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We have the opportunity today to speak with David Mavashev, founder and CEO of Nastel Technologies, on his view of the APM (Application Performance Management) market. 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)

Can You Handle the Truth about Enterprise Mobility and Big Data?

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)

The Internet of Things Moves Beyond the Buzz

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, ... (more)

Adobe Extends AIR Applications Across Screens

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 Unveils LiveCycle Enterprise Suite 2.5

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)

Cloud for Clunkers: The 25 Point Plan to Accelerate Open Government

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 growth. 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)

Cloud, Virtualization, Storage I/O Trends for 2013 and Beyond

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 others. 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)

Where the Physical Meets the Digital in Field Services and Asset Management

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)

Managing the Capability-Experience Gap

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)

Network Virtualization: Instances versus Tenants

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 today. 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." Instance 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)

Will Cloud Computing Add Value to the Marketing Mix?

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)