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 that some of these vendor products might still be in an early or even experimental stage, but Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) believes that they are absolutely worth any IT professional’s time to check out. Sapho: After App-driven IT Comes Task-driven IT Website: https://www.sapho.com In today’s enterprise, there is never ...

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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 time and money. Organizations that get ahead of themselves and try to take on more than they can handle, end up getting overwhelmed and suffer from scope creep and potential project failure.  I’m sure you’ve heard this time and time again – it’s important to start ...

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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 RSA Conference attracted over 400 exhibitors and 45,000 attendees which makes it one of the largest IT events of the year, even bigger than the 2016 Amazon Re:Invent show. How Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Enhance Security Simply put, machine learning and artificial intelligence aim at enabling ...

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2017 Resolution 1: Importance of tying analytics to overall business strategy


Sometimes organizations lose site of the big picture when they implement a large analytics initiative and focus on the data and metrics. Although that is part of it, to implement analytics successfully, you need to start with what your overall business strategy and goals are and look at how enhanced data visibility supports your broader [...]



By | January 25th, 2017|Lyndsay Wise|0 Comments

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence for the Masses


Recently, I’ve been thinking about why we haven’t come all that far in machine learning and artificial intelligence over the previous decade. Today, Keen Browne, Bonsai’s Co-founder and Head of Product, summed it up for me in a concise manner: “The tools really suck and are meant for scientists and mathematicians, not for people who [...]



By | January 18th, 2017|IT Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

HPE Acquires Simplivity – A $650 Million Data Virtualization Play


Today, HPE paid $650 to acquire Simplivity. HPE paid this sizeable amount mainly to acquire OmniStack, Simplivity’s data virtualization software platform. OmniStack’s central value proposition is OPEX reduction through the elimination of traditional infrastructure management tasks. In short, Simplivity enables customers to manage their infrastructure at the virtual machine (VM) – level. Please note that [...]



By | January 17th, 2017|IT Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

The Truth Behind the Scope of the Endpoint Problem in the Enterprise


The Evolution of the “Endpoint” Over the past few years, the perception of what an “endpoint” is, and therefore the definition, has changed. The original perception was a user workstation independent of operating system. With the expansion of functionality, data persistence, Internet connectivity, and ultimately the threats against them, that definition no longer applies. Laptops [...]



By | January 12th, 2017|David Monahan, IT Management, Scott Crawford, Security|0 Comments

Enterprise IT Trends in 2017


Customers in 2017 will demand solutions to claim back today’s massive CAPEX and OPEX waste of over 50% of their total IT spend. All our 2017 predictions are directly derived from the rapidly increasing pressure to reclaim these resources and leverage them to achieve direct business advantages in today’s highly competitive and fast moving marketplace. [...]



By | January 12th, 2017|IT Management, Torsten Volk|0 Comments

5 Resolutions for BI and Analytics for 2017


Last year I spent a lot of time looking at cloud analytics and how organizations are adopting and growing their cloud deployments. In addition, I had the opportunity to see how companies are implementing analytics more broadly and how solution providers are meeting customer needs by creating more flexible offerings. Through all of this, there were [...]



By | January 5th, 2017|Business Intelligence, Lyndsay Wise|0 Comments

Analytical Resolutions for Technologists and Tech Teams in 2017


Ahhh, the annual resolutions list! A time-honored tradition when we all look at the new year as an opportunity for a fresh start. res·o·lu·tion ˌrezəˈlo͞oSH(ə)n/ noun 1. a firm decision to do or not to do something. synonyms: intention, resolve, decision, intent, aim, plan, commitment, pledge, promise Sometimes these are crafted during the last couple [...]



By | January 5th, 2017|Business Intelligence, John Myers|0 Comments

PODCAST: Discussing Big Data, Integration and Security


  In mid-November, I had the opportunity to chat with Informatica‘s Murthy Mathiprakasam – Product Marketing Manager – about the practices of big data, data management and integration. Listen to segment #1 (approx 10mins) To start our conversation, we discussed differences in implementing big data projects around Manual implementation vs. automation in big data applications [...]



By | January 5th, 2017|Business Intelligence, John Myers|0 Comments

PODCAST: Cloud Data Warehousing


  In mid-October, I had the opportunity to sit down with Jon Bock of Snowflake Computing to discuss the world of cloud data warehousing – it’s not just implementing your “father’s” EDW in the sky…   Listen to segment #1 (approx 9 mins) Jon Bock and I discussed the new era the data warehouse: Agility [...]



By | January 5th, 2017|Business Intelligence, John Myers|0 Comments

Big Data and the Data-Driven Enterprise


  Since its introduction, the idea of “big data” has been widely associated with a single data management platform—Hadoop. Hadoop’s popularity as a platform to store and process large amounts of multistructured data probably has a lot to do with this association. However, Hadoop is not the full answer to the question of “what is [...]



By | January 5th, 2017|Business Intelligence, John Myers|0 Comments
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