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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Q&A From How Digital Business is Shaping the Next Wave of Automation Webinar

I recently presented findings from my Workload Automation (WLA) research and other EMA research on a webinar with Tim Eusterman, Sr. Director Solutions Marketing at BMC in a webinar titled “How Digital Business is Shaping the Next Wave of Automation”. The recording of the webinar is now live here, and the slides are available here. A number of questions were asked that we did not have time to address on the live event. These are presented in this blog post. Q: Can you elaborate on what you mean by IT bringing a digital vision to the business folks? A: Don’t wait for them to ...

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InterConnect 2017 – Showing off a whole New IBM


“Today, a dev team leveraging Kubernetes containers can get a cloud app up in minutes.” This statement by Arvind Krishna, IBM’s GM for Hybrid Cloud, at the beginning of his InterConnect 2017 keynote should have received a lot more recognition than it did. This one sentence shows the fundamental shift in IBM’s strategy, away from [...]



By | April 10th, 2017|IT Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

The Business Defined Hybrid Cloud – Or Why the Software Defined Data Center Needs a Brain


Let us look at a hypothetical example to better understand the difference between the traditional bottom-up approach to hybrid cloud management and the new business-driven paradigm. In Q4 of 2016, a bank wants to gain a 3% market share in North America with its trading tools directed toward savvy end customers that are between 30 [...]



By | March 15th, 2017|IT Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

Cisco Is Turning Enterprise Pets into Scale Out Cattle


When we think back to why everyone’s favorite child named OpenStack failed so miserably to catch on in all but the largest enterprises, the conversation comes back to one central topic: OPEX. This topic consists of multiple dimensions: Initial deployment and configuration: Integrating OpenStack within a traditional data center setting has shown very costly, as much custom [...]



By | March 7th, 2017|IT Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

EMA Innovators of Cisco Live 2017 in Berlin


Jens Soeldner writing for iX Magazin, the largest German IT publication, and Torsten Volk of Enterprise Management Associations (EMA) have selected the two most outstanding and innovative vendors (out of 150 exhibitors) at last week’s Cisco Live event in Berlin. This EMA Innovators award crowns vendors that dare stepping outside the box to help their customers solve hard IT [...]



By | February 27th, 2017|IT Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

EMA Innovators of IBM Connect 2017


After three fascinating days at IBM Connect 2017, EMA crowned a very short list of vendors with the “EMA Innovators of IBM Connect 2017” award. These vendors are true game changers because they look at a traditional IT challenges from a whole new angle, which enables them to drive highly differentiated customer value. Please note [...]



By | February 23rd, 2017|IT Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

2017 Resolution 5: Start small – get quick wins with plans for expansion


The best way to ensure analytics success is to make sure you take an iterative approach to development and design. Starting small and building up an analytics environment is the best way to make sure that you are getting requirements and applications right, without having to go back and redesign parts of your solution, wasting [...]



By | February 21st, 2017|Business Intelligence, Lyndsay Wise|0 Comments

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning as the Guardians of Your Hybrid Data Center


Serverless computing, containers, IoT, DevOps, mobile workspaces and of course hybrid cloud are all technologies -and of course excellent buzzwords- with immediate impact on your organization’s security. Each one of these technologies increases the speed and agility of corporate IT, enabling your company to beat the competition. As enterprise IT complexity is exploding, this year’s [...]



By | February 16th, 2017|IT Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

The Four Horsemen of the Hybrid Cloud Apocalypse – Vision of the Business Defined Data Center


EMA estimates that enterprises today waste over 50% of their IT budgets on inefficient application workload placement, configuration and management. As a side effect, they introduce tremendous operational risk in terms of security, regulatory compliance, performance and reliability. EMA’s 2017 hybrid cloud, software-defined data center (SDDC) and machine learning-related research projects (take a look at [...]



By | February 15th, 2017|IT Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

2017 Resolution 4: Analytics adoption/project expansion should be tied to business process improvements


In addition to aligning business strategy to analytics, leveraging business intelligence also means making business better. In most organizations, there are gaps in performance, lack of visibility, unhappy customers, etc. Part of the way to improve the internal workings within the organization is to ensure that analytics and business process improvement are tightly coupled. Making sure analytics [...]



By | February 13th, 2017|Business Intelligence, Lyndsay Wise|0 Comments

Cisco introduces “Digital Building” Catalyst switches for IoT


Cisco recently announced a new series of Catalyst “Digital Building” switches. These Catalyst switches are designed for connecting and powering Internet of Things (IoT) devices and systems in smart buildings and other related environments. For example, one design innovation is the use of a separate power plate for Power over Ethernet (PoE), so even when an administrator reboots [...]



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