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Tony van Büüren van Heijst

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Recently industry analysts, press, and bloggers have been writing about the state of service-oriented architecture (SOA) and whether it's "dead" or in the "trough of disillusionment." These discussions have been fueled by surveys that suggest a decline in the number of organizations considering SOA, or that organizations have evaluated, but decided to shelve SOA for the time being. Or, even worse, that after an initial investment in implementing SOA architectures, organizations have been unable to capitalize on these investments. So, what's happening? What were these companies expecting and where did things go wrong? More importantly, can anything be done to put things back on track? Let's review the original promises of SOA and the most likely culprits in its perceived demise. And after all the doom and gloom, I'll suggest how practitioners can revive their SOA dr... (more)

Business Process Reengineering in an Agile Way

This morning's last presentation on track 2 was delivered by Rui Afonso, OutSystems Channel Manager at Hyfas. The presentation was about Hyfas success story at Refrige.  Refrige had a very complex material creation process, that spanned across 7 distinct departments. Communication was made by email and Infopath, and at the end of the process the IT department would copy the gathered information into SAP and BASIS. The IT department had to confirm all the data, and sometimes this resulted in having to request missing inputs from information owners. Hyfas considered both SAP and Ou... (more)

E.ON Benelux: Using Agile to Quickly Adapt to Meter Market Changes

Next up at NextStep - Marteijn Mout who is the project managers of the 'New meter market model' at E.ON Benelux. E.ON is one of Europe's largest Energy providers with over 30 million customers in 30 countries.  E.ON Benelux has around 270,000 customers and they have been a customer of OutSystems since 2004. The project that Marteijn talked to us about during this session was to support the new Government regulation which demands that Suppliers will be responsible for the collection and validation of meter data of smart meters from 2009 and for traditional meters from 2010. He sha... (more)

OutPractices: Agile Transformations of any Software Development Process

Ana Paula of Whatever Consulting spoke this afternoon on "OutPractices: Agile Transformations of any Software Development Process". She talked to us about a subject close to her heart - the Eclipse Process Framework (EPF) which aims at producing a customizable software process engineering framework, with exemplary process content and tools, supporting a broad variety of project types and development styles. Ana spoke in particular on how OutSystems customers can leverage the EPF library to further develop their in-house processes especially when they need to include the use of ot... (more)

ITIL over OutSystems - Excellence and Agility for Turismo de Portugal

Hugo Sousa, IT Director of Turismo de Portugal, started out by sharing with the audience his commitment to the business goals of Turismo de Portugal. For that, he showed us his project goals:  Measure and get 90% satisfaction People are all that matters Do IT better This is a very important change in IT, where usually the metrics are measured in bandwidth and server uptime! Hugo pointed out that to do this IT Governance was a must. But because the rules can change and need to be adapted, Hugo stated that what he really needed was Agile IT Governance. After looking at several pr... (more)