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Operationalizing the Buzz: Big Data 2013

The 2013 EMA/9sight Big Data research surveyed 259 business and technology stakeholders around the world. The survey instrument was designed to identify key trends surrounding the adoption, expectations and challenges associated with strategies, technologies and implementations of Big Data initiatives.

Sponsor: Pivotal


The Big Data Security Analytics Era Is Here

New security risks and old security challenges often overwhelm legacy security controls and analytical tools. This ESG white paper discusses why today's approach to security management-that depends on up-to-the-minute situational awareness and real-time security intelligence-means organizations are entering the era of big data security analytics.

Sponsor: EMC Corporation


Building an Intelligence-Driven Security Operations Center

The openness of today's networks and the growing sophistication of advanced threats make it almost impossible to prevent cyber attacks and intrusions. This technical brief discusses why combating advanced threats depends on organizations shifting more security resources from prevention to detection and remediation, and developing intelligence-driven security programs

Sponsor: EMC Corporation


Seattle Children's Accelerates Citrix Login Times by 500% with Cross-Tier Insight

Seattle Children's is a leading research hospital with a large and growing Citrix XenDesktop deployment. With ExtraHop, the IT team at Seattle Children's accelerated Citrix launch times by 500%. "I've never seen anything comparable to ExtraHop," says Bruce Fulton, Senior Systems Infrastructure Team Engineer. "It's our way to see how a transaction flows from start to finish through these various applications."

Sponsor: ExtraHop Networks


McKesson Makes Application Hosting for Hospitals Faster, More Efficient

McKesson Managed Services deployed ExtraHop to improve its ability to deliver hosted applications to hospitals. With ExtraHop, McKesson identified the root cause of slow Citrix XenApp application launches and adopted a more intelligent, proactive IT operations model that has saved $660,000 in the first year alone.

Sponsor: ExtraHop Networks


A Non-Geek's Big Data Playbook

This white paper is designed to be a visual playbook for the non-geek yet technically savvy business professional who is still trying to understand how big data, specifically Hadoop, impacts the enterprise data game we've all been playing for years. Specifically, this Big Data Playbook demonstrates in six common "plays" how Apache Hadoop, the open source poster child for big data technologies, supports and extends the enterprise data warehouse (EDW) ecosystem. It begins with a simple, popular play and progresses to more complex, integrated plays.

Sponsor: SAS


Reducing Expenses Starts with the Programming Skills of Operations Groups

Tools available today make it possible to significantly reduce the daily tasks that consume the time of IT operations groups like automation. And with today's new cloud and SDN architectures being deployed or just on the horizon, automation is no longer just optional. No matter what we call it the technology industry looks obsessed with the idea of automation, continuous delivery and programmability. With good reason, because the evidence is all around us-saving time is not trivial if you are starting many cloud instances. The important point, is not that programmability is a magic panacea that may or may not improve the company bottom line, but that employees in system and network administration positions have been asking for investment in these areas for years. Read this article to learn how to implement these concepts, improve the bottom line, and make the dreams of your admins come true.

Sponsor: F5 Networks


Big Data, Big Mess: Sound Risk Intelligence Through Complete Context

This paper explores the good, bad and ugly of big data in cybersecurity and provides tips for understanding cyber risk in complete business context that includes your industry sector, infrastructure, company size, supply chain, location, your online presence, and many more factors.

Sponsor: Surfwatch Labs


CIOs strive to harness Big Data while keeping an eye on the bottom line

CIOs who've embraced data-driven business practices are achieving impressive top line improvements. Discover how the leading open source, software-defined storage solution eliminates the need for disparate storage platforms, enables easy storage scalability, leverages cost advantages of commodity hardware, and expands storage capacity while increasing performance.

Sponsor: Red Hat


Enterprise architects challenged to manage data explosion

Today's enterprise faces dramatic change and tremendous opportunity. Enterprise architects are finding it challenging to ensure adequate technology governance, drive transformational initiatives, and support critical business processes.

Collecting and storing unprecedented amounts of data threatens to usurp fundamental business processes and puts key initiatives at risk. Architects must take the lead in championing a future-proof data platform as digital media plays an increasingly important role in today's mobile, social, and web environments.

Read this whitepaper to find out how Red Hat Storage Server can allow enterprises to quickly and confidently deliver business applications that minimize cost, complexity, and risk while increasing architectural flexibility.

Sponsor: Red Hat


Energizing Life's Work

No matter what you do in life, it should energize you. Your work should inspire you and fill you with a sense of pride. Energizing Life's Work is all about providing the thought leadership, tools, and insight to help you and your teams get the most out of life's work. If your life's work is about caring for people in the context of business, the latest digital and social technology innovations from IBM can help you create a smarter workforce and exceptional customer experiences.
Also ground-breaking capabilities in mobile, cloud, big data & analytics, and cognitive computing provide the fuel to transform your business processes. Energizing Life's Work is about inspiring you to re-imagine how work gets done in your organization today, to rethink how to create the right team, to connect the team to experts, information and insights, and to develop deeper, more profitable client relationships.

Sponsor: IBM


Software Asset Management: Ensuring Today's Assets

Today's trends like BYOD and SaaS are new and exciting in terms of how they will help make our jobs more productive but they also introduce challenges as it relates to software licensing. Find out more - it's time for your organization to look at how to better manage software assets.

Sponsor: CDW


Trends Shaping Software Management: 2014

Meeting the challenges of mobility, cloud computing and virtualization in the software realm.

Most IT executives recognize the relationship between mobile computing and worker productivity, and have long issued notebook computers and other mobile devices to road warriors and employees who work extended hours. In cases where they have no mobile device policy, users often take matters into their own hands.

Sponsor: CDW


Software Asset Management: Pay Attention or Pay Up

There is a wide range of options for managing software assets, from in-house solutions to the cloud to managed services providers. Read this whitepaper to learn about:

- Using SAM to inform software investments
- Avoiding software fees and fines
- What's the best approach to SAM?
- Making the most of volume-based licensing
- Hands-free SAM: How vendors can unburden IT leaders

Sponsor: CDW


13 Reasons to Move to Adobe Creative Cloud

One of the big advantages Adobe Creative Cloud for teams offers over Adobe Creative Suite 6 perpetual software is the ability to continually innovate. With Creative Cloud, there's no more waiting 12-18 months for upgrade cycles. More than 500 new features have been added to Creative Cloud since it was introduced. The CS6 applications still have the same feature set they had the day they were released in May 2012. In the meantime, Creative Cloud members have been able to take advantage of frequent feature updates that are delivered at no additional cost. They are simply included as part of the ongoing membership. When new features are added, members are notified through the Creative Cloud console, so it's easy to keep up with what's new.

Sponsor: CDW


2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant Report

For the 7th year in a row, Riverbed is in the "Leaders" Quadrant of the 2014 Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization Controllers. In this report, Gartner presents an overview of the WAN optimization market and its latest trends. Find out what Gartner has to say about the strategic value of WAN optimization solutions and their evaluation of the technology vendors that provide them. Access the complete Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization Controllers, 2014.

Sponsor: Riverbed Technology


Eliminating Jenkins Sprawl: Going from CI to CD with Electric Cloud

Many organizations have begun adopting Continuous Delivery (CD) practices to increase velocity beyond the build and test phase. This paper reveals how organizations can achieve CD by adopting CD solutions from Electric Cloud. You will learn how to leverage existing investment in Jenkins CI servers and the benefits of a centralized governance model to help increase visibility while reducing risk.

Sponsor: Electric Cloud, Inc.


Dynamic Workload Automation Optimizes End-to-End Business Service Performance

This white paper, sponsored by CA Technologies, discusses the market and technology forces that are reshaping today's enterprise workload management automation requirements and strategies. It describes how a unified, service-centric approach to workload management automation can effectively address many of the challenges created by cloud, big data, social technologies, SOA, and mobility. The paper also discusses how the CA Workload Automation portfolio provides a unified approach to supporting the needs of complex, heterogeneous enterprise workload environments.

Sponsor: CA Technologies


Archiving Is More Than E-mail

Some IT professionals assume that archiving is mostly related to e-mail and that it is done mainly to support regulatory compliance. Nothing could be further from the truth. As a data-management process, archiving yields a wide variety of operational benefits beyond regulatory adherence. Furthermore, other types of data-files and database records specifically-can benefit as much if not more than e-mail when it comes to having a solid archiving process in place.

Sponsor: Symantec


Social Customer Service: The Future of Customer Satisfaction

Social customer service is now a major competitive advantage for companies that can deliver seamless assistance and a consistent voice across all communications channels. Learn how enterprises must organize themselves around the customer, leveraging shared technologies, policies, and processes.

Sponsor: HootSuite Media, Inc.