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Let's face it - 2008 was a real slog. Even the most wide-eyed optimist would agree that this was one year whose end was long overdue. Of course, ringing in the New Year doesn't somehow wash away what has become a fairly deep recession, but it does symbolize the fresh start that I think we're all looking for right about now. Doom and gloom may be the currency of trade these days, but I would argue that there are important lessons to be learned from this and any recession. Nobody enjoys a down economy, but it may be comforting to remember that recession is a natural part of the business cycle. Just as an ebbing tide always returns, so will economic prosperity. And despite the discomfort, every recession teaches us a lesson or two that informs and sometimes transforms IT practices. In that respect, this recession is no different. The need to "do more with less" has p... (more)

Top Two Counter-Recessionary Technologies

2009 is shaping up to be an "interesting" year. What makes 2009 interesting - rather than good, bad or indifferent - is the daily conflict between hope and despair for those on the good side of a bad trend. Like bankruptcy attorneys or pawnbrokers, some find themselves buoyed by a down economy, becoming only more relevant when the pressure is on to conserve. In the world of IT, perhaps the best examples of counter-recessionary trends are virtualization and its close cousin, cloud computing - both trends with direct cost benefits. When the economy contracts, the pendulum swings fr... (more)

Recession-Proofing IT via Virtualization and Cloud Computing

Recessions are about as appealing as a root canal; but they do force us to think differently. Now that the recession is official, it's an ideal time to explore how virtualization and cloud computing can help "recession-proof" IT by transforming yesterday’s costly and rigid computing model to one that puts costs under control and sets applications free. The National Bureau of Economic Research recently declared that the U.S. has been in a recession since December 2007. The news would be darkly amusing if it weren’t so utterly painful. But now that the recession is official, this ... (more)

SOA's Second Act: Dynamic Documents Top the Agenda

While SOA has traditionally had something of a data obsession. While the focus has been on service-enablement of structured and transactional data and processes, documents and document-centric processes have been conspicuously absent from the SOA agenda. With structured data in order, organizations are now beginning to take a closer look at the role of unstructured assets as part of SOA.  The domains of documents and data have long been two worlds divided. Data is stored in relational databases, mainframe systems, and data warehouses. Documents are kept in content management syst... (more)

Adopting Enterprise Cloud Computing: A Graduated Transformation

Enterprise IT organizations are in the midst of deep and lasting change. IT used to be your cable company: It held the local monopoly for IT services. The wait you experienced was a frustrating, but necessary part of your relationship with enterprise IT. You had no choice. But with the rise of public cloud services like Amazon EC2, business lines now have a choice. Why wait months when minutes will do? That question will ultimately cause application owners to vote with their feet, as demand follows the path of least resistance to the public cloud. That is, unless IT leaders can t... (more)