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2016 APM Reference Guide: Application Performance Monitoring

2016 APM Reference Guide: Application Performance Monitoring

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This product guide allows you to quickly assess -- current products in the market, deployment options, basic differences by monitoring features, the stability of suppliers and more.
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Podcast: Humanizing BPM with Clay Richardson, Forrester Research

Podcast: Humanizing BPM with Clay Richardson, Forrester Research

In this brief podcast, Clay Richardson, Principle Analyst at Forrester Research, discusses the future of BPM and emphasizes the value of the user experience, referring to business processes today as existing within the “Age of the Customer”.

5 Places Where Mobile Might Not Yet Be the Right Solution

5 Places Where Mobile Might Not Yet Be the Right Solution

By Joe McKendrick, Author and Independent Researcher
If you’ve been to any IT conference in the past two years, or picked up any analyst report, or read any trade journal, you can be forgiven for thinking that the entire world...





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The Path to 2020: Marketers Seize the Customer Experience

August 2, 2016 No Comments

Analyst ReportDownload this report to learn about this transformation and hear perspectives from CMOs at Georgetown University , JPMorgan Chase, Philips, Pure Storage and Unilever. Read More >>>

2016 APM Reference Guide: Application Performance Monitoring

February 11, 2016 No Comments

IT Briefcase Analyst ReportThis product guide allows you to quickly assess — current products in the market, deployment options, basic differences by monitoring features, the stability of suppliers and more. Read More >>>

8 Ways to Think Like a ‘Quant’

January 17, 2016 No Comments

By Joe McKendrick, Author and Independent ResearcherData analytics is a skill that has applications at every level of the enterprise. For marketers, there are opportunities to slice and dice customer segments to better understand their purchasing patterns. Read More >>>

Here’s the Long-Awaited ‘Silver Bullet’ for Data Security: Plain Old Elbow Grease

January 1, 2016 No Comments

By Joe McKendrick, Author and Independent ResearcherVerizon just released the latest edition of its annual Data Breach Investigations Report, and it reveals that most data security breaches don’t have to happen – yet, they still do keep on taking place. Read More >>>

Does the Cloud Help or Hinder Application Integration?

December 15, 2015 No Comments

By Joe McKendrick, Author and Independent ResearcherThese days, it’s almost impossible to mention the term “application integration” without also adding “Platform as a Service” (or, interchangeably, “cloud”). Read More >>>

Analyst Report – 2016 Datacenter Technology Trends

December 2, 2015 No Comments

Widespread change will be disrupting the datacenter industry during 2016 – everything from software and services to equipment suppliers. This report examines five key trends we see shaping datacenter technologies for the coming year.

7 Forces Shattering the BI and Analytics ‘Caste’ System

November 22, 2015 No Comments

By Joe McKendrick, Author and Independent ResearcherFor the past two decades, there has been an informal segregation of duties seen in the BI and analytics world, with three primary classes of users. Read More >>>

A Peek at What’s Hot in the Cloud – SDN for Cloud in the Enterprise

November 16, 2015 No Comments

By David A. Kelly, Upside ResearchAs we gear up for what promises to be a busy year around cloud computing, I thought it would be helpful to take a look at a cloud-related technology that is still emerging, but shows tremendous potential for making its mark on the enterprise. The technology is known as SDN – software-defined networking. SDN is an approach for building networks that separates and abstracts elements to allow for greater flexibility and agility. Read More >>>

Big Data Storage and Backup – You Need More Than Some Empty Warehouses

November 1, 2015 No Comments

By David A. Kelly, Upside ResearchThe landscape for data backup and storage is shifting dramatically, thanks to some of the recent developments on the data and technology front. It used to be that most data was structured, or semi-structured, and easily stored in databases, or as the volume grew, data warehouses. Read More >>>

Analyst Report: Corporate Datacenter Trends – July 2015

July 15, 2015 No Comments

About This 451 Research Report: A May survey of 1,240 members of the 451 Global Digital Infrastructure Alliance looked at key enterprise datacenter trends – including overall spending on datacenter facilities, current capacity utilization and what organizations plan to do as they run out.

Analyst Report: 3Q 2015 Corporate IT Spending Trends

July 15, 2015 No Comments

451 Research’s latest ChangeWave corporate IT spending survey shows a very slight uptick in overall U.S. business IT spending going forward. A total of 1,544 respondents involved with IT spending in their organization participated in the May survey, which also focused on business demand for smartphones and PCs. ChangeWave Research is a service of 451 Research.

Corporate Cloud Computing Trends Survey Results

June 11, 2015 No Comments

A March survey of 1,593 members of the 451 Global Digital Infrastructure Alliance looked at cloud computing and other key IT market trends, including enterprise adoption of cloud, IT budgets and spending, and customer satisfaction with leading Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Hosted Private and On-Premises Private Cloud vendors.

Podcast: Humanizing BPM with Clay Richardson, Forrester Research

November 13, 2013 No Comments

In this brief podcast, Clay Richardson, Principle Analyst at Forrester Research, discusses the future of BPM and emphasizes the value of the user experience, referring to business processes today as existing within the “Age of the Customer”.

Mobile Computing: Are BYOD Policies Even Worth It?

July 16, 2013 1 Comment

By Joe McKendrick, Author and Independent ResearcherIt’s no use even trying to control it. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is here to stay. Everyone is bringing in their own devices to help at work, and trying to fight this trend is like trying to stop the tides from coming in. Some organizations, it is reported, are even mandating that employees bring in their own smartphones for work. Read More >>>

Does It Pay Yet to be a ‘Social Business’?

April 18, 2013 1 Comment

By Joe McKendrick, Author and Independent ResearcherIn recent times, there has been no end to the chatter about the emerging “social business.” Going social means all kinds of great things, they say – from achieving greater collaboration between employees internally to more interaction with customers externally. Read More >>>

5 Places Where Mobile Might Not Yet Be the Right Solution

March 14, 2013 No Comments

By Joe McKendrick, Author and Independent ResearcherIf you’ve been to any IT conference in the past two years, or picked up any analyst report, or read any trade journal, you can be forgiven for thinking that the entire world is being swept clean of traditional PCs by mobile devices. Read More >>>

7 Ways to Help the Business Digest Big Data

February 13, 2013 1 Comment

By Joe McKendrick, Author and Independent ResearcherBig Data is now the term du jour, thrown about at conferences with wild abandon, often sneered at, but more often that not greeted with a mix of nervousness and fascination. Read More >>>

What’s Cloud Got to Do with ERP?

January 11, 2013 1 Comment

By David A. Kelly, Upside ResearchIn the first of two columns this month that take a closer look at what’s new in the cloud computing space for the enterprise, I thought it useful to take a look at a company that is trying to set the bar for how to fully bring ERP into the future. Read More >>>

A Few 2013 Cloud Predictions for the Enterprise

January 2, 2013 No Comments

By David A. Kelly, Upside ResearchIt’s that time of year again, when the entire technology community is abuzz with predictions for the coming year. What will change dramatically in enterprise computing? What will be the hot-button items? I feel compelled to add my hat to the ring, and make the assertion that 2013 is going to be the year of the Cloud. Here are a few ways I see the Cloud impacting enterprise computing. Read More >>>

Social Technology Continues to Infiltrate the Enterprise

December 13, 2012 No Comments

By David A. Kelly, Upside ResearchIt’s been a busy year for Social Business, and as 2012 draws to a close, it is worth another look at how this enabling technology is becoming more firmly implanted in the enterprise IT fabric. Read More…

BYOD and COPE: Mobile Devices Descend Upon the Enterprise: What it Means

November 28, 2012 1 Comment

By David A. Kelly, Upside ResearchThere is no doubt that the enterprise computing landscape has been forever altered with the arrival of mobile devices. The ubiquity of mobile devices is startling, with Gartner Group reporting that 75% of companies allow employees to use personal devices at work, and that number is predicted to rise to 90% by 2014, less than two years away. Read More >>>

JDA and Red Prairie Nuptials: Is the Cloud The Ideal Location for Enterprise Software Mergers?

November 14, 2012 No Comments

By David A. Kelly, Upside ResearchYou’ve heard it before: Location, location, location. It matters for real estate and for weddings. The latest thought to ponder is whether the cloud is becoming the stylish location du jour for enterprise software mergers? We are about to test the theory with the most recently announced blockbuster merger between JDA Software and Red Prairie. Read More…

Mobile Application Development – Taking Over an Enterprise Near You

November 7, 2012 No Comments

By David A. Kelly, Upside ResearchThere is no doubt that mobile has arrived in the enterprise in a big way. Beyond issues around mobile governance in the enterprise (managing the growing cadre of employees who have company-issued smart phones), mobile devices are fast becoming a replacement for significant portions of traditional application development time inside enterprise IT. Read More

Cloud Services: Young and Growing—but Need to Bridge the Technology/Business Gap

October 15, 2012 No Comments

By David A. Kelly, Upside ResearchCloud maturity is only in its infancy, according to a recent study by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and ISACA. Released last month, the study, 2012 Cloud Computing Market Maturity Study Results, presents a helpful view into where cloud services lie on the maturity scale, and the positives and negatives of its current position. Read More >>>

Toxic Data Puts A Crimp in Big Data Panacea

September 12, 2012 No Comments

By David A. Kelly, Upside ResearchIn recent posts, I’ve talked about the potential “marriage-made-in-heaven” for cloud and big data, most notably being put forth by Hadoop and its brethren. I’ve also touched a bit on how big data is being used by savvy CIOs to more effectively identify and address security issues within a company. Today, I wanted to spend a little time on the idea of “toxic data” and the impact it can have on the big data explosion. Read More >>>

IBM – Enabling IT Mobility for the Enteprise

August 22, 2012 No Comments

By David A. Kelly, Upside ResearchIT mobility has taken the enterprise by storm, much in the same fashion as cloud and SOA. While the presence of mobile devices being used in business is not new (who didn’t own a Blackberry through their company 10 years ago?), the meteoric rise of the smart phone as an integral component of all aspects of working is pushing mobility into a completely new stratosphere. Read More >>>

Looking at Big Data through the Information Security Lens

August 13, 2012 1 Comment

By David A. Kelly, Upside ResearchContinuing on the theme of Big Data, there has been a lot of talk recently about how Big Data can be used by Security experts within an organization for a number of positive outcomes. Just as Big Data promises to provide marketers and sales leaders with troves of valuable information about potential and existing customers, their buying behaviors and preferences, so too, the theory goes, can Big Data provide IT Security Mangers troves of useful information about security events that end users experience. Read More >>>

Recent Cloud Outages Not for the Faint of Heart

July 30, 2012 1 Comment

By David A. Kelly, Upside ResearchA spate of recent cloud outages have raised new concerns about infrastructure vulnerability when it comes to running business-critical services on the cloud. Given the recent push to move Big Data to the cloud (reference last article on Hadoop), we are at an important inflection point regarding the viability of the public cloud and what enterprises should be doing. Read More >>>

Companies Have their Head in the Cloud with Big Data – but is it Safe?

July 10, 2012 1 Comment

By David A. Kelly, Upside Research There is no doubt that Big Data and Cloud Computing are taking the enterprise computing landscape by storm hand-in-hand. Big Data — the ability to effectively capture, manage, and utilize large swaths of different-structure data – has companies with their head in the clouds, as the first enterprise-grade version of a Big Data software platform became available in January. Read More >>

Microsoft Steps Up In Social Marketing Space with Yammer Acquisition

June 20, 2012 No Comments

By David A. Kelly, Upside ResearchIn my last blog, I covered some of the recent acquisitions heating up the social marketing space. Major enterprise vendors like SAP, Oracle, and Salesforce.com are on spending sprees to acquire the hottest technologies in the social space as they aim to round out their enterprise offerings with social tools for the workspace. Now, Microsoft is upping the ante considerably with its recent announcement regarding Yammer. Read More…

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