By Denise Dubie and Alex Cullen
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Forrester Research analysts and Network World editors give you the lowdown on the industry's hottest technology trends.
||Bridging the IT / business gap||Organizations are realizing the increasing importance of the business analyst's role within a company as a way to bring technology and process improvements to projects. Mary Gerush, an analyst with Forrester Research, discusses the role of the business analyst, the skill sets needed, and how IT and business can formalize the role of the business analyst and harness their power. (18:15)||19 1 09||Free||View In iTunes|
||Outsourcing 2.0: What's next||With current economic conditions putting pressure on IT staffs, what's next in the IT services outsourcing space? Alex talks with Forrester's Paul Roehrig about the next generation of IT services. (16:39)||16 11 08||Free||View In iTunes|
||Real-time collaboration now! (or later)||Demand for instant communication and collaboration is being driven by globalization, outsourcing, remote workers and the "green IT" movement. How can companies move beyond traditional methods (e-mail, telephone) and support new tools for real-time collaboration? Alex talks with Ted Schadler, VP and Principal Analyst at Forrester, about the new tools and the companies behind them. (17:21)||25 9 08||Free||View In iTunes|
||Managing unstructured information||Alex talks with Forrester's Kyle McNabb about the latest strategies around enterprise content management, as well as how enterprise IT can help manage unstructured information such as e-mails, blogs, wikis and documents. (20:19)||28 7 08||Free||View In iTunes|
||Enterprise mobility's next stage||Most enterprises have made simple data mobile, such as e-mail, contacts and tasks. As devices and networks change, what challenges will enterprises face in moving to the next stage of mobility, which includes mobilizing role-specific data such as CRM, sales-force automation and field-service apps? Forrester's Chris Silva discusses the newest mobility trends and what IT should look out for (16:32).||23 6 08||Free||View In iTunes|
||Why is IT ignoring innovation?||Alex Cullen talks with Forrester's Bobby Cameron about the reasons why business leaders are still driving innovations at companies, rather than CIOs and IT. Learn how IT can get back on track on the innovation front, including ways on getting your people, processes and technologies to change from just "keeping the engine running" to becoming a vital innovation leader (19:49).||20 5 08||Free||View In iTunes|
||Embracing Tech Populism||Enterprise end users are embracing social computing and Web 2.0 technologies, but where does that leave IT managers charged with maintaining security and control of their environment? Denise and Alex speak with Forrester principal analyst Matt Brown about how IT managers can adopt technology popular with end users while also ensuring their environment stays secure and end users remain productive (26:34).||25 3 08||Free||View In iTunes|
||Enterprise Identity Crisis||Identity and access management technologies are becoming more critical as enterprise companies become more diverse and security and compliance demands increase. Denise and Alex speak with Forrester senior analyst Andras Cser about how identity management is expanding beyond directories and how enterprise IT managers can get in front of this dynamic technology (20:10).||18 2 08||Free||View In iTunes|
||Must-have skills for savvy IT pros||IT initiatives such as virtualization, disaster recovery and consolidation will drive IT operations staff to evolve their skills and manage IT with the business in mind. Denise and Alex talk with Forrester Research analyst Simon Yates about how IT professionals can become invaluable to the business this year (15:54).||22 1 08||Free||View In iTunes|
||Promises and potholes of enterprise mobility||Enterprises are ready to take people, processes and technology mobile, enabling anywhere connectivity throughout their organizations. But the technology isn't quite there yet. Denise and Alex talk with Forrester Research analyst Chris Silva (pictured) about the promises of ubiquitous mobility, and the challenges that lie ahead for enterprise adopters (19:51).||28 11 07||Free||View In iTunes|
||How IT service providers are accelerating ROI||A shift in the IT services space is being caused by the growth of solution accelerators, internally developed software that can customize a particular business process or aspect of product development for several clients. Denise and Alex talk with Forrester VP and Principal Analyst John McCarthy about recent research on solution accelerators. Find out what factors are driving IT services firms to develop these, how they compare with framework attempts, and what how it will impact enterprise IT's use of IT services (13:15).||30 10 07||Free||View In iTunes|
||Social Computing Invades the Enterprise||Network World's Denise Dubie and Forrester Research's Alex Cullen talk with Forrester Analyst Rob Koplowitz about the role of social computing and its effects on the enterprise. What strategies do IT managers and users need to take for bringing these collaboration tools into the company? How is Web 2.0 really defined? Find out in the first episode of Forrester Fundamentals, which tackles technology issues from both sides.||17 9 07||Free||View In iTunes|