IT Forum EMEA 2009

Simon YatesForrester's IT Forum EMEA 2009 -- to be held 3-5 June at the Maritim Hotel in Berlin -- focuses this year on "redefining IT's value to the enterprise". As with our research, Forrester's focus is on providing credible and actionable advice, so all attendees will have the opportunity to meet individually with Forrester analysts to discuss the issues most important to you. In addition, we have terrific featured speakers to provide case studies and best practices:


Guest speakers
Edouard Odier, AF-KLM Executive Vice President, IT, Air France
Brian Franz, Chief Information Officer, Diageo

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Forrester IT Forum EMEA 2009

Simon Yates [Posted by Simon Yates]

Forrester’s IT Forum EMEA 2009 — to be held 3-5 June at the Maritim Hotel in Berlin — focuses this year on "redefining IT's value to the enterprise". As with our research, Forrester's focus is on providing credible and actionable advice, so all attendees will have the opportunity to meet individually with Forrester analysts to discuss the issues most important to you. In addition, we have terrific featured speakers to provide case studies and best practices:

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Citrix C3 – Where are the partners?

James Staten Citrix put some significant new meat on the bones of its Citrix Cloud Center (C3) offering this week but left behind one crucial element. Who are the partners delivering this offering?

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Not Your Daddy's IBM

"Big Blue."  That's the image of IBM I grew up with - bloated, rigid, complicated.  Come on, you've heard the joke, "How many IBM engineers does it take to screw in a light bulb?  More than you can afford!"  And I've seen this first hand in the past with IBM Websphere Process Server (WPS). 

In 2006, I supported a major enterprise BPM evaluation for a large federal agency.  Several vendors were brought in, including Big Blue, to demo BPM functionality.  I have to admit, the functionality and depth presented by IBM the federal customer - they literally shook their heads with disappointment.  At that time, IBM was force fitting the WPS product to be a human-centric BPM platform.  I described it as a "headless horseman" - nice integration functionality under the covers, but missing the required interface for users to interact with their tasks and workflow.  The end result of the evaluation:  IBM lived up to its Big Blue image and the agency decided that Big Blue was not the right platform for their fledgling BPM initiative (which would go on to become a multi-million dollar, multi-year BPM program).

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Experience The Forrester Research Difference At IT Forum 2009

by Tom Pohlmann

Vice President, Information Technology Research

Tom-Pohlman Forrester’s IT Forum Tech Innovation Demonstrations are your first glimpse at new and alternative technologies that will provide solutions to your current business needs.  View innovative products and services selected by Forrester analysts that will stretch the boundaries of what you’d previously thought possible. The Tech Innovation Demonstrations will be hosted in the Technology Showcase at The Palazzo Las Vegas.

Forrester Wave™ Demonstration: Content Security Wave™
Wednesday, May 20: 12:40–1:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 21: 1:35–1:55 p.m.
Presenters: Kyle McNabb, Chenxi Wang

Forrester TechRadar™ Demonstration: Software-as-a-Service TechRadar™
Wednesday, May 20: 6:40–7:00 p.m.
Presenters: Kyle McNabb, Liz Herbert

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Leveraging Cloud Computing For New Business Enablement

James Staten In yesterday’s Forbes.com HP VP and CTO Russ Daniels wrote a short commentary on how cloud computing can help reignite the global economy and his focus is what makes the difference. Where Russ differs from many others on cloud computing in that he is talking about the vision from a higher, business level than most others, who are down in the IT weeds most of the time. Where Nick Carr talks about cloud computing sending corporate data centers to the trash heap, Russ is looking at what new business opportunities can be enabled by the cloud.

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Symantec Juggles the Channels

In an analyst event on Apr. 22nd in London, Symantec outlined their new Partner Management concept – increased focus on a decreased number of partners.

 

Channel partners are the lifeblood to Symantec’s sales and already contribute ~85% of the business in EMEA - which is expected to increase. This is split into segments; Small Business, which Symantec simply classifies by deal sizes below $5k, Commercial Business, which is above that threshold, and Enterprise Business with named accounts. To better execute on this segmentation Symantec has introduced a new dedicated SB (Small Business) organization and the cross-segment role of Business Development Managers to their ranks.

 

·        The Plan Is To Focus More On Fewer Partners

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Las Vegas in May? What Could be Better?

Natalie L. Petouhoff, Ph.D. By Dr. Natalie Petouhoff

How about a Forrester Forum in Las Vegas in May. Come on... you need a break! You've been working really hard-- it's only May and it seems like it is September... When will this year be over????

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Can Open Text Turn The Page On Vignette's Recent History?

Steve-Powers By Stephen Powers

ECM vendor Open Text announced this morning that it intends to acquire Vignette, provider of Web and transactional content management technologies. In some circles, the acquisition of Vignette has been a foregone conclusion for many months now. Vignette has been an established player for years, with an impressive customer base. But the company’s missteps (a major WCM upgrade that stranded longtime customers, questionable expansions into non-core areas, inconsistent customer service and contact) have left them weakened in a market where they should have been able to take advantage of the lack of size and/or stability of some of its competitors. As a result, Vignette’s license revenues have declined in a hot content management market, and the brand has been devalued despite its strong technology.

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Experience The Forrester Research Difference At Forrester's IT Forum 2009

Forrester’s IT Forum Tech Innovation Demonstrations are your first glimpse at new and alternative technologies that will provide solutions to your current business needs.  View innovative products and services selected by Forrester analysts that will stretch the boundaries of what you’d previously thought possible. The Tech Innovation Demonstrations will be hosted in the Technology Showcase at The Palazzo Las Vegas.

    Forrester Wave™ Demonstration: Content Security Wave™
    Wednesday, May 20: 12:40–1:00 p.m.
    Thursday, May 21: 1:35–1:55 p.m.
    Presenters: Kyle McNabb, Chenxi Wang

    Forrester TechRadar™ Demonstration: Software-as-a-Service TechRadar™
    Wednesday, May 20: 6:40–7:00 p.m.
    Presenters: Kyle McNabb, Liz Herbert

Theater Presentations
    Wednesday, May 20: 1:00–1:20 p.m.
    Case Study: IT Organizational Assessments In The Real World
    Presenter: Marc Cecere

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