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    | March 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

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What works for one industry can often be applied in another. One of the positive unintended consequences of forcing highly regulated and litigious industries to adopt technology solutions to slog through mountains of electronically stored information (ESI) is these systems, in some ways, have become more intelligent than humans in discerning relationships between words and...

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posted by Shawn Rogers   | March 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

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I’ve been participating in the web seminar series hosted by Informatica covering data virtualization (DV) technology. As many of you know I feel strongly about the impact this technology can have on your business and I believe there is a place for it within most companies. I just finished listening to the latest program in...

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posted by    | March 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

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I spent a few days at IBM Pulse last week, the IBM conference associated with infrastructure management and the Tivoli product line. It was an enormous event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas – 8,000 people as announced at the conference. IBM is of course in a class by itself in terms of its...

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posted by Dennis Drogseth   | March 13, 2012 | 0 Comments
See Dennis’ recent article on User Experience Management (UEM), posted at APM Digest,...

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I apologize for the lack of postings lately, but the APM marketplace is full of news and I’ve been off covering it in a number of new papers posted at: www.emausa.com. I also took the time to write an article for APM Digest entitled “Why Your APM Solutions may not be Cloud Ready”, available at:...

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

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Miami Dolphins, Sun Life Stadium and IBM Intelligence Operations Center Last September, Forbes Magazine published its 2011 ranking of the NFL’s Most Valuable Teams. Forbes gives detailed financial information on why NFL franchise values are “only” growing by 1.4%. The article notes that operating costs for NFL franchises are rising. This increase is due to: Increased...

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posted by John Myers   | February 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

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As Big Data initiatives mature into enterprise data sources supported by NoSQL products for analytics and operational systems, a clash of cultures is on the horizon (if not here already). Traditional IT implementations teams and their top-down programs rarely see eye to eye with the grass roots culture of NoSQL platform operators. But this divide...

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posted by    | February 24, 2012 | 0 Comments
“Too many tools!” That’s how IT managers feel. The systems needed just to run IT can cost millions to acquire and operate. Yet without appropriate tools, how can you run a service desk, IT operations center, or a project management office? Undoubtedly, it’s critical that your IT management tools approach be well thought out. You...

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One of the major themes that will stand out at RSA next week revolves around the trend I’ve been following closely over the last several months: the evolution of security centered on a data-driven approach.  There will be many opportunities for you to learn and benefit from this trend that is having an impact on...

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posted by John Myers   | February 22, 2012 | 0 Comments

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Informatica Goal: Maximize Return on Data The theme of last week’s Informatica Analyst Conference was utilizing the “secular megatrends” of information technology to energize data integration across organizations at an enterprise scale.  These megatrends, described as trends we can all agree upon, are the following: Cloud Computing Social Media Mobile Big Data Informatica’s message is...

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