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Recent Blog Posts
Modelling business decisions
I am a huge believer in using business rules management software, embedded in automated systems, to handle the business decision logic. Business rules can be related directly to the day-to-day...
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 16th August '16
Modelling business decisions - There is now a standards-based approach to modelling and managing business decisions
I am a huge believer in using business rules management software, embedded in automated systems, to handle the business decision logic...
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 14th August '16
Legacy, a reassessment - Legacy applications may be generating the profits that are paying for your innovation
I always get a bit irritated whenever I hear someone talking disparagingly about legacy technology, often in a Mainframe context. If I hear that a long lost uncle has left me a legacy, I usually feel...
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 12th August '16
BMC, reports of death exaggerated? - Its forward-looking strategy is unveiled in London
Earlier this year, if you'd asked my opinion of BMC I'd have probably said that it had gone a bit quiet since privatisation in 2013; that it had lots of good technology and clever people; and, quite...
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 27th July '16
A powerful citizen developer ecosystem - Mendix v7 brings great power - and, possibly, great responsibility
I've been following Mendix for some time. It's an interesting application delivery platform, which is heavily focused on growth: it doesn't make a profit yet, but has really captured the "citizen...
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 11th July '16
Java on the Mainframe - on z/OS rather than Linux - An opportunity well worth researching, if you run a Mainframe
There is suddenly new interest in monitoring Java on mainframes - I'm not talking about running lots of Java VMs on Linux but about running Java against big mainframe systems on z/OS. This might be...
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 4th July '16
DevOps at the Oval - Development vs. Operations
Cloudbees and friends had a great "Oval Table" discussion about DevOps (the merging of the Dev - development or programming - silo with the Ops - automated systems Operations - silo) a week...
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 16th June '16
Learning about Innovation in Configuration Management - An ITSM conference in Vienna and the BCS CMSG Conference in London
I'm going to miss the BCS CMSG (Configuration Management Specialist Group) conference this year, which is a pity - I'm giving the keynote at an ITSM Conference in Vienna, dealing with the impact of...
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 18th May '16
Compuware is rising from the ashes of its spinoffs. - Perhaps there really is money in mainframes
Compuware is a long-established and respected company specialising in supporting mainframes - which acquired and developed lots of interesting technology.
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 14th May '16
ERwin runs free - just in time to take on the GDPR problem, perhaps
A press release has just come across my desk, announcing that a private equity firm, Parallax Capital Partners, has acquired the ERwin data modelling software from CA Technologies. The new company...
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 11th April '16
Disruptive GDPR - A new EU take on data privacy merits attention
Are you aware of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), an EC Regulation intended to strengthen and unify data protection for individuals within the EU, give citizens back the control of...
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 7th April '16
Is it time for more Systems Thinking in IT - DevOps and IoT, in particular, seem to be all about feedback controlled systems
As I think about where business automation is going, I begin to wonder whether we need radically new ways of thinking about automation and the way it interacts with human systems, so as to deliver...
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 24th March '16
The risk of not understanding what risk means - everybody wants 100% risk-free, which is neither possible nor desirirable
I was amused - and saddened - by this story. An American mother, in order to protect her family from a largely imaginary (even in America), but perceived as real and immediate, threat, arms herself...
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 10th March '16
A new IBM z13s "enterprise-class server" - for when even Cloud fashion victims might rather like a mainframe.....
For anyone who, mistakenly, thinks the mainframe is a dying breed, there's a new kid on the block, the IBM z13s system. What this enables, for middle-sized companies, is hardware-assisted encryption...
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 18th February '16
EU-US Privacy Shield - is this a new Safe Harbour agreement?
The demise of the old Safe Harbour agreement between the US and the UK, allowing the interchange of personal and sensitive data between EU and US datacentres has been causing rising panic as the...
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 4th February '16
All change for Perforce Configuration Management? - Perforce Software has been acquired by equity investor Summit Partners.
Perforce Software is one of the leading purveyors of Configuration Management tools. The importance of Configuration Management as the foundation of good governance is often overlooked; it deals with...
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 3rd February '16
The Mutable Mainframe - the Mainframe is still very much part of the CA Technologies roadmap
I have just been briefed by CA Technologies on its Mainframe Reframed strategy. This is interesting, as CA Technologies is very aware of the issues facing the Mainframe in public...
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 27th January '16
Synergies with the Mutable Business - prompted by Agility and APIs at CA World 2015
Bloor sees the future of automation as driving the Mutable Business. What this means, according to Bloor associate Martin Banks, is that all businesses are now in a state of permanent transformation to new business models.
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 16th December '15
CA Technologies: business re-written by software - is there a need for paranoid optimism?
Mike Gregoire gave a wonderfully upbeat keynote at CA World today and I take no issue with some (or even all) of the CA Technologies innovations he was talking about, all enabling the re-writing of...
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 27th November '15
ODF - the state of play - The future of ODF under OASIS, now that the standards war is won.
ODF - open document format - is an open, XML-based rich document format that has been adopted as the standard for exchanging information in documents (spreadsheets, charts, presentations and word...
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 18th November '15
ARM and IoT - Everybody is innovating for IoT, but some IoT platforms are already here, and are just maturing
ARM has an interesting business model, which contrasts with that of, say, Intel. Like Intel, it designs many of the chips behind modern automated applications, but unlike Intel, it doesn't build the...
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 13th November '15
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Kerberos R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn - translation: "In his house at R'lyeh dead Kerberos waits dreaming".
If you have been following the news, you may have noticed that the EU is getting increasingly serious about its Data Protection directives - and that there aren't any easy safe harbours left -...
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 13th October '15
Gitting along with Configuration Management and Perforce Helix
Configuration Management is fundamental to good governance, but it is a journey not a destination - Perforce Helix is part of that journey.
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 6th October '15
Apache Trafodion DBMS - Innovation for Big Data with SQL access to Hadoop.
At the Apache 2015 Big Data�conference, hosted by the Linux Foundation, in Budapest I was�well-impressed by the Apache OSS projects, which seem to generally run themselves quite well. Perhaps there...
David Norfolk, Bloor Research | 6th October '15