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 Thingamy2006-11-19 21:30
by Flemming Funch

Thingamy. This is what it says on the site:
One single system to run your business.

No need for other enterprise software nor middleware.

No need for hierarchies nor information tree structures.

No need for management to run the workflow.

Enter the future at your own pace, start small or big.

Refine your business model and processes continuously.

And yes, you're not the first to utter unbelievable, bollocks, bullshit, etc. under your breath.
We like that, leaves us only one task: Prove that the system actually works.

Would that not be kind of cool if we did?
And what is it? Well, it is a piece of software, which apparently one can model any kind of business process in, very quickly, and then you have the application to run your business right away. So, seems like you can create your Enterprise Resource Planning system in a few hours, and it would do ordering and accounting, etc. It is based on some kind of object-oriented, rules-based database thing, that is also a webserver, with an Ajax interface.

I watched the introductory video. Which indeed shows that you can do something like that very quickly, and one gets the idea that it is basically made of simple building blocks. But it is also very complicated to do, as it was in no way clear how exactly to do it, and the components weren't really explained.

But this is the kind of application I've tried to write several times. A universal application with simple building blocks that lets you create any kind of application, and it is operational right away. But it is very hard to make something that really is universal. And if you more or less succeed, it might be very hard to explain it to anybody. Which might become the problem with this Thingamy thing.

It doesn't seem to have been released yet, so I can guess it maybe is hard to get all the details right. And maybe it promises too much. It sort of implies you can create your business based on this. Focus on the value you offer, and Thingamy will easily take care of all the details. Of course it isn't quite that easy.

But I'm looking forward to seeing where it is going.

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12 Dec 2006 @ 02:00 by Tim @ : Page Gone
I tried looking up www.Thingamy.com, but got a "404" (page not found) error for both tha page and video. The cached page is avaiable via Google.

I was curious because I am working on (I think) a similar project...

FYI: Thingamy Ltd. c/o Sigurd Rinde (THINGAMY-COM-DOM)
161 voie Julia
Vallauris, FR 06220 (Sounds like France to me)  

12 Dec 2006 @ 12:09 by ming : Thingamy
Hm, you're right, the site seems to be down right now. And, yes, that would be in France, around Nice.  

18 Feb 2007 @ 18:12 by sig @ : Page back :)
Guys, sorry, you hit the day the HDD decided to say farewell :)

Apologies, I did not stumble over this until today, my Google alerts must be sleepy.

Flemming, you're right in that it's hard, actually, if you try to do a holistic all-in-one based on how things are done today I would suggest the word "impossible" instead.

So we went ahead and broke a few rules - like organisational hierarchies not needed (thingamy is a business model builder and deliverer, the single purpose of the OH so bugger with that one), applications as we know them not the thing (thingamy rips the tasks out of the application and puts each into the flow where it's supposed to be. Add that no manipulated data kept means much fewer relationships and no middleware), event/transaction driven flows makes life extremely complicated and is _the_ source of reconciliation (thingamy is object-driven, "ball is the game" and only one data-object pretending to represent one real-world object thus good bye to reconciliation).

And then a few more... In effect, to make complexity go away, or at least be minimised one have to go all the way back to the basics and forget how we do things today and start over trying to model reality as it is, not as we model it already. And that seems to work.

And yes, hard to explain, so we are working hard to tweak the stuff so you have eight steps to go through, no planning, no mapping, no waterfall, just do it, then do it more. Business than geek oriented, business builder not application builder.

Well, that did not help at all I suspect. Only way is to see it to get any aha at all... :)  

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