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Ivory Modernizes Mainframe at Top HR, Payroll Outsourcer

Securex, one of the largest HR and payroll outsourcers in Belgium, modernized their customer-facing mainframe applications to be more interactive, responsive and cost-effective using GT Software’s Ivory Service Architect.  IDN examines how Ivory moved an aging batch CRM application to a new platform, converted it from VSAM to CICS and opened it up to leverage SOA and agile web services.

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GigaSpaces Previews XAP for Cloud, Data Grid

GigaSpaces Technologies is showing a “preview version”  of its soon-to-be released  eXtreme Application Platform (XAP) enterprise-grade application server for distributed applications.  XAP  7.1 will sport new features tuned for cloud and data grids, and is due to ship Q1 2010.

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IDN Expert Voices: IBM Craig Hayman - Websphere GM

Recent surveys show pressure is on CIOs to only fund projects that can deliver quick and impactful business benefits. This week’s IDN ‘Expert Voice’ on Enterprise Architecture, Craig Hayman, General Manager of IBM WebSphere, shares how today’s economic realities are shaping  how Big Blue is providing CIOs quicker business value via ESB middleware, BPM and cloud. 

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Energy Supplier Cuts Costs with Clerity Mainframe Rehosting

An unnamed energy supplier's decision to rehost its mainframe applications is bringing benefits on several fronts, as within eight months the firm cut software license fees and simplified on-going operations – all without disrupting access to its critical business logic.

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i365 EVault Looks To Help Onramp ISV Software to Cloud, SaaS

i365 Inc. is debuting its EVault Cloud-Connected Services Platform, a cloud platform that lets independent software vendors (ISVs) securely and efficiently send data to the cloud and provide their own SaaS offerings.

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Boomi's Cloud-Based Integration May Signal VAN-less EDI

Cloud computing is taking a bite out of expensive and entrenched VAN-based EDI services. Cloud-based integration PaaS Boomi is providing ASP Global Services, a supply chain SaaS firm, reliable and high-visibility EDI integration and management services.  EDI success may signal a huge uptick in on-demand integration from the cloud.

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Analysis: CDC Software Acquisitions Favor SaaS, SOA, Cloud  

CDC Software Corp. continues to amass a portfolio of SOA-driven technologies ranging from BPM/ECM, on-demand SaaS and even integrated supply chain.  IDN looks at recent CDC moves that company execs say will hold the keys to growth and new customer opportunities through cross-selling.

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IBM Cognos, InfoSphere Help MarineMax Drive Smarter Retailing

MarineMax, the country’s largest recreational boat retailer, is using IBM business analytics, BI and MDM solutions to power its push to smarter retaining – and cut inventory costs, increase ROI and speed up planning cycles from months to weeks.

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Oracle BI Suite Powers Clinical Development Analytics

Oracle is shipping a new BI-based set of analytics to help life sciences organizations operate their clinical programs more efficiently, get more timely access to information so they can make informed decision and even help accelerate the development of new drugs.

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SAS, FINCAD Team Up on BI To Improve Bank Visibility

Under a partnership between FINAD and SAS Institute Inc, business intelligence (BI) will play a larger role in helping banks recover from the on-going financial crisis, and even avoid future problems by providing more visibility into complex trading instruments. 

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MicroStrategy BI Improves Access to CompuCom's Business Data

Experienced IT outsourcer CompuCom has selected MicroStrategy Inc. as its business intelligence (BI) platform to improve customized access and presentation of business data to many of its non-technical business users, including sales analysts, financial analysts, and customer representatives. 

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IDN Expert Voices - Mainframe Modernization with IBM

As 2010 gets underway, a large number of Chief Information Officers are looking at some new ways to quickly and cost-effectively modernize their valuable mainframe assets, In fact, a recent CIO survey finds CIOs say unlocking mainframe assets to drive profitability and customer satisfaction will be a top priority!

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