Automation is Key to Staying in the Driver’s Seat of Your Data-driven Strategy

Automation is Key to Staying in the Driver’s Seat of Your Data-driven Strategy

More and more organizations are increasing the use of data in their decision making. EMA describes this as having a data-driven strategy. Recent research has revealed that almost 63% of respondents included data-driven strategies in their organization at a significant level. EMA has been tracking the growth of big data with annual research since 2012. From our 2015 research, you can see in the chart below how organizations are moving forward with their big data projects. As big data matures, the number of organizations with a big data project in serious planning or in full operation is increasing while the number ...

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2016: Looking Ahead at ITSM—Want to Place Any Bets?

2016: Looking Ahead at ITSM—Want to Place Any Bets?

I thought I’d begin the year by making some predictions about what to look for in 2016 in the area of IT service management (ITSM).  For those of you who have been following my blogs with any regularity, and particularly for those who sat in on our webinar for the research report “What Is the [...]

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Best Practices for Innovating Through Cloud Technologies – Utilizing Public, Private, and Hybrid Cloud

Best Practices for Innovating Through Cloud Technologies – Utilizing Public, Private, and Hybrid Cloud

Cloud computing can speed up deployment, reduce costs, and increase efficiency and connectivity. It can open up new ways to get computing work done, but more importantly, the inherent connectivity can change the way employees interact with each other and with customers. It can also change the way companies interact with suppliers and partners. The ease of standing up new apps and connecting with users through mobile devices, as well as the minimal capital investment, can spur innovation. EMA research on open cloud orchestration tools in Q4 of 2014 asked what percent of enterprise workloads were running in cloud environments. While ...

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posted by Torsten Volk   | July 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

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Cloud is still a rapidly evolving discipline, with currently many organizations thinking about how to get started or how to take their limited cloud environment to the next level. These organizations are faced with two general challenges. They have to a) get their own house – data center – in order and b) identify a...

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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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