All your authentication are belong to us

In my childhood, many of the bad guys in TV shows were corporate overlords. Tweed jackets and dark turtlenecks were the apparel of choice. They were ridiculously unctuous, spouting obliquely phrased threats like, "This Mannix fellow has become...Inconvenient." 

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Videoconferencing Wars: Polycom Brings Its Allies.

Corporate network bandwidth requirements are exploding; buyers tell us their needs are growing by 30-60% a year – and video is the culprit. 

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PM's latest annoying responsibility

The more social we get, the more we expose about ourselves. That's a fact of life that antedates social media, the Internet, or computers. From this perspective, social media are just a new way to  reveal ourselves, sometimes by choice, other times not. 

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Agile mainstream flows into Collabnet

Recently, colleague Dave West and I published some research showing how Agile has gone mainstream in both the tech industry and IT departments. Here's another sign of the mainstreaming of Agile: Collabnet's acquisition of Danube.

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The Mobile App Store Wars Heat Up

During the past couple of years, mobile device manufacturers including Apple, Microsoft, Nokia, and RIM have deployed mobile application stores. Applications available in these stores are primarily consumer focused including games, music, news, and entertainment - but many applications are emerging that help business users. Work related application examples include PDF document readers, expense report viewers, and productivity enhancing applications for LOB workers such as medical decision-support tools and ECG-reading applications for doctors and nurses in healthcare.

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Reflections on MWC: Its all about networking and knowledge sharing

According to the GSM Association, 49,000 people attended the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) in cold wet Barcelona last week. The weather was not a metaphor for the event which has maintained its glitz even though it is no longer a showcase for all devices new. Sure there were plenty of cool handsets on view, but this indicates how the mobile sector has matured into something different - a theme we will pick-up in research to be published shortly.

But what MWC has really become is one great big networking event, and Forrester was there in the thick of it.  Personally met with senior executives from Alcatel-Lucent, Orange Business Services, Cisco, HP, Amdocs, Telefonica, Wipro, Tieto, Oracle, Comptel and Convergys; and had the opportunity to hear what Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) and Motorola had to say in my 2 days at the event. Other Forrester colleagues had equally full agendas, as is the way at MWC. As ever these interactions were as much about explaining our take on developments as hearing announcements (of which there were many).

From these meetings, podium presentations, and a deluge of press releases, four things stand out to me. They are:

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Vote for Silicon Valley P-Camp topics

If you're a product manager or product manager on the West Coast, you should take a minute to vote for the topics you want to see covered in the Silicon Valley P-Camp next month.

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Vancouver 2010 – HD Video and Converged Networks Take Gold!

I am writing this blog as I return from a whirlwind visit to the Vancouver Olympics - a truly digital Olympics relying on a converged network from Avaya and Bell Canada to deliver all of the data and media required for the games.  The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games(VANOC) CIO, Ward Chapin, has been oft quoted saying that hosting the Winter Olympics is similar in scale to hosting 3 Super Bowls a day for 17 days, so when I spoke to him I asked how he does that.  Relying on a team of suppliers and partners that includes Atos Origi

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Oracle's Sudden Jump Into The Cloud

Oracle is about to launch its Cloud Computing strategy with a worldwide roadshow. What does this mean for Oracle customers and partners?

First of all, Oracle remains a technology platform provider and will not jump into the hosting business themselves for PaaS. Only for the space of hosted applications, will they remain in the OnDemand hosting business. Let’s have a look at the SaaS and PaaS segments separately:

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Buzz as a PM failure

Google now has two recent examples of how not to launch a product. To be more specific, the launches of Wave and Buzz are unfortunate illustrations of product management and product marketing breakdowns.

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