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A data dichotomy has changed the face of information management, bringing with it huge new data challenges for businesses to solve. The dichotomy means that organizations, both large and small, not only need to manage all of their internal data to provide intelligence about their busi...
Boston-based startup nCrypted Cloud recently launched software of the same name designed to address the security and privacy concerns that have emerged with the use of popular cloud-based storage services. Available in consumer basic, consumer pro, and enterprise editions, nCrypted ...
The Open Group’s first conference in Australia will focus on enterprise transformation. Speakers and a variety of sessions will place the transformation in the context of such vertical industries as finance, defense, exploration, mining, and minerals. As a prelude to the event, Briefi...
Associated Surgeons and Physicians, LLC in Indiana went from zero to 100 percent virtualized infrastructure and as a result, met many compliance and efficiency goals. In part one of a two-part interview series, we discuss how a mid-market health services provider rapidly adopted serve...
ownCloud allows organizations to integrate existing security, storage, monitoring and reporting tools with simplicity and flexibility. OwnCloud, Inc. recently released the latest version of the ownCloud Community Edition with a number of usability, performance, and integration enhance...
Achmea Holding, one of the largest providers of financial services and insurance in the Netherlands, has made large strides in running their IT operations like an efficient business itself by rearchitecting its IT operations based on clear metrics. Gardner: Why is running IT more like...
Having delivered many talks on business architecture over the years, I’m often struck by the common vision driving many members in the audience – a vision of building cohesion in a business, achieving the right balance between competing forces and bringing the business strategy and ope...
New cloud-collaboration tools from Avaya ease the way for enterprises to deal with the growing trend toward Bring You Own Device. The adoption of UC and CC as a service (UCaaS and CCaaS) brings utility-based pricing to cloud-service providers (CSPs) so they can offer varied and flexib...
BMC Software this week launched MyIT, an enterprise IT help desk solution that empowers employees to take more personal control over their IT services and to get the right type of help they need -- anytime, anywhere, from any device. Frustration with company IT departments is a widely...
Agile software development is increasingly enabling developers to better create applications that meet user needs quickly, and the advent of increased mobile apps development is further accelerating its power. As IT aligns itself with business goals, Agile software development is incr...
Big players are now involved in open source and cloud services orchestration and they're placing increasingly large bets. Combine the supercharged cloud computing marketplace with the ubergeek cred of the open source movement, and you’re bound to have some Mentos-in-Diet-Coke moments....
Simultaneous and complex trends, such as big data, cloud computing, security, and overall IT transformation, can be helped by the combined strengths of The Open Group Architecture Framework and the ArchiMate modeling language. There is less of a focus on the traditional things we come...
Large enterprises should not just wade into big data as an isolated function, but should anticipate the strategic effects and impacts of big data -- as well the simultaneous complicating factors of cloud computing and mobile -- as soon as possible. When we collect data, we have some s...
NetIQ today announced new appliances that help enable businesses and other organizations to simply and securely access the power of two mega trends -- cloud and social media.
A panel of experts explores how large enterprises are delivering better risk assessments and risk analysis, and how big data can be both an area to protect, but also a tool for understanding and mitigating risks. The information security industry has struggled with getting the attenti...
The implementation of EA means that an organization adopts processes for the development and governance of EA artifacts and deliverables. The discipline of enterprise architecture (EA) was developed in the 1980s with a strong focus on the information systems landscape of organizations...
Ford Motor Company has scoured the metrics from the company’s best processes across myriad manufacturing efforts and through detailed outputs from in-use automobiles -- all to improve and help transform their business. What's different now in being able to get at this data and do this...
Startup Convercent builds tools to fill void in GRC market by implementing and measuring compliance to corporate values and culture. GRC has traditionally provided companies with tools to help customers meet government and industry regulations, enforce corporate policies and better de...
IT professional have a poor track record when it comes to defining and assessing risk. One of the most important responsibilities of the information security professional (or any IT professional, for that matter) is to help management make well-informed decisions. Unfortunately, this ...
Significant business benefits often follow when BYOD-adopter companies empower their employees with their preferred devices and work habits. What's more, the rapidly improved productivity and enhanced collaboration among employees -- as well as greater communication and better service...
Jitterbit's integration solution is designed to be the glue between on-premise, cloud, mobile and social data and applications. Jitterbit focuses on simple yet powerful integration technologies that can be quickly and easily deployed to create integrated processes and data views. We'v...
A major telecommunications provider is tackling security, managing the details and the strategy simultaneously, and extending that value onto their many types of customers. We definitely are at the time and place where attacks against organizations have changed. It used to be that you...
Government ruling paves the way for software vendors to sell to US government agencies, even if some of their code is written in non-designated countries. Open-source provider Talend has received a favorable advisory ruling from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency conc...
Many organizations say they rely on real-time processing of big data to fuel their business, and many of them say they are thinking about taking their big data to the cloud. It's no surprise that most enterprises are now taking big data more seriously. But what might raise an eyebrow ...
AIG International Group is among IT leaders who are improving performance of their services to deliver better experiences and payoffs for businesses and end-users alike. Many organizations are now focusing more on the user experience and the business benefits and less on pure technolo...
Embarcadero on Monday made generally available C++Builder XE3, which allows a common development effort to natively target Windows 8, Mac OS X and Intel clients. The modern class of C and C++ tools are workhorses of PC applications development. And Objective-C tools have proven the r...
Message Bus has a simple goal: help customers keep their legitimate email messages out of recipients' spam folders. Message Bus has a pedigreed CEO, an impressive list of customers and partners, and technology that makes its cloud-based service highly scalable and resilient, yet the y...
Lake Health's Information Security Officer has been expanding the breadth and depth of risk management there to a more holistic level -- far more than just a series of security products. Many people are practicing IT security and they're employing products and technologies. They're pu...
Backup of enterprise information and associated data protection are fragmented, complex, and inefficient. But new approaches are helping to simplify the data-protection process, keep costs in check, and improve recovery speed and confidence. If you look back 20 years ago, we had heter...
HP has broadened its BSM solutions to deliver better end-to-end visibility into IT applications and services by exploiting powerful, real-time and historical analytics. As organizations have adopted virtualization and cloud technologies, the complexity to effectively monitor trouble ...
A new survey about cloud computing explores the business growth opportunities for buyers and consumers of cloud services alike, with surprising findings about confidence and a high degree of ongoing experimentation. The multi-year annual survey on the cloud market provides a springboa...
Idera sets its sights on addressing server sprawl by allowing enterprises to back up all their servers, easily and economically. Idera wants to make it practical to back up every server on the planet. With the release of its Server Backup 5.0 and new pricing structure, the company bel...
A cloud-of-clouds approach is providing new types of IT services to Thomas Duryea’s many Asia-Pacific region customers. Why cloud services for your consulting and business customers now? Have they been asking for it Certainly, the customers are the big driver while we are moving into...
Quest Software has begun supporting BYOD -- even with the full blessing of IT, and this has had benefits far beyond just the users’ sense of empowerment. The growing acceptance of bring your own device (BYOD) at enterprises comes with promise and perils. We'll see how this has had be...
Liberty Mutual Insurance is building security deeply into its overall business practices, not just viewing it as an IT add-on. This has led to higher enterprise resiliency and responsiveness to risk. We'll see how the requirements of compliance and regulatory governance are aligning w...
Businesses must exploit open collaboration advances in procurement and finance to produce new types of productivity benefits, say an industry analyst and Ariba executive. And the benefits of improved data integration and the process efficiencies of cloud computing are additionally hel...
Heartland Payment Systems moved rapidly from a security breach to an overall improved security stance largely thanks to embedding a security-as-culture position across their operations and into their business strategy. Right now, we’re number six in the US, and with consolidation and ...
There's been a resurgent role for service-oriented architecture as a practical and relevant ingredient for effective design and use of cloud, mobile, and big-data technologies. What I see driving it is three things. One is the advent of the cloud and mobile, which requires a lot of cr...
Revlon's comprehensive cloud has matured, and the benefits from aggressively embracing the cloud have evolved into positive consequences for their data architecture. When you think of Revlon, we're global and we have a huge application portfolio. As we put everything on our cloud and...
BancVue creates the services that empower its customers to beat the giants in their field by better leveraging agile IT. The first thing we wanted to do was to abstract the applications and the operating system from the hardware so that a hardware failure wouldn’t bring down our syste...