We have the opportunity today to speak with David Mavashev, founder and CEO
of Nastel Technologies, on his view of the APM (Application Performance
David, do you think “APM” is a subject that’s clear for most IT
professionals, or is there confusion in the marketplace?
When market analysts talk about APM solution providers, they usually refer to
the word “application” in general terms. They’re principally interested
in the impact of IT resources on the performance of “business
applications”, regardless of the nature of the application. Most of the
vendors that play in the APM market have very little knowledge of specific
vertical applications. They mostly specialize in monitoring application
servers, such as Java EE and .Net.
There are application management players with a strong domain expertise in
specific vertical “business applications”. Tho... (more)
Enterprise mobility is not just about extending your office cubicle to the
nearby Starbucks. Nor is it just doing your same job, in the same manner
from a remote location. It is about doing a job in a different and better
way. A way that permits you to be at the point of action, the point of
need, and the point where you can have the biggest positive impact on your
bottom line without breaking your lines of communication or denying you
access to critical information and team members.
Enterprise mobility is a way of keeping your connected to your business
systems, aggregating mission critical information and business intelligence
from dozens of different back end systems (think SAP ERP), using real-time
big data analysis (think SAP Hana), and bringing all of this information
together, in mobile applications - purpose built for the mobile user. The
Aberdeen Group ... (more)
While the interest and buzz around the Internet of Things (IoT) has grown
steadily in recent years, the seemingly endless market promise continues to
become reality. According to new research from International Data Corporation
(IDC), a transformation is underway that will see the worldwide market for
IoT solutions grow from $1.9 trillion in 2013 to $7.1 trillion in 2020. IDC
defines the Internet of Things as a network of networks of uniquely
identifiable endpoints (or "things") that communicate without human
interaction using IP connectivity – be it "locally" or globally.
Consumers continue to experience and embrace IoT in their homes, cars, and in
many other aspects of their daily life. Globally, individuals are developing
a high affinity for full-time connectivity, which makes consumer IoT a
compelling proposition. Businesses are intrigued by the efficiencies,
Adobe on Monday announced Adobe AIR 2.5 software for televisions, tablets,
smartphones and desktop operating systems. A key element of the Adobe Flash®
Platform, AIR enables developers to leverage existing code to create and
deliver standalone applications across devices and platforms. Adobe AIR now
supports smartphones and tablets based on BlackBerry® Tablet OS, Android™,
iOS, and desktops including Windows®, Macintosh and Linux® operating
systems. In addition, Samsung will be the first television manufacturer to
integrate support for Adobe AIR 2.5 in Samsung SmartTVs while Acer, HTC,
Motorola, RIM, Samsung and others are expected to ship the runtime
pre-installed on a variety of devices including tablets and smartphones later
this year and early 2011.
With Adobe AIR, developers are able to use familiar tools including Adobe
Flash® Professional CS5, Adobe Flash Bu... (more)
Adobe on Monday announced the availability of Adobe® LiveCycle® Enterprise
Suite 2.5 (ES2.5), expanding the company’s set of solutions for delivering
superior customer experiences. New capabilities in LiveCycle ES2.5 include
enterprise mobility for improved multiscreen delivery of applications, an
enhanced framework for building enterprise rich Internet applications (RIAs),
and real-time collaboration to empower organizations to interact with
customers and citizens in more meaningful, personal ways. Adobe is also
announcing three next-generation Solution Accelerators to reduce development
time and increase quality of enterprise applications.
LiveCycle Mobile ES2 Client (Photo: Business Wire)
Improving Customer Experience One Customer at a Time
For organizations with complex multi-channel or multi-device customer contact
requirements, IT systems are challenged to keep... (more)
Vivek Kundra, White House CIO, has just published a 25 point plan to reform
federal IT spending, to deliver better Business Value to the American public
for their $80 billion a year spending.
What is exciting to our Cloud Ventures point of view is the shift to a
“Cloud first” procurement policy. Kundra wants to transform IT projects
from slow and monolithic to fast and modular, achieved by utilizing the
Cloud, and this will drive a wave of new Cloud industry innovation and
He explains the heart of Cloud computing by clarifying the primary business
benefit of the technology, illustrated through describing the difference
between a commercial business utilizing the Cloud, a movie-sharing start-up
using it for their web site, versus the ‘Car Allowance and Rebate System’
government project, otherwise known as ‘Cash for Clunkers’. In contrast
they opted for the ... (more)
It is still early in 2013, so I can make some cloud, virtualization, storage
and IO related predictions, or more aptly, talk about some trends, in
addition to those that I made in late 2012, looking forward and back. Common
over-riding themes will continue to include convergence (people and
technology), valueware, clouds (public, private, hybrid and community) among
Certainly, solid state drives (SSDs) will remain popular, both in terms of
industry adoption, and industry deployment. Big-data (and little data)
management tools and purpose-build storage systems or solutions continue to
be popular, as are those for supporting little data applications. On the
cloud storage front, there are many options for various use cases available.
Watch for more emphasis on service-level agreements (SLA), service-level
objectives (SLO), security, pricing transparency, and ... (more)
I am fascinated by the notion of the physical world converging with the
digital world and the benefits that become possible as a result. Not in the
context of a humanoid weeding my garden, although that would be nice, but in
the context of making better business management decisions based on more
efficient data collection and reporting. The term digital transformation is
often used to describe this convergence.
Think of growing the best possible garden full of award winning fruits and
vegetables. The garden may consist of some physical things like dirt,
seeds, containers, plants and tools, but the key to success is the
information about the garden. The information about the soil, types of
plants or seeds, appropriate time to plant and harvest, weeding and watering
schedules, the best fertilizers to use based upon the soil conditions etc.
This information can be... (more)
It is exceedingly difficult for individuals to match their capability to
perform a job or function exactly with their experience in that role. For the
upwardly mobile, being promoted into a new challenging role means heading
into something with the capability but minus the experience. And most of us
know people who have occupied roles they are clearly not qualified for, in
which case they have the experience but not the capability.
Regardless of whether the gap is on the capability or the experience side,
the capability-experience gap creates a growth edge for individuals. Managing
that growth edge is one of the keys to successfully navigating your career.
I was actually having this discussion with a colleague today. This is a
gentleman who is blessed with all the talent in the world. He is a strategic
thinker. He communicates easily, both in business terms and in ext... (more)
Technology shifts are creating a lot of chaos, including the way we use
words. Cloud. SDN. Multi-tenant. Instances. They're all inter-related and
seem to have different meanings depending on who's trying to sell you what
That's more than a tad bit disconcerting, because you know what you mean when
you say "multi-tenant" but other people (trying to sell you stuff) may have a
different definition. And that means when you ask about it and they say yes,
you may not be getting what you expected - and that's not good for either end
of the transaction.
So let's talk network virtualization today, particularly with respect to the
difference between "instances" and "tenants."
An instance, made a common part of technology's growing vernacular, stems
from the need to separate the physical from the virtual, a la server
virtualization. Because "server" is used to... (more)
For the past 18 months the hype has suggested that Cloud Computing will be
the next game changer. But will it? Or are we simply witnessing the next
major land grab by a few technology giants on a perceived new market segment?
A plethora of recent surveys has shown that whilst organisations are
generally aware of the cloud, they are reticent to dive in and procure
services. For every survey that suggests that a CIO is considering Cloud
Computing as a priority for his or her organisation you will find another
survey stating that business leaders haven’t a clue as to its meaning or
how it will aid them.
With over 20 different definitions of cloud computing in play, it’s hardly
surprising that the market is suffering from a ‘fog’ of confusion.
Several reasons are given, which include hype over substance, internal
resistance and security concerns - all of which suggest t... (more)