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.

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.

HP HAVEn CTO Mundada on new ways for businesses to gain transformation from big data

Companies worldwide are using big data to gain ever deeper analysis and rapidly and securely making those insights available to more people on their own terms.

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).

Istanbul-based Finansbank manages risk and security using HP ArcSight, Server Automation

Finansbank in Istanbul has developed an impressive record of managed risk and deployments, with an eye to greater automation over time.

HP Access Catalog smooths the way for streamlined deployment of mobile apps

HP today announced HP Access Catalog, a SaaS-delivered mobile app and content store that allows corporations to quickly and securely deliver resources across mobile and desktop devices to their employees anywhere.

HP adds new value to Vertica data analytics platform with community marketplace

HP today launched the HP Vertica Marketplace, a hub for developers, partners and customers to create and share extensions, enhancements, and solutions that integrate with the HP Vertica Analytics Platform.

Network virtualization eases developer and operations snafus in the mobile and cloud era

A tag-team of service and network virtualization for testing has emerged just as the mobile and cloud era requires unprecedented focus on DevOps benefits and rapid quality assurance.

Healthcare among most opportunistic use cases for boundaryless information flow improvement

The Open Group, at its conference in San Francisco, will announce a new initiative to help bridge gaps in healthcare industry data sharing to provide a boundaryless flow of information.

Siemens Brazil blazes a best practices path to deliver work flow applications on mobile devices

Siemens Brazil in São Paulo has learned several valuable lessons from its mobile app development experiments and subsequent full roll-out of high-demand work flow apps for business managers.

Nimble Storage leverages big data and cloud to produce data performance optimization on the fly

Big-data processing helps to make the best use of dynamic storage resources by taking in all the relevant storage activities data, analyzing it and then making the best  choices for dynamic hybrid storage optimization.

How HP implemented the TippingPoint intrusion protection system across its own infrastructure

Savvy organizations, HP among them, are turning to preventing attacks, rather than just detecting them and remediating them.

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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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