The Truth Behind the Scope of the Endpoint Problem in the Enterprise

The Evolution of the “Endpoint” Over the past few years, the perception of what an “endpoint” is, and therefore the definition, has changed. The original perception was a user workstation independent of operating system. With the expansion of functionality, data persistence, Internet connectivity, and ultimately the threats against them, that definition no longer applies. Laptops became included, then smartphones, servers, tablets, internal file shares, and dedicated or special function devices such as point of sale terminals and processors. This change in perception is actually a great awakening on the part of IT and business personnel. They are more willing to accept that ...

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Enterprise IT Trends in 2017

Customers in 2017 will demand solutions to claim back today’s massive CAPEX and OPEX waste of over 50% of their total IT spend. All our 2017 predictions are directly derived from the rapidly increasing pressure to reclaim these resources and leverage them to achieve direct business advantages in today’s highly competitive and fast moving marketplace. Decreasing OPEX: 30% of resources in enterprise IT are entirely unused or do not contribute to any business objectives. Additionally, resources that do have a business purpose are often vastly oversized. Identifying and reallocating this free capacity – hardware, software, management, datacenter resources – is high ...

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5 Resolutions for BI and Analytics for 2017

Last year I spent a lot of time looking at cloud analytics and how organizations are adopting and growing their cloud deployments. In addition, I had the opportunity to see how companies are implementing analytics more broadly and how solution providers are meeting customer needs by creating more flexible offerings. Through all of this, there were overarching ideas and success factors that could be easily applied to both cloud and on-premises implementations. Below are 5 of the transferrable resolutions that all organizations looking at analytics should consider and apply within their projects. Throughout the next couple of months I will be expanding ...

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IT Cultural Transformation and The Elimination of Technology Silos—An Exercise in Efficiency or a Dream Turned Nightmare?


Cultural transformation and eliminating IT silos may sound like an impossible dream—and indeed, perhaps “eliminating” is too strong a word. But the reality is that IT organizations must change toward a more responsive, business-aligned culture, as well as toward a more service-aware (versus siloed) way of working. So how do you begin? A lot depends, [...]



Developing an Information Management Strategy Within the EMA Hybrid Data Ecosystem


Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) has recognized that big data implementers and consumers rely on a variety of platforms to meet their big data requirements. These platforms include new data management technologies such as Hadoop, MongoDB, and Cassandra, but the collection also includes traditional SQL-based data management technologies supporting data warehouses and data marts; operational support [...]



By | March 13th, 2015|Business Intelligence, John Myers|0 Comments

SolidFire Analyst Day Observations


I had the opportunity to attend the SolidFire analyst day in my hometown of Boulder, Colorado on February 25. It was a well-attended event, with the day split into SolidFire and customer presentations in the morning, and small, intimate conversational sessions with SolidFire executives and customers in the afternoon. SolidFire is one of a growing [...]



By | March 5th, 2015|IT Management, Jim Miller|0 Comments

Leveraging User Activity Monitoring to Protect Information and Employees from Cyber Threats


Historically, many organizations and personnel have been concerned about user activity monitoring (UAM). Certain business cultures feel that these activities are an invasion of privacy or are distrustful. However, in today’s Internet connected, data driven world, having specific information or data means the difference in being a market leader and being out of business. Identifying [...]



By | March 4th, 2015|David Monahan, IT Management, Scott Crawford, Security|0 Comments

Docker acquires SocketPlane for multi-host container networking


Docker Inc. acquired networking startup SocketPlane today, indicating that Docker wants to accelerate the development of networking APIs and software that will help network managers operationalize production Linux containers. Docker is a suite of open source software that helps developers and admins manage and scale their use of Linux containers. Containers offer the same resource [...]



PFP CyberSecurity Breaks on to the Scene to Identify Malware at the Chip Level.


A few weeks ago, I briefed with a new company called PFP Cybersecurity, also known as Power Fingerprinting, Inc., and was so intrigued by the concept alone that I wrote a Vendor to Watch about them. They officially launched on January 26, , and currently their claim to fame is their physics-based scanning technology which [...]



By | March 2nd, 2015|David Monahan, IT Management, Scott Crawford, Security|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

Top 5 Trends in 2015 for Unifying PC and Mobile Management


Have you ever tried to create a major slide presentation on a tablet? Or edit a large spreadsheet? Or write a long document? Probably not. While it’s certainly possible to perform more substantial business tasks on a tablet, the small screen real estate and limited system resources (e.g., processing speed, memory, graphic support, etc.) are [...]



By | February 12th, 2015|IT Management, Steve Brasen, Systems Management|0 Comments

A new analyst on the block


Hello world. I am the new senior analyst for the network management research practice at Enterprise Management Associates (EMA).  My name may be familiar to some of you. Prior to 2015, I led the news team for TechTarget’s networking and telecommunications publications for seven years. Now I’m making the transition from journalist to analyst. The [...]



Hybrid Cloud & Infrastructure Management – Making the Switch


The New Year is always a good time for new beginnings, and 2015 is no exception.  With the start of 2015, my coverage focus at EMA is shifting and evolving.  After 22+ years in the network management space, including over six years as an industry analyst, I am starting a new chapter by shifting my [...]



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