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SYS-CON Events announced today that more than 40 Cloud technology providers, as well as Virtualization and SOA companies will exhibit at the upcoming 1st International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo (www.CloudComputingExpo.com), November 19-21, in San Jose, California. The conference will be colocated with SYS-CON's 4th International Virtualization Conference & Expo (www.VirtualizationConference.com) 1st International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo will take place on November 19-21, 2008, at the Fairmont Hotel, downtown San Jose, CA The pace of change in modern business is breathtaking. Successful companies are embracing change by innovating aggressively, mastering operational efficiency, and leveraging new regional and global business opportunities. This session addresses key ways that Cloud Computing, in the form of the Business Operations Platform (unifying... (more)

Product Review: FICO Blaze Advisor

This article reviews the features of Blaze Advisor, a business rules management system from FICO. Blaze Advisor helps technology teams maintain the business rules/policies separate from application code base and provides business users with ability to author & manage rules/policies in immediate response to business events. Blaze Advisor - Features FICO Blaze Advisor is a rules management solution that covers the entire process of developing, deploying and maintaining rule based applications. The features of Blaze Advisor 6.9 are detailed below: Rules Development Blaze Advisor provides an IDE for developers to model, build, test and deploy rules. Blaze can extract object definitions from legacy systems, databases or XML documents and extend them to define rules as using business terms. There is a performance monitor in the IDE that shows rule statistics like no of ti... (more)

Scaling Massive Enterprise Content Stores | @CloudEXPO @Alfresco #ECM #BPM #IoT #BigData #DigitalTransformation

Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Scaling Massive Enterprise Content Stores in the Cloud Using new techniques of information modeling, indexing, and processing, new cloud-based systems can support cloud-based workloads previously not possible for high-throughput insurance, banking, and case-based applications. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, John Newton, CTO, Founder and Chairman of Alfresco, described how to scale cloud-based content management repositories to store, manage, and retrieve billions of documents and related information with fast and linear scalability. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here He addressed the challenges of scaling document repositories to this level; architectural approaches for coordinating data; search and storage technologies, Solr, and Amazon storage and database technologies; the breadth of use cases that modern co... (more)

Steps for Improving Capacity Management in the Age of Cloud Computing

When you wake up in the morning and flip on a light switch, you don't think about whether the local power company has enough electricity available to power the light. Likewise, when you switch on the coffee pot or turn on your stove to make breakfast, you don't wonder about the available capacity of your local power grid. Similarly, cloud computing is rapidly making the delivery of business services second nature to business users. They are able to access the services they need, when they need them, because the dynamic nature of the cloud offers unprecedented, highly elastic computing capacity. Is your business able to fully exploit this flexibility? Cloud computing certainly brings with it new challenges for IT infrastructure management, particularly for capacity management. To get the most value from the cloud, you must continually balance capacity utilization, co... (more)

Cloud-Friendly BPM: The Power of Hypermedia-Oriented Architecture

When ZapThink last wrote about Business Process Management (BPM) in the Cloud in March 2012, we challenged both vendors and BPM customers to rethink their approach to BPM software, eschewing a heavyweight middleware approach for the lightweight, hypermedia-oriented approach that Representational State Transfer (REST) encourages. And while we did generate some short-lived buzz, most of the response - or lack thereof - was little more than a resounding silence. True, work on Cloud-friendly, REST-based BPM continues in certain dusty corners of academia, most notably in the research of Cesare Pautasso, a professor at the University of Lugano in Switzerland. But in spite of his notable contributions to Thomas Erl's SOA with REST book, the enterprise software and Cloud marketplaces have largely either ignored or misunderstood his research as well as ZapThink's on this to... (more)

Using Business Process Management and Workflow Automation

Organizations have started to see the value in discovering and harnessing the potential of the typically large amounts of information as well as data they generate and consume on a regular basis, all in ways that help their organizational goals and associated business models perform well and execute even better in the market place. Being able to integrate BPM as a strategic approach and discipline towards the enablement and transformation of a company's less efficient current-state process into a more progressive and efficient future-state of operations fosters an environment where the ability to integrate content with core business processes proves significant in progressively maximizing the value of your operational efficiencies while simultaneously minimizing cost, thereby delivering an overall Return on Investment (ROI) for the organization and its customers. T... (more)

Understanding Business Intelligence and Your Bottom Line

The term "Business Intelligence" and its acronym "BI" are so pervasive in today's data-intensive lexicon that it's a challenge to know just what to make of it. If you add in all the new trendy terminology such as business process management (BPM), data mining, data warehousing, business process automation, decision support systems, query and reporting systems, enterprise performance management, executive information systems (EIS), business activity monitoring (BAM), modeling and visualization, and so forth, your head can start spinning. Here is a workable definition of BI that was provided in a Technology Evaluation report from a January 10, 2005, Technology Evaluation Centers article by Mukhles Zaman entitled, "Business Intelligence: Its Ins and Outs": "BI is neither a product nor a system. It is an umbrella term that combines architectures, applications, and databa... (more)

Cordys to Present at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo

Jon Pyke, Chief Strategy Officer of cloud platform provider Cordys will be presenting at SYS-CON's 2nd International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo in New York City this coming March 30-April 1, 2009. Pyke, a globally recognized Business Process Management (BPM) pioneer and luminary, will be speaking about what Process Technology can offer and discussing the Enterprise Cloud Orchestration Services. According to Pyke, the cloud needs a process technology to orchestrate the interaction and integration of services in an easy, cost-effective and flexible way. "Cloud Computing enables extensive computing power while saving money - but NOT innovation," remarks Pyke. Process technology, in Pyke's view, will bring business users and developers together to create "Situational Applications" ­- ad-hoc applications for small groups of users with specific needs that are made fr... (more)

Computer Inventory Software Management

Hardware and software are expensive to maintain in any organization. Technology is constantly changing, and thus, organizations must budget for equipment upgrades and software upgrades. For some organizations, this may require upgrades annually. To remain up-to-date, companies must invest a significant amount of revenue. Many companies cannot afford to make significant investments and begin to search for ways to lower expenses.  Why is Computer Inventory Software Important? Computer inventory management is necessary for the efficient operation of an organization. A computer inventory management plan is part of the lifecycle management plan. Computer inventory plans are necessary to develop a strategy for cost reductions within an organization. When IT professionals monitor the computers lifecycle, they can reduce a companies costs by extending the lifecycle of hardwa... (more)

GT Software and Cordys Partner For SOA Development

GT Software provider of mainframe integration solutions, and Cordys, a provider of next generation SOA technology, announced a global partnership. The companies will work together to deliver development solutions that fully integrate the mainframe into Cordys SOA initiatives for their respective worldwide audiences. “We are very pleased to partner with Cordys in making the mainframe an active participant in SOA initiatives,” said Wilson Rains, vice president of alliances at GT Software. “Our companies share a philosophy and track record of delivering intuitive, easy-to-use solutions that eliminate the need for coding, producing highly effective and sophisticated results with minimal effort.” “Partnering with GT Software enables Cordys to add best-of-breed mainframe integration technologies to our SOA solution,” said Reint Jan Holterman, Director Technology Alliances... (more)

Don't Blame Batch Processing for Your Business Process Failures

The recent train wreck that was the CA batch process failure at RBS should probably be ringing alarm bells for some folks running batch processes into their systems; however, more importantly it should remind us of a couple of different things: Batch processing is real and present in many facets of IT data processing and systems at large Never take short cuts on adequate testing of changes and test planning A call I participated on a couple of months back with some students from an esteemed college in North America resulted in a conclusion that what I was talking about and showing these students wasn't very interesting because a lot of what I was focusing on, was batch processing of data. For some naïve and deluded reason they were of the opinion that real time OLTP was a more interesting story and so wanted to focus on that aspect of the Winshuttle technology stack... (more)