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The Internet of Things will Drive Network Management Evolution

EMA research has determined that network managers will need to upgrade, expand, and adapt their network monitoring and management tools and practices if they are going to support the Internet of Things (IoT). EMA recently surveyed 100 IT professionals who are (a) directly involved in enterprise networks and (b) supporting their organizations’ IoT initiatives. We published the results in our research report, “The Internet of Things and Enterprise Networks: Planning, Engineering and Operational Strategies.” The research found that network monitoring tools and practices are challenged by IoT. First of all, 52% reported that IoT had introduced or worsened blindspots in their network monitoring and ...

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The True Value Proposition of BI Solution Providers In Today’s Market: Information Builders Commitment to Its Customers

The business intelligence market is saturated with data management and analytics vendors, and the reality is that vendors cannot compete on capabilities alone. Whether out of the box or through professional services, organizations can generally get the features they require from many different solution providers. Time to value, ease of use, maintenance requirements, and level of service now trump general product capabilities. Obviously, interoperability, scalability, and the ability to effectively integrate data and develop apps are important. At the same time, the main way to ensure customer satisfaction is to provide strong customer support and to focus on quality customer engagements. ...

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Optimizing the Business With Network Analytics

Some network operations teams are discovering that they possess a critical asset that can transform enterprises: network data. As businesses become more digitized, networks are emerging as an ultimate source of operational insight. Finance, healthcare, and retail are just some examples of industries where nearly everything critical to a business crosses the wire. Packets and flows can reveal not only the health and performance of IT infrastructure, but business processes, too. The network can provide a record of who is connecting to the network and when, how and why they do. With the right analytical technologies, this data can provide value to the business. For instance, ...

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APM on Premise versus “in the Cloud”: Either, Or, or Both?


The Rise of Cloud-based APM Solutions In my last blog, I called today’s enterprise application landscape “a dog’s breakfast”1 as far as complexity and heterogeneity are concerned. A growing number of APM vendors would likely agree. Regardless of whether you are on the vendor or the consumer side, application management— as opposed to simple application [...]



By | July 25th, 2014|IT Management, Julie Craig|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

APM as a Service: An Elegant Solution to an Ongoing Challenge


Did you ever hear the term “a dog’s breakfast”? It is a slightly old-fashioned description that the folks over at Princeton University’s WordNet[1] define as “a mess[2]”.And if you’re wondering what a dog’s breakfast has to do with Application Performance Management, check out Figure 1. (Figure 1: Which of these is your company currently delivering [...]



By | July 10th, 2014|IT Management, Julie Craig|0 Comments

Prioritizing Workloads – Deciding What’s Hot and What’s Not


If you are an IT manager, have you ever found yourself stuck in the uncomfortable position of having to choose which jobs are given priority access to essential computing resources? Most likely you have as this is not an uncommon problem. Expecting them to invoke the Wisdom of Solomon, enterprises often bestow the power to [...]



By | July 7th, 2014|IT Management, Steve Brasen, Systems Management|0 Comments

Why Advanced Operational Analytics (AOA) is NOT for 20 men or women in white lab coats!


You may have noticed that Advanced Operational Analytics is a topic of ongoing interest for blogs and commentary here at EMA, and I suppose this is especially true for me. In a recent blog focusing on “Transformative Use Cases from EMA Research” we looked at using the modular values of AOA to address everything from [...]



Why Optimizing your Cloud Service Provider(s)—is Still an Industry Work in Progress


A year ago, EMA did some rather eye-opening research about what it takes to deliver business services over a mix of public and private, and non-cloud infrastructures. The research—dubbed “Ecosystem Cloud”—showed that an overwhelming 94% of the respondents felt that monitoring “inside” public cloud infrastructures was important—and 63% felt it was “very important” or “critical.” [...]



Workload Automation is Not Just For Large Enterprises Anymore


The term, “workload automation,” often conjures images of an army of robots zipping around an enterprise performing arduous tasks while the IT manager sits comfortably in a lounge chair at the back of the data center sipping a Mai Tai. Well, it’s not quite that Jetsonesque just yet – we’ll have to wait a few [...]



By | June 12th, 2014|IT Management, Steve Brasen, Systems Management|0 Comments

Top 5 Indications It’s Time to Transition to a Hybrid Cloud


A core precept in cloud computing is that it must deliver the illusion of infinite scalability.  That is, it must fulfill the expectation that any and all workloads will continuously operate at peak performance regardless of the size and number of jobs being added.  In reality, however, private cloud deployments are finite with limited compute, [...]



By | June 11th, 2014|IT Management, Steve Brasen, Systems Management|0 Comments

Turning to the Network to Solve Application Performance Issues


What’s your plan of action when faced with a thorny application performance issue?  Where do you turn?  Does everyone jump to the conclusion that it must be the network?  Or do you get the team together and have everyone say, “It’s not me?” These are typical approaches, and in the end, it sometimes becomes a [...]



By | June 9th, 2014|IT Management, Jim Frey, Network Management|0 Comments

Advanced Operational Analytics (AOA) – Transformative Use Cases from EMA Research


Steve Smythe discusses how IT Operations is transformed by big data solutions in his latest blog, “Transformation of IT operations with big data solutions.” Is this a reality? The answer—agreed upon here—is almost certainly “yes.” However, it should be pointed out that “big data,” or “IT Operations Analytics,” or as EMA calls it, “Advanced Operational [...]



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