Optimizing Change by Understanding Value

Optimizing Change by Understanding Value

A little over a year ago, I got into a rather animated argument about whether IT could measure its performance by the “value” it delivered rather than by purely measuring “costs.” My dinner companion insisted that IT could now, always, and forever only be measured on costs. I disagreed. In fact I had just planned [...]

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Stoking the Application Pipeline with PaaS: Don’t Underestimate the Power of the Platform

Stoking the Application Pipeline with PaaS: Don’t Underestimate the Power of the Platform

Dominique Vernier’s blog, “Leverage SaaS and PaaS to speed up application development,“ provides an excellent overview of IBM’s cloud-based approach to software development and delivery. IBM’s introduction of the Bluemix Platform as a Service (PaaS) to the marketplace earlier this year builds on the existing capabilities of Jazz (/jazz.net/) introduced in 2008. While Jazz addresses the requirements and design stages of the application lifecycle, Bluemix extends IBM’s cloud-based capabilities to development, testing, and production as well. The Bluemix PaaS runs on Cloud Foundry (cloudfoundry.org), an open source cloud platform with more than 40 contributing members including IBM, Intel, VMware, and others. Bluemix ...

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APM on Premise versus “in the Cloud”: Either, Or, or Both?

APM on Premise versus “in the Cloud”: Either, Or, or Both?

The Rise of Cloud-based APM Solutions In my last blog, I called today’s enterprise application landscape “a dog’s breakfast”1 as far as complexity and heterogeneity are concerned. A growing number of APM vendors would likely agree. Regardless of whether you are on the vendor or the consumer side, application management— as opposed to simple application monitoring— is an inherently difficult task. Perhaps for this reason, enterprise-grade Application Performance Management solutions—those capable of monitoring, correlating and triaging integrated, distributed applications while quantifying end to end performance—have traditionally had a reputation for being complex and difficult to deploy. Virtually every enterprise-sized company is ...

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posted by    | January 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

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Welcome to 2012. Like my friend Troy DuMoulin, I want to start the year with a post on IT demand management, which I think will continue to be a hot topic this year. Troy covers the intake functions often associated with different levels of demand, which he sees as business relationship management, service catalog, and...

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posted by admin   | January 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

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The lines between work and personal entertainment have blurred as the devices we use for work and pleasure begin to co-mingle. We can thank the combination of affordable laptop computers, the rise of the smartphone, the move away from proprietary to IP-based networks, and broadband to the home for driving our work and home computing environments onto a...

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As the digital world becomes increasingly more connected at the individual and organizational levels, our desire to derive insight from the collective stacks of electronically stored information (ESI) has fueled technology innovation and enabled companies to leverage these technologies and to transform their businesses as well as people’s lives. Meanwhile, organizations are in danger of...

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posted by Torsten Volk   | January 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

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A friend of mine recently asked why I am even still interested in enterprise computing when all the innovation is happening within the consumer electronics sector. Smartphones, tablet computers, e-book readers, and audio streaming devices have changed the way we live our daily lives. Now that I read the NYTimes on my iPad, I get...

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posted by John Myers   | December 28, 2011 | 0 Comments

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Codeless BI from Altosoft Recently I received a briefing from Altosoft to take a look at their 4th generation product – Altosoft’s Insight Release 4.  Altosoft Insight is a single unified business intelligence environment that contains the entire stack from ETL to data visualization.  This integrated environment allows for Altosoft users to have a completely (if...

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After a blisteringly hot day for all of the US stock indices yesterday, the news following the close of the markets that Oracle had missed its quarterly numbers for the first time in 10 years came as a bit of shock to investors. Whether or not continued world economic woes, especially in Europe, will affect...

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posted by John Myers   | December 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

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Birst Announces Optimized In-Memory Database Last week, Birst made a thought-provoking announcement regarding its analytical architecture.  Birst, a cloud-based agile analytics company, announced a self-developed, in-memory, columnar data store option for its offerings beginning in January 2012.  This in-memory, columnar database option provides Birst with another self-developed component for its cloud-based architecture. Optimized Components With...

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Despite a generally lackluster world economy, IBM is thriving. This year IBM celebrated the 100thanniversary of its founding and there is much for IBMers, their customers and stockholders to be happy about. Today, IBM is without a doubt the premier enterprise technology company in the world admired by millions and the envy of other technology...

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The advent of highly scalable hardware along with software solutions that can quickly process virtually any form of data regardless of its origin has far reaching ramifications for organizations looking to leverage a new class of Enterprise Content Management solutions to run their businesses more efficiently and innovatively. Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solutions have been...

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posted by Scott Crawford   | December 9, 2011 | 0 Comments

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Read the press release here. In security, the private equity firm is establishing an increasingly provocative portfolio of solutions. Some have a primary focus on security, such as SonicWALL and Entrust. Others, however, offer benefits in the optimization of IT beyond security. Some recent examples: Tripwire NetIQ LANdesk In these cases, security is either an...

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