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The hype surrounding in-memory BI has caused BI consultants, analysts and even vendors to spew out endless articles, blog posts and white papers on the subject. However, the concept of in-memory business intelligence is not new. So why all the hype now, what are the pros and cons of di...
More and more knowledge is required to make sense of it all and seeking knowledge is a must in order for you to improve your skills to reach new goals and new horizons. How to widen internet borders? Nowadays, everyday reality dictates its own rules and demands in the way we operate a...
Last week I had the opportunity to have a hallway conversation with a CTO of a large software company about how the interactions between development and operations teams are changing. I asked his opinion on measuring the benefit of that collaboration. He noted while they did not have...
Fostering application collaboration between development and operations should be a cornerstone any business agility strategy. The amount of rework developers have to do to fix deployment rollbacks and application performance problems determines the upper limit on business agility. Th...
Monitoring applications is an important aspect of IT industry. Huge investments are made in setting and maintaining the IT infrastructure be it cloud or physical. To ensure maximum performance across your business, problems have to be identified and resolved before they affect the user...
Back in my younger days, I could run a sub seven-minute mile. When I heard about somebody running a five-minute mile, I thought “now that’s really fast.” Today, the world record for the mile run is 3:43:13, set in 1999 by Hicham El Guerrouj from Morocco. In the ’80s, IT projects f...
Not only in dancing must we be on our toes at all times. Believe it or not, working in IT requires some fancy footwork. IT managers face new challenges every day – this is no secret. Ten years ago there were no smartphones to keep track of, very few employees telecommuted and mostly ev...
The learning that has occurred in the Western markets have produced a body of knowledge in TOGAF that can accelerate for other companies the way they adopt and improve their ability to deliver on strategy, planning, and execution. We've assembled a panel to examine the key market tren...
The economy’s grip on IT budgets, and the fast changing sourcing models like cloud computing, are pointing to a reckoning for EA -- of now defining a vast new promise for IT business alignment improvement or, conversely, a potentially costly lost opportunity. The need for EA seems t...
There are a lot of things people do in the course of a work day that can only ever be done by a human. Human tasks often seem too complicated to automate in a piece of software. As a result, businesses are forced to run inefficiently when compared with, for example, an assembly line. ...
Getting any large enterprise to change any of their processes (even their IT ones) is not for the faint-of-heart. Most enterprises are using some version of ITIL processes for managing and auditing their infrastructure and applications. This means that enterprises would have to change...
How Generation Y will continue in their online sharing ways. In a survey about the future impact of the Internet, a solid majority of technology experts and stakeholders said the Millennial generation will lead society into a new world of personal disclosure and information‐sharing us...
The economic volatility of the past few years has undoubtedly transformed the scope of technology for business, creating enormous pressure for CIOs globally. While market giants in the US and Europe struggle to weather the storm, Australia is in an enviable position, with forecasted gr...
As a Web application development company, we frequently encounter people seeking to produce software to address a specific need. In some cases, those needs are relatively common and in others they are unique. In all cases, the stated goal of the customized software is to automate proc...
Our next customer case study focuses on Delta Air Lines and the use of quality assurance tools for requirements management as well as mapping the test cases and moving into full production quickly. Generally, the airline industry, along with the lot of other industries I'm sure, is ...
What is an event? Generally speaking, an event is an occurrence that brings about significant change in the state of an object from a certain point of view. For example, the “sunrise” is an event that is defined from the perspective of an earthling. Yet from the perspective of an alien...
Today's headlines point to more sophisticated and large-scale and malicious online activities. For some folks, therefore, the consensus seems to be that the cloud computing model and vision are not up to the task when it comes to security. But at the RSA Conference earlier this year, a...
The database has changed. Or at the very least it is changing, possibly quite rapidly. One of the major influences driving this change is the In-memory DBMS (IMDB). Some argue that the IMDB has emerged specifically to meet the needs of embedded systems and as is evidenced by the very n...
The necessary condition of a company successful operation is a good state of computer assets. That is why all the company’s software and hardware should be inventoried on a regular basis. A system administrator has to audit the operation of computer hardware, check whether all the comp...
The program should collect the inbound and outbound network traffic data on computers. With such a program you can easily find out which computer in your network uses up the available bandwidth. What other benefits will we get when we use a bandwidth monitoring program? We can identify...
This article will discuss what Enterprise Architecture is, why you need it and how you can achieve it. The term Enterprise Architecture (EA) can mean different things to different people. For the confines of this article, we will use a definition from Paul Weill, Director of MIT Center...
Our latest BriefingsDirect interview is with an executive from HP to look at proper planning and execution for massive application-consolidation projects, specifically by examining an HP project itself. By unpacking this multi-year application consolidation project across global suppl...
Once we understand what a good piece of business software needs to be able to do, we have to assemble the right team to do it. In the world of software development, there are many points where your project can fail, and this is one of the big ones. I have witnessed differences in dev...
If you scan the Internet looking for possible benefits of Enterprise 2.0, what you will find can broadly be classified as increasing collective enterprise intelligence, better collaboration among distributed workforce, more effective knowledge management, and building enterprise reputa...
For organizations who don't take a complex systems approach to SOA, the risks are enormous. As traditional systems scale, they become less agile. Ask any architect who's attempted to hardwire several disparate pieces of middleware together in a large enterprise -- yes, maybe you can ge...
Troubleshooting of performance problems is very often - if not almost always - viewed as a reactive activity. Frankly, I have often seen it done in such a reactive fashion as a firefight; however, effective troubleshooting should build upon a solid diagnostic process. If you handle tro...
It sounds much more grand and lofty than it really is. To put it in layman’s terms, or at least take it out of marketing terms, aligning IT with the business is really nothing more than justifying or tying a particular IT investment or project to a specific business goal. What that mea...
For several years now, ZapThink has spoken about SOA Governance "in the narrow" vs. SOA governance "in the broad." SOA governance in the narrow refers to governance of the SOA initiative, and focuses primarily on the Service lifecycle. When vendors try to sell you SOA governance gear, ...
The more relevant and useful content that enters into BI tools, the more powerful the BI outcomes -- especially as we look outside the enterprise for fast shifting trends and business opportunities. That's what web data services can bring. As the recession forces the need to identify a...
On yet another application review with a prospective client the issue of potentially troublesome data entity relationships came up. A number of our clients are existing QuickBase users who have made an initial attempt to design their applications and find that some assistance is neede...
One strong way to be on top of change is by employing IT portfolio management techniques, products, and processes. As IT budgets react to such change, leaders need to better understand how to manage such change holistically, and not have change manage them (or worse).
One of my favorite examinations of the role of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) is Tom Berray’s”Roles of the CTO: Four Models for Success. ” If you are an enterprise CTO or any technologist looking for career context I strongly recommend it to you for its situation...
How do you establish agile enterprise architecture? How can you rapidly develop and deploy applications to satisfy or even lead the market demand? Many enterprises are constructing and reorganizing the architecture using the concept of service-oriented architecture (SOA). However, we m...
Aster is seeking to level the playing field on the data warehousing entry front, and that message should resonate well with companies that need an entry-level solution that doesn’t compromise on power. Aster – and it won’t be alone -- clearly sees a sweet spot with companies that are v...
Cassatt, which plays to the corporate fear of entrusting enterprise applications to external service providers, has updated its Active Response software. The stuff helps companies automate and transform existing data center resources into cloud-style computing environments using the he...
The word “offshoring” and its sibling “outsourcing” can provoke instant, righteous anger among some people, while being touted as a one-size-fits-all panacea by others. The recent decade or so of outsourcing and offshoring—particularly to India within the IT business—has generated copi...
Organizations often pursue strategies for enterprise data management (EDM) and service-oriented architecture (SOA) as separate programs and initiatives. However, there are important overlapping and interdependent components, processes, and quality checkpoints in which coordination is n...
From today's integrated J2EE applications through the emergence of service-oriented architectures (SOA), enterprise Web applications are becoming more complex, dynamic, and vital to business success. The payoff is huge, but so are the new risks that have materialized. IT teams have an ...
For most companies, employing the latest technology is vital to staying competitive. For some companies in fact, service orientation is a key pillar of business success. As the chief architect of a Fortune 100 company, my SOA challenges aren't small. A little more than a year into our ...
Focusing your service-oriented architecture (SOA) performance management efforts on the application testing stage or attempting to manage production SOA applications solely with traditional point solutions and network management tools is a recipe for disaster, putting your customer's s...