I talk a lot about the fact that much of the data that existing organizations have is locked up within legacy technology platforms. The number of mission-critical applications that sit on old-school databases or mainframes is amazing.

While these apps probably meet their intended purpose, the age of the infrastructure upon which they sit means that web-enabling them, let alone mobile-enabling, is a nearly impossible task.

It is for this reason that a number of vendors have been set up which attempt to “wrap” existing applications with an integration layer that allows them to be ported to the web, to mobile, or integrated with third-party solutions.

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Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.