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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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The Still Surfacing Oracle Cloud


An Overview of Oracle Cloud Strategy, Tactics, and Value If you track the large wave motions of the major providers in enterprise cloud computing, with the exception of Oracle, all the major providers have made loud recent splashes: SAP dove in headfirst with its HANA cloud platform at the October, 2013 TechEd conference. Amazon Web [...]



By | March 17th, 2014|Evan Quinn|0 Comments

ERwin-Win-Win for Customers, Embarcadero, and CA


For as long as memory serves, the world’s leading independent data modeling tool has been ERwin.  Tracing its roots to 1988, part of the original LogicWorks line-up from the early and mid-1990s, sold to Platinum Technology, which was then acquired by CA Technologies (“CA”) in 1998, ERwin has been a leader if not the leader [...]



By | March 17th, 2014|Evan Quinn|0 Comments

An Ounce of Prevention: Preparing Your Network for VoIP


Deploying IP Voice (VoIP) is a big, important project for most organizations, involving a significant investment in new equipment, cost-justified on promises of increased flexibility and lower cost of operations.  But such returns can remain elusive – particular for those who don’t take the time to understand how VoIP works and the ways in which [...]



By | March 4th, 2014|IT Management, Jim Frey, Network Management|0 Comments

Symantec CyberWar Games Provide Valuable Cyber-Insight


The emotions oscillate between high frustration and high jubilation as I observe cyber-attack teams’ hacking activities against an unnamed financial institution… It’s the final day of the Symantec 2014 CyberWar Games Simulation taking place on Feb 20th in Symantec’s World Headquarters in Mountain View, California. Almost two months ago, over 1100 Symantec employees representing 40 [...]



By | March 3rd, 2014|David Monahan, IT Management, Scott Crawford, Security|0 Comments

Checking the Pulse of Network Management


Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to attend IBM‘s Pulse conference, where the company welcomed over 10,000 of its software customers. This group is primarily focused on IBM’s Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure solutions, built largely around the Tivoli and Maximo portfolios. The overall theme of the event was how Cloud is the answer…to everything. [...]



By | February 27th, 2014|IT Management, Jim Frey, Network Management|0 Comments

A Fresh Mix of PaaS Ingredients from IBM


Yesterday IBM once again showed how serious it is about taking on the likes of Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud, Salesforce 1, and SAP Cloud as a general purpose, global, cloud business platform.  Between the unveiling of the BlueMix beta for cloud application service composition (aka application development) and the announcement of the [...]



By | February 25th, 2014|Evan Quinn|0 Comments

Informatica Again Pushing Out the Edges of Integration


What do you do for a follow-up act after a record year?  Given the plentiful demand but also the highly competitive environment of the integration software market, you continue to push out integration’s innovative edges and improve the customer value proposition.  That is precisely what Informatica is doing with it latest version of its market [...]



By | February 25th, 2014|Evan Quinn|0 Comments

Software Defined Storage: The Vendor Landscape – Part 2 of 2


As promised in my previous post on “Software Defined Storage – Why Customers Should Care”, I want to follow-up with a brief overview of the competitive landscape. Software-only Vendors with no Horse in the Hardware Race By definition, these vendors have the highest credibility when it comes to truly abstracting storage management from the underlying [...]



By | February 17th, 2014|IT Management, Systems Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

EMA Research: Enabling Enterprise IT Management to Optimally Support Big Data


What does Big Data mean to traditional enterprise IT? Organizations of any size and industry are becoming more and more aware of the incredible importance of capturing, managing and analyzing the data available to them. The more comprehensively companies are able to tap structured and unstructured data sources, the quicker they can refresh this data [...]



By | February 17th, 2014|IT Management, Systems Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments
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