Prepare for the 'applistructure' era

Summary:No, it's not what you get when you dedicate your organization to the Mac OS platform. But rather, 'applistructure' is the lastest buzzword which describes the blurring between application software and infrastructure middleware.

No, it's not what you get when you dedicate your organization to the Mac OS platform. But rather, 'applistructure' is the lastest buzzword which describes the blurring between application software and infrastructure middleware. AMR Research's Erik Keller says it's positioned to emerge as one of the most controversial topics over the next two years. In a free report, Keller provides a good look at the vendor landscape, plus some pointers on how to navigate current hype, plus implications for IT users and providers.

As a term, applistructure first made news when JP Morgan used it to describe SAP's NetWeaver platform effort sometime during or before TechEd 2004. SAP is the only vendor to both consolidate the significant parts of its platform within an integrated offering while having the higher-level business functionality to create and deliver complex applications. The maturity of Web services, SOAs, and reusable components, however, is opening the doors wide open for all the major players vying for dominance in this emerging market. Still, SAP appears ahead in what looks to be a very long race.

Topics: SAP

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Christopher Jablonski is a freelance technology writer. Previously, he held research analyst positions in the IT industry and was the manager of marketing editorial at CBS Interactive. He's been contributing to ZDNet since 2003. Christopher received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Illinois at U... Full Bio

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