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Benoit J. Lheureux
Research VP
8 years at Gartner
31 years IT industry

Benoit Lheureux is a research VP in Gartner Research and agenda manager for the Application Infrastructure group. He focuses on three areas: application integration, middleware and B2B e-commerce, with the emphasis on the latter. Read Full Bio

Cloud Services Brokerages: The Dawn of the Next Intermediation Age

by Benoit Lheureux  |  November 8, 2010

 What do you believe? Will every company on earth *always* consume Cloud services directly? Governance. Integration. Security. Just a few of the issues companies must address when consuming Cloud services (not the easier browser-based services, the more sophisticated API-based Cloud services — for an example checkout http://developer.force.com/). Before you object, … YES … I get […]

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Cloud Services Brokerage: Intermediaries To Facilitate Cloud Services Consumption

by Benoit Lheureux  |  October 11, 2010

A few months back in my post Cloud Services Brokerage: Its Time to Move Beyond Integration as a Service I introduced the notion that Integration as a Service — despite its broad adoption and enduring usefulness — was simply not, by itself, a sufficient metaphor to describe what is really needed to facilitate the consumption of […]

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More B2B M&A Activity: Liaison Acquires Softshare

by Benoit Lheureux  |  August 19, 2010

So yesterday on the same day that my Ariba / Hubspan partnership analysis was published — see Ariba and Hubspan Partner to Scale Up Integration in the Cloud (subscription required) — Liaison announced its acquisition of Softshare. As I’ve said several times this year I can’t publish fast enough to keep up all the B2B vendor activity. Liaison is […]

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B2B Market Consolidation Is Ultimately Good For Users – With Caveats

by Benoit Lheureux  |  July 20, 2010

Ok, its not really *that* bad but for dramatic effect I could make a case that alliances and M&A activity involving IT providers in the B2B market segment are occurring faster than we can respond to them in our published research. Its been a busy year! Recent events include: Ariba partners with Hubspan — Debbie […]

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Cloud Services Brokerage: Its Time to Move Beyond Integration as a Service

by Benoit Lheureux  |  June 12, 2010

This morning I depart for London to present at our Gartner SOA & Application Development and Integration Summit next week. Its the first time I’m leaving my wife and our now 10-week old Tiger Twins, Oliver and Charlotte, behind … … for a business trip. I’ve just come out of extended paternity leave and its […]

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GXS Closes Inovis And Ponders IBM — And B2B Just Became Fun Again

by Benoit Lheureux  |  June 3, 2010

Today the GXS / Inovis merger closed (although not fully world-wide, as UK equivalent of our US DoJ continues its deliberations). Nevertheless barring any unexpected surprises there the combined company can now get on with planning the combined product and service roadmap. We’ve already published our position on how that will play, available here (subscription […]

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More Musings on IBM (Cast Iron + Sterling Commerce)

by Benoit Lheureux  |  May 25, 2010

My colleagues and I just published our formal, consolidated Gartner response to the IBM acquisition of Cast Iron here (subscription required).  Relative to my original blog post on the Cast Iron acquisition its worth noting as we elaborate in the published research that I was mostly right — the most important aspect of this acquisition […]

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IBM Acquires Sterling Commerce — And Ups the Ante on B2B

by Benoit Lheureux  |  May 24, 2010

Just on the heals of IBM acquiring Cast Iron Systems a few weeks ago, today IBM announced that it is acquiring Sterling Commerce for $1.4b in cash. Adding to other recent events such as GXS acquiring Inovis this once again ups the ante on B2B. Gartner’s formal consolidated response to the Cast Iron acquisition will […]

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A Curiosity — Obsolete Floppy Diskette Icons Still Used in IBM Lotus and Microsoft Office?

by Benoit Lheureux  |  May 10, 2010

I don’t want anyone to take this seriously, but following a recent corporate PC software upgrade which included Microsoft Outlook 2007 and IBM Lotus Notes 8, I was browsing through the new menus and observed that the “Save As” menu button (for Outlook) and the “Save” menu button (for Lotus) both use obsolete floppy diskette Icons: […]

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IBM acquires Cast Iron — its about Cloud Services Integration, not appliances

by Benoit Lheureux  |  May 3, 2010

Today IBM announced its acquiring Cast Iron Systems. My colleagues and I have followed Cast Iron for nearly a decade and have watched it evolve in the last few years from its roots (and enduring legacy) in appliance-based integration appliances into a prominent provider of Cloud services integration. For several years now it has delivered […]

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