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Podcast Archive: January - March 2009

IT Cost-Cutting: Consider Virtualization, Look to the Cloud, Check Out Open Source (51:35 minutes)
Posted: March 30, 2009
Many enterprises are looking to cut costs in all departments, and IT is no exception. E-Commerce Times contributor Dana Gardner, principal analyst of Interarbor Solutions, brought together a group of analysts to offer a few tips on how IT can contribute.

Weekly Recap: RIAA, YouTube, China: Plotting New and Creative Ways to Separate You From the Internet (15:11 minutes)
Posted: March 27, 2009
In this episode: Video game industry keeps bucking the recession; OnLive promises gaming without a console; Blockbuster teams with TiVo; RIAA invents a new kind of justice; Microsoft sues TomTom for patent infringement; Warner Music unplugs YouTube performances; China unplugs YouTube altogether; Salesforce.com offers Twitter monitoring; Twitter ponders premium service for businesses; Skype works its way into enterprises; Sony Ericsson on shaky ground; Palm holds its breath for Pre release; VC firm Spark Capital launches media tech seed program; report says smart grid is vulnerable; President Obama holds a Web 2.0 town hall meeting.

Weekly Recap: Merger Madness: Love Is in the Air (14:54 minutes)
Posted: March 20, 2009
In this episode: Seattle P-I stops the presses; FTC probes Google Apps security; Chrome browser develops split personality; Google exec goes slumming at AOL; Facebook connects with the iPhone; Hulu treats the world like its focus group; Internet Explorer 8 hits the streets; Intel, AMD renew their ongoing spat; IBM turns an eye toward Sun; Big Blue goes deep blue in water management initiative; Cisco lets out the worst-kept secret; Cisco buys video camera maker; HTC promises more Android phones this year; Apple upgrades iPhone OS; Google puts its book collection on Sony Reader.

BPEL4People: Remaining Human While Automating Processes (47:19 minutes)
Posted: March 16, 2009
How do you take a complex business process, automate it and make it usable by the actual humans who need to execute the process? BPEL4People is a business process automation standard that does just that, taking into account that non-IT folks might just need to have some involvement in the process. E-Commerce Times contributor Dana Gardner, principal analyst of Interarbor Solutions, speaks with a panel of specialists about this technology.

Weekly Recap: YouTube vs. Royalties, Spy vs. Spy, Dell vs. a Firehose (15:32 minutes)
Posted: March 13, 2009
In this episode: Report says Firefox is faster but buggy; Google tries new expandable ads; sheriff sues Craigslist over prostitution; Palm pulls financing out of its hat; Google's Schmidt denies interest in Twitter and no one believes him; U.S. cyber-security czar quits and blames NSA meddling; YouTube pulls music videos in royalty spat; study says social networking growing more popular than email; Dell gets tough and rugged with notebooks; iPod shuffle gets an unfortunate redesign; Windows Mobile app store details trickle out; Symantec turns a little error into a PR disaster; eBay takes a cautious look forward; Facebook redesigns to fight off Twitter threat; Google launches unified communications product.

Cloud Computing: Not Always the Best Solution (31:00 minutes)
Posted: March 9, 2009
Enterprises are jumping on the cloud computing bandwagon, and that's usually a good thing. Not every application and function belongs in the cloud, however. Enterprises need to centralize their strategies on cloud computing so everyone is on the same page, a panel of experts tells contributor Dana Gardner, principal analyst of Interarbor Solutions.

In Software Architecture, Quality Equals Security (28:01 minutes)
Posted: March 2, 2009
When considering enterprise IT architecture, security must be a primary factor in the planning process from the beginning, a panel of experts tells E-Commerce Times contributor Dana Gardner. If not, adding security measures can become an expensive afterthought.

Weekly Recap: Microsoft Takes a Beating, Gmail Takes a Nap (13:59 minutes)
Posted: Feb. 27, 2009
In this episode: Bartz shakes things up; Yahoo delivers video ads with search results; Microsoft offers peek at Windows 7 features; Ballmer says no more layoffs; Microsoft hits TomTom with patent actions; Mozilla, Google join EU Microsoft antitrust fray; Apple spins sales figures; Motorola sells off Good Technology; AT&T invests through the downturn; Gmail takes a nap; Marvell debuts plug-size Linux server; record labels latch on to Kyte for iPhone apps; Cable companies eye Internet delivery; Netflix may offer streaming-only plans.

TOGAF 9: Information Trumps Technology (36:24 minutes)
Posted: Feb. 23, 2009
The Open Group's new architectural framework, TOGAF 9, offers a bridge between the business side and the IT side of a company. E-Commerce Times contributor Dana Gardner speaks with noted IT architects about the new release and how businesses can use it.

Weekly Recap: Giving In to Pressure: Hulu, Facebook Buckle (11:53 minutes)
Posted: Feb. 20, 2009
In this episode: Facebook caves to user backlash over terms of service; FTC draws the line on online ad data collection; Microsoft issues Conficker bounty; judge denies class status in Vista Capable suit; Microsoft prepares to open retail stores; EFF challenges iPhone jailbreak restrictions; Verizon moves ahead with plans for 4G network; Liberty Media loans Sirius $530 million; Sprint shows signs of recovery; judge tosses most serious charges in Pirate Bay case; Hulu pulls out of Boxee content deal.

Getting IT Architects to Speak Business (49:51 minutes)
Posted: Feb. 16, 2009
Enterprise architecture ought to make businesses more flexible, agile and efficient. So why can't IT managers and business managers speak the same language? Contributor Dana Gardner speaks with a panel of experts about the recent release of TOGAF 9, an enterprise architecture framework.

Weekly Recap: Read All About It -- 3 Ways to Spare a Tree (13:10 minutes)
Posted: Feb. 14, 2009
In this episode: Vultures circle over Sirius XM; Intel invests its way out of recession; Apple's patents don't cover multi-touch; Microsoft gets into the gossip biz; Psystar wins small victory in Apple court battle; Google puts scanned classic books on mobile Web; new Kindle debuts with updated features; Shortcovers prepares to launch e-reader for smartphones; Google syncs contacts for iPhone, Windows Mobile; Microsoft readies Windows Mobile app store; buzz builds over Snow Leopard location awareness; IBM makes cloud deals with Amazon, Juniper; hackers leave security firm Kaspersky red-faced.

Reports of SOA's Death: Greatly Exaggerated or Dead-On? (58:33 minutes)
Posted: Feb. 9, 2009
Service oriented architecture has been embraced and derided, but mostly it's been misunderstood. E-Commerce Times contributor Dana Gardner discusses the fate of SOA with some top experts in the field.

Weekly Recap: Street Corners, Internal Organs, Watery Depths: Google Is Watching (13:35 minutes)
Posted: Feb. 6, 2009
In this episode: IBM builds massive supercomputer to guard nukes; report shows many corporate sites harbor malware; Google mistakenly says the entire Internet harbors malware; Google Earth gives a view of the bottom of the sea; Google Latitude tracks your movements; IBM, Google collaborate on online medical records; Garmin teams with Asus to build a phone; Dell, Asus also rumored to be working on a phone; Firefox, Safari, Chrome chip away at IE's dominance; Google sells its AOL shares; Nortel drops WiMax plans; strong yen hurts Japanese tech firms; semiconductor sales stumble; Ticketmaster, Live Nation rumored to be merging; IT contractor indicted over logic bomb.

What Keeps Customers Up at Night: Q&A With Author Bob Regnerus (21:12 minutes)
Posted: Feb. 4, 2009
E-Commerce Times Interviewer Blake Glenn speaks with Bob Regnerus, author of "Big Ticket E-Commerce" about how to use e-commerce techniques even if the good or service you're selling is complex or costly.

IT Repositories Smooth Out Merger Wrinkles (27:40 minutes)
Posted: Feb. 1, 2009
What does it take to oversee the merging of IT systems in enterprise-scale mergers such as the one between Wachovia and Wells Fargo? Repositories. E-Commerce Times contributor Dana Gardner speaks with two of the principal IT architects at Wachovia for a case study on how the two banks got their systems to work together.

Weekly Recap: Apple's Saber-Rattling, Capitol Hill's Ruckus, Big Blue's Silence (16:41 minutes)
Posted: Jan. 30, 2009
In this episode:: Digital TV transition hits a snag; Bartz plays it cool with Yahoo plans; Nintendo issues unexpectedly gloomy forecast; IBM tries to be quiet about layoffs; ex-IBM star Papermaster gets OK to join Apple; Apple patent award throws cold water on Palm Pre; malware hits iWork '09 pirates; New York Times settles suit over linking; Google gives out tools to measure throttling; Gmail allows offline access; Twitter achieves valuation of $250M; Verizon launches VoIP phone; study finds crossing street while talking on phone is dangerous; FDA clears way for stem cell study; TechCrunch's Arrington takes a break after spit flies.

Enterprise IT and the Mobile Data Struggle (37:20 minutes)
Posted: Jan. 25, 2009
Enterprise IT departments are being pressured to integrate more new mobile technologies, but the disparate formats and systems in which the data are stored causes problems. E-Commerce Times contributor Dana Gardner discusses with a panel of experts how to make this easier.

Weekly Recap: Obama, Obama, Recession, Recession, Obama (12:58 minutes)
Posted: Jan. 23, 2009
In this episode: Obama administration overhauls whitehouse.gov; President's BlackBerry gets major security upgrade; Microsoft gives out pink slips; EU goes after Microsoft, IBM; Big Blue sparks rally with profit surprise; Intel investors punish price cuts; Sony Ericsson posts a big loss; Cisco edges into server market; Apple bucks trend with big profits; Conficker worm infects millions; YouTube offers download option; Belkin busted for fake product reviews; data breach hits millions of accounts; video games keep on selling.

Weekly Recap: Separation Anxiety: Obama and His BlackBerry, Apple and Steve Jobs (15:30 minutes)
Posted: Jan. 16, 2009
In this episode: Steve Jobs takes a health break; Palm makes a comeback; CES embraces Apple; Ford shows off updated Sync technology; Apple allows browsers in the App Store; Obama transition team asks for digital TV delay; Obama names Julius Genachowski to head FCC; Yahoo picks Carol Bartz as new CEO; Microsoft throws out limits on Windows 7 beta downloads; Google builds app partnerships for business; researcher sets the record straight on Google report; study shows limited gains from adding processor cores; OLPC cuts back on staff; Obama may ditch the BlackBerry; Burger King dumps antisocial Facebook app.

What Does 2009 Have in Store for Enterprise IT? (55:31 minutes)
Posted: Jan. 4, 2009
E-Commerce Times contributor Dana Gardner hosts a podcast with noted IT industry analysts and experts Jim Kobielus, senior analyst at Forrester Research; Tony Baer, senior analyst at Ovum; Brad Shimmin, principal analyst at Current Analysis; Joe McKendrick, independent analyst and prolific blogger; Dave Linthicum, founder of Linthicum Group; Mike Meehan, senior analyst at Current Analysis, and JP Morgenthal, senior analyst at Burton Group. They offer their predictions for enterprise IT in the upcoming year.

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