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Udayan Banerjee

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When an enterprise declares its intention to implement Web 2.0, it could be attempting to do one of the following things... Use social networking sites available on the web (Blog, FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc.) to reach out to their customers to: sell to them provide after sale services Use technologies classified under Web 2.0 (Wiki, Blog, Social Networking etc.) to promote collaboration among employees capture, disseminate and locate organization knowledge and source of knowledge A variant of item 1 could be to create a social networking site to create a buzz around company’s products and services. Similarly, a variant of item 2 could be extended collaboration framework to cover other stake holders like suppliers, agents and even customers. However, these approaches are different from the original meaning associated with the term web 2.0. The term was conceived t... (more)

Twelve New Programming Languages: Is Cloud Responsible?

Do we need programming languages? You may think that the answer is no. But, if you go by the recent trend you may need to change your mind. Consider for example the following questions: Why is Google working two (GO, DART) new programming languages? Why has IBM (X10), Cray (Chapel) and Red Hat (Ceylon) working on creating a new programming language of its own? Why did the attendees of a recent conference in London select 5 (HTML5, DART, Scala, Clojure, Node.js) new languages as the most important software development trends for 2012? What does Neil McAllister mean when he says tha... (more)

TOGAF Foundation Level Certification – Another Practice Test

As I had mentioned earlier, there is a paucity of free sample questions for the TOGAF 9 foundation or the part 1 test. I had created one set earlier and there are two other set available for free: TOGAF Foundation Level Certification – Aid for preparation TOGAF 9 Certification Multiple Choice Questions iQuiz – Quick Quiz System TOGAF 9 Foundation Exam If you are interested in Part 2 then this may help you: TOGAF – Preparation Aid for Part 2 [Update: TOGAF 9.1 Released – What Does It Mean To You?] Here is another set of 40 questions. Basic Concepts (3 questions) 1. What accordin... (more)

A Brief History of the Agile Movement

In February this year the agile movement completed 11 years of existence. I am sure you are either using some form of agile methodology or examining the possibility of using them. But, are you aware of how the agile movement happened? Did it happen by chance or was it inevitable? Do you know what influenced the agile manifesto? Who the authors are? What are their backgrounds and what do they do now? How was the name “Agile” selected? The Influencers It is clear from the notes published by Jon Kern that four methodologies had significant influence on the manifesto – they are: Scru... (more)

Enterprise 2.0 Gets a Fillip

So Microsoft has spent USD 1.2 billion to buy Yammer. Few days back Salesforce acquired Buddy Media for USD 0.689 billion and about a month back Oracle acquired Vitrue for about USD 0.3 billion. That makes the Microsoft acquisition of Yammer the 3rd social media startup acquisition in last one month and a total spending of around USD 2.2 billion. So is this a trend of Enterprise software players moving into Social Media space? Incidentally, about a year back Microsoft had paid USD 8.5 billion for the Skype. Technology that businesses need and people love That is what Steve Ballm... (more)