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As the Network Changes, Engineers Are Embracing the DevOps Model

As the Network Changes, Engineers Are Embracing the DevOps Model

Businesses that have embraced digital transformation with a clear strategy are outperforming their peers. A Capgemini study found that digitization leaders generate more revenue, are more profitable and enjoy higher market valuation. This transformation requires making rapid changes to...

The 5 Most Common Application Bottlenecks

The 5 Most Common Application Bottlenecks

Application bottlenecks can lead an otherwise functional computer or server to slow down to a crawl. The term “bottleneck” refers to both an overloaded network and the state of a computing device in which one component is unable to...

Transformation on a Global Scale

Transformation on a Global Scale

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but it’s people that make it happen. For an IT organization to help transform an institution, the individuals in the technology group need to make a concerted effort to look beyond their...

IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: As Container Adoption Swells, So Do Security Concerns

IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: As Container Adoption Swells, So Do Security Concerns

Fei Huang, NeuVector
In this Fresh Ink interview segment, we talk to NeuVector CEO Fei Huang about the most pressing container security concerns and strategies to mitigate them.
Read More >>>

6 Marketing Strategies for Your Small Business

6 Marketing Strategies for Your Small Business

One of the main problems facing small businesses is growth and getting the word out. You could have the best product or service in the world, but it’s still not going to make a successful business if no one...

Inside the Play Business: The Influence of JavaScript in Android Applications

Inside the Play Business: The Influence of JavaScript in Android Applications

The mobile gaming industry is one of the most creative, dynamic and revolutionary creations of the 21st Century. From stakeholders, software developers, coders to consumers, many parties have played an active role in the development of this thriving industry....

NRAM: The Next Generation of Memory Technology

NRAM: The Next Generation of Memory Technology

The tech industry is notorious for its unquenchable thirst for upgrade. With new models and generations of the same product being released often several times per year, this is an easy trend to detect. This idea is to increase...

IT Briefcase Interview: Why Increasing Demand for Always-on Connectivity is Driving Advances in Network Resiliency

IT Briefcase Interview: Why Increasing Demand for Always-on Connectivity is Driving Advances in Network Resiliency

with Gary Marks, Opengear
In this interview, Opengear CEO Gary Marks offers analysis into why network resilience has become such a challenge for today’s enterprises, as well as how businesses are improving the management of their remotely-located network sites....





Briefcase Highlights


DATA and ANALYTICS 

The Real-Time Data Challenge Managing Thousands of Air Pollution Sensors

March 28, 2017 No Comments

The quality of the air we breathe is one of the leading environmental health hazards facing our global population. Last year the World Health Organization (WHO) released a global air quality model reaching the alarming conclusion that 92% of the world’s population is currently breathing air that’s polluted enough to represent a health risk. Additional WHO data estimates that 3 million deaths annually are attributable to outdoor air pollution, with two-thirds of these deaths occurring in the heavily polluted South East Asia and Western Pacific regions.

As the Network Changes, Engineers Are Embracing the DevOps Model

March 28, 2017 No Comments

Businesses that have embraced digital transformation with a clear strategy are outperforming their peers. A Capgemini study found that digitization leaders generate more revenue, are more profitable and enjoy higher market valuation. This transformation requires making rapid changes to the network without taking critical systems offline – no easy task. An organization succeeds at this process when its customers are unaware that the changes are taking place because no services are being disrupted.

How Customers are Driving Performance with BetterWorks

March 26, 2017 No Comments

Download this white paper and read how companies like Aol., Kroger, GoPro, Consumer Affairs, and getWell Network use BetterWorks platform to make it easy for their employees to set goals and give ongoing feedback.

Harvard Business Review: How Employee Alignment Boosts the Bottom Line

March 26, 2017 No Comments

Clear visibility among corporate, employees’ and supervisors’ goals leads to sharply improved financial results. It’s more important than ever for managers to keep their employees in line with overall company strategy.

The 5 Most Common Application Bottlenecks

March 23, 2017 No Comments

Application bottlenecks can lead an otherwise functional computer or server to slow down to a crawl. The term “bottleneck” refers to both an overloaded network and the state of a computing device in which one component is unable to keep pace with the rest of the system, thus slowing overall performance.

Section 508 Refresh Seeks Digital Access to All

March 23, 2017 No Comments

It is time for government agencies to take heed of accessibility requirements. The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (also known as the Access Board) delivered a final rule, effective March 21, concerning the contemporary implementation of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which relates to ensuring the availability of accessible IT in the federal workplace. Because technology is constantly evolving, this “refresh” serves to address technological advancements and keep the Rehabilitation Act current.

What to Consider When Switching Service Providers: An MSP Tells All

March 23, 2017 No Comments

There are ample reasons why a company may be looking for a new service provider: customer satisfaction issues with the current provider, a move to a new ERP application or migrating to a cloud solution, to name a few. Whatever the reason, it is important to understand the pitfalls that can happen when making the switch.

Transformation on a Global Scale

March 22, 2017 No Comments

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but it’s people that make it happen. For an IT organization to help transform an institution, the individuals in the technology group need to make a concerted effort to look beyond their jobs in order to understand the needs, struggles, and goals of the business. Only by doing so will they be able to create and bring to the table new technology-enabled solutions.

Five Dangers of Siloed Information for IT and Operations Teams

March 22, 2017 No Comments

IT and Operations workers are many things, but bored isn’t one of them. According to a survey from IT community site Spiceworks, the average IT pro logs 52 hours per workweek.From scoping projects and managing bids, managing suppliers and coordinating internally, your IT and Operations teams have to deal with a lot of moving parts.

The Future of IT Troubleshooting

March 21, 2017 No Comments

A common approach to addressing any number of performance issues in IT environments is to throw a bunch of potential solutions at the wall and see what sticks. However, IT environments are becoming increasingly complex and varied, making the dart-on-the-wall strategy even less effective than it already was. As such, here I will cover what IT troubleshooting should look like in the hybrid IT world we now find ourselves in, and will continue to be encompassed by into the future.

Struts2 Exploited Again – Did Anyone Bother to Tell You?

March 21, 2017 No Comments

This week we saw the announcement of yet another Struts 2 Remote Code Exploit (RCE) vulnerability. What’s notable about this instance is that POC code seems to have been released into the wild either just before, or immediately after the disclosure. As was the case with previous Struts1 vulnerabilities, exploits are being observed at large scale in the wild.

IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: As Container Adoption Swells, So Do Security Concerns

March 21, 2017 No Comments

Fei Huang, NeuVectorIn this Fresh Ink interview segment, we talk to NeuVector CEO Fei Huang about the most pressing container security concerns and strategies to mitigate them. Read More >>>

6 Marketing Strategies for Your Small Business

March 17, 2017 No Comments

One of the main problems facing small businesses is growth and getting the word out. You could have the best product or service in the world, but it’s still not going to make a successful business if no one knows about it. Many worry that without the huge marketing budget that huge firms have, they won’t be able to create great marketing strategies. Fortunately, this isn’t the case. Even with a small or non-existent budget, your small business can utilise some amazing marketing strategies and start to grow.

Which Is Better: Private Or Public Cloud?

March 14, 2017 No Comments

When companies look at putting up a cloud infrastructure, one of the first questions that comes up is whether they should use a private or a public cloud. 10 years ago, the answer was more often a yes for private clouds than it is today. Somewhere along the technology growth path, publicly traded computing facilities like Amazon got so good at security that it made sense for most companies in most situations to go out and implement a public cloud.

Inside the Play Business: The Influence of JavaScript in Android Applications

March 14, 2017 No Comments

The mobile gaming industry is one of the most creative, dynamic and revolutionary creations of the 21st Century. From stakeholders, software developers, coders to consumers, many parties have played an active role in the development of this thriving industry. Games like Angry Birds, Transformers and Clash of Clans have taken the industry by storm. Currently, millions of consumers worldwide spend time and money playing their favourite games on their tablets and smartphones.

eBook: Making Sense of Stream Processing

March 13, 2017 No Comments

Tweet The Philosophy Behind Apache Kafka and Scalable Stream Data Platforms How can event streams help make your application more scalable, reliable, and maintainable? In this ebook, O’Reilly author Martin Kleppmann shows you how stream processing can make your data processing systems more flexible and less complex. Structuring data as a stream of events isn’t […]

NRAM: The Next Generation of Memory Technology

March 13, 2017 No Comments

The tech industry is notorious for its unquenchable thirst for upgrade. With new models and generations of the same product being released often several times per year, this is an easy trend to detect. This idea is to increase or optimize speed, capacity, durability or versatility. “Innovate or die.” That’s the mantra. In keeping with this trend, Massachusetts-based tech company Nantero Inc. is cooking up a new and innovative computer memory component that is expected to make major waves: NRAM.

Microservices in the Apache Kafka™ Ecosystem

March 13, 2017 No Comments

This paper provides a brief overview of how microservices can be built in the Apache Kafka ecosystem.

Confluent Enterprise Reference Architecture

March 13, 2017 No Comments

This white paper provides reference for data architects and system administrators who are planning to deploy Apache Kafka and Confluent Platform in production.

Is Your Data Delivering? How to Get the Most from Your Information Management

March 13, 2017 No Comments

The Internet of Things (IoT) trend is accelerating this data deluge, making us expound even more about how it engenders new opportunities for companies to drive operational efficiencies by finding new insights in their information.

Using Predictive Analytics to Avoid Hospital Layoffs

March 10, 2017 No Comments

It seems as if news about another hospital laying off workers — or worse, closing — hits the news every day; at last count, 21 hospitals stopped treating patients in 2016. Hospitals and healthcare systems across the country, including some of the largest, laid off thousands of employees. In November 2016 alone, 13 providers eliminated more than 1,000 jobs.

IT Briefcase Interview: Why Increasing Demand for Always-on Connectivity is Driving Advances in Network Resiliency

March 9, 2017 No Comments

with Gary Marks, OpengearIn this interview, Opengear CEO Gary Marks offers analysis into why network resilience has become such a challenge for today’s enterprises, as well as how businesses are improving the management of their remotely-located network sites. Read More >>>

I Heart Logs: Event Data, Stream Processing, and Data Integration

March 8, 2017 No Comments

Why a book about logs? That’s easy: the humble log is an abstraction that lies at the heart of many systems, from NoSQL databases to cryptocurrencies. Even though most engineers don’t think much about them, this short book shows you why logs are worthy of your attention.

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing

March 7, 2017 No Comments

Read this Magic Quadrant for EFSS report by Gartner to see how the EFSS vendors, including Box shown as a leader in the Magic Quadrant, are increasingly addressing digital workplace enablement to improve modern user productivity and cloud-based content collaboration for the creation of a digital workplace.

Are you thinking about an IoT Operations Center yet? You should be.

March 7, 2017 No Comments

IoT has emerged as one of the most disruptive technologies that has the potential to change the way people live, work and communicate. This has undoubtedly attracted the attention of a number of organizations that are looking to create new business models that revolutionize everything from creation to consumption.

A Decade of Technology-Driven Transformation

March 7, 2017 No Comments

In any organization—especially one that has grown large and successful—it’s easy to make the next year’s strategy simply an incremental improvement on the previous year’s. Too few companies make the effort required to position themselves for the future. But it’s critically important, particularly in this era of digital disruption.

The Taming of the Skew – Predictive Analytics and Healthcare Data

March 1, 2017 No Comments

An analogous challenge exists when using predictive analytics with healthcare data. Healthcare data can often seem quite stubborn, like Katherina. One of the main features of healthcare data that needs to be “tamed” is the “skew” of the data. In this article, we describe two types of skewness: the statistical skew, which impacts data analysis, and the operational skew, which impacts operational processes.

How Business Intelligence Has Evolved Over the Last Few Decades

February 28, 2017 No Comments

It’s unprecedented the way business intelligence (BI) has evolved over the course of several decades. In your parents’ and grandparents’ generation, data was limited to sales numbers and a few other broad metrics. Today, that has all changed due to the breakout of new key performance indicators made possible through advancements in BI.

How To Turn Your Smartphone Into The Ultimate Portable Storage Device

February 27, 2017 No Comments

Do you remember those little USB memory sticks you would carry around with you? At one point in time, there was no denying they were the ultimate portable storage solution. Suddenly they were rendered useless thanks to the smartphone and it’s only improved over the last few years. Unfortunately, I don’t think the majority of people are using their smartphone to its maximum potential when it comes to data storage. It could easily be fixed if they followed a few tips, so let’s take a quick look at the main ones you should use.

Appliances Retain Leading Role in Backup Market

February 27, 2017 No Comments

Despite the benefits of cloud backup, relatively few organizations are using the cloud as their primary data storage tier. One of the consequences is that on-premise backup appliances remain a popular solution for many organizations, particularly small and mid-sized enterprises that lack the resources to implement big-company business continuity strategies.

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