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Windows XP is living on borrowed time: Microsoft officially ended extended support for it on 8 April 2014. It was inevitable, but now many companies and organizations across the world face the unenviable task of removing XP from their organizations without disrupting regular business a...
We know that losing packets is not a good thing; retransmissions cause delays. We also know that TCP ensures reliable data delivery, masking the impact of packet loss. So why are some applications seemingly unaffected by the same packet loss rate that seems to cripple others? From a pe...
When we think of application performance problems that are network-related, we often immediately think of bandwidth and congestion as likely culprits; faster speeds and less traffic will solve everything, right? This is reminiscent of recent ISP wars; which is better, DSL or cable mode...
How often have you heard someone say ‘We’re moving to the cloud’ or ‘It’s all in the cloud now’? Going to the cloud has become part of the vernacular in everyday conversation. The cloud is the place to go, the place to be. If you haven’t gone to the cloud you are being left behind. The...
Our discussion comes to you from The Open Group Conference held on May 13, 2014 in Amsterdam, where the focus was on enabling boundaryless information flow. To learn more about making Open Platform 3.0 a business benefit in an architected fashion, please join moderator Stuart Boardm...
This article explores how to detect fraud among online banking customers in real-time by running an ensemble of statistical and machine learning algorithms on a dataset of customer transactions and demographic data. The algorithms, namely Logistic Regression, Self-Organizing Maps and S...
A converged infrastructure should incorporate a release certification matrix that validates all of the patches, maintenance and upgrades of all of the product’s components throughout its lifecycle. Many public sector organisations are not changing their ICT legacy systems. As a result...
Considering most organisations have still not fully virtualized or moved towards a true Private Cloud model, SDDC is still in its infancy in terms of mainstream adoption and certainly won't be an overnight process. While typical early adopters are advancing quickly down the software-de...
In order to create the combination between top-down (waterfall like approaches)and local problem-decisions (Agile project approach) here are practical guidelines to pursue Three practical complex decision-problems guidelines: Simple local rules Strategic top down rules Visual probl...
While on-premise deployments are still the default for many enterprise applications today, most everyone agrees that SaaS and Cloud are the future. The question from the CXO is no longer, “Should we consider putting this application in the cloud?” It is, “Why wouldn’t we deploy this in...
Knowledge creation is a major source of value creation. And great companies –and their employees – know that continuous learning is a key to generating knowledge, and thus value. The agile mindset, particularly in development, is gaining popularity, with credit to a suite of powerful i...
It used to be that only application developers knew what APIs were, but things have changed to the point where there are entire conferences dedicated to APIs, websites track them, and people can make a living from doing API reviews. CEOs tout their own APIs in keynote speeches, and CMO...
Lately we have seen a lot of articles discussing how easy Disaster Recovery in the cloud is but very few of those put the emphasis on talking about the basics of Disaster Recovery and educating customers on why they should be thinking about it. There are six myths that needs to be addr...
A global asset management company needed to accelerate testing for parallel and Agile development. Learn how service virtualization and API test automation resulted in a 20X reduction in testing time. Ignis Asset Management is a global asset management company, headquartered in London...
I just read through “The New Kingmakers,” a thought-provoking book by Stephen O'Grady of the small, but influential, analyst firm Redmonk. The thesis of the book is straightforward: technology changes have moved developers, previously of little importance within the world of IT, to a c...
It is said that 95% of all supercomputers run Linux, so why do they still not get an invitation to the party? If you look at any cloud storage review, you will quickly notice that Linux users are often times left as an afterthought. So what do cloud storage providers have to offer Linu...
Static data structures have been at the heart of data processing tools since the dawn of computing, but they have always limited the flexibility of the organization leveraging the data. Recently, the rise of flexible formats like JSON have led to schemaless data as an attempt to increa...
A recent global survey commissioned by CA Technologies and conducted by Vanson Bourne illustrates how radically the role of IT is changing in today’s business -- and not always to the benefit of IT leaders and staffers. The survey of 1,300 senior IT leaders from large organizations in ...
The cloud wars battle rages on. Gartner predicts that one in four cloud providers will be gone by 2015, making this a very high stakes battle for all concerned. The 800lb gorillas, AWS, IBM, Google, Microsoft, et al. continue their efforts for dominance. The latest salvo has been a pri...
Risk-conscious enterprises across the globe have been reluctant to embrace the public cloud model. For many, compliance requirements are the source of the reluctance. For others, concerns about ceding control of their data to a cloud service provider, without the cloud service provider...
5G Networks are being discussed and better defined by key industry manufacturers and network carriers so they can be deployed in the 2020 time period. They will represent a giant leap in capacity, baseline speeds and overall capabilities. They have to. Consumers are turning to Smart...
In many companies, the business leadership team, the application team and the infrastructure team are all different entities. And while they are all very dependent on each other in many ways, often organizational goals and alignment can be very different for each team. For example, bu...
Achieving DevOps success requires coordination across different IT department workflows, and poses a challenge for many organizations. Success ultimately depends on an IT organization’s ability to integrate technologies and processes at key points along individual departmental life cyc...
Last month, the Information Security Forum released their annual prediction of the top 10 information security threats they foresee for the next two years – through 2016. While I found the entire list insightful, half of the list resonated strongly with me as someone who is working wit...
Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service are technologies that are fast becoming integrated, and this is good news for enterprises looking to implement private, public or hybrid clouds. The availability of resources on-demand through companies like Amazon and Google has ...
Ariba’s product and services roadmap is rapidly evolving, including gaining more analytics capabilities. BriefingsDirect had an opportunity to learn first-hand how at the recent 2014 Ariba LIVE Conference in Las Vegas. To learn more about the recent news at Ariba LIVE -- and also what...
David Rubinstein's post "Industry Watch: Be resilient as you PaaS" makes a very good point about underutilized hardware in IT data-centers. Millions of enterprise workloads remain in data centers, where servers are 30% to 40% underutilized, and that's if they're virtualized. If not, t...
A look into ITIL's Continual Service Improvement (CSI) model and the Application Performance Management (APM) framework indicates they are both focused on improvement. If you’re thinking about how to build a sustainable APM solution and how it can be anchored into the IT culture, cons...
Learn how MedicAlert automated the functional, security, and performance testing for new APIs – enabling them to become an increasingly agile and valued provider of new healthcare information services. MedicAlert pioneered the use of medical ID products and delivers the most dependabl...
As Eric Reis, pioneer of the lean startup movement notes, a software startup’s ability to succeed depends solely on how quickly and inexpensively they can try new features. The challenge is if you are a typical startup, you are your ops team and development resources are the biggest de...
Every company worries about competition. When I ran a large enterprise solutions organization, I took steps every day to ensure we were outpacing the competition. Frequently this involved making “build” vs “buy” decisions for the various product parts or services we needed to drive our...
In the last year, conversations about In-Memory Computing (IMC) have become more and more prevalent in enterprise IT circles, especially with organizations feeling the pressure to process massive quantities of data at the speed that is now being demanded by the Internet. The hype aroun...
In my previous blog I contrasted the latest net neutrality developments in the EU with the situation in the U.S. Neither decision will settle the argument and the two camps will continue to debate the topic for the foreseeable future. On both sides of the argument and the ocean, believ...
While Big Data and the cloud are often thought of as going hand in hand, some enterprises still hesitate to place large amounts of proprietary data online. Enterprises decide to keep their large data sets stored locally for a variety of reasons including the possibility of security bre...
The world of enterprise applications, such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM) and billing, can seem boring to people who are more interested in what is going on at Amazon, Facebook, Google and Twitter, or the latest iPhone or Android applicati...
An interesting article came out recently, “Why Continuous Deployment may mean Continuous Disappointment for your Customers.” It correctly identifies the human need for a shiny, new thing every so often. And it argues that the practice of continuous deployment could lead to disenchantme...
New research commissioned by CA Technologies and conducted by Vanson Bourne shows the role of IT is changing -- and not to benefit IT leaders in many cases. The survey of 1,300 senior IT leaders worldwide revealed 39% of respondents now see IT as a service broker or consultant to the l...
A recent post by John Wilmes on the TM Forum website caught my eye for drawing a parallel between the Uber car service business model and the telecom service provider business model as network functions virtualization (NFV) becomes a reality. Wilmes uses this metaphor to remind us of t...
To some in the industry and media, cloud based services are the greatest thing since the dawn of trading in stock in the coffee shops of London back in the 1600s. However, just like those early trades, the cloud does have its issues. Yes, it can help a business to grow, and help with t...
For an example of just how dramatically storage has changed over the past fifteen years, consider your music collection. At one point, you had a collection of cassettes that stored the song files on tape. As the years went on, your hairstyle changed and you bought a CD player that used...