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Podcast Archive: April - June 2009

Top 5 Reasons for Building Governance Into the Cloud (44:34 minutes)
Posted: June 29, 2009
Proper service governance is critical for businesses to modernize and prosper in cloud computing operations. Major vendors are already recognizing this need and reflecting it in their product offerings. However, what specifically needs to be governed, and how? How can cloud governance help organizations provide better management and better modeling around processes?

The Many Layers of the Cloud (39:24 minutes)
Posted: June 22, 2009
The idea of cloud computing isn't a wholly new and suddenly emerging idea. Rather, it's the latest in a progression of evolving ideas that have built upon each other ever since the Internet began. To create an adequate definition for the cloud, one would have to address its many layers -- Software as a Service, Platform as a Service, and Infrastructure as a Service, to name a few.

Weekly Recap: A Week of Free Updates, Free Advice and Free Speech (10:05 minutes)
Posted: June 19, 2009
In this episode: Social media sites deliver news from Iran; researchers say China's Green Dam is full of holes; Microsoft and the European Commission battle over browsers; Bing bumps Redmond's share of search; Microsoft hammers on alleged click fraudsters; Hunch.com thinks it knows what you want; Americans hang up, tune out and log on; Apple upgrades iPhone software.

IT Needs a New Drug (57:10 minutes)
Posted: June 15, 2009
How does the term "cloud computing" relate to the rivers of technological alphabet soup flowing into IT today -- BMP, CEP, SOA, SaaS, WOA, and so forth? Perhaps calling it all "the cloud" is oversimplifying things, and we need a new mode of thinking to bring us to the next stage. What's the next huge, over-reaching, all-encompassing phase for enterprise technology? What's IT's new drug?

Weekly Recap: Clampdown Week: iPhone vs. Pre, China vs. Web, FTC vs. Worst ISP Ever (11:23 minutes)
Posted: June 12, 2009
In this episode: Google releases admittedly half-baked alphas of Chrome for Linux and Mac; U.S. feds freeze accounts related to offshore poker Web sites; China demands PC makers preinstall software that could be used for spying; FTC shuts down ISP it says actively engaged child pornographers and botnet operators; Palm Pre goes on sale; new Palm CEO takes office; Apple introduces iPhone 3GS; AT&T says it won't be ready to support new iPhone features for weeks; Snow Leopard supports Microsoft Exchange out of the box; iPhone fans weigh their options regarding the new handset.

The Mainframe Bridge to the Cloud (35:00 minutes)
Posted: June 8, 2009
How do developments in mainframe technology and automation relate to cloud computing? Cloud computing is in a very basic sense virtualizing resources within the data center. As enterprises seek to gain data center efficiency, they're looking at bringing in a measure of virtualization, optimizing operations in ways similar to what mainframes have done for years.

Mobile Development and Multiplicity Madness (34:30 minutes)
Posted: June 1, 2009
iPhone, BlackBerry, Symbian, WinMo, Android -- the world is awash in smartphone platforms, and this fragmented landscape is a pain for developers, who have to build an app four or five times in order to reach all users, and enterprises, which have to pay for the work. However, if the mobile browser world rallies around WebKit, could it simplify mobile development?

The Enterprise Architect: White Knight or Wallflower? (54:18 minutes)
Posted: May 25, 2009
Enterprise architects must build systems with long-term efficiency in mind, but that task must also be balanced against the short-term needs of the business, and right now that usually includes the need to cut costs. How can EAs reconcile these imperatives and bridge the gap?

Unpacking the PaaS Concept (53:54 minutes)
Posted: May 11, 2009
The term "the cloud" seems to imply that it's all one big, happy, unified platform. That, however, couldn't be further from the truth, according to Forrester's Jim Kobielus. Misconceptions about the nature of Platform as a Service can be harmful and confusing to companies considering a move to the cloud, an environment that service providers say is still working at carving out a precise niche.

Open Source and the Cloud: Pay Dirt or Parasite? (53:39 minutes)
Posted: April 20, 2009
Does using open source software pay off in a total cost sense when compared to commercial offerings today? Is it worth the usually lower cost, or will an enterprise that casts its lot with FOSS be trapped in a high-risk situation where they can't get support and innovation?

A Strong, Agile IT Architecture (43:59 minutes)
Posted: April 13, 2009
Enterprises considering offloading some of their applications to the cloud can consolidate complex systems into a single instance that can be managed globally. E-Commerce Times contributor Dana Gardner, principal analyst of Interarbor Solutions, spoke with Workday CTO Stan Swete, who foresees an ecosystem of cohesive, cloud-based application providers.

A Strategic View of Virtualization (34:30 minutes)
Posted: April 6, 2009
A difficult economy has led many companies to take a good, hard look at virtualization for their IT operations. E-Commerce Times contributor Dana Gardner, principal analyst of Interarbor Solutions, spoke with HP's Bob Meyer on how the technology has the potential to save businesses money. A knee-jerk approach will end up costing rather than saving. Go at it with method and strategy, Meyer advised.

How does the quality of customer service delivered by government compare to that of the private sector?
Government customer service is far superior.
Government customer service is slightly better.
Government and private sector customer service are about the same.
Private sector customer service is slightly better.
Private sector customer service is far superior.