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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Despite conventional wisdom that assumes an enterprise needs to give ample consideration to how its workers and processes support the overall mission prior to successfully implementing complex solutions, personal devices and social media are radically changing work behaviors and technology adoption – for better or worse. Smartphones and tablets coupled with the rise in the...

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posted by    | April 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

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Recently, I was invited to give a talk at Troux Directions on the evolution of enterprise architecture (gulp). I think it went pretty well, judging from comments and some of the tweets. The centerpiece slide was this two-dimensional view: (click on the graphic for a better view) EA is not evolving in just one dimension....

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posted by    | April 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

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Attended the Troux Worldwide event last week as an invited speaker. It was a fantastic event, over 300 attendees from all over the world, and the discussions were consistently deep and thoughtful. It felt very much like a homecoming – while I have been working in the trenches of IT portfolio management, ITSM, ITAM, and related...

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posted by Torsten Volk   | March 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

Pulse

Every March, IBM invites customers and analysts to its annual Pulse user conference. This year, Pulse was all about the more efficient delivery of IT services, a concept that is usually referred to as “cloud”. Since cloud has developed into a term that, due to its overuse, is often frowned upon, to say the least,...

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posted by    | March 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

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Spent some time today writing up Serena’s new Demand Management offering; look for an Impact Brief shortly. Along these lines, I’m tracking a number of what I call next generation IT management vendors, which by my definition must incorporate both project and service management capabilities on a common platform with integrated resource management. It’s still...

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posted by    | March 27, 2012 | 0 Comments
My survey on IT demand management just came in, and it’s fascinating. I could get used to this research thing… As I’ve discussed here, here, and here, trends like DevOps and Lean IT are challenging the traditional silos of technology management, and spurring interest in more unified approaches to IT demand and execution. Until I...

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posted by Dennis Drogseth   | March 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

Uers Experience Management

User Experience Management (UEM) continues to capture interest in the marketplace.  And yet it remains somewhat elusive. So, what is User Experience Management really?  It’s gone by many other names in the past, such as Quality of Experience (QoE), and has other incarnations in the present such as Real User Management (RUM).   Older, typically network-centric...

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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

IBM-Pulse-2012

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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