The Role of Middleware Services in a Cloud Development Framework

Bruce Guptill and Mike West from Saugatuck Technology Inc. wrote the The Need for a Cloud Development Framework over on this week. It’s a good article for ISVs, “looking for—and experimenting with—ways to incorporate Cloud offerings and associated development into their business and technology strategies.” (Which, according to their research many are actively doing.)  Their development framework describes 4 layers, with analytics and administration as columns to the rows.

I like how they describe the “middleware services layer:”

“This layer is the “glue” that cements the development work to be done with the desired application(s), data types and sources, environment, and technologies. We can also think of this as the “enablement” layer for Cloud development, as the capabilities offered by the Middleware Services layer, typically via APIs, will enable and shape the capabilities of the result from the development effort.”

“Enablement layer”, “glue”….nice!

Sounds to me like integration is the key to maximizing your return on cloud.

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