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This post is sponsored by The Business Value Exchange and HP Enterprise Services Good optimization best practice can help a CIO to lower operating costs, increase asset utilization and employee productivity Somewhere back in the mid-nineties we started talking about optimization (or optimisation if you prefer) as if it were some part of the de facto terminology that we use to create and describe the wider IT establishment and the architectural constructs it is composed of. But what on Earth was and is optimization anyway... and why is it important? The What Is pages at TechTarget are a great place to turn to when you are researching any technology terminology old or new, i.e., one that you don't know the meaning of, or one that you know but simply don't know the origin of or its most logical references. The trouble is, the term optimization itself is too broad. Eve... (more)

Is Business Transformation a Dirty Word(s)?

This post is sponsored by The Business Value Exchange and HP Enterprise Services Let's pose the question: Is business transformation a dirty word? Okay it's words plural, but you get the point. To start with we must realize why we are asking the question. It's probably because the phraseis so prevalent at the moment. Every IT management guru worth his or her salt is keen to talk about "business transformation" almost as if it is some de facto standard around which all firms should now structure their central commercial strategies. But then, perhaps they should. Perhaps business t... (more)

The User Interface Revolution Will Be Televised

This post is sponsored by The Business Value Exchange and HP Enterprise Services We all want usability, that's a given right? We exist in an enterprise world, but we want to behave as naturally as possible with all of the technologies and devices that we come into contact with every day. The co-called ‘consumerization of information technology' suggests that we as users have adopted powerful devices for our home and personal use. These devices will in many respects out-perform those devices that we might be using or have used in the workplace. The corollary or upshot of this re... (more)

Happiness Is… a Handhold on Hadoop

This post is sponsored by The Business Value Exchange and HP Enterprise Services As we know, the subject of Big Data and the ‘space race' to produce software application development functions that will enable us to extract insight and (therefore) value from the Big Data mountain remains one of the most discussed issues in information technology today. Increasingly prevalent and popular, if not quite as ‘predominant' as some would have us believe, in this arena is Apache Hadoop. This software library is a framework that allows for the distributed processing of large data sets ac... (more)

The Great Java 8 Debate

Java 8 has been reengineered and the most significant enhancement in this release is Project Lambda Expressions for the Java Programming Language. To be more comprehensive, the standout features of JDK 8 are Project Lambda the Nashorn JavaScript Engine and a new Date and Time API. Al Hilwa is program director for software development research at IDC and he says that right now, with this release, the changes related to Lambda expressions are the most important single new thing in SE 8. "Lambda should be seen as part of the drive to make Java attractive for use in parallel processin... (more)