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2016 APM Reference Guide: Application Performance Monitoring

2016 APM Reference Guide: Application Performance Monitoring

IT Briefcase Analyst Report
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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IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: What You Need to Know to Meet the Open Source Juggernaut

IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: What You Need to Know to Meet the Open Source Juggernaut

with Bernard Golden, ActiveState
IT professionals are evaluating how open source products can help them meet their organizations’ responsibilities. Enterprise IT has a large and growing commitment to open source products in preference to proprietary alternatives. Read More...

How Postgres Will Power the Internet of Things

Many solution platforms and data technologies come to mind in the context of harnessing the power and promise of the Internet of Things (IoT). A relational database does not typically top the list. The potential of an interconnected world...

IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview with Napatech: What the Third Platform Requires of the Network

IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview with Napatech: What the Third Platform Requires of the Network

Daniel Joseph Barry, Napatech
In this interview, Dan Joe Barry, VP Positioning and Chief Evangelist for Napatech, speaks with IT Briefcase about the emerging technology of software acceleration platforms and tools.
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Killing Misconception: Five Steps to BPM Success

Killing Misconception: Five Steps to BPM Success

by Miguel Valdes Faura, Bonitasoft
The common thinking has been that developing and implementing a process-based application will be as complicated and disruptive as a custom development. It doesn’t have to be. Here are five steps to ensure...

7 Steps to Securely Deploy Cloud Apps

7 Steps to Securely Deploy Cloud Apps

by Chip Epps, OneLogin
Gartner predicts the number of cloud-provisioned office system users will grow 28.5% a year to 695 million users by 2022 --constituting 60% of the user universe that will exist by then.
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IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: Steps for Successful VDI Implementation

May 6, 2016 No Comments

with Jeremy Moskowitz, Founder and CEO, PolicyPak SoftwareIn this interview, Jeremy Moskowitz, founder and CEO of PolicyPak, speaks with IT Briefcase on the challenges and opportunities of using a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI.)Read More >>>

Scale-Out NAS: Best Practices to Implement Tomorrow’s Storage Today

April 29, 2016 No Comments

by Stefan Bernbo, CompuverdeAs the data deluge continues on unabated, vertically scaling legacy approaches to storage are falling short. Organizations need to find a way to store high volumes of data without busting the budget, all while maintaining high levels of performance… Read More >>>

The Total Economic Impact of Migrating from Open Source Application Servers to IBM WAS Liberty

April 6, 2016 No Comments

IBM commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) study and examine the potential return on investment (ROI) enterprises may realize by migrating from open source Java EE application servers to WebSphere Application Server (WAS) Liberty.

IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: Top Skills Needed to Manage Hybrid IT Environments

March 14, 2016 No Comments

with Kong Yang, SolarWindsIn this interview, Kong Yang, Head Geek and technical product manager at SolarWinds, speaks with IT Briefcase on how hybrid environments are changing the role of the IT professional. Read More >>>

The IoT Is Reinventing Manufacturing

February 18, 2016 No Comments

No longer a catchphrase or a vague notion, the Internet of Things is in full swing. McKinsey & Company estimates that the IoT has a total potential economic impact of $3.9 trillion to $11.1 trillion a year by 2025. Manufacturers are already spending considerable amounts of money on mobilizing the enterprise, including connecting employees, products, services and machines/vehicles. Digging deeper, we can see what functions in the business they’ve tackled first.

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 >>>

Rugged DevOps: Solving Big Problems

February 4, 2016 No Comments

In part one of this series, “Rugged DevOps: Survival is Not Mandatory”, I shared news that 1 in 16 open source and third-party components downloaded last year included a known vulnerability. That may not seem like too many until you realize the average company downloads well over 200,000 components annually. These components are electively downloaded by development teams, often unaware of the vulnerabilities that come with them.

Rugged DevOps: Survival is Not Mandatory

February 3, 2016 No Comments

Deming, the patron saint of DevOps once advised, “It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.” To survive, application development teams are constantly pressured to deliver software even faster. But fast is not enough. The best organizations realize that security, quality and integrity at velocity are mandatory for survival. Hence, DevOpsSec.

Tech Training: Tips For Successful Software Implementation

January 14, 2016 No Comments

“Software is eating the world.” The now-classic quote from Marc Andreessen needs some updating, since it’s now more accurate to say software as a service (SaaS) is consuming the world, but the core statement is spot on: Companies can’t survive (and thrive) without the regular influx of new software. The problem? Many employees struggle to keep pace with changing environments and workflows — here are four tips for executives looking to streamline the software training process.

Identity and Access Management for Hadoop: The Cornerstone for Big Data Security

January 6, 2016 No Comments

Learn how an integrated security strategy can secure and simplify access to Hadoop environments, while leveraging your existing identity management infrastructure.

Simplify and Secure Your Hadoop Environment

January 6, 2016 No Comments

Watch this webcast to explore Hadoop security challenges and trends.

Survive Hadoop Go-Live: Achieving Security, Compliance and Business Needs

January 6, 2016 No Comments

Get insights on securing the Hadoop infrastructure, as well as the data in Hadoop.

28 DevOps and Continuous Delivery Reference Architectures

November 30, 2015 No Comments

People want to get going with DevOps or Continuous Delivery, but need a place to start. Others are already on their way, but need some validation of their choices. A few months ago, I published the first volume of DevOps and Continuous Delivery reference architectures which has now been viewed over 50,000 times on SlideShare (it’s free to download…no registration required). Three things helped people in the deck: (1) the reference architectures, (2) links to the sources for each architecture attached to each slide, and (3) no marketing fluff.

Introducing the New Retail BRAIN

November 24, 2015 No Comments

This year that annual shopping frenzy in the U.S. known as Black Friday will take place on November 27, the day after Thanksgiving. Sales, according to the Black Friday website, will actually start early on Thanksgiving Day and extend throughout the weekend. Total sales are expected to top $80 billion. Also, the number of bargain hunters will increase this year to well over 300 million. Sales channels will include both brick and mortar stores as well as online retailers.

Shifting to a Design-Driven Culture

November 19, 2015 No Comments

by Antoine Mottier, BonitasoftUnderstanding customer need is more important today than ever as millennials enter the workforce. According to Goldman Sachs, millennials are one of the largest generations in history and are about to move into their prime spending years – poised to reshape the economy. Read More >>>

Rethinking Big Data Platforms like Hadoop with Open Technology

November 11, 2015 No Comments

This webinar with Dr. Srini Chari, Managing Partner, Cabot Partners and IBM Distinguished Engineer Linton examines how organizations can derive high value insights by framing strategic business questions and combining systems of records with systems of engagement and how these can be achieved by implementing a high-performance, scalable and agile information foundation to support both real-time and large-scale analytics capabilities.

IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: What You Need to Know to Meet the Open Source Juggernaut

July 6, 2015 No Comments

with Bernard Golden, ActiveStateIT professionals are evaluating how open source products can help them meet their organizations’ responsibilities. Enterprise IT has a large and growing commitment to open source products in preference to proprietary alternatives. Read More >>>

How Postgres Will Power the Internet of Things

June 11, 2015 No Comments

Many solution platforms and data technologies come to mind in the context of harnessing the power and promise of the Internet of Things (IoT). A relational database does not typically top the list. The potential of an interconnected world of smart devices communicating with one another to meet human demands instead emphasizes new solutions and new ways to connect and analyze data.

IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview with Napatech: What the Third Platform Requires of the Network

June 3, 2015 No Comments

Daniel Joseph Barry, NapatechIn this interview, Dan Joe Barry, VP Positioning and Chief Evangelist for Napatech, speaks with IT Briefcase about the emerging technology of software acceleration platforms and tools.Read More >>>

Survey: Despite Open Source Community Gripes About Apple, Most Still Use It

June 2, 2015 No Comments

Web application developer Eldarion conducted an online survey of people who use and contribute to open source, people who use open source but don’t contribute to it, and people who neither contribute nor (knowingly) use open source. 132 people responded to the survey in March and April 2015.

Killing Misconception: Five Steps to BPM Success

May 15, 2015 No Comments

by Miguel Valdes Faura, BonitasoftThe common thinking has been that developing and implementing a process-based application will be as complicated and disruptive as a custom development. It doesn’t have to be. Here are five steps to ensure success. Read More >>>

7 Steps to Securely Deploy Cloud Apps

April 22, 2015 No Comments

by Chip Epps, OneLogin Gartner predicts the number of cloud-provisioned office system users will grow 28.5% a year to 695 million users by 2022 –constituting 60% of the user universe that will exist by then. Read More >>>

Recent Insight into Analytics in the Cloud

January 26, 2015 No Comments

by John L. Myers, EMAAs we enter the middle of the second decade of the 21st century, many organizations are recognizing and utilizing cloud infrastructure as a way to implement their analytical and business intelligence requirements. Read More >>>

Enterprises Putting a Toe in Open Source Waters are Discovering a Sea of Benefits

November 21, 2014 No Comments

The arrival of open source development for business applications in recent years is responsible for bringing a host of innovative products to market, as well as introducing new flexibility and cost savings. More than just “free software,” open source comprises a culture and a way of doing business, offering freedom and benefits with which closed code, proprietary software struggles to compete. The sharing of source code for purposes of open collaboration and free distribution has been practiced for some time, of course, but only in the last decade has open source established its presence in mainstream IT.

Fishing for Data in a Digitalized Tourism Industry

October 22, 2014 No Comments

By Yves de Montcheuil, TalendAmong the most digitalized industries, travel and hospitality is changing fast. Travel agents, airlines, airports, hotel chains – the entire industry is fishing for value in a seemingly-unlimited ocean of data. Read More >>>

Open Source Allows Businesses e-Commerce Ease

October 15, 2014 No Comments

73% of respondents in a survey conducted by Mashable do “at least half of their shopping online,” and 66% “prefer to shop online vs. in-store.” With trends towards online shopping ever increasing, it’s more important now than ever to implement an e-commerce platform with your brick-and-mortar store.

BIOGEARS NEW OPEN SOURCE HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY ENGINE

October 6, 2014 No Comments

BioGears® is a $7M, multi-year program funded by the Defense Medical Research Development Program (DMRDP) and administered by the U.S. Army’s Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), Armed Forces Simulation Institute for Medicine (AFSIM), under USAMRMC award number W81XWH1320068. BioGears® will deliver an open source, comprehensive, extensible human physiology engine that will serve as a platform for biomedical modeling research and also facilitate the creation of immersive medical education and training technologies.

The Four Phases of Cloud Optimization

September 12, 2014 No Comments

with Joe Kinsella, CloudHealthSeveral years ago, I joined a company in the middle of a frantic architectural transition that prioritized speed over cost. During my first few months, I watched our Amazon Web Services bill creep from $100K per month to over $350K. Read More >>>

How far is too far when it comes to outsourcing IT?

September 8, 2014 No Comments

with Mike Decker, Annese & Associates, Inc.With more than 25 years of IT experience, perhaps I can shed some light on strategies for IT outsourcing, but first let me frame my point of view. With a BS in Telecommunications, I started my career inside a NOC located in the basement of a major bank in Buffalo, NY. Read More >>>

8 Things You Need to Do Before, During, and After Migrating to Office 365

September 4, 2014 No Comments

with Robert Berlin, OneLoginWith Windows Server 2003 hitting its end of life next year, the push is on for even faster migration. But the path is a complex one, and careful planning will be your best friend. Having spent a number of years helping customers along this road, here are my top tips for a safe journey. Read More >>>

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