Lawrence of Arizona

AMR Research updates T.E. Lawrence's seven pillars of wisdom. Sort of.

Scottsdale, AZ  May 24, 2001  AMR Research yesterday announced Enterprise Commerce Management (ECM), a blueprint that combines process-oriented applications and services built on an Internet foundation. The ECM blueprint, supported by seven technical pillars, is a strategy that allows executives to maximize IT returns and create a flexible environment for evaluating, planning and managing future technology deployments.

Technical Criteria for ECM Compliance

"The ECM technical framework provides significant value to organizations by helping them leverage existing technology investments," said John Bermudez, senior vice president, AMR Research. "ECM compliance provides independent third-party standards to drive vendor support of enhanced integration capabilities, creating a more cost-effective approach to software implementations."

 AMR Research's seven technical pillars support:

1. An industry-standard application server. The application server minimizes complexity and supports interoperability. The separation of presentation and business logic delivers scalability and flexibility. Vendors must support mobility, XML and industry standards (J2EE or .NET compliance).

2. An analytic data model. An analytic data model is critical because performance information comes from multiple sources, and new ventures must be measured and analyzed. Vendors must support the creation of an analytic data model; extraction, transformation and load (ETL); and drill-down capabilities into multiple data sources as part of their core application.

3. Application-independent integration. Integration needs to become an intrinsic part of the system of record and enable business processes. Vendors must publish application processes as logical, callable components and subscribe to other services via an integration framework.

4. Business Process Management (BPM). BPM provides the governance and rules needed to gain competitive advantage by increasing business agility. Vendors must provide the ability to coordinate application processes with a centralized process manager.

5. Private Trading Exchange (PTX). The PTX will support commerce and access management by providing the gateway to external and internal constituents. Vendors must integrate through the PTX for external Web services and synchronize with existing systems by supporting open XML protocols.

6. A single portal framework through the PTX. The single portal framework provides a platform for consistent and secure access to the enterprise. Vendors must support a constituent's ability to have secure, personalized, role-based access to information.

7. Integrated Systems Management. Managing the infrastructure is essential to drive effectiveness and event management. Vendors must support integration to systems management products at a business processes level to ensure system integrity.