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Udayan Banerjee

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The first Web 2.0 conference was held October 5-7, 2004 at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco. A lot has happened in the last five years like the theme “Web as Platform” as a terminology is dead and has been replaced by “Cloud Computing“. In this year’s hype cycle for emerging technologies, Gartner has positioned Web 2.0 under “Climbing the Slope of Enlightenment” and expects it to go main stream in less than 2 years. ... (more)

Architecture Governance – the TOGAF Way

If you are clear about what governance means then you can skip the next section. However, if you have heard the term – Corporate Governance, SOA Governance, IT Governance – but you are not exactly sure about what it really means, then here is an explanation. Suppose you are interested that an entity works in a way you want it to work. If you are managing the entity then you have the necessity authority to ensure it. However, you don’t manage the entity directly then what do you do? To do anything you need to have some authority or influence over the entity. You can discuss with ... (more)

Why I Bought a Kindle Instead of . . .

I admit it … I bought the Kindle on an impulse. Now that I have bought it and have been using it (I may be rationalizing but) I do like my Kindle and there are several reasons for liking it. You must be thinking why Kindle, why not iPad or Galaxy? After all, with these devices you get color, touch, browsing and many other things. Kindle is monochrome and without touch screen. You also need a Wi-Fi connection to browse. Then why did I buy the Kindle? It all started when Mahadevan announced that he is going to buy a Kindle. He has checked one of his friends who is an avid book reade... (more)

How Fast Does Technology Change?

How fast does technology change? What is its impact? It is something like the hour hand of a clock. If you keep staring at it you would feel that it always remains stationary. If you go away and come back after sometime, you will see that it has moved a lot. The same thing is true with technology. Amara’s law “We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run.” – Roy Amara was a researcher, scientist and past president of the Institute for the Future. [The photo of Roy Amara is taken from Pete Steege ‘s blog] Many peo... (more)

ERP on Ulitzer - Has the Time for Open Source ERP Come?

ERP Journal on Ulitzer For some time now I have been tracking the change in popularity of the top open source platform and I noticed a curious trend. At the beginning of the year ADempiere ERP was the top open source project. Looking down the list you would have found PostBooks at 8, Openbravo ERP at 9, webERP at 17 and OrangeHRM at 21. At that time it was mostly on my unconscious mind and had not “realized” it. But slowly the trend became more pronounced. Five of the top 7 open source projects are ERP. This is how it stands –order in which it is ranked in Source Forge: PostBook... (more)