Logicalis chief technologist defines the new ideology of hybrid IT
The next BriefingsDirect thought leader interview explores how digital
disruption demands that businesses develop a new ideology of hybrid IT.
We'll hear how such trends as Internet of things (IoT), distributed IT, data
sovereignty requirements, and pervasive security concerns are combining to
challenge how IT operates. And we'll learn how IT organizations are shifting
to become strategists and internal service providers, and how that supports
adoption of hybrid IT. We will also delve into how converged and
hyper-converged infrastructures (HCI) provide an on-ramp to hybrid cloud
strategies and adoption.
To help us define a new ideology for hybrid IT, we're joined by Neil
Thurston, Chief Technologist for the Hybrid IT Practice at Logicalis Group in
the UK. The discussion is moderated by Dana Gardner, P... (more)
From Our Faculty Archives: @DevOpsSummit New York 2015
DevOps at Enterprise: Capital One Shifts Left
In his session at DevOps Summit, Tapabrata Pal, Director of Enterprise
Architecture at Capital One, told a story about how Capital One has embraced
Agile and DevOps Security practices across the Enterprise - driven by
Enterprise Architecture; bringing in Development, Operations and Information
Security organizations together.
Capital Ones DevOpsSec practice is based upon three "pillars" - Shift-Left,
Automate Everything, Dashboard Everything.
Within about three years, from 100% waterfall, Capital One now has 500+ Agile
Teams delivering quality software via Agile and DevOps practices.
Tapabrata Pal has 20 years of IT experience in various technology roles
(Developer, Operations Engineer and Architect) in the retail, healthcare and
finance industries. Over... (more)
Converged IoT Systems - Bringing the Data Center to the Edge of Everything
The next BriefingsDirect thought leadership panel discussion explores the
rapidly evolving architectural shift of moving advanced IT capabilities to
the edge to support Internet of Things (IoT) requirements.
The demands of data processing, real-time analytics, and platform efficiency
at the intercept of IoT and business benefits have forced new technology
approaches. We'll now learn how converged systems and high-performance data
analysis platforms are bringing the data center to the operational technology
To hear more about the latest capabilities in gaining unprecedented
measurements and operational insights where they’re needed most, please
join me in welcoming Phil McRell, General Manager of the IoT Consortia at
PTC; Gavin Hill, IoT Marketing Engineer for Northern Europe at Nati... (more)
New Technologies and Services Move Procurement and Finance to Center Stage
The next BriefingsDirect business innovation thought leadership discussion
focuses on how companies are exploiting advances in procurement and finance
services to produce new types of productivity benefits.
We'll now hear from a leading industry analyst on how more data, process
integration, and analysis efficiencies of cloud computing are helping
companies to better manage their finances in tighter collaboration with
procurement and supply-chain networks. This business-process innovation
exchange comes in conjunction with the Tradeshift Innovation Day held in New
York on June 22, 2016.
To learn more about how new trends are driving innovation into invoicing and
spend management, we're joined by Bill McBeath, Chief Research Officer at
ChainLink Research in Newton, Mass. The discussion is moder... (more)
Later this month, The Open Group’s first conference in Australia will focus
on "How Does Enterprise Architecture Transform an Enterprise?"
With special attention devoted to enterprise transformation, speakers and a
variety of sessions will place the transformation in the context of such
vertical industries as finance, defense, exploration, mining, and minerals.
As a prelude to the event, BriefingsDirect recently interviewed two of the
main speakers at the conference -- Hugh Evans, the Chief Executive Officer of
Enterprise Architects, a specialist enterprise architecture (EA) firm based
in Melbourne, Australia, and Craig Martin, Chief Operations Officer and Chief
Architect at Enterprise Architects.
As some background, Hugh is both the founder and CEO at Enterprise
Architects. His professional experience blends design and business, having
started out in traditional arc... (more)
What do the following industry executives have in common: the CTOs of Citrix,
EMC and Sybase, the Founders of ParaScale and CloudSwitch, the CEOs of Zetta
and Kaavo, the Chief Security Architect at Sun, the President of Hubspan and
the Chairman of NComputing?
The answer is that, along with another 100 or so experienced and
industry-savvy speakers, they are all members of the distinguished Speaker
Faculty at the upcoming 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo,
which is co-located with the 7th International Virtualization Conference &
Expo at the Santa Clara Convention Center, November 2-4, 2009.
The lineup includes plenty of other CEOs too, such as the CEO of Bycast, and
of Grid Dynamics, newScale, JRapid, Adaptivity, and RocketLawyer.com. As for
CTOs, the Santa Clara Convention Center will be playing host to breakout
sessions from not just those already ... (more)
Dan directed my attention to an interesting article recently, “Are 3-tier
web architecture models too rigid?” in which the author postulates that
“maybe it is time to finally break out of the old 3-tier web architecture
box and retire the concept…”
In addition to a great mention of F5 and an “application delivery tier”
in web architecture models (the concept of which deserves its very own blog
post), the author inadvertently, I think, brings to the fore one of the
reasons SOA might have failed to dominate the world: service inequality.
Most web service managers and architects I talk to describe their
architecture as a "3-tier" model, meaning they have a web server tier, and
appserver tier, and a database tier. However most such architectures in
fact turn out to be much more complicated with ESB components and other
connectors, access control services, mulitple la... (more)
In an interactive general session that forms part of its Data in Action
virtual conference, IBM has really hit the jackpot.
It has managed to snag Donald Feinberg, VP Distinguished Analyst at Gartner,
to talk about current trends in the Data Management market. There is a live
Q&A session too, and all of it - both the general session and the Q&A - are
well worth viewing.
Click Here to View "Data in Action" Virtual Conference!
Feinberg is a vice president and distinguished analyst in Gartner
Intelligence in the Information Infrastructure group, where he's responsible
for Gartner's research on database management systems and data warehousing
infrastructure. He has 19 years at Gartner under his belt, and 44 years in
the IT industry as a whole.
The topics that Feinberg examines include the problem of exploding data
volumes, new computing paradigms for handling this explosio... (more)
ZapThink's integration cost curve, which we published back in 2002, continues
to stir discussion amongst our Licensed ZapThink Architects. In brief, our
argument is that while traditional middleware-based integration leads to
unpredictable spikes in cost when business requirements change, taking a
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) approach to solving integration
challenges leads to a flattened cost of change. Implementing SOA means
building for change, so the argument goes, so while there will continue to be
some ongoing costs, a fundamentally agile architecture will smooth out the
ups and downs of IT integration expense.
Cut to the end of 2008. Today, in spite of ZapThink's repeated warnings about
taking an ESB-first approach to SOA, many organizations have bowed to vendor
pressure and have undertaken an ESB-first, "SOA platform" approach to
implementing SOA. As... (more)
Aster Data has taken big data management and analytics to the next level with
the announcement today of its Aster Data nCluster 4.6, which includes a
column data store and provides a universal SQL-MapReduce analytic framework
on a hybrid row and column massively parallel processing (MPP) database
management system (DBMS).
The San Carlos, Calif. company's new offering will allow users to choose the
data format best suited to their needs and benefit from the power of Aster
Data’s SQL-MapReduce analytic capabilities, as well as Aster Data’s suite
of 1000+ MapReduce-ready analytic functions. [Disclosure: Aster Data is a
sponsor of BriefingsDirect podcasts.]
Row stores traditionally have been optimized for look-up style queries, while
column stores are traditionally optimized for scan-style queries. Providing
both a row store and a column store within nCluster and deliveri... (more)
If you're familiar with the Database Binary / Text Large Object column type
in PowerBuilder Classic (see Figure 1), you know it's a way of storing blob
data associated with an OLE Automation application (Paint, Microsoft Word,
Microsoft Excel) and then displaying it as part of a DataWindow.
There were some limitations with the Database Binary / Text Large Object. It
required the end user to have the application that was used to add the object
to the database in order to view the data. It often didn't display the data
well within the DataWindow. And it wrapped the data stored in the database
with an OLE wrapper, making it difficult to deal with the data outside of the
OLE Automation application used to store it.
To address those issues, a new column type, called the TableBlob column, has
been added to the WPF DataWindow. Like the Database Binary / Text Large
Object ... (more)