Friday, February 27, 2009

BPM to Help Increase Efficiency if 2009

The Metastorm News Blog recently highlighted that the results of the Gartner EXP CIO report shows that IT budgets will most likely remain flat in North America and Europe and slightly increase in Latin America and Asia/Pacific.

The results of the survey also show that senior executives will try to reduce enterprise costs by changing business processes and not by cutting costs directly. Business process management is on the top list of priorities for CIOs since these solutions can help improve efficiencies.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Quick Guide to Enterprise Architecture

Here’s a presentation I came across from Colin White on a quick guide to what is enterprise architecture. Take a moment to flip through the slides and view the concepts discussed.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Citrix expands to visualization market

Citrix is planning on entering the visualization market with the new system Citrix Essentials. Its goal is to make hypervisions more manageable, scalable and flexible. The new system is specifically for XenServer and Hyper-V.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Human Interactivity is a Huge Problem for BPM

I came across this post on the Action Blog that discusses how the human factor and human interaction is a big problem for business process management. Ayal Steiner explains how human work is:

  • Dynamic
  • Tacit
  • Ad hoc
  • Crossins boundaries and silos
  • Saturated with peer to peer interaction
Workflow that involves a human element does not fit into this rigid process. Does anyone have an examples of how they have gotten around this?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Yahoo Mobile coming at end of March

Announced yesterday, Yahoo will be releasing an a software at the end of March that will bring iPhone like capabilities to everyone's mobile phone. The program will work on the majority of mid- to high-range smart phones. This new application will be promoted with the 70 partnerships it has formed with operators. For more information, read this article at eWeek.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Browsing the web I came across this presentation from Shiv Singh, the VP & global social media lead at Razorfish entitled Web 2.0 and the Enterprise: A Symbiotic Relationship. Early in the presentation he notes 5 reasons why it is a symbiotic relationship, and his 1st reason was “Facebook enters the Enterprise.”

This does not shock me as Facebook has been around for quite some time, and only now does it seem that the enterprise is finally beginning to realize the business benefits of social media. What are your thoughts?

Thursday, February 12, 2009

What BPM can do in the current economic situation

Elise Golding recently shared with WhatPC? what business process management can do for a company in this current time of economic crisis. She points out that business processes are at the core of a business, and now is a great time to start controlling the processes. She also outlines some of the major activities that go on in BPM program management: Sponsorship, Objectives and Outcome, Education and Training, Opportunity Analysis, and BPM Programme Road Map.

For a more in-depth look, read the article here.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Microsoft's Enterprise Search Road Map Leads to SharePoint

According to, Microsoft will release a new server that integrates the enterprise search technology it gained by acquiring Fast Search &Transfer with its SharePoint collaboration and content-management platform, the company said Tuesday, Feb 10. Microsoft also has two other enterprise search products, Search Server 2008 and the free Search Server 2008 Express. Are you using Search Server 2008 or the free version? Will the enterprise search techonology that Microsoft is holding be worthwhile in the industry--can it compete? We'd like to hear your thoughts.

Monday, February 9, 2009

TrueSwitch aligns with Google

TrueSwitch has recently teamed up with Google in order to make it easier to import data from old email services into GMail. It can import information from e-mail servers such as AOL, Yahoo and Hotmail. It also allows the user to chose what they'd like to import, from contacts to messages, and defines which messages were imported from the older accounts. For more information, read the article here at CNet.

Friday, February 6, 2009

EA, BPM, Collaboration Together on E3

Starting next week, E3 will encompass two more facets of IT: BPM and Collaboration. We're going offer our readers a wide range of news, reviews and networking that surround the global world of IT. Taking content from trusted news sources, speakers and educators in the field, we're going to continue to provide you with information on IT that can move your business and career forward. Thanks for your readership and we look forward to continue to serve you.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Common Misconceptions on Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is a phenomenon that has hit the IT industry with full force. There are many advantages with cloud computing, but as always with new processes come many misconceptions. Cath Everett from ZDNet has recently looked at the 5 most common myths about cloud computing. Here they are:

Myth 1: Cloud equals SaaS, grid and utility computing
Myth 2: Cloud computing will take over the world
Myth 3: You can use competing cloud services
Myth 4: Flick a switch and your IT shifts to the cloud.
Myth 5: Switching cloud vendors is easy

Take a couple of minutes to read through the full post here. Are there any other myths out there?

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Latitute: The Ultimate Mobile Social Networking

Yesterday, Google announced the release Latitude, which is deemed the next step in mobile social networking. Read Write Web is a way to track where your friends are using your mobile phone. Read Write Web then goes on to question if users are going to feel like Google is too much a part of their life, and they already use other social networking sites like Facebook on their phone. What do you think?

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

SoftLayer Adds SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

According to, on-demand virtual data center services provider SoftLayer Technologies has added SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell to its portfolio of server operating systems, giving all customers an enterprise-grade distribution of the open source Linux OS for no additional cost.

SUSE provides the open source benefits of Linux along with important enterprise features, including support for Microsoft Management Tools and Xen virtual machines, as well as the scalability to run unlimited virtual machines.

The ability to run enterprise-grade distribution and unlimited virutual machines. Are we dreaming? Is this really something to herald or is it a dud? If you've used it let us know.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Use Web 2.0 to Move Forward Through the Economic Downturn

Dion Hinchcliffe recently posted on ZDNet a list of eight ways businesses should use Web 2.0 technology to move forward through the economic downturn. An advantage for businesses just entering the 2.0 era now is that most of the groundwork has already been laid out for them. There is an abundance of enterprise ready solutions out there. Now without further ado, here’s a quick list (provided by Dion Hinchcliffe) of strategic use of web 2.0 that companies should follow in 2009. Enjoy!

  1. Move to lower-cost online/SaaS versions of enterprise applications.
  2. Use Enterprise 2.0 to capture the knowledge and know-how of employees.
  3. Strategically move IT infrastructure to the cloud.
  4. Embrace new low-cost models for production such as crowdsourcing.
  5. Lower customer service costs by pro-active use of online customer communities.
  6. Reduce application development and integration time/expenditures with new platforms and techniques.
  7. Open your supply chain to partners on the Web.
  8. Overhauling and reinventing paper and digital workflow.
Read the full article here.