Welcome to the latest BriefingsDirect SOA Insights Edition Vol. 6, a weekly discussion and dissection of Services Oriented Architecture (SOA)-related news and events, with a panel of independent IT industry analysts. Wrapping up the year, our crew tackles 2006 with a SOA review. The boys also take a look forward to 2007 with a series of SOA predictions. Join Steve Garone, Joe McKendrick, Jon Collins and Tony Baer for our discussion, hosted and moderated by Dana Gardner. Top predictions favor more software infrastructure consolidation amid corporate mergers, a move to increased modeling in SOA, and roughly a 25% increase in SOA-related deployments in the New Year. Join us as we delve into these complex and fascinating subjects. Feel free to read a full transcript of the discussion at http://briefingsdirect.blogspot.com/2006/12/transcript-of-briefingsdirect-soa_19.html.
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Category:B2B Informational Podcast -- posted at: 4:23 PM

Broadly dispersed datacenters are a huge and growing expense to enterprises -- yet the demands for more applications delivered fast and reliably is mounting. Can an enterprise have it both ways: Fewer datacenters and better performance? Can they cut ongoing costs in doing so, and protect their resources from disasters? Two executives from Hewlett-Packard's Consulting and Integration Group unequivocally say, "Yes!" Join podcast host and moderator Dana Gardner in a discussion on the methods and best practices around IT Consolidation with Ewald Comhaire, director of the global practice for Infrastructure Services, as well as Peg Ofstead, worldwide solution lead for HP IT Shared Services and IT Consolidation Services. Read a full transcript of the discussion at http://briefingsdirect.blogspot.com/2006/12/transcript-of-briefingsdirect-podcast_13.html. Sponsor: Hewlett-Packard.
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Category:B2B Informational Podcast -- posted at: 6:45 PM

The demands on the Internet have never been higher, with massive files of high-definition video, online distribution of most software products, and the increasing uploading of "user-generated content" filling up the pipes. Yet the challenge to Internet delivery is not just in the packets' performance. The winning formula for online businesses also demands a business platform, from generating metrics to managing advertising to fulfilling subscriptions -- a unified platform approach to the business of Internet media delivery is emerging. To help better understand the challenges and opportunities of the newest waves in media, join host and moderator Dana Gardner in a podcast discussion with Mike Afergan, CTO of Akamai Technologies. Feel free to peruse a full transcript of the discussion at http://briefingsdirect.blogspot.com/2006/12/transcript-of-briefingsdirect-podcast_12.html. Podcast sponsor: Akamai Technologies.
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Category:B2B Informational Podcast -- posted at: 2:33 PM

Welcome to the latest BriefingsDirect SOA Insights Edition, a weekly discussion and dissection of Services Oriented Architecture (SOA)-related news and events, with a panel of independent IT industry analysts, journalists and guests. With us to discuss SOA and Microsoft, SOA and Web 2.0 and SOA as a business value are a distinguished and interesting panel: Steve Garone, Joe McKendrick, Mary Jo Foley, and Jeff Pendleton. Our discussion this week centers on two topics, both, of course, SOA-related. The first is Microsoft, which has been coming out with more lingo, or marketing, around SOA -- if not in the actual technology approach, at least in terms of the business values and the rationale for embarking on SOA. The second issue is trying to figure out the best way of conceptualizing SOA’s business value, and to then be able to take it out to the market. Join us as we delve into these complex and fascinating subjects. Feel free to read a full transcript of the discussion at http://briefingsdirect.blogspot.com/2006/12/transcript-of-briefingsdirect-soa.html.
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Category:B2B Informational Podcast -- posted at: 7:33 PM

Open source and SOA are increasingly joined at the hip. These twins are developing in tandem, not sequentially, which is giving CIOs and architects a variety of choices for picking and choosing the projects and products that make up their SOAs. To better understand the history and progression of SOA and open source, two open source experts from IONA Technologies join moderator Dana Gardner for a deep-dive discussion into the SOA open source landscape, as well as to explain the objectives and accomplishments of IONA's Dec. 4 release of the Celtix Enterprise initiatives. Have a listen to the podcast or read the transcript at http://briefingsdirect.blogspot.com/2006/12/transcript-of-briefingsdirect-podcast.html. Podcast sponsor: IONA Technologies, Inc.
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Category:B2B Informational Podcast -- posted at: 2:00 PM

Welcome to the latest BriefingsDirect SOA Insights Edition, a weekly discussion and dissection of service oriented architecture (SOA) and related news and events with a panel of independent IT industry analysts and guests. Yours truly, Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions, is your host and moderator. BriefingsDirect SOA Insights Edition brings a new focus to the SOA thought leadership field by assembling noted independent IT industry analysts and guests to investigate the trends and news of the week. Take the content via this blog and excerpts, by listening to the podcast, and/or by perusing the full transcript of the discussion. This week's panel consists of Steve Garone, a former program vice president at IDC and founder of the AlignIT Group, Neil Macehiter, a research director at Macehiter Ward-Dutton, and making his debut Joe McKendrick, an independent research consultant, a contributing editor and columnist for Database Trends, and a SOA blogger for ZDNet and ebizQ. This week's topics center around the recent Oracle OpenWorld conference focused on Oracle's ecology and products. Take a look at these thoughful analysts as they weed through the many weighty Oracle announcements and developments -- including the bombshell Unbreakable Linux announcement. Feel free to peruse the transcript of the discussion at http://briefingsdirect.blogspot.com/2006/11/transcript-of-dana-gardners_15.html.
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Category:B2B Informational Podcast -- posted at: 7:31 PM

Welcome to BriefingsDirect SOA Insights Edition, a weekly discussion and dissection of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and related news and events with a panel of independent IT industry analysts and guests. Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions, is your host and moderator. This week's panel consists of Steve Garone, a former program vice president at IDC, Neil Ward-Dutton, a research director at Macehiter Ward-Dutton, and Jeff Pendleton, a former IT executive who has filled many roles, at BEA, HP and other firms. The topics are the relationship between SOA and open source as well as a lively discussion on what SOA needs to be better accepted by business leaders. Feel free to peruse the transcript of the discussion at http://briefingsdirect.blogspot.com/2006/11/transcript-of-dana-gardners.html.
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Category:B2B Informational Podcast -- posted at: 6:08 PM

The ramp-up and roll-out of Microsoft Windows Vista is around the corner. As small office, home office (SOHO) users and businesses face this new look, feel, and function set for their PCs they are also -- in record numbers -- relying on remote access service providers such as Rent-a-Geek. From fixing Windows 95 to tuning Vista, these remote access "geeks" are building large-scale business based on the power of such low-cost products and services as LogMeIn's Rescue and LogMeIn's IT Reach. When PCs face trouble, or when users want their maintenance and malware protection automated, PC remediation companies are not just asking users to drop off the hardware in the next town -- the technicians can actually enter the PC remotely via the Internet and fix the problem at the users desk ... anywhere. All it takes is a phone and an Internet connection. Listen to this sponsored BriefingsDirect podcast where moderator and host Dana Gardner discusses the business opportunity for remote PC remediation and maintenance services with Rent-a-Geek Founder and President Keith Schiehl. Sponsor: LogMeIn, Inc. For an instant trial of LogMeIn Rescue, the solution Rent-A-Geek relies on for its highly successful remote support business, visit www.LogMeInRescue.com/podcast. Within five minutes of signing up, you can conduct your first remote support session. And, through this special link, you’ll receive an automatic three-week trial (a full week longer than the standard trial). Get your trial going at www.LogMeInRescue.com/podcast. Read the podcast discussion transcript at http://briefingsdirect.blogspot.com/2006/10/transcript-of-dana-gardners_31.html.
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Category:B2B Informational Podcast -- posted at: 3:18 PM

When enterprises reach back in time, to the outer reaches of their code assets, they don't necessarily have to see things as they once were. Due to application modernization techniques and methods, scattered legacy applications can be rationalized for lifecycle-level support by newer, more efficient platforms and practices. The proper hygiene of these applications becomes especially useful and cost-efficient as enterprises and governments move toward datacenter consolidation and also services oriented architecture (SOA). To explore the nuances of application modernization, and to determine the business case for such undertakings, I recently moderated a sponsored discussion with two executives from Hewlett-Packard (HP). Rick Slade, the America’s practice principal for HP’s Application Modernization Service, and Paul Evans, the worldwide practice leader for application modernization for HP Services, explain how the targets for modernization efforts extend well beyond mainframe and COBOL code. The goal is to deeply examine any older applications -- built on linear, monolithic architectures -- and transform them for production on platforms and server architectures that promote long-term flexibility. Read the transcript at http://briefingsdirect.blogspot.com/2006/10/transcript-of-dana-gardners_23.html. Sponsor: Hewlett-Packard.
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Category:B2B Informational Podcast -- posted at: 10:35 AM

Welcome to BriefingsDirect SOA Insights Edition, a weekly discussion and dissection of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and related news and events with a panel of independent IT industry analysts and guests. Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions, is your host and moderator. This week's panel consists of Steve Garone, a former program vice president at IDC and Jon Collins, principal analyst at Macehiter Ward-Dutton. The topics are Sun's virtualization announcement and the relationship between SOA and virtualization, as well examining the notion that SOA will kill ERP ... or not. Feel free to peruse the transcript of the discussion at http://briefingsdirect.blogspot.com/2006/10/transcript-of-dana-gardners_22.html.
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Category:B2B Informational Podcast -- posted at: 3:07 PM