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Umajin: A Game-Powered Platform to Create Next Generation Digital Solutions

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief

As an industry, we’ve been talking about the impact that consumer technologies have had on customer and employee expectations of enterprise applications — what we now refer to as the consumerization of IT — for quite some time. The result of this consumerization has been a steady march to more graphical, more intuitive and more interactive applications. Consumer expectations, however, have continued to increase and evolve, increasing demand for applications that look and feel like the very best consumer technologies.

Umajin believes that this next level of consumerization will require more advanced graphics, animation, and interactivity. This belief drove it to build what it calls its ‘digital solutions platform,’ therefore, on top of a gaming engine. Similar to enterprise-focused low-code environments, the company’s platform enables non-technical users to create these highly interactive digital solutions using a visual interface. At the same time, the platform allows for IT to create reusable functions and interconnections and ensure overall governance and security.

This unusual architectural approach enables it to create interfaces and digital engagement models (e.g., interactive digital agents) that would otherwise require custom development. Moreover, the company claims that the architecture also enables organizations to deliver what it calls ‘pixel perfect’ cross-platform support and to deliver applications that can run both online and offline. While not every enterprise application may need this level of visuality, interactivity or other game-like elements, Umajin provides a compelling method for delivering solutions that do.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. To be considered for a Brain Candy article, email us at pr@intellyx.com.

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).