Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) advances have helped IT departments recast themselves as mature and process-oriented. But the role and influence of ITIL, especially version 3, is extending well beyond IT organization and operations improvements to impact such essential endeavors as as service oriented architecture (SOA), portfolio management and low-risk change management. ITIL, in effect, is fostering cultural and behavioral change inside of IT departments, which also has a direct bearing on general business transformation and the ability of enterprises to innovate and compete writ large. To help better understand the role and impact of ITIL on actual IT departments in a variety of use-case scenarios, BriefingsDirect's Dana Gardner interviewed two ITIL practitioners, Sean McClean, principal at Katalyst Now, and Hwee-Ming Ng, solutions architect in HP's Consulting and Integration group. The discussion was recorded June 18 at HP's Software Universe event in Las Vegas. Sponsor: Hewlett-Packard.
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Service oriented architecture (SOA) is at a crossroads, moving from pilot to enterprise status for many companies. As the trends and economics landscapes shift, SOA's benefits and pay-offs are accelerating. Green and energy-conscious companies are also seeing SOA through the context of data center and applications modernization. To probe deeper into SOA's impact on enterprise IT and business transformation, we sat down with Tim Hall, director of HP's SOA Center products for a discussion moderated by BriefingDirect's Dana Gardner, recorded June 18 at HP's Software Universe event in Las Vegas. Sponsor: Hewlett-Packard.
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Business intelligence (BI) has been a top investment for corporations in the past several years, but the ability for BI to generate value and strategic direction guidance is merely in adolescence. In health care, customer retention, energy and oil management, and for global risk reduction, BI is offering some of the best payoffs from IT and datacenter investments, says Rod Walker, vice president for information management at HP's Consulting and Integration group. Listen to this BI value "now and to come" podcast recorded at HP's Software Universe event June 19, moderated by BriefingDirectt's Dana Gardner. Sponsor: Hewlett-Packard.
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More enterprise IT departments are working toward Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) principles and reference models for running their organizations. Yet ITIL can provide more benefits than initially meets the eye, including accelerating service oriented architecture adoption, faster mean time to repair in operations, and more effective change management. Dan Rueckert, worldwide practice director for both the service management and security practices in HP's Consulting and Integration group, explains the direct and significant ancillary payoffs from ITIL adoption -- from establishing an IT service lifecycle to defining an overall IT service strategy. Listen to this ITIL overview podcast recorded at HP's Software Universe event June 18, moderated by BriefingDirect's Dana Gardner from Las Vegas. Sponsor: Hewlett-Packard.
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Enterprise CIOs face mounting challenges that are hard and getting harder. HP says it has a lifeline for these IT departments and leaders over the next five years by helping them to dramatically cut the size of IT budgets relative to the enterprises' total revenue. This allows a shift on IT spending from operations to innovation via next generation data centers. David Gee, vice president of marketing for HP Software, in a podcast interview from HP's Software Universe event this week, discusses the large global opportunity for enterprises and service providers to cut the relative size of IT budgets by investing in modern data centers that save energy, consolidate applications, leverage virtualization, and rely more on automation than manual upkeep processes. Listen to the interview podcast, moderated by your's truly from Las Vegas, for more on HP's plans for next generation data centers that focus IT on the businesses' interests. Sponsor: Hewlett-Packard.
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Ben Horowitz, vice president and general manager of HP’s BTO software unit, explains in this podcast from HP's Software Universe event the collaborative roles that business, security, operations and QA people will play in the design time-to-runtime lifecycle. Bringing more input into applications design, test and refinement, in a managed fashion, allows applications to better meet business goals, while also proving the data center operators better means to host those applications efficiently with high availability. Listen to the podcast, moderated by BriefingsDirect's Dana Gardner, for much more on HP's plans for and philosophy on how BTO and next generation data centers come together for application lifecycle optimization. Sponsor: Hewlett-Packard.
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Enterprises are now energized to save energy, and HP's Adaptive Infrastructure program leader, Duncan Campbell, believes the path to automation and efficiency -- plus the need for modernization and consolidation -- present a '"perfect storm" for next generation datacenter adoption. Listen in this podcast from HP's Software Universe and Technology Forum conferences in Las Vegas, June 16-20, 2008, as Campbell explains the new NonStop Blade servers release and how HP's customers are seeking both lower costs and improved agility and performance. Moderator: Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions. Sponsor: Hewlett-Packard Co.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:34 PM

Myriad unpredictable demands are being placed on enterprise application services as Service Oriented Architecture (SOS) grows in use. How will the far-flung deployment infrastructure adapt and how will all the disparate components perform so that complex business services meet their expectations in the real world? These are the questions put to a live panel of analysts and experts at the recent TIBCO User Conference (TUCON) 2008. Listen as complex events processing and service performance management find common ground to help provide a new level of insurance against failure for SOA and for enterprise IT architects. To learn more about the future of SOA integrity, we spoke with Joe McKendrick, an independent analyst and SOA blogger; Sandy Rogers, the program director for SOA, Web services and integration at IDC; Anthony Abbattista, the vice president of enterprise technology strategy and planning for Allstate Insurance Co., and Rourke McNamara, director of product marketing for TIBCO Software. Our podcast is moderated by Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions. Sponsor: TIBCO Software. Read a full transcript of the discussion at: http://briefingsdirect.blogspot.com/2008/06/live-tibco-panel-examines-role-and.html.
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More open source componentry and frameworks continue to emerge from developer communities and the major open source foundations. One of the latest, Apache CXF, an open-source Web services framework, graduated from incubation recently to become a full project. The progeny of the previous merger of the ObjectWeb-managed Celtix project and the XFire Project at Codehaus, CXF joins a growing pool of Apache and other open source projects supporting services oriented architect (SOA) infrastructure. Many, like CXF, also enjoy commercial support and associated commercial products, such as IONA Technologies' FUSE. To learn more about CXF and the direction for SOA, middleware and open source development, we spoke with Dan Kulp, a principal engineer at IONA who has been deeply involved with CXF; Raven Zachary, the open-source research director at The 451 Group, and Benson Margulies, the CTO of Basis Technology. Our podcast is moderated by Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions. Sponsor: IONA Technologies. Read a full transcript of the discussion at: http://briefingsdirect.blogspot.com/2008/06/apache-cxf-where-its-been-and-what.html.
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