What will network function virtualization mean for the evolution of your OSS?

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great” is a quote from Zig Ziglar I carry with me. It can be applied to the discussion about the cloud-based networking evolution taking place in the communications industry today. Network function virtualization (NFV) along with software-defined networking (SDN) offer […]

Cognitive and ITOA: A new vision

Cognitive systems can understand the world using senses and interaction, reason using hypotheses and arguments and learn using experts and data. That definition sounds both incredible and scary in a SkyNet sense (to use a Terminator reference). When I think about cognitive IT I often imagine a personal digital assistant attached to the computers in […]

Another release full of value-added capabilities for Netcool

In the midst of large changes to the products we own, it can sometimes be easy to miss the smaller additions that could generate real value for our organizations. IBM recently published the third OMNIbus Integrations release of the year, and there have been several additions to capabilities that you should know about. Note that […]

Are you Brock? Design thinking for operations management

A couple of weeks ago, I spent time with one of our development teams near Boblingen, Germany. The mission was to review our progress across operations management areas and plan for major milestones across existing offerings using a methodology called DesignThinking. DesignThinking puts the user’s experience and goals at the center of processes, and reminds […]

Cognitive roadmap for IT Operations Analytics

During one of my European excursions in 2015, a client asked me to reveal my ten-year vision for IT Operations Analytics (ITOA). Needless to say, it stopped me in my tracks. Generally speaking, I’m armed with a two-year offering roadmap for any client meeting. But ten years? How was I going to claw my way […]

The rise of shadow IT: Pros and cons

Shadow IT is the proliferation of information technology (IT) that remains largely unknown and unseen by a company’s business IT department, which is concerning from both a security and a management perspective. Gartner is predicting that by 2016 35 percent of IT expenditure will go toward shadow IT, so what is driving this and how […]

Thursday Thoughts: Be a Hero with IBM Bluemix

Erik Anderson demonstrates how IBM Bluemix allows you to build, deploy, manage and run web, mobile and other smart service-based applications.

21st century alchemy: Spinning clouds and weaving magic

Entrepreneurs have been around since the dawn of time. They are the engineers of innovation in each and every epoch. Contrary to popular belief, the modern concept of an entrepreneur is essentially European, derived from the French entreprendre (to undertake) in the late nineteenth century. Turing – the entrepreneur It won’t surprise you to learn […]

Thursday Thoughts: Systems of record and engagement

Erik Anderson talks about systems of record (traditional IT) and systems of engagement (interaction) and how they can work together with a hybrid deployment.

3 ways to get competitive with SaaS

Companies often adopt software as a service (SaaS) to reduce costs. In so doing, many are surprised to find that cost savings is not the only benefit they reap.  A study, conducted by IBM examining almost 900 companies that adopted SaaS, found that nearly half credited SaaS with helping them to gain a competitive advantage […]

4 ways moving to cloud reduces the IT energy footprint

By Aredis S. Oliveira Energy consumption in information technology (IT) services seems to always increase. Many individuals, governments and organizations are working to find  ways to reduce energy demand in a smarter way, encouraging new ideas for using existing and new IT resources. One way to accomplish this is through cloud computing. When you think […]

A deeper dive into mobile cloud computing

I discussed  the benefits of combining cloud computing and mobile/handheld devices in a blog post called, “What is mobile cloud computing?.” In this post, I will dive deeper into mobile cloud computing concepts with cloud-based services for mobile solutions. Let’s revisit the definition of mobile cloud computing. It’s is an architectural pattern where data storage and […]