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Agile Development

Posted by Tom Parish Oct 19, 2007
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Agile Development:  Podcast interview with Mike Lunt, product line director at BMC Software, Inc.

 

 

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Why is Agile so important and who's doing it well?  Traditional development methodologies like "waterfall" aren't flexible and don't allow for changes in features or functions as the software is being developed.  Using the Agile approach, developers at can produce enterprise software in half the time, with more flexibility to market needs.  But, that's not all that happens with Agile.  Development teams become more productive, costs go down, and quality goes up.  Everyone wins with the Agile approach.

 

 

 

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Mike Lunt is a Director, Product Line with over 12 years of software life-cycle experience in both online and product-based software. At   BMC, he is responsible for continuously improving the processes used to develop and deliver enterprise-level products in the systems management domain. Mike has been working with rapid development and Agile techniques for many years, both at BMC as well as several startups prior to BMC.

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Application Virtualization and the Enterprise: Podcast interview with Jeanne Morain, senior manager of configuration automation products at BMC Software, Inc., and Jonathan Clark, president and CTO, Thinstall

 

 

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First, it was whole-machine virtualization; now, application virtualization is taking the enterprise by storm. But what is application virtualization, and what advantages can it bring to the corporate IT environment? In this podcast, Jeanne Morain, senior manager of configuration automation products at BMC Software, is joined by Jonathan Clark, president and CTO of a new BMC partner, Thinstall.   Together, they discuss the advantages of agentless technology, how combining application virtualization with configuration management delivers great value, and more.

Clark gives his recommendations for what to consider if you're in the market for application virtualization technology, and he and Morain discusses how companies can leverage application virtualization to address compliance. But what it all comes down to, says Morain, is cost savings for IT. Combine BSM, ITIL, configuration management and application virtualization, says Morain, and what you get is a true, closed-loop system that is flexible: and true asset lifecycle management, from cradle to grave.

 

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Jeanne Morain is senior manager of configuration automation products group (a.k.a. Marimba and BMC Performance Assurance). She holds a master's degree from Southern Illinois University. Ms. Morain has well over a decade of experience in large-system deployments. She led early developments of integrating discovery tools into assets systems and has worked to guide many of BMC's larger customers on planning, implementing, and maintaining their BSM systems during the last more-than five years.

 

Jonathan Clark founded Thinstall in 1999, originally focusing on virtualization and copy protection technology solutions for software publishers. Mr. Clark released the first version of Thinstall in 2001 after several years of R&D and continues to actively participate in Thinstall’s technology and business direction. Prior to starting Thinstall, Mr. Clark co-founded the video game development company Crack dot Com in 1994, which produced the original PC and Mac titles "Abuse" and "Golgotha," and ported "Doom" and "Quake" to UNIX platforms.

Tom Parish

Education for IT

Posted by Tom Parish Oct 5, 2007
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Education for IT: Podcast interview with Linda Moss, vice president, Worldwide Educational Services at BMC Software, Inc.

 

 

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Education is not just for the classroom anymore for several reasons, according to Linda Moss, vice president of BMC Educational Services. The classroom format does not work for everyone, travel and education budgets are decreasing, and the number of global IT offices is increasing, to name only a few reasons. In addition, companies are expecting their education dollars to produce practical skills that can be employed during the work day, not just familiarity with a theory or a certificate. Linda, a Ph.D. in education, discusses these IT education trends and others, as well as what BMC is doing to meet them.

Listen to this podcast to find out about the new BMC Global Training Lab and other ways that BMC is trying to meet the need for both a variety of education formats as well as “how-to” and “hands-on” training needs. Linda also covers other hot topics for corporate education like ITIL version 3, the CMDB, the future of education, Web-based training, collaboration, and informal education.

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Linda Moss, vice president, Worldwide Educational Services at BMC Software, Inc., joined the company April 9, 2007. Moss brings over 20 years of extensive training and development experience in the global IT industry. Most recently she served as senior director of Worldwide Education for Brocade Communications Systems, Inc – a position she held held for 7 years – growing Brocade’s education business 300%.

Prior to these positions in the US, Moss operated a successful training and management consultancy in Europe for ten years, working as a advisor/trainer with middle and senior management at companies such as Deutsche Bank, KPMG, Black and Decker as well as the US Federal Govt in Europe.

Moss holds a Bachelor of Arts – English from The University Of Gloucester, England; an MBA, Managerial Leadership concentration, from City University and holds a PhD in Gendered Learning from The University of Kent at Canterbury, England.

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