Salesforce.com's Apex programming language has been hailed by some as a significant milestone in short history of Web on demand applications.
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By now, the fact that Google agreed to buy YouTube for $1.65 billion is old news.
With the Office 2.0 conference coming up this week, I thought this error message from Yahoo Mail provided an apt example of one of the key issues related to cloud computing.
Customers and rogue users that are worming their way around the control freaks in your glass house in order to have things their way with their IT are not about to go away anytime soon. About the only thing that Gartner analysts Ray Valdes and Neil McDonald didn't say in talking about how it's a bad idea to resist such rebellions is "get over it.
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.
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.