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The Magic of Moving to Managed Services

December 1, 2016 by Annie Bustos

Despite its multiple benefits, the widespread adoption of managed IT services has stalled in recent years. A part of the explanation for the slower adoption of managed services is fairly simple. Potential customers don’t have a clear definition of what “managed services” means in the 2016/2017 landscape, and the MSPs themselves have not...[read more]

Minding the KPI Gap – A Critical Part of the EPM Process

November 30, 2016 by John O'Rourke

Key performance indicators, or KPIs, are a critical component of an overall corporate or enterprise performance management (CPM/EPM) process. They play an important part in monitoring financial and operational results on a regular basis, and highlighting areas that might need attention. But there are many considerations here:...[read more]

IIoT Benefits & Security Considerations for Sensor-2-Server

November 30, 2016 by Scott Allen

SCADA will likely always have value for industrial communications but, going forward, there will be an increase in the use other technologies as well. Additionally, with more technology physically in the field, there is always going to be a focus on data security.[read more]

Common Ground: Solving the Survey-GIS Gap

November 29, 2016 by Ron Bisio

Surveying and GIS both provide answers to the same basic questions: “Where is it?” “What is it?” “How does it relate to things around it?” “What about it is interesting or important?” And they both seek to address the most important question: “How can I get the information to people who need it?” So, given the similarities, why the gap, be it real or perceived?[read more]

Do You Really Have To Migrate To The Cloud?

November 28, 2016 by Timo Elliott

Here’s why you are going to migrate to the cloud, whether you want to or not.[read more]

One-third of shadow IT services present significant risk to the enterprise

November 21, 2016 by CIO Dive

Dive Brief:More than half (61%) of large enterprises now have a cloud governance policy in place to help control shadow IT, according to a new report from Sky High Networks. The company examined data for more than 30 million users worldwide for the report. Among the organizations with a policy in place, Sky High found only 5.4% of...[read more]

SD-WAN promises ground-breaking network optimization so why the cold feet?

November 16, 2016 by Marc Sollars

IT departments are starting to think about their wide area network (WAN) strategies to ensure application performance based on the quality of the network route taken. Yet, Despite Gartner’s estimate that 30 percent of firms will use SD-WAN by 2019, these capabilities have not been fully defined for IT professionals. And there’s no one product that meets every firm’s needs.[read more]

CIO Priorities for 2017 – Managing the Tech and Talent Challenges

November 15, 2016 by Annie Bustos

The approach of a new year brings about thoughts for the future. For CIOs, it’s a time to consider the year ahead and create a priority list for both staffing needs and the platforms and tools that will be refined or implemented. The challenge lies in finding capable team members to lead the latest initiatives and to put in place new...[read more]

6 Ways Your Smart Home Data Will Help You Live a Better Life

November 14, 2016 by Larry Alton

Smart home technology is beginning to go mainstream, and it’s only a matter of time before integrated “smart homes” are as commonplace as smartphones are today. Through interconnected, wireless systems, we’ll have full control over our homes, remotely controlling and monitoring temperatures, humidity levels, and even the function of our...[read more]

IoT's role growing as cities are pressed to get smarter

November 11, 2016 by CIO Dive

Cities are looking to the Internet of Things to help them track and report on sustainability and climate change goals required under various environmental regulations such COP 21 and Horizon 2020.[read more]

Public vs. Private vs. Hybrid Cloud - Exploring the use Cases

November 8, 2016 by Annie Bustos

How do you choose the right cloud implementation model for your business - public, private, hybrid?Before I get into the nitty gritty, let’s first take a look at what the private cloud is. The essential difference between the public and private models is “sharing.” With a public cloud infrastructure, there is shared physical hardware...[read more]

Even after Dyn DDoS attack, businesses shouldn't ditch DNS providers, analyst says

November 3, 2016 by CIO Dive

Dive Brief:Businesses should not dump their DNS service providers simply because of the massive DDoS attack on Dyn last month, says Gartner analyst Bob Gill in an interview with CIO. Instead, Gill suggests businesses concerned about DDoS attacks ensure their critical websites rely on more than one DNS provider.The...[read more]

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Hybrid Systems Integrations for Right Sized ERP

November 2, 2016 by Glenn Johnson

Finding the right integration strategy across ERP, CRM, Warehouse Management, PLM and cloud environments[read more]

After 31 Years of Spreadsheets, It’s Time to Move On

November 2, 2016 by John O'Rourke

The spreadsheet isn’t going away anytime soon. But the reliance on it as a standalone tool is waning, as the use of enterprise performance management solutions rises.It was 31 years ago this September that the world was introduced to Excel. As one of the first killer apps, there’s no question the spreadsheet changed the way everybody...[read more]

Access Layer Data and Sensor-2-Server

October 28, 2016 by Scott Allen

S2S is intelligent communication that begins at the sensor level and targets servers for specific reasons. These servers could include anything from a SCADA data server, that collects and monitors through the SCADA system, or a Big Data engine. S2S could be leveraged in a predictive analytics environment or server farm that compares data at rest to data in motion at the access layer of the network.[read more]