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Although I started with ColdFusion for application development, I did plenty brochureware sites with HTML. I believe the version was HTML 2.0 for IE 2.0. I lived in the browser world for years doing ColdFusion, ASP, and HTML sites. When winforms and Smart Client with web services emerg...
Although a lot has been talked about becoming a social business, adoption is not universal in enterprises. I have attended IBM's Lotusphere conference many times, but this year was a different experience. The long-familiar yellow Lotus branded signs were missing as the conference was ...
After an initial sluggish start, where Microsoft Windows Azure was the only player, we started to see increased support for Platform as a Service from major vendors starting with VMware vFabric and Red Hat OpenShift. However, there was still a void in the PaaS space as the major playe...
Cloud computing is fundamentally changing the IT ecosystem in many ways, forcing related changes in business models. Other than customers (who are always “king” and make buying decisions), the IT ecosystem players being affected by cloud includes technology providers, independent softw...
At its annual user and partner Impact conference in Las Vegas this week, IBM announced a slew of new products, including new additions to its WebSphere applications family. There are also promises of better integration with software products from its … May. 7, 2012 08:00 AM EDT  Reads: 3,884
Quite honestly, I am a little fascinated at the preponderance of focus the industry sometimes puts on the cloud attribute of elasticity. Sure, it is important, and in fact, a necessary attribute to truly consider something a cloud. It also makes for cool reading in case studies where c...
[This post originally appeared on Joseph Galarneau's blog and is republished here in Cloud Computing Journal by kind permission of the author.] When you visit Newsweek.com, the words you read started their journey milliseconds earlier from an Amazon.com datacenter somewhere in norther...
Database rival companies, Oracle and IBM, will be working together to allow developers and clients to enhance existing Java investments and the Open Java Development Kit reference implementation. Java is a general-purpose software development platform that is specifically designed to b...
If you are a technology vendor, chances are that your users want to know what you are doing in the cloud. IBM is certainly no different. I get user queries all the time asking about the IBM cloud strategy or IBM cloud solutions. Specifically, perhaps owing to my role, I get many questi...
Installing the development platform / runtime running .NET or Java stack on a set of VMs provisioned on the Private (IaaS) Cloud doesn’t turn it into a Private PaaS. PaaS should really abstract the nuts and bolts of the infrastructure (OS, middleware and other plumbing) and should expo...
Just over a year ago, IBM announced the availability of the initial version of the WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance. Today, an announcement signals the coming availability of WebSphere CloudBurst 2.0, and that brings the major release count up to three in a period of about 12 months (the...
I’ve been getting a lot of email, and there have been some posts on this blog, regarding CEP based services in the cloud. So as we go down this road, I thought it would behoove us to examine what a cloud is and isn’t and what a grid is and isn’t. I found this introductory article ...
As with most new technologies, the WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance inspires a healthy set of questions. As usual most of the questions are about features, capabilities, use cases, etc., yet there is one question that is quite frequent but a bit of an outlier from the preceding categorie...
Trying to pick apart a particular IT solution to figure out if it is right for you and your business can be a daunting task. Trying to do that for solutions in emerging spaces, like cloud computing, can seem even more difficult to the point of looking almost impossible. Case in point, ...
I hate to make new year's resolutions like a new diet program or another trainer at my local gym. I also usually never bother with annual predictions either, for that matter. One exception to that personal rule is the long over due sale of TIBCO Software. Since Oracle's bloody murder a...
Everyone wants to lower their capital expenditures and increase operational efficiency - it's a sign of the times. The economy of the past 12 - 18 months has forced all organizations to do more with less and become more efficient. While everyone can identify with the request to do more...
As hard as I tried I couldn't resist the lure of doing some type of year-end/new year type cloud blog. However, I decided to forgo the route of giving you a recap of what happened this year in cloud computing or attempting to guess where the rapidly expanding and changing cloud market ...
Henry David Thoreau once wrote: "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation". Much the same can be said of the multitude of users struggling with open source reporting and analysis tools like Mondrian or Jaspersoft. The difference, of course, if that those folks happen to be prett...
Disaster strikes. Your primary place of business is destroyed by a fire tomorrow, are you prepared to recover? According to the historical statistics, fires permanently close 44 percent of the businesses that are affected. Business continuity planning is the creation and validation of ...
On Thursday, September 10th, 2009, I moderated a panel at the 1105 Group’s Enterprise Architecture Conference in Washington, DC entitled, “SOA Goes Mainstream – An Industry and Government Roadmap.” On the panel we had two Federal government agency representatives and two industry repr...
Yesterday a friend of mine was asking me what I've been doing lately in my spare time. When I mentioned that I'd been doing a lot of messing around with Windows Azure, he was naturally curious. After explaining what Azure is, he asked me what the difference was between Windows Azure, a...
Cloud computing is becoming a ubiquitous concept. It has mass-market implications for the technology industry, and it is advancing at speeds rarely seen with any major technological evolution. As a business leader, do you know why cloud computing is important to you? What parts of y...
Thank you to everyone who came out for Leaving Lotus last week. Your interest and participation at the event is a clear indication to us of the growing demand for alternative solutions in the enterprise. We’d also like to thank Google for hosting us and Binary Tree and Ferris [...
At least two big IT names, IBM and Cisco, will be headlining a trial by Dutch utility, Nuon, to put in a smart grid for 500 homes in Amsterdam. As part of the trial, 500 households in Amsterdam will get smart meters and home energy management solutions to optimise their energy usage. ...
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) presents a challenge to software marketing people like none other in recent history. On the one hand, SOA has been the top enterprise software bandwagon to jump on for the last four years or so, but on the other hand, many vendors have struggled to t...
Loose coupling presents architectural challenges that are at the heart of planning and implementing the SOA infrastructure. Building the Service abstraction presents a simplified representation to the business but requires additional efforts under the covers to make that abstraction a ...
As part of my job, I help customers to select the appropriate software to either fulfill a need or as a component of a larger solution.  Fulfilling this role means comparing similar software offerings and selecting the best fit.  The challenge in this goal is to map the vendor offering...
IBM's experiment with group authorship for Cloud Computing interoperability is starting to pay off. Earlier today, Doug Tidwell posted the first draft of a Cloud Computing Use Cases White Paper produced extensively via a new Google group created to help define the various use case req...
Systinet’s founding CTO and my friend Anne Thomas Manes pronounced the demise of SOA a few weeks ago. Honestly, SOA lost its meaning for me on the day when good, old Solaris became the “SOA operating system”. But is SOA dead or not? I don’t believe so but I think that Anne and others a...
Time is money in any industry, but for life sciences companies a single day of having a new drug on the market can be worth hundreds of thousands, sometimes millions, of dollars. And that money, in addition to its obvious effect on the balance sheet, funds research into new treatments ...
Whether they produce cameras, equipment to make semiconductors, plasma TVs, medical equipment, printers, or cell phones, electronics companies share an all-encompassing requirement; they must continually bring more innovative products to market faster than ever before.
Banks are facing increasing pressure to reinvent and expand their businesses. They need to respond to increasing regulatory and security requirements, expectations for new levels of customer service, the broader globalization of markets, and price pressure on their services.
A trend begun on factory floors in an effort to replace low- and medium-skilled blue-collar workers so companies could save money, outsourcing has recently become a heated election-year issue. While it is difficult to hide plant closings and relocate their operations, it takes only a f...
The IBM WebSphere family of products can be a lot of different things to different people, and – just like any family – each member has its own strengths and weaknesses.
As the old saying goes, 'Those who can, do; those who can't, teach.' Well, there's a bit of such crass finger-pointing going on inside each corporate IT operations and development staff every day.
The 'P' word surely gets thrown around a lot these days. It's time to determine what's real and what's not - and for the sake of this article, let's keep our focus on enterprise, or corporate, portals.
As a closing thought, let's consider our jobs and how to protect them. There is a lot of instability in today's software industry, and the American sector is losing its competitive edge.
Lotus Notes certainly was one of the most successful rapid application development platforms of the '90s. The speed at which you could develop workflow applications to streamline your business processes was simply unparalleled.
At this year's annual gathering of the tribe at JavaOne in San Francisco, Sun announced its intention to increase the number of Java developers from 3 million to 10 million.
In the past, corporate intranets were built from the ground up with various tools and technologies. Some companies hoped to establish a solution that would not only address a current problem but be flexible enough to handle future expansion.