InterMapper Application for Splunk Answers Need for Log Analytics in Network Management

InterMapper Application for Splunk Answers Need for Log Analytics in Network Management

You may not have noticed, but log analytics has become table stakes for network management toolsets. Last year, Enterprise Management Associates® (EMA™) surveyed network managers about the data sources that have become important to engineering and operations tasks. Log files consistently scored higher than anything else, including flow data, packet analysis, and SNMP metrics. Fifty-nine [...]

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Know when it’s time to replace open source and freeware infrastructure management tools

Know when it’s time to replace open source and freeware infrastructure management tools

Many small and midsized IT organizations rely on a mix of freeware and open source software to manage their infrastructure. These free tools can be effective and economical choices for smaller networks. But how do you know when it’s time to upgrade to a commercial product? Scale is one of the first indicators that you [...]

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Top 5 Reasons Custom Scripts are Putting Your Business at Risk

Top 5 Reasons Custom Scripts are Putting Your Business at Risk

IT administrators love to write scripts – at least, the most talented ones do. Scripting provides a powerful platform to automate simple and repeatable tasks. However, like with most powerful tools, there is an overwhelming temptation for scripting to be overused. When faced with a project deadline, a high-pressure failure event, or even just the need to simplify day-to-day events, administrators can unintentionally create scripts that are so complex they actually put the business at risk. I must confess that during my 2 decades-long tenure as an IT administrator and engineer, I’ve written a lot of scripts…a LOT of scripts…and ...

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posted by Torsten Volk   | June 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

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During this year’s research for the 2012 EMA Workload Automation (WLA) Radar Report, we encountered a number of very interesting core findings. These research results mostly originated from dozens of conversations with end customers, who have been using WLA software for many years and sometimes even for decades. WLA, by definition, is a mature discipline,...

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posted by    | June 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

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I want to outline briefly some ideas I’ve had recently about our fundamental models for understanding IT management. In 1968, Melvin Conway proposed an insightful law, basically stating that our systems are copies of our communication structure (how we interact as human beings). And while this law is often applied in discussions of computer program structure,...

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posted by Julie Craig   | June 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

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I finally replaced my aging Blackberry recently, mainly because of T-Mobile’s decision to lay off a big hunk of their workforce. I chose T-Mobile several years ago because of high-quality customer service, after dealing with virtually every other carrier (except Sprint) for way too long. So I called Verizon (whose customer service has proven to...

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posted by Shawn Rogers   | May 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

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Recently, when asked what the “next big thing” was, Ann Winblad, renowned venture capital investor, responded: “Data is the new oil.” http://www.forbes.com/sites/perryrotella/2012/04/02/is-data-the-new-oil/ I agree with Ann but to get value from crude oil it must be processed.  And that is often what is lost in the buzz surrounding the Volume, Velocity and Variety (3Vs) attributes of...

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posted by Julie Craig   | May 22, 2012 | 0 Comments

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My latest research found that only about 65% of commercial enterprise management products purchased are currently in use– the rest are languishing on a shelf somewhere, just waiting to be dusted off and deployed. Here are a few tips to ensure that your purchases don’t end up in a back room collecting dust. Define your...

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There is highly valuable synergy between line of business (LOB) executives and data/business analysts in today’s information driven work environments. Unfortunately complex processes and data integration “hairballs” cause analysts to spend most of their time bogged down in mundane data integration tasks instead of collaborating with executives to supply critical business insights. Sadly this is...

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My research focus last year was on Application Performance Management for Cloud services. It uncovered some stunning statistics. More than 40% of IT organizations are supporting API integrations. More than 50% are supporting EAI and/or ESB-based applications. 75% are supporting Web Services and 35% are running SaaS to SaaS integrations. Finally, almost 50% are running transactions...

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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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