Automating Change: The Key to Proactive IT Management


Reflecting on my earlier career in IT management, I have to confess to a level of astonishment at how naïve IT administrative practices were just a decade or two ago. Failure events were common, and most organizations just accepted as immutable fact the reality of systemic firefighting. IT services critical to business operations were all [...]



Prioritizing Workloads – Deciding What’s Hot and What’s Not


If you are an IT manager, have you ever found yourself stuck in the uncomfortable position of having to choose which jobs are given priority access to essential computing resources? Most likely you have as this is not an uncommon problem. Expecting them to invoke the Wisdom of Solomon, enterprises often bestow the power to [...]



Workload Automation is Not Just For Large Enterprises Anymore


The term, “workload automation,” often conjures images of an army of robots zipping around an enterprise performing arduous tasks while the IT manager sits comfortably in a lounge chair at the back of the data center sipping a Mai Tai. Well, it’s not quite that Jetsonesque just yet – we’ll have to wait a few [...]



Top 5 Indications It’s Time to Transition to a Hybrid Cloud


A core precept in cloud computing is that it must deliver the illusion of infinite scalability.  That is, it must fulfill the expectation that any and all workloads will continuously operate at peak performance regardless of the size and number of jobs being added.  In reality, however, private cloud deployments are finite with limited compute, [...]



By | May 29th, 2014|Cloud Computing|0 Comments

Don’t Believe Everything You Read – Especially About Enterprise Mobility!


I just got off the phone with a reporter from a major industry trade magazine (no names please!) who is preparing an article on enterprise mobile device adoption. Wanting to help ensure accuracy in the reporting, I provided him with statistical details from our recent research into the use of mobile devices in the enterprise [...]



Maybe We Should Call It The “Pre-Post-PC” Era?


IT marketing hype has generated quite a few ridiculous and sometimes outright bizarre phrases to describe trends in technology adoption, but few on the list of the absurd top the insistence that we live in a “post-PC” era.  The concept of “post-PC” derives from the (correct) fact that mobile device adoption has broadly accelerated, but [...]



By | June 6th, 2013|Mobile Management|0 Comments

IT Point Products DO NOT Support Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM), So Stop Calling Them That!


Nothing drives an IT industry analyst more nuts then when a term is repeatedly misused for marketing purposes. DCIM certainly falls into this category. In the recently release EMA Radar Report on Data Center Infrastructure Management, we looked at hundreds of products claiming to be DCIM solutions, but identified only ten (that’s right … 10!) [...]



By | December 12th, 2012|Data Center Infrastructure Management, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Windows 8: The Mobile Dark Horse


I know what you’re thinking – you just read the title and thought, “Microsoft as a serious player in the mobile space … suuuuure!”  Bear with me, though – this really does make sense. So much industry buzz has been on the consumerization of IT that vendors have lost sight of the criticality of mobile [...]



By | April 26th, 2012|Mobile Management|0 Comments

The Myth of the Single Vendor Unified Management Platform


For the past two decades or so, several leading IT management vendors have tried to convince us that organizations should invest in a single unified management platform for supporting all of IT management needs.  Setting aside for the moment the fact that such an animal does not and cannot possibly exist (no vendor has the [...]



Choosing a Client Lifecycle Management Solution


Desktop PCs and laptops are the backbone of business profitability.  Yes, yes … I know … last week I raved about the rising mobile device revolution – but that transition is still a few years off.  Today the PC desktop remains king in enabling enterprise workforce productivity, and, in fact, organizational success and ongoing profitability [...]



By | January 4th, 2012|Lifecycle Management, Systems Management|0 Comments
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