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Cloud computing is filled with innovation. One of the crucial aspects that makes cloud computing initiatives successful is integration. And there are companies developing innovative solutions in cloud-based integration. During my ecosystem presentation at Clloud Expo's Cloud Computi...
All this while the IT team is faced with another reality, the main corporate datacenter has 6-18 months left in terms of shelf life. The datacenter's power distribution and patch panel design was not built to handle the massive density and cooling power requirements. The sprawl of unst...
We are standing on the threshold of a new transition in information technology and communications; a radical departure from current practice that promises to bring us new levels of efficiency at a vastly reduced cost. Cloud computing is full of potential, bursting with opportunity and ...
I’m of the opinion that Mr. Ellison didn’t get to where he is by completely misunderstanding or arbitrarily dismissing major trends in the marketplace. The value proposition of cloud computing is clear and significant. Because my firm, WorkXpress has delivered the value first hand, I w...
Over the past two weeks I’ve been talking to IT architects and engineers from companies of all sizes and across many industries about cloud computing. It seems that many are moving past the talk and hype of cloud computing and looking into implementation details. Many of the companies ...
Sure, now that the deed is done and the board has approved the acquisition, there’s lots of Monday morning quarterbacks. However, in this case, I’m not one of them. Indeed, I point to the release of my 9/1997 report that I wrote for NC.Focus entitled “State of Java Report: IBM” and t...
So, I can infer then that some $20 Billion will comprise the 2012 feed bag from which all the little cloud computing piggies will line up at the trough to consume. Not a bad market, from 10,000 feet away. But here’s the thing. The cloud computing market is already becoming pretty full....
The challenge for EA is to be able to balance the long-term goals against the pressing short-term needs of the business. There are intense commercial pressures right now to reduce costs at a time when capital expenditure is severely constrained. Operational efficiency has become an imp...
I recently read the Open Cloud Standards incubator charter proposed by the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF), and I think this is a great effort to propel the cloud computing effort forward (read the charter here). In the interest of disclosure, I’m not just saying this because ...
IBM's announcement last month of the Open AJAX initiative brought to the fore a few key points. The two most obvious are that IBM remains an 800-pound gorilla that the other primates will follow through the business jungle, and that AJAX has emerged as an ironically disruptive technolo...
I've never fully embraced the name of this column, 'Final Thoughts.' I get it, this is the last page of the magazine, so is the final word in the literal sense. But the column name sounds like a last will and testament, or less ominously, as if this is all the columnist will ever have ...
So it appears that the power of the pen is omnipotent. In this very space just a couple of months ago, the writer was heard complaining about certain aspects of a college football team, and a few short weeks later the coach of said team lost his job. Wow.
The value of blogging continues to surface as a navel-gazing exercise within the technology community. Does blogging matter? Does anyone care whether or not it matters? Should it matter? These and other meta-questions continue to be posed by those who a.) aren't getting enough hits on ...
Many professionals believe the goals of management aren't related to achievement, but on perpetuating one's own position. The management process is a bewildering experience for freshman employees and a cause of anguish to experienced professionals. Common sense says a manager should be...
The battles over intellectual property continue. Google is the company-of-the-day in the headlines, with its plan to make available excerpts and whole text from several university libraries under legal attack from the New York-based Author's Guild, which represents 8,000 authors.
Where technology marketers could at one time predict what was going to happen in Europe today simply by looking at what happened in the U.S. 18 months ago, then add different measures of additional months for other global markets, today they actually have to do some real work to unders...
A few months back I used to this column to cogitate about the nature of a sphere. I subsequently compared that type of thinking to the wrongheaded 'the world is flat' new paradigm that is going around the world (so to speak) because of a new book with that offensive phrase as its title...
Each month, as we reach the end of the publication cycle for the print version of WebSphere Journal, a conversation ensues about the nature of this column, 'Final Thoughts.' What should it be, who should write it, should it address daily reality or long-term thinking, how technical sho...