BriefingsDirect by Dana Gardner
Analyst Dana Gardner examines IT news and trends that impact software strategists to provide insights and outcomes on SOA, app dev, SaaS, enterprise infrastructure and mobile convergence.

Health data deluge requires secure information flow, says Open Group’s new healthcare director

An expected deluge of data and information about patients, providers, outcomes, and needed efficiencies is pushing the healthcare industry to re-evaluate interoperability, security and the ability to adapt rapidly to the lessons in the data.

HP network management heightens performance while reducing total costs for Nordic telco TDC

TDC in Stockholm found ways to better determine root causes to any network disruption, and conduct deep inspection of the traffic to best manage their service-level agreements.

As the digital economy ramps up, expect a new identity management vision to leapfrog passwords

As we become more connected online, the old system of site-specific passwords and user identity are no longer equal to the task. We need to find new ways of providing identities and authorization.

Standards and APIs: How to best manage identity and security in the mobile era

The advent of the application programming interface (API) economy has forced a huge, pressing need for organizations to both seek openness and improve security for accessing mobile applications, data, and services anytime, anywhere, and from any device.

Perfecto Mobile goes to cloud-based testing so developers can build the best apps faster

Perfecto Mobile is using a variety of cloud-based testing tools to help its developers rapidly create the best mobile apps for both enterprises and commercial deployment.

SAP’s Ariba teams with eBay to improve rogue B2B procurement for buyers, sellers and enterprises

New Ariba spot-buying service allows companies to bring "emergency" or small purchases under control.

Big data’s big payoff arrives as customer experience insights drive new business advantages

Social media of all types allows customers to share their interests and sentiments. To be successful, companies have to find ways to capture and process the information.

How healthcare SaaS provider PointClickCare masters quality and DevOps using cloud ITSM

To help maintain control and remain ever-ready for improvements, healthcare SaaS application developer PointClickCare recently adopted a cloud-based IT service management solution.

Heartland Payment Systems gains steep ROI via software assurance tools

Heartland, based in Princeton, New Jersey, has improved governance results in innovative ways across the organization, thanks to both security best practices and HP Fortify tools.

Business success increasingly hinges on supply chain innovation and procurement advantages

The power of data-driven business networks is increasing, but how do enterprises best leverage that intelligence as they seek new services, products and efficiency?

HP ART documentation tools bring better user experiences to IT solutions provider EVRY

With HP's Adoption Readiness Tool (ART), EVRY, based in Oslo, has gained new advantages in the adoption and understanding of both new and existing technology.

Workforce of the future – and why preparing means rethinking human resources now

It's now clear that we are entering into a very diverse and even unprecedented work environment -- something the world perhaps has never known. Companies need to prepare for it now.

NASCAR attains intimacy and affinity with fans worldwide using big data analytics

Auto racing powerhouse NASCAR has engineered a way to learn more about its many fans -- and their likes and dislikes -- using big-data analysis.

Ariba announces business network analysis enhancements, first transactions conducted under AribaPay

Ariba wrapped up its annual Ariba LIVE user conference today with a series of announcements, chief among them news that its AribaPay automated B2B payments settlements service is now operational.

Top 25 SharePoint influencers: Social influence nicely collides with collaboration clouds

The hottest new wave of marketing — digital social influence -- is intersecting with one the hottest areas of cloud computing — software-as-a-service (SaaS) collaboration and documents/objects sharing.

Fast-changing demands on data centers drive need for DCIM

HP experts explain how enterprise IT operators and planners can keep their data centers from spinning out of control despite new requirements, leverage the best of converged systems, and improve efficiency.

CIOs think proliferation of IT applications is threatening competitive advantage

Over the last three years, the number of IT decision makers who believe their business has more applications than it needs has increased from just over a third (34 percent) to nearly half (48 percent).

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About the Author(s)
  • Dana Gardner is president and principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions, an enterprise IT analysis, market research, and consulting firm. Gardner, a leading identifier of software and cloud productivity trends and new IT business growth opportunities, honed his skills and refined his insights as an industry analyst, pundit, and news editor covering the emerging software development and enterprise infrastructure arenas for the last 18 years. Gardner tracks and analyzes a critical set of enterprise software technologies and business development issues: Cloud computing, SOA, business process management, business intelligence, next-generation data centers, and application lifecycle optimization. His specific interests include Enterprise 2.0 and social media, cloud standards and security, as well as integrated marketing technologies and techniques. Gardner is a former senior analyst at Yankee Group and Aberdeen Group, and a former editor-at-large and founding online news editor at InfoWorld. He is a former news editor at IDG News Service, Digital News & Review, and Design News.
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