EMA Innovators of IBM Connect 2017


After three fascinating days at IBM Connect 2017, EMA crowned a very short list of vendors with the “EMA Innovators of IBM Connect 2017” award. These vendors are true game changers because they look at a traditional IT challenges from a whole new angle, which enables them to drive highly differentiated customer value. Please note [...]



By | February 23rd, 2017|IT Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

The Four Horsemen of the Hybrid Cloud Apocalypse – Vision of the Business Defined Data Center


EMA estimates that enterprises today waste over 50% of their IT budgets on inefficient application workload placement, configuration and management. As a side effect, they introduce tremendous operational risk in terms of security, regulatory compliance, performance and reliability. EMA’s 2017 hybrid cloud, software-defined data center (SDDC) and machine learning-related research projects (take a look at [...]



By | February 15th, 2017|IT Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

2017 Resolution 3: Evaluate security and break down perceived versus real obstacles to implementation


Within cloud implementations, organizations list security as both an obstacle and opportunity in recent surveys conducted by EMA. By looking at your security environment, you can identify where weaknesses are and look at requirements for your industry, platform, etc. Within cloud environments specifically, providers build their platforms with security in mind first. Therefore, many security concerns [...]



By | February 6th, 2017|Business Intelligence, Lyndsay Wise|0 Comments

Business Continuity in the Age of the Cloud


The cost of downtime varies significantly across various industries. Estimates range from as much as $6,000,000 an hour for a brokerage business to $90,000 per hour for media services. Backup and disaster recovery or business continuance enable an IT organization to recover from the loss of a file, object, data set, application, or an entire [...]



By | January 4th, 2016|IT Management, Jim Miller|0 Comments

Office 365: To Cloud or Not to Cloud—That IS the Question!


It’s time to take a serious look at Office 365. The cloud edition of Microsoft’s broadly adopted business productivity suite – which bundles such popular packages as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft Outlook – has been both heavily praised and heavily criticized since its introduction in 2011. While the adoption rate of [...]



By | June 21st, 2015|IT Management, Steve Brasen, Systems Management|0 Comments

Redefining WAN in Light of Cloud


Thanks in large part to investor-driven demand for constant double-digit growth, the WAN optimization market has taken a substantial beating, and as a result the term “WAN optimization” has become something of a lament. Vendors looking to distance themselves from the term have latched onto the “software-defined” bandwagon, and the result is “SDN WAN” or [...]



By | February 17th, 2015|IT Management, Network Management, Tracy Corbo|0 Comments

Why Data Analytics as a Service?


Waaay back in the day (say 2002), organizations would ask themselves: “If our customer and prospect (potential customer) information is our most valuable asset, why would we EVER trust it with a 3rd party who would put it with the customer information from other companies?” Today, organizations do not hesitate to start their sales endeavors [...]



By | July 14th, 2014|Business Intelligence, John Myers|0 Comments

Checking the Pulse of Network Management


Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to attend IBM‘s Pulse conference, where the company welcomed over 10,000 of its software customers. This group is primarily focused on IBM’s Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure solutions, built largely around the Tivoli and Maximo portfolios. The overall theme of the event was how Cloud is the answer…to everything. [...]



By | February 27th, 2014|IT Management, Jim Frey, Network Management|0 Comments

PRISM: The End of the Cloud?


Who can watch the PRISM fiasco and NOT wonder about its impact on public Cloud computing? If the government can monitor your phone calls, it can certainly force SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS vendors to provide access to your financials, your sales records, your data, and anything else you do or store “in the Cloud”.  And [...]



By | June 10th, 2013|IT Management, Julie Craig|0 Comments

Three Keys to Hybrid Cloud APM


I believe that 2013 will be the year that hybrid Cloud application deployments go mainstream. This prediction is based on EMA IT-facing Integration research conducted in mid-2012, which found that: • 45% of companies surveyed had already deployed at least one “ hybrid Cloud” application, defined as “applications integrating to at least one public Cloud [...]



By | January 7th, 2013|IT Management, Julie Craig|0 Comments
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