Editor's note

In search of agility

Here you'll find a wealth of resources to help you and your organisation understand the potential, as well as the possible challenges, surrounding cloud computing and in particular integrating cloud and on-premise systems.

As well as a number of news articles and whitepapers there will shortly be a video, featuring CBR editor Jason Stamper talking to IBM's Leif Davidsen and Simon Peel about integration in the era of cloud computing.

You'll also shortly find a special report looking at three key themes: integration in the era of cloud; the role of services oriented architecture (SOA) in cloud computing infrastructures; and how to gain business insight while trying to combine software as a service (SaaS) and on-premise systems.

So bookmark this page now and come back regularly to read the latest news and analysis, plus watch our exclusive video podcast on cloud and cloud integration – two key ingredients in ensuring Business Agility.

Jason Stamper, CBR editor.


CBR Business Agility special report

Don't miss your chance to read our special report covering some of the hottest topics in technology today; the opportunities offered by cloud computing, and the challenges of integrating cloud and on-premise and how they can be overcome. There's also a look at how organisations can get more actionable data from their business intelligence, by reducing data silos and perhaps adopting 'big data' approaches and technologies.

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IBM's UK & Ireland CEO Stephen Leonard

In this exclusive podcast, CBR editor Jason Stamper sits down with IBM UK & Ireland CEO Stephen Leonard. Up for discussion is the significance of IBM's recent 100th anniversary, IBM's Smarter Planet strategy and why Leonard believes he is standing on the shoulders of giants.

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IBM Business Agility Twitter stream (@IBMBizAgility)

IBM white papers and case studies

  • Getting started with IBM WebSphere Cast Iron cloud integration

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  • IBM WebSphere Cast Iron introduction and technical overview

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  • Connect Cloud and On-premise Applications Using WebSphere Cast Iron Integration

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IBM media

  • Customer Testimonial Video - Westmont College

    Reed Sheard, CIO, and Joel Banez, Director of College Software, of Westmont College detail how WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud integration brings agility and flexibility as well as empowers them to meet their business goals in higher education.

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  • Ipswitch, Inc

    Ipswitch Inc, a budget-conscious mid-size organization with a lean IT department recounts how choosing WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud integration over custom code allowed their IT staff to ramp-up and begin integration projects in 2 weeks, experience an on-going time-savings of 40 hours per week and achieve a competitive advantage in their space.

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  • Customer Testimonial Video - SAI Global

    Colin Devine of SAI Global, a leading information services provider located in Australia, recounts his experience in adopting a Cloud strategy, identifying the need to integrate many to many applications, and their subsequent vendor evaluation process. Hear how WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud integration's simplified interface, robust feature set and scalability met SAI's rigorous RFP process, beating the competition, namely Informatica, and continue to provide reliable integration for SAI as well as their client base.

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To what extent would you say your existing IT infrastructure helps to deliver business agility?

- It helps a lot – our systems are flexible and help the business to identify new business opportunities

- It helps somewhat – there is some flexibility in support of agility but silos or antiquated systems hinder business insight

- It neither helps nor hinders – IT doesn't particularly help or hurt the business' agility

- It hinders somewhat – there is a lack of flexibility and/or responsiveness which hinders business agility

- It hinders a lot – inflexible or unresponsive IT systems are badly hampering agility and innovation