A number of separate technology components are likely to be required when designing a Fast Track solution. Each component needs to meet the Fast Track criteria of being fast to deploy, available ‘instantly on’ and avoids the need for code being written wherever possible. This post proposes a component framework and an example product for each component. This is an initial list and the intention is to build it up over time with more components and vendors so that it eventually becomes a comprehensive framework.
Software-as-a-Service vendors clearly fit the Fast Track mould and a comprehensive list of SaaS providers by business function (e.g. Sales Force Automation or Human Resources) could’ve been included, however, this article is focused on building a generic tool kit; this means the SaaS components and vendors in the table below are tools rather than end-to-end solutions for business domains.
Ideas for additional components or vendors and feedback on this initial list would be very welcome.
|FTA Component||Component Description||Vendors|
|Business Process Management||Business Process Management tools typically provide a visual process creation environment to build automated processes and a capability to build attractive user interfaces to interact with users.||Mendix|
|Desktop Automation||Tools that enable rapid integration with systems that do not have APIs available. It would typically not be feasible to build APIs using traditional methods due to the high cost or lack of expertise in the system.||OpenSpan|
|API and batch Integration||Cloud-based tools that only require configuration to integrate on-premise IT systems with third-party services.||IBM CastIron|
|Business Intelligence tools||Cloud-based analytics and business intelligence tools allow you to upload your data and produce professional outputs very quickly.||Birst|
|Big Data||Cloud-based Big Data tools that enable very rapid analysis and visualisation of big data sets.||Datameer|
|Infrastructure-as-a-service||You’ll need some infrastructure to run components that aren’t SaaS. IaaS services allow you to create a system instance in seconds.||Amazon EC2|
I hope this provides a useful initial framework and list of vendors. If you’d like to offer feedback, share your experience or ask a question, please don’t hesitate to email me.