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  • How to get strategic about SaaS

    Over the first half of 2010, Forrester's IT clients asked more than 350 questions about Software-as-a-Service ( SaaS). Buyers are no longer just asking "What is SaaS?" "Who offers SaaS?" and "Is SaaS secure?" Rather, we're hearing more sophisticated questions about how to incorporate SaaS into the overall application footprint, best practices for implementing SaaS, how to build governance and due diligence around purchases, and where to invest in organisation skill sets as firms make greater use of the service.
    A deeper look into these inquiries shows that firms are approaching SaaS more strategically and in a more centralised way compared to prior years. In fact, 37 percent of questions centreed on actively embracing SaaS. This means the siloed, business-led SaaS deployments of the 2000s are yielding to greater due diligence, planning, and integration with existing sourcing and IT processes.

    Written by Liz Herbert23 Nov. 10 22:00
  • Beware the cloud boomerang

    I was talking to a colleague who works for a large technology vendor. His company offers products to enable IT organisations to construct cloud infrastructures inside their own data centres - to turn existing stable, static computing environments into ones that support scalability, agility, and dynamic applications. The company's progress on its products has been impressive, early implementations successful, and interest from their customer base (infrastructure groups within large IT organisations) high. However, he shared an apprehension with me regarding product adoption. "I'm concerned that while our customers are working on a very deliberate plan that will take a couple of years - doing their research, performing a pilot, evaluating the economics, making the capital investment business case - that the apps side of the house will just charge ahead using on-demand public cloud providers like Amazon." While he was worried about this trend from the point of view of how it will affect the prospects for his company's products, my mind moved toward a different outcome: the boomerang.
    With regard to the issue he's worried about, my sense is that his concern is quite valid. Many software engineers have moved to cloud environments for development due to immediate resource availability and low cost. It's widespread. I noted in a blog post a few months ago my amusement regarding one large software vendor's senior executive's rant. He and I were both on a cloud computing panel and in his remarks he railed against developers using Amazon, citing intellectual property concerns. After the panel was over, as the participants were chit-chatting, he said that he found it frustrating because developers in his own company were using Amazon quite widely, despite being warned against it, because it was so much easier than getting computing resources through the official channels. The phrase "hoisted on one's own petard" sprang to my mind.

    Written by Bernard Golden05 April 10 22:00
  • How to choose your antispam strategy

    At the most basic level, enterprise antispam systems protect organisations against email-related threats by identifying and removing junk mail and malicious messages. Some of the major threats, according to Radicati Group, include viruses, directory harvest attacks and denial of service attacks.
    These systems have also broadened their approach to keep up with increased compliance needs and the evolution of email threats toward phishing and malware-distribution URLs, according to Chenxi Wang, an analyst at Forrester Research. For instance, many systems now support antivirus, content filtering for inbound and outbound email as well as Web and instant messaging traffic, encryption, archiving and e-discovery, or they integrate with systems that offer these functions, she says. Forrester calls this type of system "email filtering"; Radicati, "email security"; and Gartner, "email gateway."

    Written by Mary Brandel23 Feb. 10 22:00
  • The shift to hybrid cloud computing

    Analyst firm Ovum says cloud computing is the most important trend for 2010, as it predicts the rise of hybrid clouds.
    “Enterprises will mix and match public and private cloud elements with traditional hosting and outsourcing services, to create solutions that fit short and long-term requirements,” says Laurent Lachal, author of a new Ovum report on cloud computing.

    Written by CIO New Zealand staff26 Jan. 10 22:00
  • The next wave of IT services

    We constantly hear hype about how a given market is changing drastically. And given the economy, many companies we talk to tell us that the only thing drastic happening in IT services today is the rate reductions they're asking from their vendors. But after years of moving forward slowly, IT services is in fact about to change drastically. Here are a few reasons why, and what you can do about it.
    Changing global demographics

    Written by Christine Ferrusi Ross17 Aug. 09 22:00