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Is RIA the RWA now?

Posted by Charles | September 22, 2007 .

We know Macromedia crafted term RIA (rich internet applications) and it does has good representation of the set of products in the market (FlashFlex, Adobe AIR, Silverlight, JavaFX or even AJAX). We also know once awhile there will be new spins of new terms comes out. That’s how gurus got made. Read this article about implications of rich web applications for business. The author obviously knows what he’s writing but he insisted use the term RWA. Besides that, it’s good writing. Here are the summary of the implications:

  • Internal use of RWA for providing the presentation layer to SOA. 
  • Internal use of RWA for providing the presentation layer in composite applications, such as mixing Web services and other data sources, including enterprise applications and legacy systems. 
  • Helping re-engineer business processes for rapid reaction to business opportunities. 
  • Moving application development from silo, departmental activity, to a Web-based one with greater potential for reuse. For example, an internal Software-as-a-Service model. 
  • New security risks related to RWA that need addressing. 
  • Multimedia content in contrast with document-centric HyperText Markup Language (HTML). 
  • Facilities for users to upload as well as download; for example, the growth of Flickr, Friends Reunited, MySpace, Wikipedia, and YouTube are all due to user-added content. 
  • The Internet becomes the ‘platform’ with mashups that combine Web services to create new applications; for example, Bikely mashes Google maps to help plan bicycle routes, and Zillow mashes maps and real-estate information. 
  • Applications are no longer constrained by HTML and single-channel response/request; with RIAs a second channel can be used to work in the background, managing data more efficiently between client and server, while the user interacts with the UI. 
  • Web 2.0 allows a Web strategy to go beyond simply exploiting reach; now Web services and Web applications can be used in unforeseen ways, leading to emergent value.

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2 Comments so far
  1. Tom Van den Eynde  September 23, 2007 8:29 am

    It’s actually a good thing: the current ‘RIA’ term is a bit limited. What about intranet and extranet applications? It’s not just about rich INTERNET applications. I’m however not sure whether rich web applications is much better. The easiest solution would be to adopt rich interactive applications or so.

  2. Moxie  September 24, 2007 9:14 am

    I agree. The RIA is becoming a symbol than a well meaning term. The technologies involved are making applications rich, regardless they are online, offline, media focused or business focused.

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