Welcome to the latest BriefingsDirect podcast discussion on caution, overcoming fear, and the need for risk reduction on the road to successful cloud computing. In order to ramp up cloud-computing use and practices, a number of potential security pitfalls need to be identified and mastered. Security, in general, takes on a different emphasis, as services are mixed and matched and come from a variety of internal and external sources. So, will applying conventional security approaches and best practices be enough for low risk, high-reward cloud computing adoption? Is there such a significant cost and productivity benefit to cloud computing that being late or being unable to manage the risk means being overtaken by competitors that can do cloud successfully? More importantly, how do companies know whether they are prepared to begin adopting cloud practices without undo risks? To better understand the perils and promises of adopting cloud approaches securely, we're joined by three security experts from Hewlett-Packard (HP). Please welcome Archie Reed, HP Distinguished Technologist and Chief Technologist for Cloud Security; Tim Van Ash, director of software-as-a-service (SaaS) products at HP Software and Solutions, and David Spinks, security support expert at HP IT Outsourcing. The panel is moderated by Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions. View a full transcript of the dicussion, or download the transcript. Learn more. Sponsor: Hewlett-Packard.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:10 PM

Welcome to a sponsored podcast discussion on better managing server virtualization expansion across enterprises. We’ll look at ways that IT organizations can adopt virtualization at deeper levels, or across more systems, data and applications, at lower risk. As more enterprises use virtualization for more workloads to engender productivity from higher server utilization, we often see what can be called virtualization sprawl, spreading a mixture of hypervisors, which leads to complexity and management concerns. In order to ramp up to more, but advantageous, use of virtualization, pitfalls from heterogeneity need to be managed. Yet, no one of the hypervisor suppliers is likely to deeply support any of the others. So, how do companies gain a top-down perspective of virtualization to encompass and manage the entire ecosystem, rather than just corralling the individual technologies? Here to help us understand the risks of hypervisor sprawl and how to mitigate the pitfalls to preserve the economic benefits of virtualization is Doug Strain, manager of Partner Virtualization Marketing at HP. The podcast is moderated by Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions. Read a full transcript of the discussion, or download the transcript. Learn more. Sponsor: Hewlett Packard.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:12 PM

Welcome to a sponsored podcast discussion on the importance of business process management (BPM), especially for use across a variety of existing systems, in complex IT landscapes, and for building flexible business processes in dynamic environments. The current economic climate shows how drastically businesses need to quickly adapt. Many organizations have had to adjust internally to new requirements and new budgets, but they have also watched as their markets and supplier networks have shifted and become harder to predict. To better understand how business processes can be nimble to help deal with such change, we're joined by a panel of users, BPM providers, and analysts. Please join me in welcoming David A. Kelly, senior analyst at Upside Research; Joby O'Brien, vice president of development at BP Logix, and Jason Woodruff, project manager at TLT-Babcock. The discussion is moderated by BriefingsDirect's Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions. Read a full transcript of the podcast, or download the transcript. Sponsor: BP Logix.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:30 PM

Welcome to a sponsored podcast discussion coming from The Open Group’s 23rd Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Conference in Toronto. This podcast, part of a series from the July 2009 event, centers on the issue of the enterprise architect (EA) -- the role, the responsibilities, the certification, and skills -- both now and into the future. The burgeoning impact of cloud computing, the down economy, and the interest in projecting more value from IT to the larger business is putting new requirements on the enterprise IT department. Who can instrument these changes, and, in a sense, be a new kind of leader in the transition and transformation of IT and the enterprise? To help us sort through who takes on the mantle of grand overseer as IT expand its purview, we're joined by James de Raeve, vice president of certification at The Open Group; Len Fehskens, vice president, Skills and Capabilities at The Open Group; David Foote, CEO and co-founder, as well as chief research officer, at Foote Partners, and Jason Uppal, chief architect at QRS. The discussion is moderated by me, BriefingsDirect's Dana Gardner. View a full transcript of the discussion. Download a transcript. Sponsor: The Open Group.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:41 PM

Welcome to a sponsored podcast discussion on the implications cloud computing has on companies in the manufacturing industry. We'll look at how to best define cloud options and how specific businesses can use these new means to add flexible sourcing to gain new business agility. The goal is not to define cloud by what it is, but rather by what it can do, and to explore what cloud solutions can provide to manufacturing industry companies. Here to help uncover the specifics of cloud-enabled business outcomes is Christian Verstraete, Chief Technology Officer for Manufacturing & Distribution Industries Worldwide at Hewlett-Packard (HP); Bernd Roessler, marketing manager for Manufacturing Industries at HP; and Mick Keyes, senior architect for Business Critical Systems at HP. The discussion is moderated by BriefingsDirect's Dana Gardner. View a full transcript of the discussion. Download a transcript. Learn more. Sponsor: Hewlett Packard.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:08 PM

Complexity of data centers escalates, managed service providers face daunting performance obligations, and the budget to support the operations of these critical endeavors suffers downward pressure. In this podcast, we explore how IT search and systems log management as a service provides low-cost IT analytics that harness complexity to improve performance at radically reduced costs. We'll examine how network management, systems analytics, and log search come together, so that IT operators can gain easy access to identify and fix problems deep inside complex distributed environments. Here to help us better understand how systems log management and search work together are Dr. Chris Waters, co-founder and chief technology officer at Paglo, and Jignesh Ruparel, system engineer at Infobond, a value-added reseller (VAR). The discussion is moderated by BriefingsDirect's Dana Gardner. View a full transcript at http://briefingsdirect.blogspot.com/2009/08/it-and-log-search-as-saas-gains.html. Download the transcript at http://interarborsolutions.books.officelive.com/Documents/Paglo.pdf. Sponsor: Paglo.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:47 PM

Welcome to a sponsored podcast discussion on how to better understand the standards and methods around ITIL Version 3. We'll unlock the secrets behind ITIL 3, and debunk some common misunderstandings about ITIL and how it can be best used. We're joined by three experts on ITIL who will show how IT leaders can leverage IT Service Management (ITSM) for better efficiency and operational accountability. Please join David Cannon, co-author of the Service Operation Book for the latest version of ITIL, and an ITSM practice principal at HP; Stuart Rance, service management expert at HP, as well as co-author of ITIL Version 3 Glossary; and Ashley Hanna, business development manager at HP and a co-author of ITIL Version 3 Glossary. The discussion is moderated by BriefingsDirect's Dana Gardner. View a full transcript of the discussion at http://briefingsdirect.blogspot.com/2009/08/itil-3-leads-way-in-helping-it.html. Download a transcript at http://interarborsolutions.books.officelive.com/Documents/ITILv3.pdf. Learn more. Sponsor: Hewlett Packard.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:45 PM

The current economic downturn has highlighted how drastically businesses and their IT operations need to change, whether in growth, reductions, or transformation (or all three). As IT budgets react to change, leaders need to better understand managing change, and not have change manage them. One strong way to be on top of change is by employing IT portfolio management techniques, products, and processes. To learn more about helping enterprises better manage their IT costs and priorities while preparing for flexible growth when the economic tide turns, we welcome Lori Ellsworth, Vice President of Changepoint Solutions at Compuware and David A. Kelly, senior analyst at Upside Research. The discussion is moderated by BriefingsDirect's Dana Gardner. View a full transcript of the discussion at http://briefingsdirect.blogspot.com/2009/08/portfolio-management-techniques-help.html. Sponsor: Compuware.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:50 PM

Welcome to the latest BriefingsDirect Analyst Insights Edition, Vol. 44. Our latest topic centers on Software AG's bid to acquire IDS Scheer for about $320 million. We'll look into why this could be a big business process management (BPM) deal, not only for Software AG, but also for the service-oriented architecture (SOA) competitive landscape that is fast moving, as we saw from Oracle's recent acquisition of Sun Microsystems. Another topic for our panel is the seemingly inevitable trend toward Web oriented architecture (WOA), most notably supported by Google's announcement of the Google Chrome operating system (OS). Will the popularity of devices like netbooks and smartphones accelerate the obsolescence of full-fledged fat clients, and what can Google hope to do further to move the market away from powerhouse Microsoft? Who is the David and who is the Goliath in this transition from "software plus services" to "software for services"? Listen in as we go round-robin with our IT analyst panelists: Jim Kobielus, senior analyst at Forrester Research; Tony Baer, senior analyst at Ovum; Brad Shimmin, principal analyst at Current Analysis; Jason Bloomberg, managing partner at ZapThink; JP Morgenthal, independent analyst and IT consultant; and Joe McKendrick, independent analyst and ZDNet blogger. Our discussion is hosted and moderated by BriefingsDirect's Dana Gardner. Read a full transcript of the discussion at http://briefingsdirect.blogspot.com/2009/08/briefingsdirect-analysts-discuss.html. Charter Sponsor: Active Endpoints. Sponsor: TIBCO Software.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:07 PM

Welcome to a special sponsored podcast discussion coming from The Open Group’s 23rd Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Conference in Toronto. This podcast, part of a series from the July 2009 event, centers on cloud computing security. Much of the cloud security debate revolves around perceptions. ... For some cloud security is about seeing the risk glass as half-full or half empty. Yet security in general takes on a different emphasis as services are mixed and matched from a variety of internal and external sources. So will applying conventional security approaches and best practices be enough for low-risk, high-reward, cloud computing adoption? Most importantly, how do companies know when they are prepared to begin adopting cloud practices without undo security risks? Here to help us better understand the perils and promises of adopting cloud approaches securely, we welcome our panel: Glenn Brunette, distinguished engineer and chief security architect at Sun Microsystems and founding member of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA); Doug Howard, chief strategy officer of Perimeter eSecurity and president of USA.NET; Chris Hoff, technical adviser at CSA and director of Cloud and Virtualization Solutions at Cisco Systems; Dr. Richard Reiner, CEO of Enomaly; and Tim Grance, program manager for cyber and network security at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The discussion is moderated by BriefingsDirect's Dana Gardner. View a full transcript of the discussion at http://briefingsdirect.blogspot.com/2009/08/panel-discussion-is-cloud-computing.html. Download a transcript at http://interarborsolutions.books.officelive.com/Documents/TOGSecureCloud.pdf. Sponsor: The Open Group.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:31 PM