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Microsoft Open-Source Licenses May Help With Community Support

The overlap between Microsoft's business strategies and those of the open source software community has increased significantly in 2007. The results have been confusing, at best. On one hand, Microsoft seemed to fire a volley over the bow of the open source community by asserting more than 200 of its patents had been violated by various open source projects - including 42 by Linux alone. On the other hand, Microsoft has made overtures in other areas so that it may better align its efforts with open source. This week, we highlight recent research that provides context and clears up some of the fear, uncertainty and doubt around this issue. In particular, our first formal vendor open source strategies evaluation provides a high-level overview of Microsoft's long-term open source strategies.
Mark Driver, Research VP

Deploying Analytic Applications as Part of a BI and Performance Management Strategy

This week's collection of research covers some important foundation research on the topic of analytic applications. Analytic applications have been around in various forms for more than 20 years, but they've been highly niche and targeted at specific departments or functions. For example, Hyperion initially built its business by selling financial consolidation and planning tools to the CFO. However, analytic applications have evolved from niche applications to a key part of a business intelligence (BI) and performance management strategy. Vendors such as Business Objects, Cognos and SAS Institute now offer a range of analytic applications in addition to their BI platforms. Application vendors such as SAP and Oracle are building their portfolios and new specialist vendors are emerging. BI and information management (IM) leaders must understand the challenges of analytic applications and how to manage user demands. Otherwise, tactical purchasing may create disparate silos of information and disrupt your BI and performance management strategy.
Nigel Rayner, Research VP

Predicts 2008: Business Process Management Alters Business and IT Collaboration

Business transformation is the focus for this week. Feedback from BPI community members who attended the Gartner 2007 Fall Symposium/ITxpo indicate that most expect to implement major business transformations. Too often transformation is viewed as a major restructuring of IT solutions rather than as an innovative way of conducting business. Innovation is a necessary element of transformation and both business and IT need to step out of their respective boxes in order to make innovation the norm. IT needs to lead discussions with business leaders that challenge the status quo and business leaders need to challenge the "business as usual" mentality they may encounter from IT. A fresh look at business and IT collaboration is also especially critical to address business imperatives that are transforming the way companies invest in IT. Process improvement is a recurring theme across all of these imperatives. SOA also is a likely approach to supporting all of these transformation efforts. However, deficits in skill sets and lack of maturity in using SOA are major obstacles that companies will need to navigate.
Michele Cantara, Research VP

Findings for Enterprise Architecture: Focus on Uncertainty

This week, we showcase some of the latest research germane to enterprise architects. The common thread is quite simple - this is new information enterprise architects need to know about.
Robert A. Handler, VP Distinguished Analyst

Highlights From the I&O Leaders Track at Symposium/ITxpo

With the European ITxpo in full swing this week, my Must Reads take their cue from the business mandates highlighted in this year's Fall Symposia. My first pick discusses all six imperatives, followed by research with leading-edge ideas for developing an innovative IT I&O strategy. Of course, good ideas require more than just good intentions to become business realities. Which is why our survey that points to healthy IT budgets should give many an I&O Leader a reason to look forward to '08!
Jay E. Pultz, VP Distinguished Analyst


Activity Cycle Overview: Program and Portfolio Management, 2007

Our analysts are making their way around the globe hosting and presenting at our Symposia events. This week we are in Cannes, France. There will be hundreds of presentations, a large ITxpo show floor and we will have a vibrant PPM Community with lots of opportunities for interacting with other people in your role. I've decided to take the event opportunity to select recent research that fed into our Symposium content and theme, and some of the findings that came directly from our Orlando Event. Our research is a never-ending process, but Symposium is always a key time for us to test our big messages with our clients and test some new theories as well.
Audrey L. Apfel, VP Distinguished Analyst

Key Issues for Security and Risk Management Role Research, 2007

I don't usually include Gartner Findings documents in this list of "must read" research, and I rarely point to research from non-risk-related teams. But this week's first entry is a very short, very interesting Findings document from another team. If IT budgets are, indeed, to be higher next year, then risk management budgets - including security budgets - should continue their 10%-per-year climb. Plan on it. The next three entries in this week's list relate to application-layer security, a topic that's finally taking its proper place in IT. Finally, there's the latest in our popular series of basic job description sample templates. And in case you missed my message last week, be sure to review the changes to the Activity Cycle material to your right.
F. Christian Byrnes, VP Distinguished Analyst

Sourcing and Vendor Relationships: Responses to 'Researching the Research Agenda' Survey, 2007

We're in the second stage of our Fall Symposium schedule this week as delegates from across Europe converge on the French Riviera to network with peers and our analysts. I've selected new research
that's published this week that also aligns to some of the content in our vertical and virtual track for sourcing and vendor managers. We start with the age-old issue around outsourcing for the right
reasons, not just to save money. We then look at a recent outsourcing deal that shows the growth and adoption of the offshore providers. Alternative delivery models continue to be a hot issue with our clients and I've included a piece on software as a service (saas). To spread the wealth across multiple IT spending categories I've selected a piece on networking that carries on our focus on the commoditization and vendor influence curves. I wrap up with a new piece of research that discusses the industrialization of IT, and discusses if and how, IT services can become commodities.
Christopher Ambrose, Research VP