Know when it’s time to replace open source and freeware infrastructure management tools

Know when it’s time to replace open source and freeware infrastructure management tools

Many small and midsized IT organizations rely on a mix of freeware and open source software to manage their infrastructure. These free tools can be effective and economical choices for smaller networks. But how do you know when it’s time to upgrade to a commercial product? Scale is one of the first indicators that you […]

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Original Author: Shamus McGillicuddy

Need for IT Security Outsourcing on the Rise

Need for IT Security Outsourcing on the Rise

IT security outsourcing is growing among businesses today, with a new industry report from Computer Economics claiming enterprises are prioritizing their budgets for IT functions and security and seeking service providers to help them, according to SC Magazine. This is important for managed service providers (MSPs) that are introducing the latest solutions in the market and helping keep their clients up-to-date.

Seeking IT Partnerships

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Original Author: Marissa Tejada

Personal Cloud Computing: How MSPs Can Support Their Customers

Personal Cloud Computing: How MSPs Can Support Their Customers

Personal cloud computing is intersecting with IT initiatives, which means organizations will increasingly support IT services outside their portfolios. According to Information Management, new research from Gartner describes how managed service providers (MSPs) will adjust their services to consider the risks of personal clouds.

More Personal Cloud Use

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Original Author: Marissa Tejada

The 2015 Gartner Hype Cycle Report Shows MSPs Their Future

The 2015 Gartner Hype Cycle Report Shows MSPs Their Future

In its recent annual “Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies” report, Gartner provided important insights for those in the technology sector, specifically managed service providers (MSPs) and those companies currently adapting their businesses to handle tomorrow’s technological needs.

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Original Author: Shawn Drew

How to build better SLAs for more strategic applications outsourcing

How to build better SLAs for more strategic applications outsourcing

Service-level agreements (SLAs)—those contractual agreements defining the expected performance of a service provider— alone will not guarantee success when outsourcing application development and maintenance work. They’re one of many tools to help manage an IT outsourcing deal.

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Original Author: Stephanie Overby

When Tech Becomes the Wiring In the Wall

When Tech Becomes the Wiring In the Wall

IT decision makers are a forgetful bunch. Once a technology’s been around for a while and become part of the “wiring in the wall” — commonplace and works well enough — it’s largely forgotten. It’s only of interest when things don’t work well.

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Are mainframes the answer to IT’s energy efficiency concerns?

Are mainframes the answer to IT's energy efficiency concerns?

I was reminded of just how hard it is to factor energy efficiency into purchase and configuration decisions while reading some recent claims in the media around the cloud, and I remembered some simple but often overlooked ways mainframes solve tough energy efficiency dilemmas. A device that can handle more data with fewer resources sounds like the definition of efficiency to me.

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Original Author: Bryan Smith

Amazon’s data-driven approach becoming more common

Amazon's data-driven approach becoming more common

Tech companies have been even speedier in applying data analytics to staffing. Google, for example, uses data to figure out how to put together optimal-sized teams for projects and … says the future may look more like what Glint Inc., based in

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Demystifying Data Governance: What it Is and What it’s Not

Demystifying Data Governance: What it Is and What it’s Not

A formal data governance program is essential to ensuring data quality throughout an organization. Christophe Marcant of Stibo Systems describes the role of data governance programs and standards in a data-driven organization.

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Original Author: Christophe Marcant

Optimize IT Performance with Big Data Analytics

Optimize IT Performance with Big Data Analytics

Big data analytics is being brought to bear on just about any business problem you can think of these days, including internal operations. Departments from sales to customer service to human resources have tapped big data analytics for insights into ways to improve productivity, streamline processes, and cut costs. This is true even for the traditional keepers of the data: the IT department.

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Original Author: Scott Etkin