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A completely new computing platform is on the horizon. They're called Microservers by some, ARM Servers by others, and sometimes even ARM-based Servers. No matter what you call them, Microservers will have a huge impact on the data center and on server computing in general. What Is a Microserver...and What Isn't Although few people are familiar with Microservers today, their impact will be felt very soon. This is a new category of computing platform that is available today and is predicted to have triple-digit growth rates for some years to come - growing to over 20% of the server market by 2016 according to Oppenheimer ("Cloudy With A Chance of ARM" Oppenheimer Equity Research Industry Report). According to Chris Piedmonte, CEO of Suvola Corporation - a software and services company focused on creating preconfigured and scalable Microserver appliances for deployin... (more)

Question: Why Is IT Project Failure Always an Option?

You'd think that we'd be smarter about IT projects by now. You think that we'd be tired of the horrifying rates of failure, and the crushing consequences of those failures. But if you are not spending more time understanding your customers - and developing tightly scoped requirements to make great software to meet their real needs, not some imagined "needs mash-up" cobbled together by the squeakiest wheels in your organization - you're part of the problem, and you're accepting failure as an ever-present option. It's time to stop the madness. It's time to reduce the waste of multi... (more)

Flourishing ARM Server Market Creates Opportunity – for Software

"There's a new class of technologies poised to shake up the Server market - the Microserver, sometimes called the ARM Server.  But the Microserver will do more than shake up the X86 server market.  It is going to shake up the software market as well."  That's the message software and technology executive Chris Piedmonte, CEO and founder of Austin, TX-based Suvola Corporation delivered as we discussed the topic over coffee earlier this week. As I wrote in "ARM Server Microservers Seek to Transform Cloud, Big Data", ARM Server represents an entirely new generation of highly parall... (more)

Application Assembly Platforms

For enterprises to achieve the full potential of WebSphere, higher-level software architecture needs to be combined with best practices design methodology. An argument can be made that the application assembly platform will become the next stage in the evolution of enterprise application development. Application assembly platforms will be the next generation approach for building enterprise Web applications based on a service-oriented architecture. An application assembly platform provides an integrated suite of technologies that allows organizations to visually assemble new a... (more)

Why Crowdsourcing Is Stupid

As you might know from some of my previous writing, I've been on a bit of an expedition to uncover the true meaning of "Crowdsourcing".  I'm by no means finished, but I've: Just returned from TopCoder's TCO11 competition, where I spoke with so many people I can't count them all. Read so many web pages, analyst reports, white papers, case studies and PDF documents my eyes hurt. Emailed back and forth with a bunch of people, and worn out more than one battery talking to people over the phone on this topic. In fact, I just got off the phone not 30 minutes ago with the VP of Marketing... (more)