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We all take for granted that our online applications at home will perform the instant we need them. Whether it’s Voice over IP, video on-demand, gaming, or other applications, we have instantaneous, high-speed access, anytime. In this environment, IT managers are now facing the question: “Why can’t you deliver the same quality of service at work that I experience at home?” Despite spending three to five percent of total revenues on computers, software, and IT services, corporations today still are not able to deliver this same level of performance we receive in our homes. To attain this level of speed and reliability, businesses need to shake off the antiquated computing model of the past and learn from today’s leading Web-based service vendors. The Challenges of the Corporate Data Center Despite all the technological changes that have occurred in recent years, corp... (more)

Citicus ONE Shortlisted for Best Security Management Software and Innovation Awards

Citicus Limited's flagship Citicus ONE risk and compliance management software has been shortlisted by SC Magazine for two Awards, Best Security Management Product / Service Award and Innovation Award. Citicus ONE is also the cornerstone of Barclays Global Retail and Commercial Banking's Information Risk Management Process which was shortlisted for Best Information Security Project of the Year Award. SC Magazine's Awards recognise excellence in information security. Judging of the technology and industry awards is by an impartial panel of information security professionals from major European and global organizations including investment banks, retails banks, retail groups, airlines, insurance groups, food groups and government departments. Winners will be announced at the SC Awards Europe 2010 ceremony and dinner on Tuesday 27th April 2010. Responding to SC Magazine... (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)

webMethods Introduces SOA Web Services Solutions For Sarbanes-Oxley

webMethods debuted webMethods for Compliance, a new solution designed to verify the completeness, accuracy and validity of transactions and business processes in accordance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and other regulatory requirements. Built with the technology components of webMethods Fabric(TM), this new solution provides businesses with the ability to continuously and automatically monitor their compliance control points without the risks or costs associated with manual testing and controls. At the same time, the process integration, assembly and optimization capabilities offered by webMethods for Compliance can also be used to further streamline and enhance these fundamental operations, which means enterprises can use their compliance investments to achieve continuous process improvements as well. David Mitchell, president and CEO of webMethods Building and su... (more)

Bringing SOA to Life: The Art and Science of Service Discovery and Design

In a service-oriented architecture (SOA), a service is a unit of work performed by a service provider to achieve desired results for one or more service consumers. A service provides a function that is well defined, self-contained (for example, loosely coupled to its environment), described solely by its interface contract and behavioral attributes (for example, it hides implementation), and located anywhere on the network. Essential components of an SOA - such as a service provider, service repository, service mediator, and service consumers - all rely on service definitions as the key element to describe, access, transport, and understand services. Modern SOA as a pattern for transforming enterprise architecture is still emerging, as are the strategies for service discovery and design. At this juncture of SOA's maturation, it's highly useful to consider concepts a... (more)

SYS-CON.TV Broadcasts SOA World 2007 West Keynote

In his opening keynote address at SOA World 2007 West in San Francisco, Software AG Deputy CTO Miko Matsumura challenged an SOA World audience to make service-oriented architecture core to their enterprise operations over the coming year. Citing the transformational success of earlier adopters, Matsumura argued that current laggards risked ceding an insurmountable advantage to their competitors if they did not accelerate their adoption of SOA. He also urged attendees to look beyond today’s often artificial litmus tests for architectural purity in order to embrace a more pragmatic and evolutionary approach to SOA adoption. VIEW MIKO MATSUMURA KEYNOTE ON SYS-CON.TV HERE SYS-CON.TV's SOA Power Panel live from the SOA World Conference & Expo, on Monday, November 12, 2007, in San Franacisco. Panel included Kyle Gabhart of Web Age Solutions, Kevin Hakman of TIBCO, Sandy ... (more)

Five Main Advantages of Open Source for Enterprise Solutions

Nothing will slow the progress and increased adoption of open software. What was traditionally viewed as developer and infrastructure tools has quickly infiltrated the enterprise environment. The public sector was one of the first to initiate the trend. For example 400,000 workstations in the French administration have already migrated to Open Office. Other players of the public sector have also started to switch to open source technologies: in the United States (City of Largo in Florida, University of Nebraska, Colorado Department of Human Services, City of Chicago, etc.), in France (National Gendarmerie, Ministry of Finance, National Assembly, etc.), and the rest of the world (Cities of Munich and Amsterdam, Swedish National Police, libraries in Romania, schools in Macedonia, Russia and Venezuela; etc.). Even if, according to a study by the University of Maastrich... (more)

Exclusive Q&A with Jeff Haynie, Co-Founder & CEO, Appcelerator

"Companies have invested a significant amount of money in SOA – and continue to do so," says Jeff Haynie, Co-Founder & CEO of Appcelerator, in this exclusive Q&A with SYS-CON's AJAX & RIA Journal in the run-up to Appcelerator's session on October 20 at AJAX World RIA Conference & Expo in San Jose, California (October 20-22, 2008). "One of the keys to unlocking the full return on investment in SOA is the ability to build service-oriented UIs (SOUIs) – clients designed to consume services, regardless of language or platform," Haynie continues. "We believe Appcelerator's approach truly zeros in on the need for a clean separation of the application from services in an agile development model," he adds. Read the interiew in full below... About Jeff Haynie Jeff Haynie is co-founder and CEO of Appcelerator, an open source software company that develops products and services... (more)

Aastra Technologies to Acquire Ericsson's Enterprise Communication Business

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 02/18/08 -- Aastra Technologies Limited (TSX: AAH) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) to acquire Ericsson's Enterprise Communications Business. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in April 2008. The purchase price is SEK650 million (CAD$103 million) for intangible assets subject to customary adjustments for net tangible assets as at closing. Aastra believes that the acquired business, under its management, will require net working capital of CAD$57 million resulting in a total investment by Aastra of approximately CAD$160 million. With its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, the business is a leading provider of IP PBX, converged PBX systems and branch office solutions. The product portfolio includes communications solutions fo... (more)

Fortisphere Launches Partner Program to Expand Global Delivery of Policy-Based Virtualization Management Solutions

Fortisphere, a leading provider of policy-based virtualization management software, today announced the Fortisphere Partner Program. Created specifically for the company’s resellers, system integrators and OEM partners, the Fortisphere Partner Program will provide customers with a comprehensive ecosystem of solution partners focused on delivering best-in-class, policy-based management solutions for virtual environments. “We specialize in helping organizations implement solutions that drive operating efficiencies and cost savings across the entire enterprise,” said James Rodriguez, CEO, MTO Tech. “We strive to exceed our customers’ expectations for quality and value and as a Fortisphere partner, we can now deliver the visibility, automation and control our customers have been asking for as they expand virtualization deployments to produ... (more)

EMC's future: The Higgs particle's dilemma

The particle physics: Evolution, aspergerism and massless massness Greatest things in life come and go and all you have left is memories. The LHC's attempt to look for the Higgs particle, often also called the God particle by some who are a too much into the "discovery of evolution thing", sometimes makes me wonder: We all have that in us. There is space and anti-space and then there is the air that breathes it. VMware is exactly such a software company. The firm has solid faith and tremendous following. The employees breathe and live the Higgs field. This field was created by the folks who brought this company to where it is today. VMware had better lived in some distant universe, untouched by folks that kept bugging their passion and telling them to say things the way it should have been told. They did a great jo at it but they also got fooled into it. The truth of th... (more)