Dan Hesse Appointed As Sprint's New CEO: A Solid Choice - Enterprise 'Fit' Depends on Three Key Issues

From an enterprise user perspective, the appointment of Dan Hesse as Sprint's new CEO is the appointment we hoped Sprint would make. The company is facing a number of important challenges, and thus can greatly benefit from Mr. Hesse's depth of industry experience. Several key issues that the new CEO should swiftly address include:

1. The appointment of a chief operating officer.
Sprint's ambitions and challenges are such that one man can't do it all in the timeframe that critical decisions need to be made and executed upon. Despite Mr. Hesse's strong track record in telecom operations, the COO position is a full time job, and Mr. Hesse already has one as CEO.

2. The future of enterprise services, particularly landline. Enterprises need alternatives to the effective duopoly of AT&T and Verizon Business and would like Sprint to be a key enterprise service provider going forward. In order to fulfill this objective substantially, sustainable commitment from Sprint and its new CEO is required in 2008 and beyond. 

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Microsoft’s Official Hyper-V Beta Hits The Streets

Voce
Microsoft released their official beta of Hyper-V on Thursday,
taking a step towards getting their next-generation server virtualization
solution out the door. The release did come as somewhat of a surprise. The beta
was due to be released along with the RTM of Windows Server 2008, and when that
was delayed into Q1 it left us to question what the state of Hyper-V’s beta
release was. The guidance has not changed however around the release of the
final version — it’s still 180 days from the RTM of Windows Server 2008, not
from this release of the beta.

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Segregation of data protection duties

Business Week recently published a profile of Usama Fayyad, the chief data officer of Yahoo!. In this profile they highlight that his responsibilities are:

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Thoughts From Cisco’s C-Scape

Rob It’s that time of year. You know: shopping for the holidays, wrapping up end-of-year projects, and the annual Cisco analyst conference, now called C-Scape. OK, so maybe it’s not that big, but it has become an interesting event that acts a proxy for the overall networking industry. This year was a dramatic difference from years past. Namely, it was a lot more conversation with many more panels and breakouts. However, it was also noteworthy in that there was really no news! Cisco didn’t use this as a venue to announce any products or major initiatives. In fact, when I bumped into Matt Hamblen he commented that many of the journalists in attendance were bored! However, there were some interesting nuggets for those that follow Cisco:

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Windows Vista SP1 Is Almost Upon Us

Ben
Last week,
Microsoft released Windows
Vista Service Pack 1 Release Candidate
(or Windows Vista SP1 RC) to the
general public. This was the last step to be taken before the official
release of SP1 next quarter
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As
Forrester has recently written,
we think desktop operations professionals will start to get serious about deploying
Windows Vista enterprise-wide after the release of SP1. Our conversations with
clients have varied in scope but include businesses that:

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Risk Management Lessons from the ‘Mortgage Meltdown’

Great article this morning in the Wall Street Journal about Goldman Sachs’ performance during the credit meltdown. The company has expectations of record income this year, while competitors are faltering left and right.

There are three important issues in this story — and in the sub-prime crisis in general — that all good risk management professionals know, and should keep in mind as often as possible.

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Cyber espionage – something to worry about?

McAfee released their “Virtual Criminology Report” earlier this year and warned that  there is a growing threat to national security, as cyber espionage becomes increasingly sophisticated, moving from simple network probes to well-funded, well-organized, and possibly government backed operations. The intent is not only financial gain, but also political or competitive gain.

Some other interesting news items have appeared in the recent past.

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Misconceptions about outsourcing security

As I talk to CISOs and CIOs I find that there are many misconceptions about outsourcing security. Here are the most common ones that I come across:

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3PAR, HP, And VMware Team Up To Promote A Cross Functional Best Practice Architecture, 3CV

Andrew On December 10th, 2007, 3PAR announced a partnership with HP and VMware to promote a high performance infrastructure architecture that a group of large customers developed, implemented, and validated. Customer references include marquee companies Deutsche Bank, Hilton, Savvis, and Ariba. Coined “3CV,” which stands for “3” Par, HP “C” Class Blade Center, and “V” Mware, the architecture is said to reduce total hardware acquisition cost, cut power consumption, and increase the agility of provisioning, as well as enable consolidation through security at the virtualization layer rather than through physical separation.

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Notes From Oracle OpenWorld

by Connie Moore, Colin Teubner, Rob Karel, Ken Poore, Rob Koplowitz, Stephen Powers, Barry Murphy and Claire Schooley.

A few weeks ago, several Forrester analysts attended Oracle World. Now that we've gotten back and had a chance to think about what we've heard, we wanted to post this blog to share our thoughts with clients. Here are some observations on what we heard from Oracle about BPM and middleware, data integration and data quality, search and collaboration, enterprise content management and social computing, message archiving and retention management, and human capital management.

BPM and Middleware feedback from Colin Teubner:

What really struck me is how much Oracle was talking about middleware. Charles Phillips opened his keynote talking about it and Oracle's application integration architecture (AIA — if you don't know what that is, it's a whole separate discussion), and Larry spent a lot of time in his keynote talking about it too. In fact, middleware has been the fastest growing part of Oracle's business for at least two or three years, and they have several significant advantages over IBM's stack from my perspective.

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