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That was our 2010 projection two months ago. Today, as of January 28, 2010, we booked more revenue for 2010 than the entire fiscal year 2009 actuals, including unearned income with record sponsorship sales for Cloud Expo East, Cloud Expo West and Cloud Expo Europe events. Our revise...

Down economy or not, IT managers have never had a blank check with which to meet an organization’s needs. As time goes on, IT managers have to deal with increased demand for computing and information services, all while being asked to cut costs and create grater justification for ex...

This is a very good presentation of policy worth a complete read by all, but I looked through it for statements indicating what we technologists should focus on. I tried to find the phrases indicating what the Secretary was saying the US should or will do, since that should drive many...
Based on feedback from my last blog entry, "The Busy Executive's Quick Cloud Computing Reference Guide" the consensus was that people found it very helpful as a means of gaining quick understanding of what Cloud Computing is without getting mired in heaps of technology jargon and hype....
The future ahead for fitness and wellness or any business or industry for that matter will be increasingly difficult as growth will become harder to achieve in mature markets like the U.S. and the E.U. Doug Anderson, SVP, Research & Development, The Nielsen Company, confirmed this asse...
The importance of threat protection for restful web services, I presented a number of content-based threats for XML. When protecting an endpoint from XML based attacks, not only are payloads scanned for code injections, malicious entity declarations and parser attacks, XML documents ar...
With the performance boost as well as power savings that SSDs have to offer, the comprehensive move from mechanical drives to Solid State Disks is an inevitability, While the PC user faced an almost immediate phasing out of 3.5 inch floppy disk drives (let’s forget the brief Zip drive ...
Users of individual SaaS products have generally become confident that their vendor is proficient in maintaining security, ensuring that data is backed up and carrying out other support tasks. However, venturing more broadly into “the cloud,” where many applications may be used as serv...

Infrastructure 2.0 enabled application delivery platforms have more than a few things in common with the Transformers. Like Autobots, there’s more to it than meets the eye.

Jan. 13, 2010 10:00 AM EST  Reads: 8,457

Although certain RESTful web services are of a ‘public’ nature and do not have specific security requirements such as authentication and authorization, any service that has an entry point from an untrusted network is subject to attack and proper threat protection measures are always an...
Standing at the threshold of 2010, I can’t help but wonder where our focus in technology will turn. In the past 10 years, we’ve had the fortune of many, many technology advances. Today, most everyone has a cell phone…and it seems most have traded a cell phone for a smart phone the like...
Looking down my blogroll earlier today, I see "A message from Jamie Lewis". Jamie is the CEO of Burton Group, and always worth listening to, especially at his Catalyst talks. So, I click on the link and read that Burton has been acquired by Gartner! Analyst consolidation continues into...
According to Cerf, "Strong authentication will be a critical element in the securing of clouds." We know that authentication is a core for establishing trust between transacting parties. This requirement is now further heightened because of the expansion of corporate boundaries out t...
One of my friends and mentors, Bill Vass, has consistently advised IT professionals to understand, respect and use the power of well-formed IT architecture.  Bill has often reminded me and others that architecture is design.  If you have poor design, or if you have good design that is ...

Being an efficient developer often means abstracting functionality such that a single function can be applied to a variety of uses across an application. Even as this decreases risk of errors, time to develop, and the attack surface necessary to secure the application it also ma...

It is now 2010 and things are looking up but IT fundamentals have shifted and spending must be closely monitored. Some of the leading names in IT will be meeting to discuss planning and spending in the first quarter of 2010 at the CIO US Summit held by GDS International. The recession...
Practically on the anniversary of Anne Thomas Manes now-famous SOA-is-Dead pronouncement, David Linthicum suggests we convene the vigil for design-time service governance. Dave maintains that cloud technology is going to kill this canonical aspect of governance because runtime service ...
Congratulations! You made it to 2010. Welcome to the next decade in technology innovation that will change the world! I resisted putting together a list of predictions for the coming year, mainly because like many people I tend to predict too much change in the near term, and not enoug...
As is our custom, we’ll use this first ZapFlash of the year to look retrospectively at the past year and the upcoming future. But we’ll also wax a bit nostalgic and poetic as we look at the past 10 years and surmise where this industry might be heading in the next decade.
It sounds much more grand and lofty than it really is. To put it in layman’s terms, or at least take it out of marketing terms, aligning IT with the business is really nothing more than justifying or tying a particular IT investment or project to a specific business goal. What that mea...
The success of Cloud Computing for enterprise transactions will depend on solving the core business concerns of reliability, security, access control, and accountability. It is not a coincidence that these topics happen also to be the core feature set of the SOA gateway industry.
We have all the tools for securing information in a Cloud: establishing trust through identity, data privacy through encryption, and content integrity through signatures. We are overly focused on Cloud Computing Security issues and less on reliability. This is all about to change. Foll...
ERP selection projects and their ERP project teams come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The software selection criteria list associated with these ERP evaluations is also diverse and varies greatly based on industry and/or company size.  While many requirements will overlap from one ...
As an exercise, I ran Signpost on the Vordel XML Gateway to see it insert the OAuth Authorization header into outbound messages. Getting Signpost up and running on the Vordel XML Gateway is simple. Firstly, download the jar files for Signpost and put them into the "/ext/lib" directory ...
Looks like Forum Sentry, the pioneer and leader of XML Gateway and XML Firewall technology has announced its latest product that now addresses the growing need for handling not just XML/Web services traffic, but also HTML/Portal traffic. From a technology standpoint, this is not a revo...
It seems like every major vendor out there from hardware to software has a different definition of what cloud computing is. I’ve dabbled a little with the definition on here before, but it still seems like there is a general lack of consensus when it comes to definition. With that said...
A view into the Hive Mind - what you see when you type "SOA is" into Google:

A new decade is upon us and the ERP software industry looks quite different than it did at the start of the decade. Ten years ago, the enterprise software space was booming, IT budgets were flush, and companies were replacing accounting systems left and right in preparation for Y2K.
Customization is one of the most controversial topics surrounding ERP software.  A majority of our clients have every intention of leveraging vanilla, off-the-shelf software during their software selection process.  However, as project teams get into the details of the software during ...
The talk at the Cloud Computing Expo this week in Santa Clara was all about enterprise cloud adoption. Is it real? Is it already happening? If so, who’s doing it, which applications are they running and which clouds are being tested? To a large extent, cloud computing is a victim of it...
With full credit to the Geek and Poke blog, the funniest nerd cartoon I have seen all year!

Dec. 14, 2009 08:30 PM EST  Reads: 6,832
Many IT architects are discovering that technical and economic incentives are mounting for exploiting alternatives to mainframe computing applications and systems. As enterprises seek to cut their total IT costs, they examine alternatives to hard-to-change and -manage legacy systems. T...
Firstly, there is the person designing the policy. As Randy says, the policy is defined "using the SOA product’s administration tool" (ie. not by writing code), and he goes on to say that "the important point here is that the policy is declared separately from the service, allowing it ...
As I evangelize around the upcoming surge in innovation driven by technology and globalism one topic that is often raised is the issue of how older people are unable or unwilling to adapt to the change brought on by technologies. Hence, the rapid states of change I predict are unlikely...
Although XML has been around for quite some time many developers still don't know too much about it. Not needing to know too much about it is one of XML's strengths, but cursory knowledge is rapidly becoming mandatory for all developers. This post will discuss some of the detai...
Last week EMC and Cisco announced their VCE collation and Acadia. The other day, HP continued its early holiday shopping by plucking down $2.7B USD and bought 3COM, one of the networking seven dwarfs (e.g. when compared to networking giant Cisco). Some of the other so called networking...
Brenda Michelson, Principal of Elemental Links, writes "elemental cloud computing" recently tweeted: "100k buys way more public, than private, cloud computing power" which started a short but inspiring conversation on the subject centering around the observation that "cloud is the gift...
This last year was a time of ups and downs and highs and lows for many companies and individuals.  The enterprise software and ERP industry was no different, with the industry’s vendors, clients, and consultants all experiencing both high points and low points. However, despite ...
The irony is that Oracle has advanced MySQL, lost money in the process, and helped its competitors - all at the same time. When Oracle buys Sun and controls MySQL the gift (other than to Microsoft SQL Server) keeps on giving as the existential threat to RDBs is managed by Redwood Shore...
Even more interesting would be if I could create and access a VPC from OpenSolaris running inside of VirtualBox on my MacBook Pro! That way, I could have an on-demand virtual data center in the Cloud that I could access from anywhere! It was from this concept, that I reached out to Dan...


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