Constraints Stimulate Innovation

Gene Leganza [Posted by Gene Leganza]

I recently attended a SIM luncheon where a panel of speakers addressed innovation in IT. The four panelists had completely different points of view and different experiences with pursuing innovation in their respective companies, but there were two points of intersection.

 

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Swine Flu? What It Means For IT Professionals

Stephanie The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed 64 cases of swine flu in the United States and as other countries including Canada (6), New Zealand (3), the United Kingdom (2), Israel (2), Spain (2), and now Germany have confirmed cases, the World Health Organization has raised the worldwide pandemic threat level to Phase 4. This means health officials have confirmed that the disease can spread person-to-person and has the potential to cause "community-level" outbreaks. The CDC recommends avoiding travel to Mexico and if you get sick, to stay home from work. Large numbers of employees out sick will impact the business (revenue) and cost your company a lot of money in productivity loss (you still pay employees their salary when they're out).

Stopping the spread of the disease and treating those infected is obviously a health issue, but the swine flu outbreak does have implications for IT professionals in both the short term and the long term. First, if you haven't done so already, you need find a copy of the bird flu business continuity plan (BCP) that your company developed in 2006 and call a walk through exercise immediately. And if your responsibility is IT disaster recovery and not necessarily business continuity, don't wait around for someone else to dust of the plan and call the exercise - this is too important to wait. Call your CIO, CISO, COO, and CEO and tell them it needs to be done now. There's a good chance that the plan is out of date and that it hasn't been exercised in a long time.

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News Analysis: SAP and SUGEN Make Progress on Enterprise Support

Since SAP's announcement of its single tier Enterprise Support plan last July,
customers have continued to express dissatisfaction.   In response to
such complaints, the SAP User Group Executive Network (SUGEN) of 12 SAP
user groups and SAP have been engaging in discussions around the value
derived from this new offering.  This morning SAP and SUGEN announced
an agreement on three key areas of the Enterprise Support offering:

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News Analysis: SAP and SUGEN Make Progress on Enterprise Support

Since SAP's announcement of its single tier Enterprise Support plan last July,
customers have continued to express dissatisfaction.   In response to
such complaints, the SAP User Group Executive Network (SUGEN) of 12 SAP
user groups and SAP have been engaging in discussions around the value
derived from this new offering.  This morning SAP and SUGEN announced
an agreement on three key areas of the Enterprise Support offering:

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News Analysis: SAP and SUGEN Make Progress on Enterprise Support

Ray Wang By R "Ray" Wang

Since SAP's announcement of its single tier Enterprise Support plan last July, customers have continued to express dissatisfaction.   In response to such complaints, the SAP User Group Executive Network (SUGEN) of 12 SAP user groups and SAP have been engaging in discussions around the value derived from this new offering.  This morning SAP and SUGEN announced an agreement on three key areas of the Enterprise Support offering:

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Deduplication Will Exist Everywhere

Stephaniebalaouras Most customers were just starting to get their arms around all the different deduplication approaches available in disk appliances and VTLs from vendors when backup software vendors and even non-storage related vendors began announcing deduplication capabilities.

We all know the appliance and VTL vendors offering dedupe, including COPAN Systems, Data Domain, EMC, Exagrid, FalconStor, HP, IBM (Diligent), NEC, NetApp, Quantum, Sepaton, Sun StorageTek, and others.

And there were existing backup software vendors, including EMC Avamar, Symantec NetBackup PureDisk, and many online backup software vendors, like Asigra. Now add CommVault Simpana 8.0 and IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) V6.

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Content Security Waves

Chenxi Wang

After many months of work, we finally published the much-awaited content security Waves. On the Forrester SRM website, under the content security tab, you will be able to find three Wave documents: Email Filtering Wave, Web Filtering Wave, and Content Security Suites Wave.

 

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Oracle Shakes the Eco-System

Since the announcement of Oracle to acquire Sun Microsystems you can find a lot of thoughts on the web about Oracle’s main motivation behind the deal, the portfolio mapping of the two giants and how Oracle would leverage pieces of the new assets or possibly sell-off some again.

Please read this Forrester Report for more insights.

 

Oracle continues to assure they are not planning to depart from any of their new assets. If we believe in this mantra the consequences to the whole IT eco-system are severe. It is the first time that a large application vendor expands into the hardware territory and forces us to redefine the traditional view of IT market segmentation – again.

 

·        Changing IT Markets Force Everyone to Rethink

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The Millennials Drive Innovation In The New Economy

by Claire Schooley

Claire-Schooley This new generation of workers born between 1980 and 2000 is very different from those workers of previous generations. Millennials are naturally adept with technology. They figure out how a new application or a particular device works—and they like the challenge. They live in online communities and are remarkable in their outreach to others through microblogging, social networks, text messaging, instant messaging, etc. One Millennial said to me recently, “Email is too slow. I use it only when I have to write something formal.” They are not afraid to say what they think. They respect older generations for their experience and knowledge, but Millennials are fearless in challenging them with other perspectives.

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VMware Wants To Be Your Network Operating System Of Choice

Whenever a company changes the name of their major product you often have to wonder what level of change they are trying to signal. In the case of VMware which changed ESX to vSphere yesterday, the signal is one of intent. They could have called it vWorldDomination but that might have been a bit too caustic. So instead they chose a global metaphor. Despite the subtlety, make no mistake, this version is a direct affront to how we have traditionally run our data centers with traditional operating systems and element-centric system management tools.

They made their case initially at VMWorld EMEA when they declared that a new “operating system” is needed in the virtualized data center and that the old model no longer applies. They called it Cloud OS but didn’t deliver on this vision. vSphere is the first step towards this new model in that it significantly shifts the focus from simply virtualizing workloads to managing and automating pools of VMs and shows how management at the virtual infrastructure layer can address data center efficiency in ways other layers can’t. It also moves the VM world closer to being able to manage business services that span VMs (although other tools like HP Operations Orchestrator and BMC BladeLogic still do this better) and track and diagnose their performance with AppSpeed, previously BeeHive, (although not as well as Hyperic).

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