticated enterprise middleware from such vendors as BEA, IBM, and Sun. More recently, he has been working with the OMG to promote the OMG's Model Driven Architecture (MDA), an integrated set of enterprise computing standards which includes Unified Modeling Language (UML), Meta-Object Facility (MOF), XML Meta-Data Interchange (XMI), and Common Warehouse Meta-Model (CWM). Mr. Guttman has been a contributing editor for such publications such as PCWorld, PCWeek (now e-Week), Object Magazine, Java Report, Application Development Advisor, Application Development Trends, and Software Magazine, where he currently authors a column on MDA. He is also a co-author of two highly regarded books on advanced uses of distributed computing technology, The Object Technology Revolution (Wiley, 1996) and Developing E-Business Systems and Architectures: A Manager's Guide (Morgan Kaufmann, 2000).

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This book is a godsend to any business person scrambling to understand the stuff that the geeks have been going on about for eons. Armed with this book, you'll be able to understand the relationship between e-business and IT and you'll foster better relationships with the IT people on which you increasingly depend.
For IT people, this book will help you to manage your manager and, once they've read it, make your life a whole lot easier!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for managers! 9 April 2001
By Curtis Hall - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book based on the review by Mike Tarrani, read it and thought that Mike's comments were right on. Checking back, I noticed the unsigned review from Pittsburgh. It's one thing to say that a book doesn't meet your specific needs -- and Pittsburgh sounds like an architect wanting an in-depth treatment -- and another to dismiss it out of hand, as Pittsburgh does. This book is great for a manager who wants an introduction to the problems involved in developing e-business systems and planning for a transition. What Pittsburgh thinks are light weight chapters are, in fact, just the kind of overview I wanted. I've looked at other books and this one is the best for a business manager who is just trying to get a feel for how all the elements involved in moving to an Internet-based system need to work together.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real gem with a misleading title 8 Feb 2001
By Mike Tarrani - Published on Amazon.com
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The title of this book is misleading. If you are seeking a book about how to actually develop e-business systems I recommend Enterprise System Architectures or Realizing E-business with Components. However, if you are looking for a book that clearly explains what e-business really means then this book is a gem.
What this book is really about is how to develop an e-business strategy and how to restructure brick and mortar business processes to make the transition to e-business. These topics are often overlooked by those who are bent on jumping on the e-business bandwagon because their competitors are doing it. Therein lies the real value of this book. The approach to developing an e-business strategy will warm the hearts of MBAs who will feel right at home with the basis of the strategy: Micheal Porter's Model of Competition. Good treatment is also given to value propositions and how to effectively craft them in support of an e-business strategy. All in all, great stuff.
Strategy is followed by a realistic look at business process reengineering. Just when you thought Champy and Hammer were old news you see that BPR is very much alive and well in companies that have effectively made the transition to e-business.
The authors next take you on a whirlwind tour of the underlying technologies, and they do it well. MBAs and other management types will feel comfortable with this material. Even technical types will find this to be good reading (and I hope that technical staff will read this business-oriented book because there is much for them to learn from it).
Implementation of an e-business infrastructure and transitioning to it are covered pretty thoroughly considering how few pages are devoted to these subjects. Bear in mind that this book is pretty high level, so don't expect to use it for detailed work breakdown structures. That said, there are a lot of nuggets of advice and information that uncover some of the larger risks.
This book's strengths are its business-oriented approach to e-business and the informative tour of associated issues and technology. While I was initially disappointed in it because I wanted a more technical book I quickly realized that there are many technical books on the subject, but few which focus on the business side. In fact, there are none I have read to date that cover the business side as well as this book. I also thought that the graphics in this book were among the best I have ever seen for visually conveying concepts and information.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mistitled but Valuable view of cultural and business process 13 May 2001
By "rwalker@walsh.edu" - Published on Amazon.com
This E-Business "Manager's Guide" proved to be much more than the title promised. It would more aptly be subtitled a "CEO's, CFO's, COO's, CIO's, Strategic Planner's, and Manager's Guide". Following a chapter introducing the challenge at hand, the authors review the Competitive Strategy Model introduced in 1980 by Michael E. Porter of Harvard Business School. This Model - along with variants of the model - becomes a recurring point of reference throughout the book. While predictions are intentionally avoided, care is given to emphasize the difficulty of the several areas of organizational change that must be addressed. The rush to address the growing Internet economy has frequently been met with hastily created web pages, among other efforts to appear to be a part of the information age. The authors do insist that in order to survive upcoming economic changes, organizations must be able to not only change business practices, but also the entire strategic planning processes that form those practices. They look in detail at the many angles of this evident necessity.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clearly written overview of a complex subject 8 April 2001
By Linda Zarate - Published on Amazon.com
I read this book to get up-to-speed in the systems and architectures that provide the underpinnings of e-business. I am neither an e-commerce specialist nor a systems architect, but felt the need to understand the basics. Until this book I searched in vain for one that could do a reasonable job of explaining such an encompassing and potentially complex subject.
What sets this book apart is its business focus and the fact that it was obviously written for managers who need to see the big picture without getting caught up in technical details.
The first four chapters focus strictly on the business issues and provide some good information about how to develop a workable e-business strategy. I like this because the author puts business imperatives and process before technology, which is as it should be.
Chapter 5 steps you through some of the major systems and subsystems that comprise an "e-business" system. Despite the technical nature, the author does not stray far from business issues. This, in my opinion, is big plus.
Architecture is covered thoroughly enough for a solid overview in chapters 6 and 7. I personally gained a good understanding of system architectures in general and e-business architecture considerations in particular. More importantly, although the author went into increasing levels of detain and delved into some areas in the deeper end of the technical pool, I was able to follow the material. This is a tribute to the clear writing, excellent use of illustrations, and the author's personal talent for explaining complex topics in an understandable manner.
The remainder of the book addressed the transition to e-business from business process and technical architecture points of view. While I found this chapter interesting, it did not grab my attention like the previous seven chapters did. However, the material is valuable.
My goal of gaining an understanding of e-commerce systems and architectures at a high level was met thanks to this book. The book itself exceeded my expectations by making the learning experience easy through the author's engaging writing style and fast paced presentation of a lot of material in a relatively short book. It earns five stars and my highest recommendation to anyone looking for a readable book on the topic.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars IT Consultant 3 Sep 2002
By Bruce Alan Mcknight - Published on Amazon.com
I found the material valuable in helping me convey technical concepts to non-technical personnel. Part of my responsibility is to ensure all parties correctly understand the "why" as much as the "what" and "how" of an e-business project. The primary benefit I got was being able to see what the strategists are looking for in an e-business solution and how to present it in their terms. This book has also helped me address those who would chase "technology du jour" solutions that may be flashy but offer little or no real value other than to pad a resume.
Some of the ideas presented have provided a good starting point for team discussions and follow-on research projects. Also, the material has helped me develop an informal education program to help some mainframe structure programming folks make the transition to an e-business development environment.
At times, some of the material seemed a little jolty but overall I would recommend this to anyone with the desire to get a high-level overview without marketing hype. One reviewer pointed out that you cannot develop a complete solution, or even a detailed project plan, with this book alone. I would agree. However, used as an introduction and an accompanying text for more detailed technical books, "Developing E-Business Systems and Architectures" definitely adds value to my library.
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