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Dana Gardner

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Most enterprises, service providers and governments have ramped-up their use of virtualization over the past several years, with many impressive results. Those paybacks can only continue, however, if the overall service and support of these complex and dynamic environments keeps pace. ...
This case study interview focuses on how Germany’s largest travel agency has remade their PC landscape across 580 branch offices using virtual desktops. We’ll learn how Germany’s DER Deutsches Reisebüro redefined the desktop delivery vision and successfully implemented 2,300 Windows XP...
For Southwest Airlines, one of the best-run companies anywhere, with some 35 straight years of profitability, and how "IT as a service" has been transformative for them in terms of productivity. People want to be able to get on Southwest.com, make a reservation, log on to their Rapid ...
In an effort to provide clearer guidance for enterprise and security architects in aligning security and risk management with business goals and objectives, The Open Group and the SABSA Institute have released a new TOGAF SABSA Integration Whitepaper. “For too long, security and risk ...
Large businesses are using cloud commerce and automated sourcing and procurement to dramatically improve how they modernize and manage their buying processes. n doing so, we'll see how they improve cash management and gain an analytical edge to constantly improving these vital process...
Educators are using of desktop virtualization in innovative new ways to enable "bring your own device" (BYOD) benefits for faculty and students. This latest BriefingsDirect interview explores how one IT organization has made the leap to allowing young users to choose their own client d...
Learn about the latest trends buttressing the need for DCT and then how to do it well and safely. Specifically, we’ll delve into why it's important to fully understand the current state of an organization’s IT landscape and data center composition in order to then properly chart a stra...
This VMware case study interview focuses on the City of Fairfield, California, and how the IT organization there has leveraged virtualization and cloud-delivered applications to provide new levels of service in an increasingly efficient manner. First of all, it’s always been challengi...
We hear about the post-PC era, but rarely does anyone talk about the post-LAN or even the post-WAN era. Yet the major IT trends of the day - from mobile to cloud to app stores - are changing the expectations we all have from our blended networks. How are the campus networks of yesterd...
The popularity of mobile devices like smartphones and tablets has energized users on the one hand, but on the other hand it’s caused IT and business leaders to scramble to adjust to new models of applications delivery. That's why enterprise app stores are quickly creating productivity...
Our next VMworld case study interview takes the pulse of CharterCARE Health Partners, and examines how virtualized desktops and thin clients are helping with digital records management and healthcare industry compliance and privacy requirements. We learn how Rhode Island-based Charter...
In many ways, the mobile device explosion and the cloud computing ramp-up reinforce and support each other. Cloud services make mobile devices -- like smartphone and tablets -- more productive, while making users better connected to enterprise resources and work processes. On the othe...
What steps can businesses take to better manage mobile applications and develop their own versions of enterprise app stores? The skyrocketing popularity of mobile devices like smartphones and tablets has, on one hand, energized users, but on the other hand, it has caused IT and busine...
In an effort to combat increased security threats facing enterprises, HP today expanded its Enterprise Security Solutions portfolio with integrated solutions from such HP brands as ArcSight, Fortify and TippingPoint. The threats that enterprises face from security breaches are growing...
The Tampa Bay Rays' IT department has just started bringing more of their applications, data, and processes out to the mobile tier using virtualization and thin-client approaches to make the tablet super powerful for them. Back in 2007 when we first looked out at virtualization, we ha...
This case study shows how account executives for a financial services firm are integrating their sales and fulfillment efforts across Salesforce.com customer relationship management (CRM) resources, as well as a diverse set of expanding cloud and legacy services. The cloud helps make ...
Recent trends are driving savvy companies to improve how they manage their supplier and buying processes using dynamic discounting. We've seen a lot of growth in this area, particularly over the last three or four years with another wave of economic bad news coming up now. In 2008, wh...
The move to cloud is far more than an IT delivery model adjustment. It really presents a unique opportunity to get IT -- and the business of IT -- right at the highest levels. VMware Co-President Carl Eschenbach demonstrated that impact through testimonials on how cloud computing and ...
The definition of business architect has matured, and it's important for this new role to flourish in today's dynamic business and IT landscapes. We'll examine how the definition of business architect has matured, and we'll see why it’s so important for this new role to flourish in to...
This case study interview takes aim at ADP Dealer Services and details how they're benefiting from expanding use of desktop virtualization. We'll learn about how ADP Dealer Services is enjoying increased security, better management, and higher productivity benefits as they leverage des...
The City of Pittsburgh decided to embrace virtualization five years or so ago, and we did this in a development environment with VMware. The confidence was not there for the server virtualization, and we decided it's a good place to offer development to our internal engineers. From th...
Looking to drive another nail in the coffin of the desktop PC, VMware Inc. has announced several new products at VMworld to advance cloud computing and virtualization. A global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, VWware unveiled several new products and cloud-based serv...
This case study examines how NYSE built a cloud, which amounts to a Wall Street IT services destination, what it does, and how it’s different from other cloud offerings. When we hear about cloud, especially public clouds, we often encounter one-size-fits-all services. Advanced adapter...
HP is taking full advantage of the VMworld conference in Las Vegas this week to make a series of major announcements around its virtualization and cloud computing products. HP is tackling the problem with three different products within the HP VirtualSystem suite - HP Converged Storag...
In just two years, Revlon has benefited by nearly $70 million from savings due to cost avoidance and reductions. Today’s consensus is no longer around an "if" for cloud computing, but the "when" and what types of cloud models are best suited for any particular company. The present cha...
The adoption of technology now seems to be moving at the volition of the savvy consumer, not the IT director. The past several years have ushered in a changing set of expectations from users as they engage with technology and services as both consumers and workers. The sense is that t...
We examine here how certification for enterprise architects, business architects, and such industry initiatives as ArchiMate are proving instrumental as IT organizations seek to reinvent themselves.
This discussion focuses on a UK-based managed service provider’s journey to provide better information and services for its network, voice, VoIP, data, and storage customers. The network management and productivity benefits have come from an alignment of many service management product...
HP has announced the latest version on its Service Manager software in an attempt to drive out a large portion of help desk cost, 85 percent of which is estimated to be spent on personnel. Version 9.30 introduces several innovations aimed at ease of use for the help desk staff, the end...
This discussion examines the Open Automated Compliance Expert Markup Language (O-ACEML), a new standard creation and effort that helps enterprises automate security compliance across their systems in a consistent and cost-saving manner. O-ACEML helps to achieve compliance with applica...
How can all the players in a technology ecosystem gain assurances that the other participants are adhering to best practices and taking the proper precautions?
Major trends around cloud, mobile, and software as a service (SaaS) are dramatically changing the requirements and benefits of application integration. In many respects, the emphasis now on building hybrid business processes from a variety of far-flung sources forces a rethinking of i...
Deloitte-Australia's business has benefited from leveraging the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model for project and portfolio management (PPM) activities. The SaaS model made sense to us, because we had a strategic direction in our firm that any non-core application’s strategic intent ...
We explore how the full embrace of TOGAF, its principles, and methodologies are benefiting companies in their pursuit of improved innovation, responsiveness to markets, and operational governance. Is enterprise architecture (EA) joining other business transformation agents as a part o...
This enterprise case study discussion focuses on an award-winning applications migration and transformation -- and a grand-scale data center transition, too -- for T-Mobile. I was really impressed with the scope and size -- and the amount of time, in terms of being short -- for this aw...
This enterprise case study discussion focuses on how software as a service (SaaS) is impacting the application lifecycle through the experience of Cardinal Health. SaaS is a service offering, not just for testing and for development, but as a simple service offering, that allows us t...
The role and impact of integration has shifted, and a more comprehensive and managed approach to integration is required, thanks to such major trends as cloud, hybrid computing, and managing massive datasets.
This enterprise case study focuses on McKesson Corp., and how they're improving their operations and reducing their mean time to resolution. We'll also explore applications quality assurance, test, and development, and how they're progressing toward a modernization front on those effor...
Where is the golden mean, a proper context for real-world and likely cloud value? And, what are the roadblocks that enterprises may encounter that would prevent them from appreciating the true potential for cloud, while also avoiding the risks?
A case study on how Genworth Financial uses HP tools to improve application delivery, performance testing, and operational integrity. We're going to focus on Genworth Financial, and talk about a number of different products used to improve application delivery, performance testing, an...