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SOA Ontology will serve as a foundation for further work in domain specific areas by supplying a consistent framework that can be reused as SOA projects evolve. In an effort to bridge the communication gap between business and IT over service oriented architecture (SOA), The Open Grou...
Many companies today are caught between competing pressures brought by data and power. Faced with moving ever-increasing data faster and faster, they find the power to do that, as well as deal with the associated cooling, expensive and increasingly unavailable. The modules, which fit ...
Salesforce.com is upping the ante on cloud storage services by going far beyond the plain vanilla elastic, pay-as-you-go variety of database and storage services that have come to the market in the past few years. Salesforce.com is upping the ante on cloud storage services by going fa...
Year 2010 was a busy year for cloud storage. The buzz reached a whole new level when you saw companies like Microsoft, Google and EMC announcing new service offerings around cloud storage. Amazon S3 reached over 100 billion objects in 2010. It continues to be the leader of cloud stora...
So what do I mean by this? Well if we take a brief look at history we have seen good ideas and new technology provided by the industry that has taken a number of years to really take a hold in the market space. I think the most recent example of this is the slow adoption of USB. USB...
Cloud computing is being influenced by consumer and very large cloud implementation examples – by user experience and innovative cloud architecture respectively. Enterprises could be led to leverage Amazon by some high profile example of success like Netflix described here. A lot of f...
The McKinsey quarterly just published an interesting and very readable piece on “reshaping IT for turbulent times”. In the article they analyze what seems to be a dichotomy for today’s IT management: How to balance running an efficient IT factory with being a responsive customer focus...
As a brief follow up to yesterday’s Got a SSN I Can Borrow, I came across this story from The Red Tape Chronicles saying the odds that someone else has used your Social Security Number is One in 7. ID Analytics, a data collection and customer behavior analytics firm, works with organiz...
One key thing is we changed our mindset from a performance testing practice to a performance engineering practice, and we've evolved now to performance architecture. This customer case-study from the conference focuses on AIG-Chartis insurance and how their business has benefited from...
The business strategy is to manage centrally and operate locally. IT had to follow the strategy. Our main IT platforms are developed with the objective to be global. Global doesn’t mean managing everything centralized, but to manage the IT platform as centralized, because it's better f...
Apparently, I can use my own name and your Social Security Number to get a job or buy a car and it is not an identity theft crime. Really. This is according to a recent Colorado Supreme Court ruling. They ruled that, ‘that using someone else’s Social Security number is not identity ...
It’s not really the case that the people building, provisioning, testing, and defining the applications are lacking or don’t know what they're doing. It’s mostly that the practices and processes they're engaged in are antiquated.
Effective consolidation means more than simply reducing the number of boxes your company has in outlying offices and data centers.  Efforts to reduce hardware infrastructure often result in degraded application performance—and thus unplanned expenditure—as it becomes necessary to optim...
Cloud computing is mostly about “elasticity.” The extraction and contraction of resources based on demand. It is the contraction of resources which is oft times forgotten but without it, cloud computing and highly dynamic, virtualized infrastructures are little more than seamless capac...
We’ve been very focused on creating a single, unified system that scales to tens of thousands of users. And it’s a web-based system, so that wherever the team members are located, they can become a harmonious part of the overall team, 24-hour cycles around the globe. Welcome to a spec...
These tools work to help enterprises gain control over aging applications and inflexible processes that challenge innovation and agility -- by governing their responsiveness and pace of change. It’s all part of the Instant-On Enterprise that embeds technology into everything it does. A...
With companies putting more applications and data into Internet clouds, cloud printing is gaining momentum in the enterprise. Vendors large and small are getting into the game. HP has made major announcements while Google has hinted at the future. Apple has begun services for iOS devi...
As enterprises move inexorably towards the Cloud, a faint murmur in the distance is growing louder and louder. What is it – the security forces objecting…the CFO wondering where their money is going now…business teams clamoring for faster response time? Good guesses, but this group nev...
It all comes back to the results. If you look at the maturity model in the book, it’s pretty easy to peg yourself as to where you are and the kinds of benefits you'd see from moving up that maturity curve.
Have you ever dealt with a mid- to large-sized organization and come away from the interaction wondering how an organization of this size could seem so disorganized and chaotic in their dealings with customers? After all, in order to reach the size they did, they had to have garnered ...
Applications success comes down to innovation and speed, because you can innovate forever and never actually release the product. For us, getting it out the door is very, very important. The topic of ALM will be a big one at next week's HP Software Universe conference in Barcelona. In...
In the forthcoming book, called The Applications Handbook: A Guide to Mastering the Modern Application Lifecycle, the authors evaluate the role and impact of automation and management over an application's lifecycle, as well as delve into the need to gain better control over applicatio...
What we’ve launched with this vision is to put the foundations in place to make that possible and take a journey with our clients both from the business side and government side and help them move down that particular path, find ways to navigate these challenges and these trends, and t...
Kapow’s “browser-based data integration” approach eliminates the need for IT to use APIs for data integration, saving time and money by avoiding manual coding costs. Kapow Katalyst automatically extracts, transforms, integrates and migrates data to and from any application and device. ...
There are a few vertical industries for which performance is absolutely critical. A delay of even a micro-second can mean a huge differential in revenue or lost opportunities. A delay of seconds is a disaster, and more than that? Might as call yourself unavailable. While most organizat...
Ask someone to associate IBM and cloud computing, and that person will probably come back with something about solutions to help build private clouds. I know because I ask… all the time. On the surface, this is a fair association. After all, it is true that IBM offers quite a few diffe...
It's no secret that cloud computing has been on the minds of a lot of IT executives. Conference agendas are filled with cloud talk and the Internet is abuzz with it. As more enterprise IT departments move to the cloud, it begs the question: How will it affect the traditional role of th...
Seems like it was only yesterday when industry pundits were backing away from public clouds in favor of the safer, more big-vendor-compliant “private clouds.” After Amazon shook things up with its new paradigm for computing and storage clouds in 2007, and started to gain traction (alon...
The emphasis on capabilities is moving from hardcore coders -- with mastery of embedded platforms and tools -- to more mainstream graphical and scripting-skilled workers. The rapidly changing and fast-growing opportunity for more businesses to reach their customers and deliver their s...
For decades now, the game Dungeons and Dragons has suffered from what is commonly called “Edition Wars”. When the publisher of the game releases a new version, they of course want to sell the new version and stop talking about the old – they’re a business, and it certainly does make th...
For most IT organizations, deploying Windows apps into production is complex, cumbersome, and time-consuming. That complexity can lead to long delays in full deployments that leave a dark cloud hanging over service levels and business agility. The lives of IT admins in Windows environ...
I have a love/hate relationship with trade shows. On the one hand, I love them. I love meeting customers and prospects, and I love the shameless boosterism that it entails. On the other hand, as someone who has to manage to a budget and deliver ROI, I hate them. The ROI never works out...
Over the last two weeks, I have fully immersed myself in the world of cloud. Thanks to conference keynotes, breakout sessions, customer briefings, and ad hoc discussions, I have not had much time to not think or talk about cloud. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, I do have to ...
Back in the day (when they still let me write code) I was contracted to a global transportation firm where we had just completed the very first implementation of an Internet-enabled tracking system. We had five whole pilot customers and it was, to say the least, a somewhat fragile syst...


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