The next step in virtualization

As a high school student I had to go through a Philosophy class, even though my curriculum was in sciences. Zeno's paradox, or the negation of movement, was one of the subjects of that class through which I suffered enormously. Years later, my daughter came back one day with some math homework: the subject was to explain why Zeno's paradox was wrong. And I suffered through it again. This familiarity with Zeno, which I really could have done without, lead me to apply it to IT and what I consider to be the ball and chain that slows IT progress. In Zeno's paradox a runner (Achilles) cannot catch a turtle which started a race earlier than him because each time the runner reaches the point where the turtle was, the turtle has of course moved forward. Repeating this reasoning leads to the conclusion that the interval will become very small, but that the runner will never catch the turtle. What's wrong with the reasoning is that it explains a continuous movement variation through a set of discrete events. But this is what we do in IT: we have a continuous progress of IT technology, hardware and software, and IT projects which are discrete events. When we decide to start an IT project, all hardware and software components are frozen for the duration, while technology continue to progress.

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IT Management Software Market Update

Leaning The Other Way Now

By Peter O'Neill

Here is quick addendum to my recent blog entitled "Leaning Into The Kindergarten".

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Leaning Back To The Kindergarten

By Peter O'Neill

I have just come back from our own Business Technology Forum
in Chicago where my colleagues presented about the concept of “lean production”
to an audience of application development and business process professionals:
how the IT industry, including enterprise IT, must now finally address and
improve its R&D and production processes, just as other industries have
done already.

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Compuware to acquire Gomez

Compuware announces this morning their intention to purchase Gomez, one of the two major forces in web application monitoring services (the other one being Keynote). This is a very interesting and potentially game changing move in both the end user experience monitoring and the application performance management (APM) markets.

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A new blog site for one of our analysts

Jonathan Penn

For those that have been following my blog posts, I've started up my own blog. It's called Cyberia, and it's at http://jpenn.wordpress.com.

I've wanted to blog more often about a broader set of topics, but found Forrester’s existing team blogs such as this one don’t offer me the best forum to speak to the diverse kind of audience that I seek to engage. The topics will fairly consistently be about security and privacy issues; but the role of the audience to whom I address these posts will shift between IT security practitioners, IT vendors, and even the IT users (both corporate and consumer) who are affected by both security and privacy risks, as well as by the measures designed to mitigate those risks.

I've already started posting several items, so it's live and active.

I hope to see you there!
-- Jonathan

A new blog site for one of our analysts

For those that have been following my blog posts, I've started up my own blog. It's called Cyberia, and it's at http://jpenn.wordpress.com.

I've
wanted to blog more often about a broader set of topics, but found the
team blogs non-optimal places to do so. Having my own blog will allow
me to stretch out the topics a bit per my own interests, and avoid my
flooding this wonderful team blog with my own posts.

I've already started posting several items, so it's live and active.

I hope to see you there!
--Jonathan

Cisco Makes Offer for Tandberg

Cisco offered $3 bn for Tandberg today – and I think it’s a good deal for them. They bought:

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Forrester's Revised Cloud Taxonomy