Developing E-Business Systems and Architectures: A Manager's Guide / Edition 1

Developing E-Business Systems and Architectures: A Manager's Guide / Edition 1

by Paul Harmon, Michael Guttman, Michael Rosen, Myriam Rosen-Ayalon
     
 

ISBN-10: 1558606653

ISBN-13: 9781558606654

Pub. Date: 11/01/2000

Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books

"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

Overview

"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558606654
Publisher:
Elsevier Science & Technology Books
Publication date:
11/01/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
7.38(w) x 9.19(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Prefacexvii
1.The E-Business Challenge1
Toys R Us2
Charles Schwab8
Citigroup and World Banking10
Automakers and Their Parts Suppliers13
Summary18
2.Developing an E-Business Strategy21
Defining a Strategy23
Porter's Model of Competition25
Industries, Products, and Value Propositions29
Strategies for Competing30
An E-Business Strategy32
Developing Your Strategy33
The Classic Model of Competition38
Summary44
3.Redesigning Business Processes for E-Business47
Transitioning to an E-Business48
Business Process Reengineering50
BPR for E-Business58
Converting to an E-Business60
The New Role of the Customer64
Changing Business Processes for the Web68
Summary81
4.E-Business Applications83
The Challenges of the E-Business Environment84
Enterprise Application Requirements94
Types of E-Business Applications101
Summary108
5.Components109
What Is a Business Component?111
Client Components118
Server Components125
Container Viewpoint127
Application Servers as Containers129
Business Viewpoint132
Packaging Viewpoint134
Server Component Models136
Abstract and Implementation Component Models139
Summary140
6.An Enterprise Component Architecture141
What Is an Architecture?142
A Component Architecture144
The Architecture Development Process148
The Technical Architecture152
Summary167
7.Implementing a Component Architecture169
The Component Factory170
The Component Model172
Interface Design Considerations173
Other Component Design Considerations176
State Management179
Transaction Models180
Component Usage Models183
Fundamental Interface Design Patterns185
Application Scenarios188
Summary195
8.Managing the Transition to an E-Business197
Types of Transitions199
An Overview201
A Transition Plan204
Phase 1Initiation207
Phase 2Pilot Application Development214
Phase 3Organizational Conversion220
Phase 4Continuation223
Summary223
9.Retooling for the Internet Age227
The Business Challenge232
Changing Software Strategies233
A Journey of a Thousand Miles235
Flipping Channels236
Expanding the Transition239
The Home Stretch242
Summary243
Afterword, Surviving the Transition245
Glossary249
Notes and References259
Bibliography263
Index267

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