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

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 the traditional software edition of Microsoft Office is currently in no danger of being overtaken by its cloud-hosted cousin, recent adoption rates for Office 365 have substantially accelerated. Businesses, in particular, have shown increased interest in the cloud-based platform, and many are carefully considering whether ...

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Cisco’s Big Data Analytics Vision: Some Data Will Be Distributed Forever

Cisco’s Big Data Analytics Vision: Some Data Will Be Distributed Forever

Champions of big data analytics extoll the virtues of massive data stores. Enterprises have so much unstructured data that could help them improve operations and generate new revenue, they say. The more bytes, the better. Some might assume that enterprises will simply push every byte they can find into a Hadoop cluster or data warehouse. [...]

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Is Your Organization Ready for Windows 10?

Is Your Organization Ready for Windows 10?

Here we go again. New releases of Microsoft’s flagship operating system are typically greeted with a combination of angst, curiosity, confusion, and dread in equal measure. It seems just as folks have gotten used to a particular Microsoft version, a new one is released with a completely different interface and requiring a whole new set of operational practices. Even worse, upgrading large numbers of desktops to the new edition in a large enterprise environment is a daunting task often avoided by IT operations teams until and unless it is absolutely necessary to perform a mass migration. More often, new OS ...

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“Back in the day”, Pablo Picaso once said: Give me a museum and I’ll fill it. Data Integration in 2013 seems to follow along similar lines – Give us a Platform and we will fill it with data. This is part two of a series of blog postings on important topics for the world of...

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posted by John Myers   | January 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

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I have always loved the song “88 Lines about 44 Women” by the Nails.  And based on some recent success with a blogging topic relating to the songs of the 80s, I thought that I would continue that theme with “100 Lines about 25 Business Intelligence Topics”. Think of this list, or series of lists,...

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posted by Jim Frey   | January 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

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For the third year in a row, I will resist the temptation to predict the future of network management, and instead will recommend key focus points that network engineering, management, and operations professionals should keep in mind looking ahead. Last year’s resolutions dealt with cloud, converged infrastructure, VDI, application awareness, and making the shift from...

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posted by Julie Craig   | January 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

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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...

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Hybrid Applications: Cobbling Technology Silos into Useful Services Throughout 2012, my research focus has been on hybrid Cloud applications. Since these applications are cobbled together from bits and pieces of on-premise and off-premise hardware and software, I dubbed them “FrankenApps”, much to the amusement of some of my readers. Now, we are at the time...

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Nothing drives an IT industry analyst more nuts then when a term is repeatedly misused for marketing purposes. DCIM certainly falls into this category. In the recently release EMA Radar Report on Data Center Infrastructure Management, we looked at hundreds of products claiming to be DCIM solutions, but identified only ten (that’s right … 10!)...

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posted by John Myers   | December 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

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Next week, EMA and 9sight will hold a webinar covering our Big Data research findings.  Among our insights will be that Big Data has evolved. Moving forward, Big Data isn’t: merely a technology definition solely Hadoop implementations just petabyte and above only used by Data Scientists Big Data is maturing to the point where business...

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posted by Jim Frey   | November 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

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Few would disagree that the greatest disruptive shockwave the networking sector has seen in many years is SDN, or Software-Defined Networks.  It has the potential to turn traditional networking best practices upside down and to revolutionize the way we plan, deploy, and operate networks.  SDN is perceived by some as a huge threat and by...

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posted by Tracy Corbo   | November 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

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Well I have spent days slogging through what I can find about SDN and the role management will play as we plan out our research calendar for the coming year.  On the topic of management there is nothing.  Management as always is going to be an after thought, period. There is still a huge gap...

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In part 1 of this blog, I provided a broad outline of my Hybrid Cloud Integration Radar research paper, recently completed. I detailed the reasons why EMA chose to undertake this research and listed the vendors/products included in the study. With this entry, I’m following up with additional details regarding the key premises of the...

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