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Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Wed Mar 2 12:58:14 AEDT 2011
>On 02/03/2011, at 12:34 PM, Roger Clarke wrote:
>> A proportion of business functions can be supported by standardised apps.
>> Custom-building or customisation can be dispensed with, because
>> there's not a lot of harm done by having to fit those particular
>> business processes to the software rather than the software to the
>> business processes.
>> Think doc prep, spreadsheet modellers, calendar, time-sheets, etc.
>> But government agencies do a great many things that very few other
>> organisations do. [snip]
At 12:43 +1100 2/3/11, Stilgherrian wrote:
>Except that there are now generic tools for modelling "business"
>workflows. Filling in forms, validating against criteria, passing
>through stages of approval -- all are now available as generic
>building-blocks in these higher-level workflow tools.
C'mon Stil, you're old enough. Remember Lotus Notes? This isn't new.
In any case, these are still bespoke apps, not standardised apps.
They're delivered by means of a development tool that enables the
'coder' to operate at a more abstract level, with a 'later
generation' development tool, and to [hopefully] deliver the app more
cheaply, faster and/or better [choose two]:
http://www.rogerclarke.com/SOS/SwareGenns.html (see Exhibit 4)
>Even the creation of legislation is "just" collaborative document
>production with attached commentary and discussion.
>I question whether it's all really as different, or even unique, as
>some people make make.
All no, some yes.
Roger Clarke http://www.rogerclarke.com/
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Visiting Professor in Computer Science Australian National University
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