John Caron

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Sports cars are typically measured by how fast they go from zero to sixty. But is that really the best measurement? Would a Honda Accord with a 500 hp V8 be a better sports car than a Porsche 911 Turbo? Obviously not. It takes a well-rounded vehicle to achieve this status - handling, braking, acceleration, reliability, etc. The same is true with development tools. Speed isn't everything. Agility is equally important. You need a well-rounded tool to create the best application. Take portal development for example. Gene Phifer of Gartner has defined what he calls the "90/10-10/90 rule" for portal development. This rule states that in the initial phases of portal development, simple departmental portals, for example, 90% of the application's needs are met by out-of-the-box products - a very quick zero to sixty. But, as the applications evolve, they will leverage only ... (more)