Strangely, at a time when the usually conservative Gartner research outfit is talking more about how businesses and organizations shouldn't so quickly rule out bleeding edge technologies, there's one group of people that's noticeably missing from the event's agenda: the innovators that are bleeding that edge. For example, I haven't seen any of the leading "2.
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As expected, Gartner Managing VP and Fellow Daryl Plummer took the stage this morning with a message that the more than 6,000 IT managers in attendance here at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo need to figure out a way to allocate more of their budgets to projects that deliver business value and growth than to "keeping the lights on." According to Plummer (pictured left), many organizations are spending as much as 90 percent of their IT budgets on "standing still.
Now that salesforce.com’s Apex programming language and platform has come out from behind the curtain, and the critiques are coming in.
Here at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, Gartner director of global research Peter Sondergaard warned conference attendees that the impact of consumerization is the single most significant trend that will impact IT over the next 10 years. "We stand at the foot of a new high tide" said Sondergaard.
At a Churchill Club event on September 14, a gang of venture capitalists participated in a panel, "Small is Beautiful: Building a Successful Company with Less Capital." It's part of the new culture of startups, which are taking far less capital investment than the first round of Web startups.
Just prior to things getting kicked off here at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, I thought I'd rope in some attendees to find out what was on their minds this year and what they were hoping to come away from the conference with. The first person I found who was willing to talk was Carl.
It's early on Monday morning here at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo where thousands of IT personnel have gathered to tap in to the expertise of Gartner's analysts in hopes of reality checking the alignment of their IT strategies with overall trends in IT. At 8:00 a.
Salesforce.com is taking another step in its quest to become a dominant platform for enterprise applications with the announcement of Apex, which opens up its multi-tenant, on demand infrastructure and an enhanced programming language to any developer.
For companies looking to speed up integration between new and legacy systems (or, just new and new systems), I've seen a lot of products out that there that use Web services standards (namely XML) to (1) give everything that needs to be integrated a common XML interface and (2) provide the graphical app dev environment for stringing everything together in rapid fashion. But what many of these XML soaking rapid app dev solutions have no concept of is scalability.
I just went to make a phone call with the Motorola Q smartphone that I'm testing and, when I activated the sleeping display (by the way, there's no single button that does this without doing something else too.... something else you may not want to do), here's what I saw: I'm not sure what exactly went wrong.