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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
October 26, 2009

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: October 26, 2009. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.


News Flashes

Appian, a provider of business process management technology, and MEGA, a provider of business process analysis (BPA) and enterprise architecture solutions, have teamed up to introduce Appian Process Architect by MEGA. The new solution enables organizations to use the methodology of the MEGA Suite for process analysis and pass the results directly into the Appian Business Process Management Suite and the software-as-a-service-delivered Appian Anywhere platforms for execution and direct management of daily operations. The new integration provides organizations with an end to end business process management and improvement solution.

CA, Inc. has announced new products designed to help strengthen IT security, lower costs of managing compliance, and improve enterprise-wide IT risk management.

IBM announced updated software designed to help companies manage the costs brought on by the proliferation of IT assets such as mobile devices, laptops, printers, switches, sensors and billions of interconnected devices. IBM's IT Asset Management software enables business users to track and manage IT assets to help companies discover and eliminate overlapping and unnecessary IT costs. It also helps mitigate legal and financial risks by supporting regulatory and compliance requirements such as Sarbanes-Oxley. The software also helps control the complexity of software licensing, and increased pace of compliance audits, IBM says.

IBM is introducing new software for managing data centers, which, according to the company, has the potential to cut the cost of operations while speeding the deployment of new applications from weeks to minutes. IBM's VMControl is intended to help companies that have turned to virtualization to reduce infrastructure costs, but have actually wound up with new challenges as they try to manage enterprises made up of disparate platforms, each with their own virtualization technology.

Teradata Corporation made a number of announcements last week focused on new product innovations and partner developments. "Information is power, but intelligence is transformative," states James Vollmer, president of the partners steering committee.


News From SHARE

SHARE in Seattle, March 14 - 18 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, is offering the information you need to thrive in an enterprise environment in 2010.


Think About It

The U.S. federal government recognizes that enabling social media across its various agencies can help facilitate new channels of communication and information sharing, but there have been concerns about security. To address these concerns, the government recently issued "Guidelines for Secure Use of Social Media by Federal Departments and Agencies," a document that spells out policies, procedures, and solutions to secure social media adoption.

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