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.

HP Analytics blazes new trails in examining business trends from myriad data

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.

Vichara grows the market for analytics after cutting its big data teeth on Wall Street

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.

Five ways to make identity management work best across hybrid computing environments

A BriefingsDirect discussion  centers on learning new best practices for managing the rapidly changing needs around identity and access management.

Large Russian bank, Otkritie Bank, turns to big data analysis for real-time financial insights

Moscow-based Otkritie Bank one of the largest private financial services groups in Russia, has built out a business intelligence capability for wholly new business activity monitoring benefits.

A practical guide to rapid IT Service Management as a foundation for overall business agility

A new wave of ITSM technologies and methods allow for a more rapid ITSM adoption -- and that means better rapid support of agile business processes.

Journey to SAP quality — Home Trust builds center of excellence with HP ALM tools

Home Trust Company in Toronto has created a center of excellence to improve quality assurance for top performance of their critical SAP applications.

University of New Mexico delivers efficient IT services by centralizing on secure, managed cloud

University of New Mexico (UNM) moved to a streamlined and automated private cloud model to gain a common good benefit, while maintaining a vibrant and reassured culture of innovation.

The Open Group panel: Internet of things poses massive opportunities and obstacles

The Open Group and BriefingsDirect recently assembled a distinguished panel at The Open Group Boston Conference 2014 to explore the practical implications and limits of the Internet of Things.

How Waste Management builds a powerful services continuum

Waste Management's IT organization began rebuilding their quality assurance processes from the ground up by making the appropriate choices and investments in technology, such as in people and processes -- and their scorecard is very good.

Hybrid cloud models demand more infrastructure standardization, says global service provider Steria

In a hybrid world where will have some private-cloud solutions and multiple public clouds, the challenge is to have the right level of governance, and to be in a position to move the workloads, and adjust the workloads with the needs.

Service providers gain new levels of actionable customer intelligence from big data analytics

The telecommunication service-provider industry is gaining new business analytic value and strategic return through the better use and refinement of their big data assets.

A gift that keeps giving, software-defined storage now showing IT architecture-wide benefits

The ability to choose low-cost hardware, to manage across different types of storage, and radically simplify data storage via intelligent automation means a virtual rewriting of the economics of data.

More than just an IT shift, cloud fuels the new engine of business innovation, says Oxford Economics

It's become clear that the impacts and implications of cloud commerce are much broader and much more of a benefit to the business as a whole as an innovation engine, even across whole industries.

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.

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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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