Today, we released a new White Paper called “Enabling Application Evolution”. It tells the story of how an “application” evolves from a simple vendor work order approval point solution into a more complex, distributed, inter-connected system for vendor management. It is the story of how organizations can continually improve in this new world of modular, distributed, work environments on SharePoint.
We published the white paper to compliment today’s “integration release” of the new CorasWorks Workplace Suite v10.1 and Data Integration Toolset v1.4. Affectionately known as r14.14 (10.1 times 1.4), these products are now integrated in such a way as to very effectively empower organizations to naturally evolve their applications and their work environments forward without having to redo things over and over.
The white paper tells the story of how Greensleeves Solutions, our fictitious company, goes through five very natural stages of the evolution of this app. Along the way people argue, haggle, like and don’t like, and, get innovative and productive. The software plays its role to incrementally meet the changing needs to enable the organization to get to the next stage of productivity. You can download the white paper from our site (see upper right corner of the landing page).
Below is a graphic showing the five stages of evolution covered in the white paper from a single app in Marketing up through a Vendor Self-Service portal. All of the elements are reusable, inter-connected and centrally manageable – and being CorasWorks – done with point and click modular software vs. custom code development.
The interesting part is that you’ll probably find it to be a realistic scenario. It starts to raise a number of questions about application software in the future. Do the classic options of Buy or Custom Develop really make sense in this new world? Do people really know how they will want to work at the beginning of requirements gathering? Exactly where is THE application? What if you build the apps, but, the users actually work from their own departmental dashboards, personal consoles etc. and don’t go to the app per se – they just do task-oriented work across apps and business processes? Is the application now just the data and configuration? Have we moved to a services oriented architecture on the front-end?
Over the years, our software has evolved to support this evolving new world of applications. The v14.14 release today is a big step. We hope that this white paper will give you some insight into how the process of evolution could occur in your organization and the benefits of continuous improvement.