Welcome!

Analysis and Insights for Software and Cloud Computing Strategists

Dana Gardner

Subscribe to Dana Gardner: eMailAlertsEmail Alerts
Get Dana Gardner via: homepageHomepage mobileMobile rssRSS facebookFacebook twitterTwitter linkedinLinkedIn


Latest Blogs from Dana Gardner
This BriefingsDirect innovator case study interview explores how a Texas healthcare provider has adopted cloud computing, and in doing so has both saved money and improved the quality of its many services. Creative Solutions in HealthCare is the largest independent owner and operator ...
A panel of users and experts unpacks the details from Barcelona, and explores the implications of the delivery of cloud-based HP Vertica OnDemand and HP IDOL OnDemand components within the HP Haven OnDemand suite.
HP and Hortonworks are integrating Hadoop into more of the HP Haven family to make it easier for developers and data scientists to access business intelligence and analytics as a service.
A BriefingsDirect discussion centers on learning new best practices for managing the rapidly changing needs around identity and access management. Any modern business has been dealing with identity and access management (IAM) from day one. But now, with more critical elements of busin...
Moscow-based OpenBank, one of the largest private financial services groups in Russia, has built out a business intelligence capability for wholly new business activity monitoring benefits. The next BriefingsDirect deep-dive big data benefits case study interview explores how Moscow-b...
Vichara Technologies in Hoboken, New Jersey is expanding its capabilities in big data from origins on Wall Street into other areas, and thereby demonstrating the growing marketplace for advanced big-data analytics services. The next BriefingsDirect deep-dive big data benefits case stu...
HP analyzes its own vast data warehouses to derive new insights for its global operations, extensive supply chain, sales organization, global marketing groups, and customers.
BriefingsDirect had an opportunity to uncover more about about such new, agile business services at the recent 2014 Ariba LIVE Conference in Las Vegas when we spoke to Erik Gershwind, President and CEO of MSC Industrial Supply in Melville, New York. MSC has been using the Ariba Networ...
It turns out that a real-time business-process approach to billing, ordering and settlement terms between buyers and sellers benefits both American Electric Power, one of the largest investor-owned electric utilities in the U.S., and its many vendors. BriefingsDirect had an opportunit...
On Wednesday, September 25, The Open Group will host a tweet jam looking at a multitude of emerging/converging technology trends and the risks they present to organizations who have already adopted or are looking to adopt them. Most of the technology concepts we’re talking about – Clou...
The open group has reached a significant milestone in its certification program for enterprise architects. Last Wednesday represented a significant milestone for The Open Group’s TOGAF 9 certification program. In case you hadn’t already seen it on our homepage, Twitter, or LinkedIn, t...
AT&T has developed the ability to provide virtual private clouds and other computing capabilities as integrated services at scale. To learn more about implementing cloud technology to deliver and commercialize an adaptive and reliable cloud services ecosystem, we sat down with Chris Co...
Rapid trends in collaboration and business networking are driving innovation and new social interactions, so BriefingsDirect invited a Harvard Kennedy School researcher and a chief strategist at business network provider Ariba to explore the ramifications. The opportunities for collab...
See how a common data architecture and fast SaaS delivery benefits combine to improve the efficiency, cost, and result of IT support of end users. Our examples are intelligent energy-management solutions provider Comverge and how it’s extended its use of Salesforce.com into a self-ser...
Using a range of performance, operations orchestration and Business Service Automation solutions from HP, services provider Savvis has improved its incident resolution and sped the delivery of new cloud services to its enterprise clients. Savvis is recognized as a global IT leader in ...
Virtualizing mission-critical applications formed a foundation for improved disaster recovery (DR) best practices. Pre-2009, we'd experimented with virtualization. It'd be one of those things that I had my teams working on, mostly so we could tell my boss that we were doing it, but th...
Virtualization provides an excellent on-ramp to improved data lifecycle benefits and efficiencies, and also forces a rethinking of the culture of data as a lifecycle. The benefits of server virtualization are clear for many more companies now as they reach higher percentages of worklo...
A fascinating global ocean studies initiative helps best define some of the IT superlatives around big data, cloud computing, and middleware integration capabilities.
The conversation examines how AccelOps has developed technology that correlates events with relevant data across IT systems, so that operators can gain much better insights faster, and then learn as they go to better predict future problems before they emerge. That's because advances i...
The information architect’s role is essentially is to harmonize all manner of information and make sure it's properly managed and accessible to the people who are authorized to see it. Why is it still difficult for businesses to get the information they want in the way they can use? W...
We now know that HP is basing its future of the business of supporting businesses, and in working to dominate the next growth areas: Information use and management. We knew that HP was in acquisition mode for enterprise software, and it seems the $10 billion apple in HP's eye is UK-ba...
Rather than focusing on the internal process efficiency and effectiveness within the four walls of a company, CIOs are starting to realize that the next wave of productivity will be outside their four walls, what some refer to as inter-enterprise collaboration. A number of major trend...
Stratos provides the same capabilities to organizations that want the benefits of a PaaS running on their own premises. It builds on and extends WSO2's Carbon enterprise middleware platform by taking the Carbon code and adding cloud functionality for self-service provisioning, multi-te...
MuleSoft proposes nothing short of an iPaaS service that spans software as a service (SaaS) to legacy, SaaS to SaaS, and cloud to cloud integration. In other words, all of the above, when it comes to integrations outside of the enterprise. Enterprise application integration (EAI) as a...
Applying BI best practices, using pre-built data models, and developing ongoing reference metrics on business processes to the IT systems that increasingly reflect the business operations themselves portends great productivity and agility benefits. Some 20 years into enterprise resour...
Why did Citrix at its Citrix Synergy event move the needle forward on cloud maturity? They showed how an end-to-end, hybrid cloud model can readily work, one that addresses the network, user, enterprise, SaaS applications, and public cloud providers. A slew of announcements from Citri...
To manage your network today, you really need to understand how your network is constructed from the bottom up, how it ties together, how it changes over time, and how it self-organizes. You need to build that kind of intelligence into your root-cause analysis. The IT news headlines a...
More than half -- 56 percent -- of respondents believe that more than half of software purchases made in the next five years will be open source. Once viewed in some quarters as a fringe movement and unreliable, open-source software is now a dominant force in the IT industry. It has b...
The Community Edition lowers the cost barrier to entry for big data power tools for more developers, data scientists, and other data professionals. EMC recently introduced a free Community Edition of the EMC Greenplum Database, its massively parallel processing (MPP) database, along w...
Everyone in the IT industry knows by now that cloud computing is exploding. Gartner said cloud computing was its number-one area of inquiry in 2010, and hype for the popular computing movement peaked last summer according to its 2010 Hype Cycle for Cloud Computing. Regardless of what ...
It's hard to plan any strategy for business and the IT forces that drive it, if the continuity of those services is suspect. Social media and the accelerating uses of mobile devices and networks are only adding more questions to the daunting issues around privacy and access. And, the W...
While the iPhone and iPad are still the leaders of the pack, Android smartphones and tablets are gaining large amounts of developer interest. It's a post-PC world, and mobile development is the name of the game. According to a report from Appcelerator and IDC, businesses and developer...
Now, we see a lot of internal process issues that are much, much better. We have a lot more electronic invoicing. We had virtually no electronic invoicing before. Even in cases when a supplier could give us an electronic invoice, we didn’t have any sort of pre-approval going on.
ECS-Compute is an HP-hosted compute fabric that's governed via policies for service, performance, security, and privacy requirements. The fabric is available next month via bursting with elasticity provisioning that rapidly adjusts infrastructure capacity, as enterprise demands shift a...
IT organizations should look for tools that can address the various cloud usage scenarios without demanding excessive investments in management infrastructure or staff support. Platform Computing on Tuesday released Platform ISF 2.1, which improves ease of use and automation for build...
You want your PaaS to be a one-stop-shop for business service production and that means from the very beginning to the very end. You have to tenant and support your customers all along the way. So it really takes the vertical stack, which is the way we currently think about cloud in te...
With the various workflows in the past, there used to be a real disparate way of looking at how software is being developed. But with ALM 11, they're starting to bring that together. Now, this customer case-study from the conference focuses on McKesson and how their business has benef...
We're probably past early adopter and more into mainstream. I anticipate it will continue to grow and gain momentum. We are seeing a lot of interest in the market today for SaaS and cloud. I think it’s an extension of what we've seen over the last decade, of companies looking at ways ...
Vodafone decided in 2006 to go for a global IT project and centralization in terms of PC client automation. It came down to us to evaluate the current solutions in all these countries and then come up with the best solution for the new global environment. This customer case-study focu...
We look at WAN governance as really a piece of ISO standard for IT governance, which is an official ISO standard. Ipanema strongly believes the WAN governance is really a standard too that should be put on the books.