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Podcast Archive: July - September 2011

Weekly Recap: Amazon's Kindle Catches Fire (12:59 minutes)
Posted: Sept. 30, 2011
In this episode: Amazon reveals the Kindle Fire, a 7-inch Android tablet that sells for $199; reports of Apple scaling back iPad production raise questions of whether the company's scared of Amazon's tablet; RIM's gloom continues as activist investor Carl Icahn reportedly shows up on its radar; Facebook takes flack for putting cookies on users' browsers that could allow the network to track activities even after a member has signed off the site; Microsoft bags Samsung in its hunt for Android patent profits.

Make Room for the Enterprise App Store (25:27 minutes)
Posted: Sept. 26, 2011
With mobile devices like smartphones and tablets in their hands at all hours, workforces are becoming more mobile and more powerful. However, those devices have also caused enterprise IT leaders much dread due to the problems involved with supporting them all. Making room for an enterprise app store may be part of a better mobile management strategy.

Weekly Recap: The Board Giveth, the Board Taketh Away (14:08 minutes)
Posted: Sept. 23, 2011
In this episode: HP's board of directors ousts Leo Apotheker less than one year after naming him as the company's chief executive, putting former eBay CEO Meg Whitman in his place; Facebook peppers its site with changes, leading to yet another round of user outrage; Google Chairman Eric Schmidt stands up to critics during a Senate antitrust hearing; Netflix CEO Reed Hastings sends customers a note apologizing for the company's recent price hike, then proceeds to announce yet another drastic change in store for the online movie and DVD-by-mail company; Sony sneaks a you-can't-sue-us clause into its latest PlayStation Network ToS.

The Value of Architecture: Priceless (38:48 minutes)
Posted: Sept. 19, 2011
"Business architecture is similar to other forms of architecture, in that it tends to try to do many things all at once," according to Ernst & Young's Peter Haviland. "The idea of enterprise alignment is definitely the right outcome, but there is enough complexity there to blow steam out of your head for many, many years to come.".

Chipping Away at the Great Firewall, Pebble by Pebble (18:09 minutes)
Posted: Sept. 14, 2011
China's various Internet censorship policies are colloquially known as "the great firewall of China," and often they focus particularly on touchy subjects like Tibet. But as Web use grows and moves to new platforms like mobile devices and media like micro-blogs, can the great firewall remain standing?

Singing in the Rain: How the Cloud Can Pour Down Money (20:19 minutes)
Posted: Sept. 12, 2011
No single type of cloud is appropriate for every business. All companies must transition themselves into a new cloud deployment in their own ways. The goal, of course, is bottom-line savings, and when the operation is done right, those savings are very real. That's what cosmetics company Revlon learned as it implemented its private cloud, which it claims has saved it in the neighborhood of $70 million.

Weekly Recap: Can Yahoo Escape the Valley of the Dulls? (11:38 minutes)
Posted: Sept. 9, 2011
In this episode: Carol Bartz is fired from her position as CEO of Yahoo as the company remains in a years-long rut; AT&T weighs its options in light of the lawsuit the U.S. Department of Justice filed to block the company's purchase of T-Mobile; Sprint attempts to further stifle AT&T's efforts with a lawsuit of its own; Groupon reportedly gets cold feet regarding its planned initial public offering; a judge significantly reduces the damages SAP must pay Oracle over the TomorrowNow incident.

Hybridizing the Cloud (21:40 minutes)
Posted: Sept. 6, 2011
Specialized hybrid clouds can often address a particular industry's needs more comfortably than one-size-fits-all services. Sometimes these can turn into sources of new business. For many companies, "maintaining their own infrastructure is not a competitive advantage for them," said NYSE Euronext's Steve Rubinow. "It's really a cost of doing business like telephones and office furniture."

Weekly Recap: The Wedding Crashers (14:27 minutes)
Posted: Sept. 2, 2011
In this episode: AT&T's proposed buyout of T-Mobile is thrown into disarray after the U.S. Department of Justice files a civil antitrust suit to prevent the deal from happening; the outing of a WikiLeaks encryption key may expose countless confidential sources involved in last year's CableGate; a Google shareholder sues the company over its Canadian drug ad foul-up; iTunes pulls TV show rentals; HP says it's going to make one last production run of its defunct TouchPad tablet.

The Automation Revelation (21:39 minutes)
Posted: Aug. 29, 2011
UK managed service provider InTechnology says it's reaped tremendous benefits from an automated lifecycle approach. "When you've got like 80 percent of all incidents raised automatically, it takes a massive burden off the 24/7 teams and the customer support guys, who are not spending the majority of their time creating incidents but actually working to resolve them," said InTechnology's Ed Jackson.

Time to Step It Up, EAs (38:08 minutes)
Posted: Aug. 22, 2011
Organizations are benefiting from embracing TOGAF, but what are enterprise architects doing to enhance their strategic value? "This is a time for the enterprise architects to really step up to the plate and be accountable for real performance influence on the organization?s bottom line," said The Open Group's Jason Uppal.

The Lonely Life of WebOS (14:46 minutes)
Posted: Aug. 19, 2011
In this episode: HP announces it's killing off development of webOS hardware, throwing the future of the mobile operating system into question; Google moves to buy up Motorola Mobility, which could help protect all Android device-makers from patent attacks but could also alienate Motorola's Android rivals; San Francisco's BART is put under scrutiny following its decision to prevent the use of cellphones during a public protest; the Verizon wireline strike takes a few ugly turns as a deadline draws closer; AT&T goes all or nothing on SMS texting plans.

A Standard Is Born (29:23 minutes)
Posted: Aug. 15, 2011
Open Automated Compliance Expert Markup Language is built to automate security and save costs. "If you think about PCI DSS, it defines pretty tightly what your cardholder data environment consists of," said The Open Group's Jim Hietala. "In terms of O-ACEML, it could be networking devices, servers, storage equipment, or any sort of IT device."

Weekly Recap: The Patent World War (12:47 minutes)
Posted: Aug. 12, 2011
In this episode: Apple scores a win against Samsung with an injunction that blocks the Korean gadget maker from selling the Galaxy Tab in most European countries; Amazon skirts Apple's iOS in-app sales rules with a Web app version of its popular Kindle e-reader application; 45,000 employees in Verizon's landline phone business go on strike after failing to reach an agreement with the telecom over benefit cuts; Nokia gives up on Symbian smartphones and feature phones in the North American market, putting all its eggs in Microsoft's basket; confusion is raised over a video in which someone claiming to represent the hacker group Anonymous threatens to take down Facebook this November, though other Anon channels indicate support for this plan is not unanimous among Anonymous.

Trusting the Chain (30:36 minutes)
Posted: Aug. 8, 2011
Security is in many ways a shared, communal effort. When you're a company that's dependent on a variety of other technology suppliers and providers, how can you be assured that the other participants are adhering to best practices and taking the proper precautions? An accreditation approach may be the way to go.

Weekly Recap: Google and Microsoft Take It Outside (13:23 minutes)
Posted: Aug. 5, 2011
In this episode: Google lawyer David Drummond speaks out against Microsoft, Apple and Oracle for what he says is an effort to hurt the Android platform by teaming up against Google in a variety of patent maneuvers; McAfee sounds the alarm on Shady Rat, a massive data theft ring the security vendor says has been in operation for years; Research In Motion delivers a handful of new BlackBerry phones that pack sharper hardware but don't feature the company's QNX operating system; AT&T tells its heaviest unlimited data users to get ready to get throttled; Hulu prepares to launch a show of its very own.

Integration, Rethought (36:28 minutes)
Posted: Aug. 1, 2011
Thoroughly mixing integration into application services allows more people to exploit and leverage integration without being integration technology experts. It means that the applications providers are also the integration providers. It also means the stand-alone integration technology supplier business -- and those that buy from it -- are facing a new reality.

Weekly Recap: Anonymous, PayPal and WikiLeaks: The Grudge That Keeps On Grudging (15:08 minutes)
Posted: July 29, 2011
In this episode: Anonymous calls for a PayPal boycott as the Internet payment provider continues to blockade WikiLeaks donations; Mozilla makes plans to use Android as the basis of a new, Web-centric mobile operating system; certain iOS apps get a little trickier to use as Apple begins enforcing its rules concerning in-app purchases; rumors that Apple may want to buy Hulu make the rounds, though skeptics have their doubts; Google gets into a tangle with certain users over what names are and are not acceptable to use in its new Google+ social network.

Mythbusting the Private Cloud (45:19 minutes)
Posted: July 25, 2011
Under the right implementation, clouds and hybrid clouds can save on costs, improve productivity, cut energy use and enhance efficiency. Sound too good to be true? A certain level of skepticism is a good thing, but there are many myths and half-truths surrounding private clouds that are ripe for debunking.

Weekly Recap: Apple Comes In Like a Lion (12:32 minutes)
Posted: July 22, 2011
In this episode: Apple unleashes OS X Lion, its latest desktop operating system, along with a MacBook Air refresh and a new Mac mini; Wall Street pushes AAPL to new heights as the company reports on yet another record-breaking quarter; Cupertino also wins a preliminary ITC judgment against smartphone rival HTC regarding patent infringement; AT&T weathers its first full quarter with Verizon as an iPhone competitor; the News Corp. scandal proves too tempting for hacker group LulzSec to resist; Anonymous hackers dig their way into NATO servers and access classified documents.

Tearing Down Silos With Holistic ALM (15:56 minutes)
Posted: July 18, 2011
In order to address shortcomings with application performance and availability, "we started looking at the technology silos and bringing them together in one holistic perspective," said Blue Cross and Blue Shield's Victor Miller. To begin addressing the problems, "we had to break down the technology silos and really focus on the whole picture of the application, and not just the individual components of the applications.

Weekly Recap: The Swedish Invasion (12:41 minutes)
Posted: July 15, 2011
In this episode: Swedish music sensation Spotify arrives in the United States; Netflix splits access to its online streaming library into a separate subscription plan, outraging customers and elating investors; more talk bubbles up around an expected Amazon Android tablet computer; Research In Motion's executives tell shareholders of their plans to turn around the company's fortunes by putting seven new handsets on the market; hackers expose data stolen from Booz Allen Hamilton, a major military contractor.

Peering Into the Future of Online Video (7:23 minutes)
Posted: July 15, 2011
For large retailers, last year was a year of experimentation with online video. The industry now moves into the future with many valuable lessons learned. There's a new focus on ROI, personalization, optimizing video for the user's specific platform, reaching mobile devices and turning online video ads into an effective tool for brand-lifting.

Open Source and the Democratization of IT (35:46 minutes)
Posted: July 12, 2011
How do enterprises face up to the generational shift to new and more empowered users? How can businesses react and exploit more applications and data resources and do so in a managed and governed fashion? We're finding that modern, lightweight, and open source platforms that leverage modular architectures are a new and proven resource for the rapid and agile integration requirements.

The Holy Grail of Application Development (14:05 minutes)
Posted: July 11, 2011
Seagate ships 50 million computer hard drives per quarter, and that makes for a highly complicated set of processes. The ultimate in software development, said Seagate's Steve Katz, would be an integrated approach that incorporates development activities as well as testing, monitoring, provisioning and quality checks and balances.

Weekly Recap: The Revolution Will Be Video-Chatted (13:40 minutes)
Posted: July 8, 2011
In this episode: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg becomes an instant hit on Google+, racking up 30,000 followers just days after the new social network launches; meanwhile, Zuckerberg's own company reveals a new video chat utility in cooperation with Skype, on the heels of Google's launch of its Google+ video chat Hangouts feature; Microsoft inks a deal with Chinese search powerhouse Baidu to handle its English-speaking users' queries via Bing; Amazon offers an unlimited music locker in the cloud; speculation arises concerning yet another U.S. wireless carrier on the horizon for iPhone.

Weekly Recap: Google's Social Blowout (14:35 minutes)
Posted: July 1, 2011
In this episode: Google gives social networking another go with Google+; Amazon swiftly severs ties with its California affiliates immediately after the state enacts a law that would turn many online retailers into California state sales tax collectors; the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down a state law that would impose criminal penalties on video game vendors caught selling violent games to minors; News Corp. boots MySpace out of the house after six years and hundreds of millions of dollars in losses; Microsoft sends its latest set of office tools skyward.

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