Headlines these days are full of big, embarrassing corporate and government "gotchas."These complex snafus cost a ton of money, severely damage a company's reputation, and most importantly, can hurt or even kill people.From global auto recalls to bank failures to exploding oil rigs, and cyber crime that can uproot the private information from millions of users, the scale and damage that technology-accelerated glitches can inflict on businesses and individuals has probably never been higher. So what is at the root?Is it a technology-run-amok problem, or a complexity spinning out of control issue -- and why is it seemingly worse now?A new book is coming out this summer that explores the relationship between glitches and technology, specifically the role of software use and development in the era of cloud computing.It turns out the role and impact of governance over people, process, and technology comes up again and again in the new book.BriefingsDirect's latest podcast discussion then … [Read more...] about PODCAST A Perfect Storm of Costly – and Deadly – Business Glitches
Cloud computing and soa convergence in your enterprise
Such trends as cloud computing, service oriented architecture (SOA), social media, Software as a Service (SaaS), and virtualization are combining and overlapping to upset the client landscape. If more of what more users are doing with their clients involves services, then shouldn't the client be more services ready? Should we expect one client to do it all very well, or do we need to think more about specialized clients that might be configured on the fly?Today's clients are more tied to the past than the future, where one size fits all. Most clients consist of a handful of entrenched PC platforms, a handful of established Web browsers, and a handful of PC-like smartphones. But what has become popular on the server, virtualization, is taken to its full potential on these edge devices. New types of dynamic and task-specific client types might emerge. We'll take a look at what they might look like.Also, just as Windows 7 for Microsoft is quickly entering the global PC market, cloud … [Read more...] about PODCAST Time for Some Client-Side Disruption
Welcome to the latest BriefingsDirect Analyst Insights Edition, Vol. 35, a periodic discussion and dissection of software, services, SOA and compute cloud-related news and events with a panel of IT analysts.In this episode, our guests make their top five predictions for IT in 2009. We're going to look at what trends may have changed in 2008, but with an emphasis on the impacts for IT users, and buyers and sellers in the coming year.Please join noted IT industry analysts and experts Jim Kobielus, senior analyst at Forrester Research; Tony Baer, senior analyst at Ovum; Brad Shimmin, principal analyst at Current Analysis; Joe McKendrick, independent analyst and prolific blogger; Dave Linthicum, founder of Linthicum Group; Mike Meehan, senior analyst at Current Analysis, and JP Morgenthal, senior analyst at Burton Group. Our discussion is hosted and moderated by me, BriefingDirect's Dana Gardner.Listen to the full podcast (55:32 minutes).Here are some excerpts ...Gardner's Top Five … [Read more...] about PODCAST 7 Experts Paint Enterprise IT Landscape for 2009
Let's hone in on some predictions for IT industry growth and impact, now that the recession appears to have bottomed out. We're going to ask our distinguished panel of analysts and experts for their top predictions for IT growth through 2010 and beyond.To help us gaze into the IT trends crystal ball we are joined by our panel: Jim Kobielus, senior analyst at Forrester Research; Joe McKendrick, independent analyst and prolific blogger; Tony Baer, senior analyst at Ovum; Brad Shimmin, principal analyst at Current Analysis; Dave Linthicum, CEO of Blue Mountain Labs; Dave Lounsbury, vice president of collaboration services at The Open Group; Jason Bloomberg, managing partner at ZapThink, and JP Morgenthal, independent analyst and IT consultant. The discussion is moderator Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions.Listen to the podcast (57:00 minutes).Here are some excerpts:Brad Shimmin: Mine are geared toward collaboration and conferencing. The first and most obvious is that … [Read more...] about PODCAST Cloudgazing: What Does the Rebound Have in Store for IT?
New architectures for data and logic processing are ushering in a game-changing era of advanced analytics.These new approaches support massive data sets to produce powerful insights and analysis -- yet with unprecedented price-performance. As we enter 2010, enterprises are including more forms of diverse data into their business intelligence (BI) activities. They're also diversifying the types of analysis that they expect from these investments.At the same time, more kinds and sizes of companies and government agencies are seeking to deliver ever more data-driven analysis for their employees, partners, users, and citizens. It boils down to giving more communities of participants what they need to excel at whatever they're doing. By putting analytics into the hands of more decision makers, huge productivity wins across entire economies become far more likely.But such improvements won't happen if the data can't effectively reach the application's logic, if the systems can't handle the … [Read more...] about PODCAST How Smart Can Analytics Get?
This podcast discussion centers on how the role and impact of integration has shifted, and how a more comprehensive and managed approach to integration is required, thanks to such major trends as cloud, hybrid computing and managing massive datasets.Moreover, the tools that support enterprise integration need to be usable by more types of workers, those that are involved with business process activities and data analysis. The so-called democratization of IT effect is also rapidly progressing into this traditionally complex and isolated world of applications and data integration.So, how do enterprises face up to the generational shift of the function of integration to new and more empowered users, so that businesses can react and exploit more applications and data resources and do so in a managed and governed fashion? This is no small task.We're finding that modern, lightweight, and open source platforms that leverage modular architectures are a new and proven resource for the rapid and … [Read more...] about PODCAST Open Source and the Democratization of IT
How should IT leaders scale virtualized environments so that they can be managed for elasticity payoffs? What should be taking place in virtualized environments now to get them ready for cloud efficiencies and capabilities later?And how do service-oriented architecture (SOA), governance, and adaptive infrastructure approaches relate to this progression, or road map, from tactical virtualization to powerful and strategic cloud computing outcomes?Here to help hammer out a typical road map for how to move from virtualization-enabled server, storage, and network utilization benefits to the larger class of cloud computing agility and efficiency values, we are joined by two thought leaders from HP: Rebecca Lawson, director of worldwide cloud marketing, and Bob Meyer, the worldwide virtualization lead in HP's technology solutions group.Listen to the podcast (37:00 minutes).Here are some excerpts:Rebecca Lawson: We're seeing an acceleration of our customers to start to get their … [Read more...] about PODCAST From Virtualization to Cloud Computing: The Great Leap Forward
Dave Linthicum's new book, Cloud Computing and SOA Convergence in Your Enterprise: A Step-by-Step Guide, has just arrived and digs into the conflation of SOA and cloud computing.We're here with Dave, and just Dave this time, to dig into the conflation of SOA and cloud computing. Our discussion with Linthicum on his findings is moderated by me, Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions.Listen to the podcast (45:39 minutes).Here are some excerpts:Dave Linthicum: SOA is the way to do cloud. I saw early on that SOA, if you get beyond the hype that's been around for the last two years, is really an architectural pattern that predates the SOA buzzword, or the SOA TLA (three-letter acronym).It's really about breaking down your architecture into a primitive state of several components, including services and data and processes. Then it's figuring out how to assemble those in such a way that you can not only solve your existing problems, but use those components to resolve … [Read more...] about PODCAST Where SOA Meets the Cloud