"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
About the Author
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).