… The Cloud/Analytics/Watson Conference (2of3)

“Insight” is the new name for IBM’s former Information-on-Demand conference – an event that had been dedicated to data related topics such as data management, data bases, data governance and Big Data analysis. Insight, however, expands beyond data to cover other IBM strategic initiatives including cloud and cognitive computing. So picture this: 12,000 people with varied interest attending an IBM trade show on advanced technologies. These 12,000 included IBM customers (business executives, line-of-business managers, developers, database administrators, IT managers, and more); press/analysts; IBMers (sales people, product managers, educators, and executive management); and IBM business partners (offering solutions in security, enterprise content management, analytics, cloud and more). In other words, Insight attracted a gigantic crowd with a wide variety of interests. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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HP Tests Mobile DevOps For The Real World
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HP Tests Mobile DevOps For The Real World

In the mobile-first, apps-driven world speed and quality are the table stakes and HP is looking to deal itself a winning hand with Mobile Center, an on-premise solution for testing mobile application functionality and performance across real-world network conditions on real-devices. The company said mobile app developers require solutions that can rapidly adapt and test new environments, and that connect to their overall application lifecycle management strategies. Now shipping, the solution is intended to address the critical need for a consistent and enjoyable app experience, said Genefa Murphy, Sr. Director, Application Delivery Management HP Software. “Only HP can deliver a unique blend of domain expertise, big data analytics, and seamless integration with an overall application lifecycle management suite to enable mobile DevOps teams to predict how an application will respond in the real world, no matter the device, OS or context,” she said in a prepared statement. We want to help out customers essentially extend best practices to mobile devices, “because there are so many nuances that come about on the real device,” she told IT Trends & Analysis in a phone briefing. “We’re bringing in the real device element and making sure the app is going to behave in the real world as you expect”. Mobile Center is replacing HP Unified Functional Testing (HP UFT) software, formerly known as QuickTest Professional, which will stop shipping in January 2015. Charlie Dai, Principal Consultant, Forrester Research, think it’s time for technology decision-makers and enterprise architects to seriously consider adopting mobile app delivery management solutions and to evaluate HP for that purpose. Although his new blog was targeted at the Chinese networking market, where HP is rumored to be looking to sell at least 51% of its corporate-networking business in the country, H3C Technologies Co, he said HP’s portfolio now covers the entire mobile app life cycle, from app design, development, and optimization to distribution and monitoring. ‘At the mobile app optimization stage, HP’s Mobile Center uses a comprehensive approach to functionality, interoperability, usability, performance, and security to consolidate and automate mobile testing.’ He noted from an interoperability perspective, the product can simulate exceptional conditions such as voice or SMS interruptions and resource conflicts with camera or GPS apps. It also supports peripheral testing of components including near field communication, Bluetooth, and iBeacon. According to a recent SolarWinds survey, application performance matters. “It’s no longer just about if an application working, it’s about that application working to end user expectations,” said SolarWinds Products and Markets EVP Suaad Sait. “These survey results should be a wakeup call for IT pros everywhere.” Key findings included: -93% of business end users said application performance and...

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IBM’s Enterprise 2014: Major Technology Shifts Ahead

For the past five years, IBM’s Systems and Technology Group (STG) has sponsored an annual customer-oriented strategy sharing/product review/hands-on training conference called IBM Enterprise. Of the dozen or so events that I attend every year, this is by far my favorite because it succinctly describes IBM systems strategies, provides tons of case study/customer testimonials and provides several venues in which to interact with and seek off-the-record feedback from IBM customers. That feedback helps me get real world but anonymous feedback on IBM products and services – and helps me formulate my analytical opinions. This year IBM focused on its STG messaging on its Power Systems, System z and storage lines (System i and PureSystems were barely mentioned – though the latter is really a software group product): To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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VCE Expands/Extends its Vblock…Portfolio

In essence, Vblock Systems qualify as a very best-of-breed converged systems architecture that can be adapted to virtually any enterprise IT need, making them anything but one-trick ponies. VCE’s new and enhanced offerings demonstrate why it continues to set the pace for converged systems and regularly wins the race for the goodwill and business of enterprise customers. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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ESG Recap of Oracle OpenWorld 2014

This year’s Oracle OpenWorld has reflected some interesting bets on the future of databases, cloud, big data, and analytics, along with many other macro-trends like social, mobile, and Internet of Things (IoT). Oracle is doubling down on positioning itself as a cloud leader with emphasis on “pluggable” databases that can be easily hosted multi-tenant on-premises or migrated to a public cloud with a single command line. Database-as-a-service or DBaaS is clearly a priority and it’s being complemented by more cloud-oriented middleware and many new SaaS offerings. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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