This latest BriefingsDirect podcast discussion tackles the high -- and often under-appreciated -- cost for many enterprises of doing nothing about aging, monolithic applications. Not making a choice about legacy mainframe and poorly utilized applications is, in effect, making a choice not to transform and modernize the applications and their supporting systems. Not doing anything about aging IT essentially embraces an ongoing cost structure that helps prevent new spending for efficiency-gaining IT innovations. It’s a choice to suspend applications on ossified platforms and to make their reuse and integration difficult, complex, and costly. Doing nothing is a choice that, especially in a recession, hurts companies in multiple ways -- because successful transformation is the lifeblood of near and long-term productivity improvements. Here to help us better understand the perils of continuing to do nothing about aging legacy and mainframe applications, we’re joined by four IT transformation experts from Hewlett-Packard (HP). Please welcome: Brad Hipps, product marketer for Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and Applications Portfolio Software at HP; John Pickett from Enterprise Storage and Server marketing at HP; Paul Evans, worldwide marketing lead on Applications Transformation at HP, and Steve Woods, application transformation analyst and distinguished software engineer at HP Enterprise Services. The discussion is moderated by BriefingsDirect's Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions. View a full transcript or download the transcript. Learn more. Sponsor: Hewlett Packard.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:46 PM

Welcome to the latest BriefingsDirect podcast discussion on the future of business intelligence (BI) -- on bringing more information from more sources into an analytic process, thereby getting more actionable intelligence out. The explosion of information from across the Web, from mobile devices, inside of social networks, and from the extended business processes that organizations are now employing all provide an opportunity, but they also provide a challenge. This information can play a critical role in allowing organizations to gather and refine analytics into new market strategies, better buying decisions, and to be the first into new business development opportunities. The challenge is in getting at these Web data services and bringing them into play with existing BI tools and traditional data sets. So, what are Web data services and how can they be acquired? Furthermore, what is the future of BI when these extended data sources are made into strong components of the forecasts and analytics that enterprises need to survive the recession and also to best exploit the growth that follows? Here to explain the benefits of Web data services and BI is Howard Dresner, president and founder of Dresner Advisory Services. We're also joined by Ron Yu, vice president of marketing at Kapow Technologies. The discussion is moderated by Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions. Read a full transcript of the discussion, or download the transcript. Sponsor: Kapow Technologies.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:46 PM

Welcome to a podcast discussion on helping CIOs make the right decisions and adjustments in both strategy and execution as we face a new era in IT priorities. The combination of the down economy, resetting of IT investment patterns, and the need for agile business processes, along with the arrival of some new technologies, are all combining to force CIOs to reevaluate their plans. CIOs are shifting in their priorities and making real-time adjustments. So what should CIOs make as priorities in the short, medium, and long terms? How can they reduce total cost, while modernizing and transforming IT? What can they do to better support their business requirements? In a nutshell, how can they best prepare for the new economy? Here to help us address new questions during a very challenging time, and yet also a time in which opportunity and differentiation for CIOs begins, is Lee Bonham, marketing director for CIO Agenda Programs in Hewlett-Packard's (HP’s) Technology and Solutions Group. The interview is moderated by BriefingsDirect's Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions. Read a full transcript of the discussion, or download the transcript. Sponsor: Hewlett-Packard.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:23 PM

The latest BriefingsDirect podcast discussion comes to you from The Open Group’s 23rd Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Conference and associated 3rd Security Practitioners Conference in Toronto. We're going to talk about security in the cloud and decision-making about cloud choices for enterprises. There has been an awful lot of concern and interest in cloud and security, and they go hand in hand. We're going to find out about some early activities among several groups, including the Jericho Forum. They are seeking ways to help organizations and guide them through this process of approaching cloud with security in mind. Learn more about a journey toward safe cloud adoption in this interview with Steve Whitlock, a member of the Jericho Board of Management. The discussion is moderated by BriefingDirect's Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions. Read a full transcript of the discussion, or download the transcript. Sponsor: The Open Group.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:44 PM

Welcome to a podcast discussion on Green IT and the many ways to help reduce energy use, stem carbon dioxide creation, and reduce total IT costs -- all at the same time. We're also focusing on how IT can be a benefit to a whole business or corporate-level look at energy use. We'll look at how current IT planners should view energy concerns, some common approaches to help conserve energy, and at how IT suppliers themselves can make "green" a priority in their new systems and solutions. Here to help us better understand the Green IT issues, technologies, and practices impacting today's enterprise IT installations and the larger businesses they support, we're joined by five executives from HP: Christine Reischl, general manager of HP's Industry Standard Servers; Paul Miller, vice president of Enterprise Servers and Storage Marketing at HP; Michelle Weiss, vice president of marketing for HP's Technology Services; Jeff Wacker, an EDS Fellow, and Doug Oathout, vice president of Green IT for HP's Enterprise Servers and Storage. The discussion is moderated by BriefingDirect's Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions. Read a full transcript of the discussion, or download the transcript. Sponsor: Hewlett-Packard.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:11 PM

Welcome to a podcast interview coming to you from The Open Group’s 23rd Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Conference in Toronto. Our topic for this podcast, part of a series from the summer conference, centers on The Open Group itself. We're talking with Allen Brown, president and CEO of The Open Group, about the organization and its recent fast growth and its priorities around new standards, cloud computing and security. The interview is conducted by BriefingsDirect's Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions. Read a full transcript of the discussion, or download the transcript. Sponsor: The Open Group.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:57 PM

This latest BriefingsDirect podcast uncovers how to quickly harness the technical benefits of cloud computing approaches. We examine how enterprises are increasingly focused on delivery and consumption of cloud-based infrastructure and services. The interest in cloud adoption is being fueled by economics, energy concerns, skills shortages, and complexity. Getting the best paybacks from cloud efforts early and often and by bringing them on-premises, can help prevent missing the rewards of cloud models later by being unprepared or inexperienced now. We expect that the way the clouds are built will be refined for more and more enterprises over time. The early goal is gaining the efficiency, control and business benefits of an everything-as-a-service approach, without the downside and risks. Yet much of what makes the cloud tick is already being used inside of many data centers today. So now, we'll examine how many of the technical underpinnings of cloud are available for organizations to leverage in their in-house data centers -- whether it’s moving to highly scalable servers and storage, deeper use of virtualization technologies, improved management and automation for elastic compute provisioning, or service management and governance expertise. Here to help us better understand how to make the most of cloud technologies are four experts from Hewlett-Packard (HP): Pete Brey, worldwide marketing manager for HP StorageWorks group; Ed Turkel, manager of business development for HP Scalable Computing and Infrastructure; Tim Van Ash, director of software as a service (SaaS) products in the HP Software and Solutions group, and Gary Thome, chief strategist for infrastructure software and blades at HP. The discussion is moderated by BriefingDirect's Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions. Read a full transcript of the discussion, or download the transcript. Sponsor: Hewlett-Packard.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:58 PM

Welcome to a sponsored BriefingsDirect podcast discussion on the importance of performance monitoring and governance in any move to cloud computing. Most analysts expect cloud computing to become a rapidly growing affair. That is, infrastructure, data, applications, and even management itself, originating as services from different data centers, under different control, and perhaps different ownership. What then becomes essential in moving to cloud is governance, and the use and characteristics of these services to manage the complexity and relationships in order to harvest the expected efficiencies and benefits that cloud computing portends. To learn more on accomplishing such visibility and governance at scale and in a way that meets enterprise IT and regulatory compliance needs, we're joined by two executives from Hewlett-Packard's (HP's) Software and Solutions Group, Scott Kupor, former vice president and general manager of HP's software as a service (SaaS) operations, and Anand Eswaran, vice president of Professional Services. The discussion is moderated by BriefingsDirect's Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions. View a full transcript of the podcast, or download the transcript.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:27 PM

Our next BriefingsDirect podcast discussion comes from The Open Group’s 23rd Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Conference and the associated 3rd Security Practitioners Conference in Toronto. We're delving an emerging updated standard called XDAS, which looks at audit trail information from a variety of systems and software across the enterprise IT environment. This is an emerging standard that’s being orchestrated through The Open Group, but it’s an open-source standard that is hopefully going to help in compliance and regulatory issues and in the automation of heterogeneous environments. This could be increasingly important, as we get deeper into virtualization and cloud computing. Here to help us drill into XDAS (see a demo now), we're joined by Ian Dobson, director of the Security Forum for The Open Group, as well as Joël Winteregg, CEO and co-founder of NetGuardians. The discussion is moderated by BriefingsDirect's Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions. View a transcript of the podcast, or download a transcript. Sponsor: The Open Group.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:58 PM