BriefingsDirect by Dana Gardner
Analyst Dana Gardner hosts conversations with the doers and innovators—data scientists, developers, application QAers, IT operation managers, chief information security officers and start-up founders who use technology to improve the way we live, work and play.

GoodData analytics developers on what they look for in a big data platform

GoodData created a business intelligence (BI)-as-a-service capability across multiple industries that enables users to take advantage of both big-data performance as well as cloud delivery efficiencies. They had to choose the best data warehouse infrastructure to fit their scale and cloud requirements, and they ended up partnering with HP Vertica.

ITIL-ITSM tagteam boosts Mexican ISP INFOTEC's operations quality

INFOTEC needed to react better to systems failures, to significantly reduce the time to repair, and to learn from those failures to prevent future ones. Now, by deploying advanced IT service management (ITSM) tools, the ISP's users have a much higher quality of dependable service.

Novel consumer retail behavior analysis from InfoScout relies on HP Vertica big data chops

In order to better analyze actual retail behaviors and patterns, InfoScout provides incentives for buyers to share their receipts, but InfoScout is then faced with the daunting task of managing and cleansing that essential data to provide actionable and understandable insights.

IT operations modernization helps energy powerhouse Exelon acquire businesses

In early 2013, Exelon moved to Asset Manager as its asset manager platform of choice, consolidating data in support of moving to new IT billing capabilities that would be driven out of the data and Asset Manager, as well as leveraging some of the executive scorecard and financial manager pieces.

Kony Visualizer puts mobile apps design control in hands of those closest to the business

A discussion of the Kony Visualizer Product, including requirements prototyping, development oversight, release planning, and lifecycle management.

Mobility moves from 'nice to have' to 'must have' for large US healthcare insurer

A large US insurance carrier, based in the Midwest, has improved its applications’ lifecycle to make enterprise mobility a must-have business strength.

RealTime Medicare Data delivers caregiver trends insights by taming its healthcare data

RealTime Medicare Data analyzes huge volumes of Medicare data and provides analysis to their many customers on the caregiver side of the healthcare sector using HP Vertica.

Columbia Sportswear reaps business benefits from software-defined data center

We explore how retailer Columbia Sportswear has made great strides in improving their business results through modernized IT, and where they expect to go next with their software-defined strategy.

Kony executive Burley Kawasaki on best tips for attaining speed in enterprise mobile apps delivery

A discussion with Kony, Inc. on the latest in enterprise mobility exploring advancements in applications design and deployment technologies across the full spectrum of edge devices and operating environments.

Networks: The new model for B2B business, a panel discussion

This BriefingsDirect discussion explores the role and impact of business networks, the often virtual assemblages of interrelated business services, processes, and data that are transforming how companies and consumers conduct commerce.

Kony gives enterprises the means to make mobile development a force multiplier

Kony, Inc. burnished its mobile development credentials this week, detailing new updates to its visual tools and platform, expanding its partner ecosystem, and launching a new enterprise mobile app marketplace.

Rapid matching of consumer inferences to ads serves up a big data success story

New York-based adMarketplace, a search syndication advertising network, uses big data to improve its search advertising capabilities.

adMarketplace solves search intent challenge with HP Vertica big data warehouse

adMarketplace captures and analyzes massive data to allow for efficient real-time bidding for traffic sources for online advertising and delivers rapid cost-per-click insights to advertisers.

Creative Solutions in Healthcare improves client services and saves money using VMware vCloud Air

This BriefingsDirect innovator case study interview explores how a Texas healthcare provider has adopted cloud computing, and in doing so has both saved money and improved the quality of its many services.

HP launches Haven OnDemand to deliver big data services suite in the cloud

A panel of users and experts unpacks the details from Barcelona, and explores the implications of the delivery of cloud-based HP Vertica OnDemand and HP IDOL OnDemand components within the HP Haven OnDemand suite.

Hortonworks accelerates the big data mashup between Hadoop and HP Haven

HP and Hortonworks are integrating Hadoop into more of the HP Haven family to make it easier for developers and data scientists to access business intelligence and analytics as a service.

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.

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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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