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webMethods and Certus have formed a strategic partnership designed to help corporations and government agencies transform regulatory compliance into a repeatable, sustainable, and cost-effective process. The partnership builds upon the Certus Governance Suite, an enterprise-class framework for implementing and maintaining internal controls required for regulatory compliance, through the addition of webMethods' continuous controls monitoring solution, webMethods for Compliance, which provides enterprises with the automated ability to monitor and enforce documented compliance procedures. By bringing together the two core components of the compliance lifecycle as a joint offering, enterprises benefit from a single control environment for compliance management that delivers continuous and automated assurance, the companies say. Sarbanes-Oxley and similar regulatory mand... (more)

What Are the Cloud Computing Challenges and Risks?

Perhaps by now, after you have read the: - Cloud Computing, in Plain English, to IT Directors, VP's, CIO's and CEO's - Why Should IT Directors, VP's, CIO's and CEO's Care About Cloud Computing? - Cloud Equals SaaS, Grid, Utility Computing, Hosting...? - What Exactly is Cloud Computing? - Why Large Public and Private Sector Organizations (not just SMB's) Are Seriously Considering Cloud Computing? you may be asking the following questions, among many others: • Where is my data? • How does my data securely enter and exit the cloud? • How is my data protected in transit? • Who has access to my data? • Who is accountable if something goes wrong? • What’s the disaster recovery plan, including response to a pandemic? • How to comply with Export and Privacy laws? • Will my data disappear when my online storage site shuts down? • What happens if my cloud provider disappears? • How is the envi... (more)

My Personal 2010 Predictions

New Year 2010 on Ulitzer In an effort to save a lot of pain and suffering for those people who don’t want to read an incredibly long blog post, I have a nice little summary table.  The predictions run the gamut of my personal and professional interests, so they may not be 100% interesting to all people. 99% of All Decade Lists That Come This Year Will Be Wrong Twitter Will Become A Footnote Real Time Has Had It’s Time Interest Rates Will Begin To Rise Housing Prices Being To Stall And Then Fall Jorge Lorenzo Will Win MotoGP World Championship Netbook Market Disappears Apple’s Disdain For Developers Will Reach A Tipping Point ChromeOS Proves To Be Another Of Google’s Failures The Final Season Of Lost Will Not Be Seen Foundations For The Repeal Of Sarb-Ox The Venture Business, As We Know It, Is Dead Oil Trading Draws Legislative Scrutiny Windows Mobile 7 Will Impress ... (more)

Full speed ahead: FINRA social media regs remove “excuses for delay”

By D. Bruce Johnston, DBJ Associates Researchers and compliance officers are rallying around FINRA’s landmark 10-06 rule on social media-driven investment communications to give guidance to legions of newly energized investment marketers. Marketers rejoice: Hedges “We’re seeing new levels of enthusiasm among marketing communications project managers,” said Zach Hedges of Advisolocity recently. “Marketers on a tight budget see sunlight through the clouds.” He credits freeware networking site Linkedin, Twitter and WordPress for a lot of the investment marketers regained optimism. “They are  just glad they can start telling a story again. That’s all,”  he added. Financial research firm Nemertes signals happy days for thrifty marketers too in an online report: “The new guidelines bring clarity, but remove excuses for delay.” Without delay, it’s full speed ahead for SM... (more)

NaviSite Introduces Cloud-Based Desktop-as-a-Service

"Cloud is changing the way enterprises view the corporate desktop," said  Denis Martin, Executive Vice President and CTO at NaviSite introduced an enterprise-class, cloud-based Desktop-as-a-Services (DaaS) offering that enables IT organizations to deliver virtual desktop services to local and remote users from the cloud. "DaaS leverages the scale, simplicity and economics of the NaviCloud to deploy desktops across the enterprise," Martin continued, adding: "Enterprises can now rapidly provision a secure virtual desktop for users that can be accessed on any device, anywhere without the upfront costs and complexity of traditional desktops while adhering to corporate security and compliance policies. Additionally, most companies rarely have a disaster recovery plan for data maintained on traditional desktop solutions, but cloud-based DaaS offers centralised, built-in bu... (more)

The CCSR: Canadian Cloud Security Rating

Canada has a notorious ‘Innovation Gap’, that is seeing the country slip further and further behind the rest of the world embracing the new technology-enabled Knowledge Economy. They are scoring a ‘D for Innovation‘, which is no surprise given they are also scoring a D for openness to new IT models like Cloud Computing, as Telus reports in this press release. The principle business benefit of Cloud Computing is that it provides a platform for encouraging and enabling more innovation – More prototyping, faster product development cycles, lower risk for trialling new ideas, and so on. Failing to exploit these new capabilities means there is less innovation happening than there might be, especially in comparison to other nations like the USA and UK who are wholeheartedly embracing Cloud Computing, hence the downwards direction for Canada. Safe adoption of Cloud Compu... (more)

Cloud Conversations: AWS Government Cloud (GovCloud)

Following earlier cloud conversations posts, cloud computing means many things from products to services, functionality and positioned for different layers of service delivery or capabilities (e.g. SaaS, AaaS, PaaS, IaaS and XaaS). Consequently it is no surprise when I hear from different people their opinion, belief or perception of what is or is not a cloud, confidence or concerns, or how to use and abuse clouds among other related themes. A common theme I hear talking with IT professionals on a global basis centers around conversations about confidence in clouds including reliability, security, privacy, compliance and confidentiality for where data is protected and preserved. This includes data being stored in different geography locations ranging from states or regions to countries and continents. What I also often hear are discussion around concerns over data f... (more)

A More Practical View of Cloud Brokers

The conventional view of cloud brokers misses the need to enforce policies and ensure compliance During a dinner at VMworld organized by Lilac Schoenbeck of BMC, we had the chance to chat up cloud and related issues with Kia Behnia, CTO at BMC. Discussion turned, naturally I think, to process. That could be because BMC is heavily invested in automating and orchestrating processes. Despite the nomenclature used (business process management) for IT this is a focus on operational process automation, though eventually IT will have to raise the bar and focus on the more businessy aspects of IT and operations. Alex Williams postulated the decreasing need for IT in an increasingly cloudy world. On the surface this generally seems to be an accurate observation. After all, when business users can provision applications a la SaaS to serve their needs do you really need IT? Ev... (more)

Do CEOs Care About Cloud?

Cloud computing ownership is traditionally seen as the province of CIO or CTO, and where those roles don’t exist in an organization, the VP or even Director/Manager of IT oversees cloud implementation. However, with more business units accessing cloud platforms for a variety of purposes, the range of required buy-in has similarly increased: the CFO is now a primary consideration in the way a business integrates with the cloud, as do marketing, sales, as well as other business unit heads within the organization. But the CEO isn’t concerned about the technical aspects of what cloud delivers in the way that it is germane for even marketing and sales to understand how cloud process work at least on a fundamental level. Those groups utilizing Salesforce or different automation platforms need some technical ability to sync systems or specialize the platform. CEOs and dir... (more)

Free your mind and innovation will follow

70% of businesses say a focus on everyday IT tasks is holding them back - and just one in 10 use innovation to drive competitive advantage February 6th, 2014 - Executives are spending up to 85% of their IT budget just "keeping the lights on" - and say their businesses are being held back as a result. A new report by Automic, the world's most comprehensive platform in automating businesses, shows that executives believe strongly in the ability of technology to be transformative and a key driver towards innovation. Despite this, just 10% say they are using innovation to drive competitive advantage. While 85% of respondents believe that achieving technological transformation is critical to driving innovation in the next three years, 70% say they haven't taken advantage of new technology to run the business more efficiently. The same number say they're being held back ... (more)

Friday Five Favorites

Happy May! Only one month until we can coast into the blissful summer months.   But let’s practice a last shred of restraint before diving into the hottest summer trends by celebrating what made our Top Five Favorites for the last week of April.   This week, we saw industry leaders beam attention to the shift  towards mobile business platforms. At the same time, the tech world recoiled and recovered from the Heartbleed bug while continuing to offer new leaps in wearable technology. To top off, who can’t resist a blast from the past from an iconic brand?   Let’s reveal what earned the most traffic from us this week:   “Mobility is the New Black” – We love Software AG CTO, John Bates’ testament in the Huffington Post to the future of mobile platforms. His statistic that “the average person checks their mobile phone about 110 times per day” reiterates the importanc... (more)