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December 2005 Archives

This past September, IBM reshaped the service-oriented architecture (SOA) platform market with a bang with its announcements of WebSphere ESB, WebSphere Process Server, and a new version of the WebSphere Message Broker. Then in October, IBM announced the acquisition of DataPower Technology, adding an XML infrastructure appliance to its SOA platform. Although IBM was already an SOA powerhouse, these moves expand its capabilities and market presence as well as offer customers important new options for implementing SOA. IBM's moves also validate these emerging markets and will accelerate the consolidation of SOA application infrastructure.

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Posted December 30, 2005 10:31 AM
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Service-oriented architecture (SOA) is a style of design, deployment, and management of software infrastructure and applications to create a more flexible digital embodiment of your business. Characteristics of SOA include a standards-based environment, loosely coupled connections to ease change, shared services, and federated control. SOA evolved as a solution for complex and inflexible application infrastructure; by managing standards, protocols, information delivery, and application integration, IT organizations found that they could save money and increase flexibility through reducing architecture complexity and duplication.

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Posted December 27, 2005 10:28 AM
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The News Is . . . OK Forrester and the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) have created a quarterly index to measure the health of the US technology sector in terms of demand forces like CIO spending outlooks, supply factors like the health of venture capital (VC) funding, and the strength of US-based technology vendors based on revenues, profits, and market valuations. Since we began tracking these data in 2003, the index rose steadily through Q4 2004 and then dipped in early 2005. In Q3, the health of the US tech sector rose 3.9 points to nearly match its three-year high. The largest gains for the quarter occurred in the demand component of the index, and nearly all forward-looking measures were up. While the third quarter's results are reason for optimism about the US tech sector, the saw-tooth pattern for the index over the past year suggests a mix of moderate declines and moderate increases over the coming year.

Posted December 26, 2005 1:21 PM
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Today's organizations are moving from the "considering" stage to the "definition" stage of an enterprise risk and compliance program. What are the key drivers of these programs? They include multiple risks and regulations, distributed operations and relationships, interdependency of risk, increased accountability, and awareness of both fragmentation and duplication of efforts. In 2006, firms will establish risk and compliance architectures, develop risk intelligence, and implement GRC platforms, as well as centralized communication and training on corporate policies and procedures. Next year will also see continued evolution of the enterprise role that is responsible for GRC.

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Posted December 22, 2005 8:00 AM
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An increasing focus on IT governance by boards of directors and executive management puts IT management and the performance of the IT organization under a magnifying glass. IT organizations are increasingly asked to demonstrate the value of IT, vouch for the integrity of the systems and data under their control, simultaneously improve the quality of existing services while reducing their cost, and become a source of enterprise innovation. It is virtually impossible today to meet one of these objectives, let alone all of them, without an effective IT performance measurement and management system in place. Yet many continue to try. In 2006, we will see an increasing number of IT organizations adopt strategic IT performance management frameworks; there really is no other choice.

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Posted December 20, 2005 12:33 PM
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