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Software Algebra

  • Tuesday, April 11, 2017
  • 6:00 PM - 8:15 PM
  • UMBC Training Center, 6996 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite #100, 21046

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Overview:

How to define and create business applications and systems in the modern era by connecting and assembling available online and open source tools.


Until recently, the only way to automate business was to either a) build it your self, b) buy off the shelf software and customize it with tons of investment, or c) wait until a better software came out. In many cases, this process was similar to reinventing the wheel. Folks would come up with a solution, create a "consulting" solution around it and recreate their solution in different industries. With the Internet, a few things changed:

1. Open source software became prevalent in the industry from the operating system layer all the way up to interface frameworks and complete applications. 

2. Software as a Service (also used to be known as Application Service Providers) became the way to outsource software for key business processes such as Sales, Marketing, Collaboration, and more recently Accounting, Finance, and HR. 
3. SOAP, and the more recenlty REST APIs (which are easier to work with) became the defacto method for connecting Internet Software, and Software in general. 

4. Integration Software became commoditized, open source, and many SaaS offerings became available for the common business user. 

5. Knowledge of software, software as a service, and new communication systems such as Slack accelerate adoption of combinations of existing systems much faster than before. 

We'll review how this changes the landscape for business analysts and project managers looking to solve business problems while having the best interest of the customer at heart. Of course billing hours and reinventing the wheel may be a good business reason in the short term. We posit a different approach to how connecting and leveraging existing software is better for the bottom line for both the builders and the users of future business solutions. We'll cover three points of Software Algebra:

1. Inventory: How to take inventory of the current and future solution in a simplified fashion (People, Process, Information, System)

2. Match : Identify the patterns in the information processes to find similar data that can be used to find lowest common denominators in the system. 

3. Connect: Document the workflow and identify the right integration system to get your solution to the user quickly. 

Meeting Agenda:

5:45 - 6:00 PM Sign-In and Memberships

6:00 - 6:45 PM Food, Drinks & Networking

6:45 - 7:00 PM Chapter Announcements

7:00 - 8:00 PM Professional Development Presentation

8:00 - 8:15 PM Q&A and Wrap-up


Guest Speaker:

Rahul Singh is the Chief Executive Officer of Anant Corporation. Anant provides management consulting for internet software and internet based teams and helps solve difficult problems related to streamlining, organizing, and unifying business information. Rahul has over 18 years of experience in three businesses as an entrepreneur, and has consulted to numerous teams in small to large organizations in the business, non-profit, and government sectors. Although primarily a technical architect by preference, since at Georgetown University, he's been researching the "Modern Enterprise, Business of Business Today" to create and proliferate a simpler way to organize and build business teams, processes, and systems over the Internet. 

Arturs Oganesyan-Peel is a Business Analyst at Anant. Arturs has is graduate of The George Washington University's Business School's MSIST program with a certificate in Data Science. His primary role is to empower Anant’s technology team in delivering to clients via detailed requirements gathering, planning, and agile project management. He also has a hand in keeping Anant’s Research & Development efforts streamlined and moving forward. Prior to Anant Arturs worked with a handful of nonprofits, one large corporation, and three different start-ups, one of which he founded during his senior year of high school.



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