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Yefim V. Natis
VP Distinguished Analyst
17 years at Gartner
33 years IT industry

Yefim Natis is a vice president and Gartner distinguished analyst in Gartner Research. Mr. Natis' research focuses on enterprise software infrastructure, including technologies such as application servers, cloud application platforms… Read Full Bio

Event Thinking: a Challenge And an Imperative

by Yefim Natis  |  September 12, 2017

The challenge of event thinking is that the IT designer must accept uncertainty. In transactional systems the callers request is guaranteed to be fulfilled or the caller will be told of a failure. In event-driven systems the source cannot be certain that their intent (if any) will be fulfilled: the event handler has full control […]

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Finally, True Born-on-the-Cloud Application Platforms

by Yefim Natis  |  March 13, 2016

Current cloud application platforms for enterprise software are like “radio on TV”. Like early TV programs that showed a (radio) announcer reading news off a page, the current aPaaS take the good-old models of application architecture and programming (basic request-driven SOA, Java EE, .NET) and place them into the cloud. The PaaS frameworks (CloudFoundry, OpenShift) […]

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Open Position at Gartner for a PaaS/Cloud/Technology Enthusiast

by Yefim Natis  |  May 2, 2015

Gartner has an open position in the group that follows cloud application infrastructure and architecture. You get to work with such prominent Gartner analysts as Massimo Pezzini, Anne Thomas, Benoit Lheureux, Jess Thompson, Keith Guttridge, Eric Knipp, Richard Watson, Lydia Leong, David Smith, David Cearley, Daryl Plummer and others.  The focus in the open position […]

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In Cloud Strategy, Private or Public is a Red Herring

by Yefim Natis  |  July 29, 2013

Choosing between public and private cloud as a strategic decision is a misleading distraction, a red herring. The strategic and transformative decision is the choosing of the Cloud (or not). Private or public is a tactical follow-up. Clearly, choosing to host an application and its data in-house or with external provider is a choice of […]

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Google and Red Hat : an Intriguing Partnership

by Yefim Natis  |  July 5, 2013

JBoss and Google are developing a new Java programming framework: CapeDwarf. The framework duplicates all (with time) Google App Engine Java APIs and implements them using JBoss application server, JBoss Infinispan in-memory data store and some other JBoss open-source components. Google provides enthusiastic support and is developing a collection of tests to certify compatibility. I see a […]

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There will not be a VMforce

by Yefim Natis  |  August 31, 2011

Yesterday at VMworld conference Tod Nielsen, a VMware executive leading its platform efforts, had announced that VMforce will not be delivered, CloudFoundry technology will not run in the salesforce.com data center and users of CloudFoundry.com will be enabled to access database.com in some unspecified way as a compensating feature.  Today Byron Sebastian, salesforce.com platform executive, […]

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An inflection point in Salesforce.com story

by Yefim Natis  |  December 8, 2010

Salesforce.com (SFDC) is spending over $250 million for Heroku that has revenue likely under $10 million (adoption momentum notwithstanding since most of the adoption is of the free version of the service).  Some question the wisdom of such expensive buy.   However — such challenge is short-sited. SFDC is not fighting to get a few $$.  […]

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Initial Thoughts on the new Red Hat “PaaS”

by Yefim Natis  |  August 25, 2010

Red Hat announced “Red Hat PaaS” which is in fact a Red Hat “PaaS-builder technology” for private clouds and for new aspiring public cloud providers. The key differentiators for this offering are: 100% open-source Near-comprehensive middleware technology suite (though component-parts are not all industry best-of-breed) — there is a Portal, ESB, AppServer, BPM technology, SOA […]

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A brief Q&A on PaaS/APaaS

by Yefim Natis  |  August 19, 2010

In preparation for Gartner Application Architcture, Development and Integration (AADI) conference scheduled for Novemeber I am developing a PaaS Scenario presentation.  We have recently published a PaaS Reference Architecture research , a PaaS market assessment research and are working on the PaaS road map and more.  Below is a brief Q&A on PaaS for the […]

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On Gosling and Java

by Yefim Natis  |  April 29, 2010

It has become publicly known recently that the creator of the Java programming language (and a near-cult figure with some), James Gosling, has resigned from Oracle.  This seems to suggest his displeasure with the Oracle’s road map for Java (although he makes no statement to this effect).  However beyond the emotional side of things, the […]

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