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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posted by    | May 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

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I try to keep up on my reading. It’s important. In the past year or so, I’ve come across three books that I think complement each other nicely, and taken together outline a program for improving IT management. The books are: How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of Intangibles in Business, by Douglas Hubbard...

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I am in the process of briefing with vendors and developing survey questions for a research study to be kicked off in the very near future. The survey-based research, entitled “Integration Technologies for Cloud Services”, will be followed later this year by an EMA Radar Report on a similar topic. There can no longer be...

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posted by    | May 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

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On March 27, 1977, two Boeing 747 passenger aircraft collided on the Spanish island of Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands, in the deadliest accident in aviation history. 583 people perished. Like the Titanic, a multitude of causes converged into the disaster. A terrorist bomb at a another airport, an overstretched small regional facility, a...

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posted by    | May 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

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I spent three great days last week with Kaseya and its user community. The experience was eye-opening in many ways. A bit of background: EMA considers Kaseya a systems management provider, and as such they are usually covered by my colleagues Steve Brasen and Torsten Volk. However, this year for a couple of different reasons...

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Okay so networking fabric wars, OpenFlow, and SDN startups are all the buzz in the networking space right now and while it is fun to speculate and debate the topic, it is time to get back to basics. Sure we need to decouple the network plumbing from its current rigid, fixed, physical design, but let’s...

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posted by Jim Frey   | May 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

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A lot my coverage over the past couple of years has been focused on the increasingly interesting mix of applications that get delivered over enterprise networks and the impact that has on how networks are being planned and operated. This cocktail has become increasingly volatile, as latency-insensitive traffic loads are mixed with a growing number...

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posted by Steve Brasen   | April 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

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I know what you’re thinking – you just read the title and thought, “Microsoft as a serious player in the mobile space … suuuuure!”  Bear with me, though – this really does make sense. So much industry buzz has been on the consumerization of IT that vendors have lost sight of the criticality of mobile...

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Competition for who owns the data center and which vendors will dominate the cloud services space is heating up. Over the last several days, major enterprise technology vendors such as Dell, EMC, HP, IBM and Oracle have all made announcements relative to what many consider to be groundbreaking progress in rolling out a new generation...

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posted by Tracy Corbo   | April 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

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One of the items on the research agenda for this year is IPv6. In almost every survey we launch, we have a question about IPv6 to keep a pulse on what is happening in and around the topic. To date while the topic is acknowledged and recognized as something that needs to be addressed, we...

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posted by Shawn Rogers   | April 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

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For years our data management universe has been centered around the enterprise data warehouse (EDW). The EDW has served us well and created a foundation for todays sophisticated analytics. A paradigm shift driven by a maturing user community, new technology, economics and valuable data types is moving us towards a hybrid data ecosystem that strives to match the workload and...

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