Podcast: Information Management Trends To Watch In 2009

Our latest featured podcast is Matt Brown's "Information Management Trends To Watch In 2009."

In this podcast, Matt discusses five key trends that Forrester believes will have a significant impact on information management in 2009, including the rise of cloud computing services, and what’s going to happen to social software and Web 2.0 this year.

We look forward to your questions and comments.


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Is a CMDB even possible?

Glenn O'Donnell This is one of the most frequently asked questions I get in my many interactions with people on the topic of CMDB. The short answer is, “A CMS is possible, but the common model of CMDB is not.” I have even been challenged on Twitter that CMDB is nothing more than an endless time sink (follow glennodonnell to see the threads). Sadly, this is a common perception that is fueled by the many failures resulting from an unrealistic view of CMDB as a monolithic database.

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The Open Cloud Manifesto

James StatenThe Open Cloud Manifesto, backed by its thirty-six firms that signed on with its debut, outlines core value propositions, points out challenges, sets goals, and then lists several principles of what an open cloud should accomplish. Until now, there has been no real attempt to define or restrict the term or use of the term "cloud", but it’s hard to view this effort as highly credible when many of the early cloud leaders did not sign onto it. Most glaringly absent are Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and salesforce.com. Why aren’t all vendors signing onto this manifesto?

Well, one such reason given by Microsoft was their discomfort of being asked to sign the document "as is" without any chance for input.

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Obama Gave The Queen An iPod — This Matters To HR, Why?

The Old IT Has Died. But Is The New IT Qualified To Satisfy The Business?

by Alexander Peters, Ph.D.

Alex-Peters The “old” IT — notoriously self-marginalizing function that delivered one-size-fits-all infrastructures, blew up the IT budget, and delivered “IT speak” instead of business relevant solutions — has ceased to exist. CIOs have either outsourced it, recreated it from its ashes, or are combining both approaches to establish a new and more business-relevant IT.

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Inmon’s Vitriolic Slap At “Virtual Data Warehousing” Does Not Withstand Scrutiny

James G. Kobielus By James Kobielus

In a recent article, Bill Inmon incinerates a strawman concept that he refers to as “virtual data warehousing (DW).” For those unfamiliar with Inmon, he is generally considered the founder of DW as a data management discipline, has been at it since the 70s, and has more published books and articles to his name than most mortals. So he clearly may be considered an authority on the topic of DW.

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