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IBM: Poised to eat Solaris' lunch?

Apparently not satisfied with the 12,000 Linux customers it claims to have under its belt, IBM is ramping up yet another major Linux initiative and this time, it has put Sun's Solaris squarely into its crosshairs. Big Blue has formalized a formulaic Solaris-to-Linux migration assessment program and, starting today, it is making that program available at no charge to Solaris shops that are seriously considering the move.

May 16, 2005 by David Berlind


The Graying of IT

A recent story in Baseline Magazine discusses what CIOs at various companies are doing to retain institutional knowledge in the face of retiring IT workers.  One example, FirstEnergy Corp: As its first baby boomers turn 60 next year, FirstEnergy Corp.

May 16, 2005 by Phil Windley


Gartner: tech complexity not greatest threat to CIOs

The most important and alarming point Gartner Fellow Richard Hunter repeated throughout his talk was that, on average, CIOs spend less than 1 percent of their budgets on managing risks related to the flexibility and agility of the IT organizations. That is, they do not work hard enough on the essential core competencies of IT--project, program, and process management.

May 16, 2005 by Chris Jablonski

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Gartner to CIOs: Get ready to outsource infrastructure operations

Gartner is recommending that CIOs develop plans by mid-2006 for offloading IT infrastructure operations to external providers. "It’s becoming increasingly more difficult to prove how retaining in-house infrastructure has an advantage over the outside," said Gartner Fellow Ken McGee.

May 16, 2005 by Dan Farber


Patchlink centralizes security patching for all apps and OSes

San Francisco - Gartner Symposium/ITxpo — Depending on who you believe, manually feathering critical security patches into the enterprise -- for example those issued by Microsoft on "Super Tuesday" -- can cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars to deploy.  Not only can that drudgery add up in terms of costs, but the regression testing that must be done to make sure new security patches don't hose your desktops can be costly.

May 16, 2005 by David Berlind

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Gartner CEO dusts off old themes in Symposium kick-off

San Francisco - Gartner Symposium/ITxpo — The last time I was at a Gartner Symposium/ITxpo (last Spring's event), the charismatic Michael Fleisher was the CEO and he had established a reputation of giving very forward looking keynotes in an effort to give the IT professionals in attendance some idea of how he'd strategize if he were them.

May 16, 2005 by David Berlind


Gartner has new rap for complexity

After years of assisting customers in building increasingly more complex, real-time IT environments, Gartner has targeted "conquering complexity" as the theme for Symposium/ITxpo  2005 in San Francisco. Peter Sondergaard, Gartner head of global research, attributed complexity to the constant search for a silver bullet to solve all problems, the implementation of point solutions and short term thinking--no architectural approach.

May 16, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Gartner keynote transcript: Conquering complexity

The following transcript is from the keynote presentation, entitled "Conquering Complexity: Operational Excellence in IT," at the Gartner Symposium ITxpo  in San Francisco on May 16:RAY:And you thought IT was complicated!Just remember thatwhen you open your car door.

May 16, 2005 by Dan Farber


Is Integrien's Alive the superMOM of MOMs?

San Francisco - Gartner Symposium/ITxpo — Come to think of it, why isn't there a manager of managers solution called superMOM?  It seems like such a natural name for a product that horizontally cuts across all of an IT infrastructure's management technologies (SNMP, Windows event logs, security appliance APIs, etc.

May 15, 2005 by David Berlind