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We just got word that HP, Intel, and Yahoo will be announcing a joint research initiative tomorrow morning. We don’t have any details at the moment, but we’re guessing it will probably have to do with large-scale processing. Leave your own speculation in the comments - the first person with the right guess [...] ... (more)

So you have a SOA Management dashboard. How do you drive it?

Lately we've done a lot of research and publishing on how Dev & QA teams can ensure better quality throughout the software development and release lifecycle. But what about the IT Operations guys? It seems we are encountering a disconnect between the Enterprise Architecture and Integration disciplines that are moving to SOA, and the people who need to monitor and maintain these systems in deployment. There are a lot of companies starting to focus on better SOA Governance, which includes the management of business processes and workflows, and the services and applications behind that. Great stuff happening on that side of the IT shop. However, often the actual running applications are still in the purview of IT Operations teams. Don't get me wrong, it is a great thing that we have a team that is manning Mission Control -- hopefully providing an impartial report and m... (more)

Enterprise Mashups without Governance = 10 to Life

Darryl Taft at eWeek just published a good recap of the opening panel discussion from this week’s Webservices/SOA on Wallstreet Conference, ‘Enterprise Mashups For Wall Street – Leveraging SOA and Web 2.0’. I was also at the show and had a chance to listen to the panel discussion live. The best part of the discussion was when the conversation went down the path of Innovation versus Governance. During this thread, an interesting statement was made by Rene Bonvanie, SVP of Marketing at Serena. Darryl wrote that Rene said; 'governance should take a back seat to innovation’. Boy, was this the wrong thing to say to a financial audience where governance is #1 on IT’s priority list! We all know if you don’t enforce governance in the financial services sector, you and your office mates may spend some some time in prison. Just ask the folks at Societe Generale about their US... (more)

When Mashing Your Enterprise, It Pays To Have a Lot of Friends

It has been almost a year since IBM’s Mashup Eco-System Summit and we noted at the time that there was some confusion among the attendees as to what truly defined an enterprise mashup. Since then we’ve defined the 5Cs of Enterprise Mashups and, more recently, outlined practical examples like the 7 Mashups Every Company Needs. But there’s one thing we’ve always been certain about: no single vendor can address the entire enterprise mashup problem alone. It is critical to catalyze mashups in the enterprise with an ecosystem that surrounds those mashups, making them easier and more secure. So I’m happy to write that today JackBe announced our Presto Mashup Ready (PMR) program, an ecosystem of partners that provide real value-adding integrations and services to the enterprise mashup consumer. We took a rigorous and systematic look at the actors that can influence the succe... (more)

EMC's future: The Higgs particle's dilemma

The particle physics: Evolution, aspergerism and massless massness Greatest things in life come and go and all you have left is memories. The LHC's attempt to look for the Higgs particle, often also called the God particle by some who are a too much into the "discovery of evolution thing", sometimes makes me wonder: We all have that in us. There is space and anti-space and then there is the air that breathes it. VMware is exactly such a software company. The firm has solid faith and tremendous following. The employees breathe and live the Higgs field. This field was created by the folks who brought this company to where it is today. VMware had better lived in some distant universe, untouched by folks that kept bugging their passion and telling them to say things the way it should have been told. They did a great jo at it but they also got fooled into it. The truth of th... (more)

Transitive’s magic - Solaris/SPARC Apps and Hyper-V

In the past, I posted about one of the important requirements of the next generation datacenter (NGDC), the ability to consolidate diverse applications on a unified hardware platform. Both IBM (see What would a next generation datacenter look like?) and HP (see HP and the next generation data center) and have annoujnced systems clearly designed [...] ... (more)

Oracle buys BEA - Nice time to get a check-up

The biggest news in software may have already hit this year, but it's not like we didn't hear it coming for the past few months. Oracle finally makes good on its intent to buy BEA at $8.5B: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120048691486294361.html To us, this is good news -- like when SoftwareAG and webMethods merged - it combines a strong integration firm with a global presence, with a technology leader in the SOA space. It's also a good move for Larry. Aside from increasing their customer base, it really moves Oracle more into the SOA mainstream - almost every customer we know has some Oracle apps, databases and integration inside their enterprise, but adding some leading AquaLogic ESB and Governance aspects of BEA will make a huge difference in advancing Oracle FUSION as an SOA platform. Oracle getting JRockit from BEA also bodes well for performance, as now they... (more)

Progress buys Mindreef: More SOA vendor consolidation?

If you are tracking the SOA vendors, you probably recently heard about Progress Software buying Mindreef (right after picking up IONA the day before as well). So let's take a minute to talk about iTKO's own view of the rapid moves and what it means for the market for software companies like us who are committed to making SOA a reality.   Clear message: SOAP testing isn't SOA testing In one sense this represents consolidation, true, but in another sense, this proves that focusing on testing a single technology, such as web services doesn't provide enough coverage for the kinds of heterogeneous technologies that are inherent in today's SOA architectures, at least not enough for a company to survive on WSDL/SOAP testing alone. Mindreef was early to the market with web services testing, but over the past 5 years, we've seen that for every major enterprise, you also need... (more)

What Are HP, Intel, and Yahoo Announcing Tomorrow?

We just got word that HP, Intel, and Yahoo will be announcing a joint research initiative tomorrow morning. We don’t have any details at the moment, but we’re guessing it will probably have to do with large-scale processing. Leave your own speculation in the comments - the first person with the right guess will get a TechCrunch T-shirt.     Crunch Network: CrunchGear drool over the sexiest new gadgets and hardware. ... (more)

HP, Intel and Yahoo! Create Global Cloud Computing Research Test Bed

HP (NYSE:HPQ), Intel Corporation and Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO) today announced the creation of a global, multi-data center, open source test bed for... Read more at VMblog.com. ... (more)

Can VMware sales staff (mostly ex- Dell guys) pull of the trick?

This is an interesting, in fact very interesting from a strategic and tactical weakness perspective. Here’s my problem with VMware in this situation. Ninety percent of the VMware sales organization is made up of former Dell employees. In fact there are so many ex-Dell sales people at VMware that they have had a self-imposed moratorium on hiring from Dell. As we know until recent years Dell was a very successful company. In fact they never had a layoff until 2001. For the first 16 years they were layoff free. Now those same sales people are at VMware and they have never experienced a downturn in sales or if they have they have not proven their ability to successfully fight their way out of it. I know several experienced sales people who are former Dell employees, but they in the minority. Dell was the least expensive and that goes a long way to selling units in the P... (more)

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