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Recent Blog Posts

David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 11th April '14
I'm at ISTEP—Intel Software Conf 2014—and I'm glad to point out that Intel isn't just a hardware company. A lot of its software is for specialist markets such as High Performance Computing—yes, Fortran is still alive and well and important,...
 
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 7th April '14
I've been writing about high-productivity PaaS (Platform as a Service) offerings such as OutSystems Platform and Force.com recently; these work with high-level model-driven development and visual programming—and they build applications at the...
 
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 6th April '14
I've always had a soft spot for CollabNet. It created Subversion, which it ultimately handed over to the Apache foundation and which is just about the only configuration management product that ever managed to be sexy (for background, see the book I...
 
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 1st April '14
I've just read some interesting research from Computing, the UK technology publication, supported by MSM Software, based on a survey of 160 IT leaders across every size of organisation within the UK market. Unsurprisingly, to me, it found that over...
 
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 28th March '14
When I blogged about Embarcadero's acquisition of ERwin, the popular data modelling tool from CA Technologies, I promised to get some comments from Embarcadeo. Well, I've now talked to Steve Haney, VP of Marketing at Embarcadero, and what he says...
 
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 21st March '14
I've been following Atego for some time. Model-based development, systems engineering (systems of systems), standards (OMG UML and SYSML) support—what's not to like? Now it has launched Atego Vantage, which it says is the world’s first...
 
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 19th March '14
I was bought up in the era of corporate database and data analysis/modelling, as a DBA in government healthcare and in merchant banking. In my book, understanding the structure and semantics of your data is one of the pillars of good governance....
 
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 17th March '14
There is a serious governance problem with most IT developments—the code, which is a model of the business implemented by the automated system, doesn't match the requirements model that the business agreed to. There always is a requirements model,...
 
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 12th March '14
Every so often I get to attend an online RoundTable with IBM's Bret Greenstein and his systems leadership team, looking at where Systems Engineering is going, at least as far as IBM is concerned. A couple of years ago, IBM was reworking Agile for...
 
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 25th February '14
What I like about being a Bloor analyst is hearing the inside story on what technology companies and innovators are doing from vendor spokesmen I actually trust—and with a few analysts around to ask any hard questions I overlook. Of course...
 
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 10th February '14
Configuration Management, Expert guidance for IT service managers and practitioners (Revised edition) by Shirley Lacy and David Norfolk has just been published by the publishing arm of the BCS. Effective Configuration Management, in my opinion, is...
 
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 1st February '14
There is something new and big happening at IBM for what it calls the Cognitive Computing Era—basically, a new ecosystem group around Watson that could build into something as big as J2EE, and make what is fundamentally 'artificial intelligence'...
 
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 23rd January '14
I've always liked video conferencing, as opposed to a simple conference call via Skype or GoToMeeting with video. What's the difference? Well, to me, video conferencing is specialised for a good collaboration experience, usually with dedicated...
 
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 21st January '14
I'm interested in both governance and the mainframe, so I was immediately attracted by an announcement from SOA Software; it now Extends Mainframes Applications to the API Economy. In other words, it lets you (via its Lifecycle Manager, which now...
 
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 10th January '14
Compuware has just announced that Marlin Equity Partners is to acquire Compuware’s Changepoint, Professional Services and Uniface business units. Compuware is Michigan's biggest computer company; the Michigan viewpoint is here. This is part of...
 
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 1st January '14
One thing I can't get my head around, is why websites are so expensive and, given that they are, why so many of them aren't finished on time. And, when they are finished, why they don't do what their sponsors wanted..... Not being finished on time...
 
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 9th December '13
IBM's Innovate conference in London was a real success. It was well-oversubscribed and conveyed some really positive messages - including that some IBM customers are more mature and forward looking than many people thought. For instance, even...
 
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 6th December '13
I've always been a believer in the importance of end-user experience monitoring but, in a practical sense, the devil is often in the detail. Modern tools generally don't have unacceptable overheads but they are sometimes vendor-specific and much...
 
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 5th December '13
It's the time of the year again for the BCS Configuration Management Specialist Group (BCS CMSG) to hold its Xmas gathering, with food, wine, good cheer, and an Xmas quiz. It is also our AGM and we will discuss the use of Social Media by the...
 
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 25th November '13
We are coming up for another big mainframe anniversary (the IBM System/360 was announced on April 7, 1964; although, as usual, the next release, the 370, actually got it right). But I do wish the mainframe would finally go away - the Death of the...
 
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 18th November '13
We had an interesting roundtable with IBM today, starting with the news that systems engineering is now Smarter Development, as far as IBM is concerned. What's in a name? Well, quite a lot actually and systems engineering as a term has baggage -...
 
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 13th November '13
I suppose that it's my Governance background, but I hate waste in computing. An obvious example is the current male focus of IT - judging by some of the pioneering females in IT that we do know about - Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper, Steve Shirley - IT...
 
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 12th November '13
I took the opportunity to take a look at newly-privatised BMC at BMC Exchange in Twickenham, this week. BMC sells ITSM (IT Service Management) products to medium-large companies (I see these as enabling effective IT governance) and going private...
 
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 18th October '13
I haven't been hearing much about the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) lately, although services orientation seems to be ubiquitous. I suspect that it has suffered from hype, from mindless adoption as a slogan by people who think that service...

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