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Cloud Experts Make Recommendations To Spur Government Cloud Adoption

A commission of 71 top cloud computing experts has released IT and policy recommendations to help governments adopt cloud computing. IDN looks at core recommendations from the “Cloud First Buyer’s Guide for Government” with commission member Sanjay Poonen, president of SAP’s global solutions unit.

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Travelers Finds Big Jump in Customers Using Mobile to File Accident Claims

Travelers Insurance has reported a dramatic rise in the number of customers that use their mobile devices to file accident claims. Travelers found claims filed via mobile devices in the first four months of 2011 tripled as compared to the same time period last year.

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OpenText Upgrades Metastorm BPM; Ships Smart Business Workspace

OpenText’s Metastorm business unit is bringing smart collaboration to business process management (BPM) with updates to its Metastorm BPM suite and a novel Smart Business Workspace. The firm is also shipping an intelligent dashboard to help teams track business performance metrics and drive process improvements.

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IDN Expert Voices: Policing the Cloud

Cloud computing is changing how enterprises look at end-to-end IT operations. As cloud adoption soars, CIOs want to “police the cloud” to ensure business-critical manageability and governance.  IDN 'Expert Voices' speaks with Cathy Lippert, Director of Oracle SOA Governance, to learn how SOA Governance is being tuned for Cloud Governance, including security, policy compliance and even SLAs.

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SOA in 2011: HP’s ALM Updates Target Dev/Test, Management for SOA, Cloud

HP continues to build out modules for its Application Lifecycle Management 11 tools suite to make SOA and cloud developers more efficient. The updates aim to accelerate and reduce costs for testing, improve agility of code updates and improve managed collaboration among teams – even across multiple development environments.

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SOA in 2011: BIAN Releases SOA-Based Framework to Cut Integration Costs for Banks

BIAN (Banking Industry Architecture Network), an international association of banks, vendors and service providers, has released a SOA-based “service landscape” framework to help banks cut integration costs and improve interoperability.

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Opscode Ships Infrastructure Automation for Public, Private Clouds

Opscode Inc. has released to GA its Hosted Chef cloud infrastructure automation solution and announced a new Private Chef, which bundles Hosted Chef components into an appliance for on-premise enterprise private clouds. Both products are based on Opscode’s open-source systems integration framework for automating critical cloud operations.

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WSO2 Ships StratosLive PaaS, Stratos 1.5 Open Source Cloud Middleware

WSO2 is bringing its open source middleware to public, private and hybrid clouds with its StratosLive PaaS and an updated version of Stratos. The offerings support taking SOA and composite appdev and deployment to the cloud, WSO2 CTO and co-founder Paul Fremantle told IDN.  

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Gartner Says SaaS Revenue To Top $12 Billion in 2011; Up 20%

SaaS (software as a service) revenue is expected to top $12 billion worldwide by the end of the year, up more than 20% in just one year, according to estimates from Gartner Inc. SaaS adoption will continue to explode for the next three years, at least, Gartner added, when worldwide revenue till top $21 billion, the firm added.

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Survey: Nearly Two-Thirds of IT Managers Will Deploy a Private Cloud in 2011

A just-released survey finds IT professionals are enthusiastic about private clouds. Some 62 percent of those surveyed said they have at least one private cloud project underway, or expect to launch one this year. They survey of global IT managers was conducted by Evolven Software.

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UNIT4 Launches Cloud-Based Shared Services for ERP, Financial Software

UNIT4 is offering cloud shared services to let ERP and financial software users in private companies, government  and not-for-profits to design, launch and collaborate over shared services. UNIT4’s “Shared Journey” program works with the company's Agresso Business World ERP and Coda Financials software.

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Red Hat Optimizes Middleware for Cloud, Mobile

Red Hat continues to optimize its open source middleware for the cloud and mobile apps with this month’s prelaunch of JBoss Application Server 7. The offering, now a JBoss Community project in preview, is designed to allow devs to deploy to traditional, virtual or private architectures.

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