The power of simplicity

When we look at business process automation, in most cases, we are talking about electronic forms automation. That is the human side of BPA.

Most business applications have forms and reports (what more is there from a user perspective? 🙂 If we can get users to build these applications (they know what forms/reports they want) and make it simple and a satisfying experience then we can get IT to focus on the harder aspects – like the architecture, plumbing, hosting, security, backup, system integration, etc, etc.

Recently I have come across two projects involving K2 and AchieveForms. Here’s a link to an integration video made available on the net that illustrates the possibility of this kind of app building: http://video.businesswebsoftware.com/AF_K2.wmv

in this video they showcase how you might get a business user to design and implement a forms based business process that involves approvals, etc without coding and IT involvement.

Composability is a paradigm shift – Chris Keyser on The Architecture Journal

Chris Keyser the lead architect for Microsoft’s Global ISV team wrote an article on the MSDN architecture Journal 10 on composite applications. the full article is here: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/arcjournal/bb266335.aspx

He wrote business process application assembly capability will be demanded by end users. And this will have to be delivered. We will see vendors bringing these features in the products.

I am a fan of application orchestration. As a lazy coder I like to work smart and not too hard so assembling apps like a chair or a table is just beyond cool… it is very productive. as long as the parts fit well or you have a saw to shave off the edges 🙂 If this is going to be a end user task then imagine the kind of automation we can get at the enterprise level with business processes.

Now, one thing is to have the ability to spring off websites in seconds….and then being able to manage it … but isn’t the google way is not to organise but to searh? 🙂 so..what we learnt from WSS 2.0 and SPS 3.0 we should leverage that …and whatever the offering vendors have they better bring the management tooling with this platform as well.