Forrester's IT Forum 2009 - Come see your favorite speakers!

Forrester’s IT Forum 2009 is fast approaching — May 19-22 in

Las Vegas

At this event, you will learn how you and your app dev and program management peers can move beyond the oft-cited, overly simplistic mantra of "cheaper, faster, better" to creating substantive, lasting value for the enterprise. Forrester’s IT analysts will examine critical issues at the intersection of business and information technology. We have great speakers this year, with keynotes from:

Guest speakers

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Self-Service Business Intelligence Depends On Automated Data Discovery

James G. Kobielus By James Kobielus

If you tuned into my Forrester teleconference yesterday, you heard me discuss the end-to-end infrastructure necessary to fully support mashup-style self-service business intelligence (BI).

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

Jeff Scott [Posted by Alex Cullen]

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.

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News Analysis: Oracle Waives Fees On Extended Support Offerings

Ray Wang By R "Ray" Wang

Oracle President Charles Phillips pleasantly surprised Oracle Applications User Group (OAUG) Collaborate 09 attendees this morning during his keynote with the decision to waive Extended Support fees for a number of product lines through 2010 and 2011. As customers and prospects face one of the worst global economic crises, proactive relief on support and maintenance fees could not come at a better time.

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News Analysis: Oracle Waives Fees On Extended Support Offerings

Oracle President Charles Phillips pleasantly surprised Oracle
Applications User Group (OAUG) Collaborate 09 attendees this morning
during his keynote with the decision to waive Extended Support fees for
a number of product lines through 2010 and 2011. As customers and
prospects face one of the worst global economic crises, proactive
relief on support and maintenance fees could not come at a better
time.  Summary details of the program can be found in Figure 1.

Figure 1. Oracle's Revised Support Policies

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News Analysis: Oracle Waives Fees On Extended Support Offerings

Oracle President Charles Phillips pleasantly surprised Oracle
Applications User Group (OAUG) Collaborate 09 attendees this morning
during his keynote with the decision to waive Extended Support fees for
a number of product lines through 2010 and 2011. As customers and
prospects face one of the worst global economic crises, proactive
relief on support and maintenance fees could not come at a better
time.  Summary details of the program can be found in Figure 1.

Figure 1. Oracle's Revised Support Policies

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Is EA About The Business Or Just IT?

As all the hype around business architecture increases, a lot of clients are asking about EA’s relevance to the business. One newly minted EA put it this way: “I get the distinct impression that the business side of EA gets at best lip service. It’s no wonder business leaders criticize architects for being IT centric rather than business driven. But doesn’t the “E” mean enterprise?”

Architects ARE guilty of being IT centric, but that is changing. In our defense we have come by this bias legitimately:

• From the very beginning (see Zachman’s first article: http://www.zachmaninternational.com/images/stories/ibmsj2603e.pdf) EA clearly included a business component. But until recently the concept of business architecture was: “what IT needs to know about the business.” So in theory EA is about the enterprise but in practice has been very technology centric.

• Because EA was originally designed by technologists for technologists EA has grown up in IT further contributing to the idea that it is about technology.

• Because it has grown up in IT, EA practitioners are almost all technologists who are very comfortable in the technology space but not so comfortable in the business space. In fact, architects are often their own worst enemy when it comes to the business. They spend very little time with business leaders (outside of a specific project context) and spend even less time educating themselves about business (see my April 21st, 2009 blog post).

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DLP Wave Getting Started: How You Can Help

Forrester's IT Forum 2009

by Tom Pohlmann
Vice President, Information Technology Research

Tom-Pohlman Forrester’s IT Forum 2009 is fast approaching — May 19-22 in Las Vegas. At this Event, you will learn how you and your peers can move beyond the oft-cited, overly simplistic mantra of "keep the lights on, and do it for less" to creating substantive, lasting value for the enterprise. IT analysts will examine critical issues at the intersection of business and information technology. We have great speakers this year, with keynotes from:

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Creating A Consumer Focused EA

Jeff Scott [Posted by Jeff Scott]

Over the past decade I have consulted with over a hundred EA teams and have seen all kinds of frameworks and models. What I haven’t seen in all these years is a framework that is truly consumer focused. And by consumer, I mean the EA consumer. Who is the EA consumer? They are the people that directly apply EA products and use EA services.

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