Integration


SNA and the Hot New Network Security Paradigm

No, Systems Network Architecture (SNA) isn’t making a comeback. Instead, Nortel’s Secure Network Access (also SNA) deliverable is the latest take on a hot new network security paradigm

Business Process Success: Advice from an Expert

Organizations do successfully manage people and process changes en route to large scale enterprise transformations. Here’s how.

Splunk Touts Troubleshooting Rx

How you may be troubleshooting application performance and reliability issues in the loosely coupled application-scape of the future

Sprint Nextel Reverses Course on Outsourcing

GM, Dell, and Gap all notched mega outsourcing deals, but Sprint Nextel backed out of its own outsourcing accord with IBM

State of the Mainframe, Part II: The Capacity Conundrum

Some mainframe pros say that next-generation workloads (such as zLinux and J2EE) point the way to false destinies

SOA’s Impact on SLAs: Trouble Ahead

Organizations may see service-enablement, and the next generation of SLAs, as a chance to improve the responsiveness and dynamism of their IT departments.

zSeries: Big Plans Ahead?

What can we expect from IBM’s zSeries team in 2006? If history is any indication, it could be an eventful year.



Speculation Grows Over Acquisitions

In light of IBM’s purchase last year of Ascential, SAP and Oracle could be contemplating blockbuster data integration acquisitions of their own.

The Enterprise Year in Review

From acquisitions to outsourcing, it was a very busy year

An Rx for Network Authentication Anarchy

A new appliance acts as a meta-broker to the wild profusion of competing network access control schemes

Careers: Study Shows You're Working Harder than Ever

If you think you’ve got a lot more on your plate these days, you’re probably right

Trouble Brewing Between SAP and Big Blue?

Does IBM’s new master data management pitch take SAP, Oracle, and other enterprise applications vendors out of the loop?

Is SQL Server 2005 an Irresistible Proposition?

For perhaps the first time ever, SQL Server boosters are talking about taking on the other guys’ databases—and winning

Management's IT Experience Increases Company Performance, Study Shows

A new study makes a strong case for placing executives with IT experience at senior levels: a solid increase in a firm's economic performance.

Careers: In-Demand IT Skills for 2006

Mainframe professionals need not despair: disaster recovery, system auditing, and enterprise application integration skills or experience are eagerly sought

SOA: The Rewrite-vs.-Replace Dilemma

Legacy design approaches complicate things for would-be service-enablers and raise questions about the viability of some mainframe applications

Big Blue Gets Dashboard Fever

If vendor interest is any indication, dashboards are hot. In fact, they're positively sizzling, which may explain why IBM is jumping into the fray.

Big Blue’s SOA Blitz

Are the ESB visions touted by IBM, BEA, and others a new spin on an old idea: vendor lock-in?

An Rx for Cost Savings: Keep IT Simple, Study Shows

Companies that reduce the complexity of their IT systems can generate significant savings

Sticking It Out on MVS

In spite of IBM’s best efforts, a lot of customers continue to run mission-critical applications on older MVS mainframes