Blue Coat: Creating An Economic Advantage For Users In 2009?

John Kindervag

Last week, Blue Coat gathered analysts in New York City for its Application Delivery Network Briefing Event to showcase its newest offerings, some of which are not yet released, and give the analyst community an update on where things stand following the company’s acquisition of Packeteer, completed in June of 2008.

Long story short? The vendors’ roadmaps have merged and it seems Blue Coat is doing a solid job of integrating the visibility and deep traffic inspection messages of the PacketShaper products with its caching, optimization, and security messages. Prior to the Packeteer acquisition, while Blue Coat offered a solid secure gateway and caching story, the true level of traffic visibility and optimization it could provide was limited.

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Observations From Day 2 Of Forrester’s EA Forum

Gene Leganza [Posted by Gene Leganza]

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Observations And Thoughts From Day 1 Of Our EA Forum

Gene Leganza [Posted by Gene Leganza]

There’s quite a buzz here at Forrester’s EA Forum. There is just a lot going on in EA circles these days, and the horrible state of the economy can’t seem to suppress it. The general notion that EA practices should directly support the business is really taking hold. While this has always ostensibly been a key aspect of EA, most organizations really focused their EA practices on their technology strategies. I’m getting a lot of positive feedback that a primary focus on business value is the only way to keep EA practices relevant; and these days, not relevant is not tolerated.

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Whatever Happened To EII?

Robertkarel_2Jameskobielus_2 By Rob Karel and James Kobielus

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Silver Linings and dark clouds of the current tight IT budget climate

Silverlining Last week I was at a dinner with IT execs from several firms.  Not surprisingly, we talked about the economy and what it means for their firms and for their IT organizations.  I asked them what the economic pressures meant to them, and they said “their business customers realize now that what they ask for has a cost”.  One PMO head said that her business partners used to ask for ‘the quickest solution regardless of cost’, and now they are asking ‘the best value solution’.  Others echoed this, saying that IT used to be looked at as a ‘magic cookie jar’ which should always have the resources a business area needed – but now business managers understand IT’s finite resources and the need for prioritization.

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What, If Anything, Is A "Niche Vendor," Where Enterprise Data Warehousing Is Concerned?

Jameskobielus By James Kobielus

Now that we've published my Forrester Wave for Enterprise Data Warehousing (EDW) Platforms, you'd think I can breathe easier. Far from it. No matter how carefully one words a report, there is always the potential for misunderstanding. I'm already seeing some of that surrounding the notion of what, exactly, constitutes an EDW "niche vendor."

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The truth about the new attack on MD5 signatures

Chenxi Wang

In December 2008, a group of researchers demonstrated a credible attack against MD5 signatures. Since then, Forrester received a number of client inquiries regarding the security strength of their MD5 certificates. There seems to be much confusion over what the attack is about and its actual consequences.

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Can BPM Keep You From Getting Fired?

Okay, I have to admit it:  “My name is Clay and I am a political junkie.” They say the first step to recovery is admitting that you have a problem. I am also a policy geek and I love watching C-SPAN.By now, I’m sure you’re wondering “What the heck does this have to do with I&KM pros?”

I believe last Wednesday’s House Hearing on Madoff and the SEC should be required viewing for all I&KM Pros – particularly for those of you that want to understand how BPM can keep you from getting fired.

If you caught the hearing in its entirety on C-SPAN (I had a front-row seat on my couch, thanks to being taken down by a nasty flu-like virus last Wednesday – this will become relevant a little later), you saw the whistleblower, Harry Markopoulos, rip into the SEC, FINRA, and other industry regulators. Mr. Markopoulos raised numerous red flags to the SEC about Madoff’s Ponzi scheme over an eight year period.

Pulling no punches, Mr. Markopolos called the SEC "incompetent" and FINRA "crooks" to their faces – senior representatives from both organizations were in the audience listening to the hearing and waiting for their opportunity to respond.  Following Mr. Markopoulos’s testimony, I thought "Hey, its time to get some popcorn, the fight’s on!" Then I recalled why I was home in the first place – sick, right? 

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Blue Coat: Creating An Economic Advantage For Users In 2009?

Last week, Blue Coat gathered analysts in New York City for its Application Delivery Network Briefing Event to showcase its newest offerings, some of which are not yet released, and give the analyst community an update on where things stand following the company’s acquisition of Packeteer, completed in June of 2008.


Long story short? The vendors’ roadmaps have merged and it seems Blue Coat is doing a solid job of integrating the visibility and deep traffic inspection messages of the PacketShaper products with its caching, optimization, and security messages. Prior to the Packeteer acquisition, while Blue Coat offered a solid secure gateway and caching story, the true level of traffic visibility and optimization it could provide was limited.


Interesting for IT Operations and Security Professionals, the two product lines remain separate, though branding will merge in the second half of 2009. This could create either a dilemma or an opportunity for Blue Coat in the current economy when companies are being forced to show faster ROI with less investment upfront. The PacketShaper/ProxySG product split means that an organization can adopt one element of the solution at a time, dialing up investment as need dictates.

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The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Data Warehousing (EDW) Platforms Q1 2009: The Key Takeaway

Jameskobielus By James Kobielus

Today we published the first Forrester Wave™ specifically focused on Enterprise Data Warehousing (EDW) Platforms. The final published report is now available on Forrester’s website to clients. Information and knowledge management (I&KM) professionals will find it a timely and actionable study of the leading EDW platform vendors: Teradata, Oracle, IBM, Microsoft, SAP, Sybase, and Netezza. I urge you to download and read it, and then engage me, the author-analyst, in inquiries and advisories to help you apply it to your EDW initiatives.

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