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      • Strategies for a successful data protection program

        Deploying data protection technologies properly requires a lot of time and patience. While most firms can get started by using preconfigured policies, experts say that custom policies are essential to making a DLP system perform efficiently. Selection of a DLP vendor of-ten depends on how well the software integrates with the systems in place. Fortunately, enough companies have performed a DLP deployment providing best practices to avoid getting tripped up. The rollout is typically performed slowly and systematically. False positives are still an issue, though the system can be immediately tuned to avoid any disruption to employee productivity.

        This TechGuide identifies some of the challenges associated with deploying data protection technology, highlights some of the initial pitfalls encountered by early adopters and explains how it can be used effectively in an organization. CSOs share how they use it to mitigate risks and identify weaknesses and experts discuss some best practices for deploying data protection solutions.

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      • New technologies take enterprise collaboration to the next level

        Businesses that hope to collaborate effectively in today’s marketplace have a host of issues to contend with -- trust issues with the cloud (yes, still) and an ever-widening workforce among them. So the ways in which organizations collaborate must evolve. No longer can they count on face-to-face interaction to foster business innovation. Scattered workforces and closely guarded business assets can impede the community-aspect of business collaboration. To remain competitive, organizations are looking to technology to keep enterprise collaboration rolling.

        This three-part guide examines what organizations can do to foster that collaboration and improve on the ideation process. First, Lauren Horwitz, an executive editor in the Business Applications & Architecture Media Group, explains how cloud-based applications -- Dropbox, Skydrive and Google Drive, for example -- are enabling simple, secure file-sharing in organizations around the world. Horwitz is joined by Laura Aberle, SearchContentManagement site editor, in the second piece. Together, they describe how, for some organizations, file-sharing isn’t enough. These companies, aiming to take collaboration further, are bringing together external and internal employees -- and in some cases, users -- to crowdsource ideas through collaboration-as-a-service applications. To close, consultant Shawn Shell discusses in more detail the trend of crowdsourced collaboration -- specifically, the challenges wrought by connecting global, mobile and external collaborators.

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      • The cloud on the networking horizon

        This Technical Guide examines how cloud has affected networking. It breaks down the concept of network as a service (NaaS) and its use in public, private and hybrid clouds. Included, too, is an in-depth look at what goes into hybrid cloud networking, and how the characteristics of cloud applications affect deployment. Hybrid cloud networking originally fell short when it came to enabling total orchestration across public and private clouds. But software-defined networking, network virtualization and orchestration tools are changing that.

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      • Liquid immersion cooling surfaces in the server market

        October 2014, Volume 3, Issue 9

        Includes:
        • Weighing next steps following Windows Server 2003 end-of-life
        • Liquid immersion cooling relief for ultra-dense data centers
        • In-line deduplication for a smaller data footprint
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      • Big data applications, cloud a heavenly match?

        October 2014, Volume 2, Number 5

        Includes:
        • Retailer revs up analytics with cloud storage system
        • Sounders coach shows way ahead for analytics in sports
        • Analytical skills alone won't win over the business side
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      • Build today for tomorrow's big data architectures

        Developing a big data architecture today involves pulling together a lot of different technology pieces. The prevalence of unstructured data has forced the data warehouse as we knew it into a marriage of newer technologies -- Hadoop and NoSQL databases among them -- and older ones, such as columnar databases and in-memory processing tools.

        This three-part guide offers IT managers, enterprise architects, data management teams and other readers insight on architectural strategies and advice on how to manage the architecture design and technology evaluation processes in today's big data environment. First, Jack Vaughan takes a look at one of the technology options in big data architectures: cloud computing. Vaughan uses one supermarket cooperative's success story to illustrate the potential benefits of a cloud-based big data platform. Next, Rick van der Lans digs deep into the steps required in designing, implementing and managing a big data architecture. While many IT professionals fear the death of the traditional data warehouse, van der Lans believes there is still a place for it in the world of big data. To close, Colin White and Claudia Imhoff identify the three components necessary for enterprise data warehouses to support next-generation analytics: an investigative computing platform, a data refinery and real-time analytics capabilities.

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      • Big data and data warehousing: Where's the relationship headed?

        Spearheaded by big Internet companies such as Google and Amazon.com, big data technology has started to catch fire with large rank-and-file organizations in every industry. In most cases, it plays a complementary role to established data warehouses, at least for now. In short, big data opens up new ways to benefit from and monetize valuable corporate data assets.

        This handbook, by business intelligence consultant Wayne Eckerson, explains the dimensions of the big data market today. It starts by looking at the evolving market for big data software and ends by describing the new analytical ecosystem that big data has created. Along the way, it explores the pros and cons and provides recommendations about how to position and select data management products.

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      • Building effective dashboards and scorecards

        In this e-book, learn advanced strategies for creating actionable, interactive and user-friendly dashboards that will help your organization track KPIs. Learn how to get started with dashboards, find out what a dashboard is and what it is not. Discover how to create different dashboards to meet the needs of various departments and more.

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      • Cloud business intelligence: Assessing the opportunities

        What is the future of business intelligence (BI)? According to industry expert Wayne Eckerson, it's cloud computing. Review this comprehensive e-book to gain expert insight into what cloud computing is, the top business benefits of cloud business intelligence, an in-depth analysis of the SaaS BI market, and much more.

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      • Enterprise content management tools in action: Use cases, benefits and challenges

        In this e-book, read about enterprise content management (ECM) projects at organizations that have adopted ECM technology, and get real-world insight from experienced users and IT industry analysts into the potential uses and benefits of enterprise content management tools as well as the common roadblocks that companies can face on ECM deployments.

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      • Next steps and trends in enterprise content management technology

        Enterprise content management (ECM) is a long-established market, but ECM technology is changing, evolving and taking on increased importance to organizations as they look to gain more value and insight from documents, emails, blogs etc. Through this e-book you will obtain an expert overview of ECM and an in-depth look at where the enterprise content management technology market is headed.

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      • How to be successful with enterprise data governance

        Successful data governance programs can help ensure that organizations have consistent policies and processes for defining, managing and using corporate data. But many data governance efforts miss the mark and fall short of those goals. This three-part guide, written for IT and data management professionals as well as business executives, will provide readers with tips and advice on how to avoid the missteps that can lead to enterprise data governance failures. Learn about data governance best practices and not-so-best practices, and get real-world guidance from organizations that are succeeding with data governance.

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      • The secrets of highly effective data governance programs

        The first key to successful data governance programs is ensuring user and organization expectations. To find out more secret advice for highly effective data governance programs, read this expert e-book. Our editorial team has gathered tips, techniques and best practices to plan a successful data governance plan.

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      • Learn to initiate a business-driven data governance strategy

        Those who are charged with maintaining data already understand the need for data governance, but few actually practice it well. So what should you do? Read this e-book to initiate a formal business-driven data governance process, which should ideally match your business culture and the size of your company. Uncover how data validation is a vital part of a comprehensive data governance program, and how it can make your overall data governance program stronger. Learn three reasons why you need data governance as well as key steps in implementing the right strategy for your organization.

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      • New trends and best practices for data governance success

        This e-book examines data governance trends and methodologies for managing governance programs. It covers issues such as new ways of organizing governance teams and emerging best practices to help organizations succeed with enterprise data governance initiatives. It also provides expert advice on how to design and implement governance programs.

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      • NoSQL technologies take on rising tide of big data

        April 2014, Volume 2, Number 2

        Includes:
        • NewSQL database sends NoSQL technology packing at logistics exchange
        • Don't get distracted by new database technology
        • NoSQL database software enjoys rarefied cloud air
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      • Strategies for kick-starting your data quality program

        In this handbook, readers will find quality advice on balancing manual and automated data quality processes as part of quality improvement efforts, as well as tips on building a business case for purchases of data quality tools. Readers can look forward to insider guidance on combining data quality improvement initiatives with data governance and master data management programs.

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      • Optimizing data quality efforts in everyday processes

        Poor data quality at the most minor level can have major ramifications. Read this expert e-book to gain advice on how to make data quality a high priority in your day-to-day business operations. Discover tips on implementing internal data quality standards and how to train users on data quality best practices.

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      • How to get funding for data quality programs

        Read this exclusive e-book to find tips on how to build a case and gain approval for implementing a program to increase your data quality. Also find information on how to best assess and manage your data, as well as evaluating whether or not data quality software is right for you.

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      • Putting a data stewardship and data governance plan into play

        Confused about the data stewardship processes for big data, cloud computing and other IT trends? Don’t be. In this handbook is valuable information on the pivotal role technology plays in governance initiatives -- as well as other useful tips for data management professionals and business executives.

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      • Determine if NoSQL databases are right for your organization

        NoSQL databases offer more flexible alternatives to mainstream relational software, particularly for big data applications. But NoSQL offerings include a diverse set of technologies that can present prospective users with a bewildering array of choices. And those technologies have yet to secure a place in many organizations. In fact, in a survey of IT and business professionals conducted by The Data Warehousing Institute in November 2013, 65% of the respondents said they had no plans to incorporate NoSQL databases into their data warehouse architectures. Don't let that scare you off, though: There are companies successfully putting NoSQL products to work in applications they're suited for.

        In this three-part guide, readers will learn about the different types of NoSQL technologies and their potential uses. First, get details about the four primary NoSQL product categories, with deployment examples from experienced users and advice on how to avoid going down the wrong database path. Next, read about why it's a mistake to force-fit technologies into IT environments -- and why Gartner analyst Merv Adrian says it's a fruitless exercise to compare NoSQL offerings "that are so wildly different in structure and intent." And in our third story, find out why many organizations are creating what consultancy Enterprise Management Associates calls a hybrid data ecosystem -- a blend of old and new technologies, including NoSQL systems -- to support their big data environments.

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      • In-memory databases: The golden ticket to deeper analyses?

        Historically, in-memory databases have been seen as a niche technology. As in-memory processing becomes less expensive and more mainstream, however, potential uses are expanding. And, with the promise of deeper data analysis -- and, better business benefits -- IT professionals' ears are pricking up. Still, for many organizations it's going to be a matter of if, and not when, to proceed with implementation.

        To that end, SearchDataManagement editors have compiled a three-part guide to in-memory database trends, serving up expert advice on evaluating, deploying and managing the technology. Readers can expect an in-depth look at whether in-memory appliances such as SAP's HANA and Oracle's Exalytics devices are changing the nature of what in-memory database technology can be used for. Next, News and Site Editor Jack Vaughan offers a rundown of the kinds of applications that are a good fit for in-memory databases, with tips on how to decide if the technology is right for your organization. We close with key insight into the capabilities and potential uses of new in-memory options being released for mainstream relational databases.

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      • Understanding SaaS-cloud application integration

        Integrating cloud applications with in-house legacy applications can be a difficult undertaking. The good news is that there are more options than ever that allow organizations to do all the integration themselves. This e-book examines what you need to know to develop the right cloud application integration strategy for your organization.

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      • Top data integration trends and best practices

        Data integration now involves much more than extract, transform and load processes -- it encompasses a wide range of tools and methodologies supporting real-time integration as well as traditional batch-oriented approaches.

        In this e-book, you’ll learn about current trends and new technologies that are reshaping data integration strategies at many organizations.

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      • Taking stock of Hadoop 2

        The release of Hadoop 2 seems to be all that prospective users and industry analysts can talk about. If you think all that chatter has translated into widespread adoption, you're wrong. The release -- a possible answer to calls for a "hardened" Hadoop -- adds features that enable users to expand the open source distributed processing framework beyond its original core configuration of MapReduce and the Hadoop Distributed File System.

        In this handbook, IT managers, data management staffers and other readers will benefit from in-depth analysis of the new capabilities, potential uses and limitations of Hadoop 2 and related technologies. For readers still unsure about what to do with the open source software, this handbook offers insight into Hadoop 2 -- complete with a close look at YARN, Hadoop's redesigned resource manager.

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      • Putting big data technology in its place

        Special Edition, September 2013

        Includes:
        • Should in-memory analysis have a seat at your big data table?
        • Handling the hoopla: When to use Hadoop, and when not to
        • Deploying big data software calls for more than idle talk
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      • Best practices for BI-ERP integration

        Explore this SearchDataManagement.com e-book offering advice and best practices specifically for IT professionals charged with creating or updating BI programs in ERP environments. Find articles on evaluating ERP vendors vs. a third-party BI system, tips for integrating BI and ERP, expert advice for project planning and preparing data, and discover the key success factors for BI and ERP projects.

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      • Getting started with master data management programs

        In this e-book, learn about getting started with master data management (MDM) programs, including how to sell the idea internally in order to secure funding and how to build a foundation for a successful MDM deployment. In addition, read about MDM trends and some of the challenges that companies can face on MDM implementations.

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  • Business Information

    Cloud computing, mobile devices and massive amounts of data flowing into organizations are combining to put heavy pressure on business systems. To adapt, organizations have been forced to transform the way in which corporate information is managed.

  • Storage magazine

    Storage magazine keeps IT and storage managers up to date on new storage technologies, and how those techs can meet emerging business requirements.

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  • Intrusion detection and prevention: IT decision center

    Intrusion detection and intrusion prevention systems (IDS/IPS) help to identify potential threats and to launch a swift response to defend your network. There are many factors to take into account when choosing IDS/IPS products, and this Decision Center series lays them out. It also provides critical questions to ask vendors, offers insight on how to match product features to your particular requirements, and challenges vendors in the IDS/IPS space to present the facts on their offerings.

  • Enterprise Hadoop: Ready for prime time?

    Many vendors are pitching Hadoop as the foundation for enterprise data management environments that delivers information and insights to business users and serves as a hub for other data systems and applications. In the era of big data, the case for Hadoop is strong: Hadoop provides a cost-effective way to ingest, store and process large volumes of multi-structured data. With Hadoop, organizations can store all data in its original format and provide a system of record for the enterprise. Even more, they can bring the applications to Hadoop and process the data in place.

    But does reality square with the promise today? Are companies willing to trust their enterprise data to Hadoop? The big question is whether Hadoop is ready to support enterprise-scale, production environments where data can't be corrupted or inconsistent. Does Hadoop have adequate management, monitoring, backup, recovery and security features? What are the major gaps today and what are vendors doing to plug the holes? At what point can companies trust production computing environments to Hadoop? This report, based on a comprehensive survey of business intelligence professionals and interviews with experts in the field, addresses these questions.

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  • Strategies for a successful data protection program

    Deploying data protection technologies properly requires a lot of time and patience. While most firms can get started by using preconfigured policies, experts say that custom policies are essential to making a DLP system perform efficiently. Selection of a DLP vendor of-ten depends on how well the software integrates with the systems in place. Fortunately, enough companies have performed a DLP deployment providing best practices to avoid getting tripped up. The rollout is typically performed slowly and systematically. False positives are still an issue, though the system can be immediately tuned to avoid any disruption to employee productivity.

    This TechGuide identifies some of the challenges associated with deploying data protection technology, highlights some of the initial pitfalls encountered by early adopters and explains how it can be used effectively in an organization. CSOs share how they use it to mitigate risks and identify weaknesses and experts discuss some best practices for deploying data protection solutions.

  • New technologies take enterprise collaboration to the next level

    Businesses that hope to collaborate effectively in today’s marketplace have a host of issues to contend with -- trust issues with the cloud (yes, still) and an ever-widening workforce among them. So the ways in which organizations collaborate must evolve. No longer can they count on face-to-face interaction to foster business innovation. Scattered workforces and closely guarded business assets can impede the community-aspect of business collaboration. To remain competitive, organizations are looking to technology to keep enterprise collaboration rolling.

    This three-part guide examines what organizations can do to foster that collaboration and improve on the ideation process. First, Lauren Horwitz, an executive editor in the Business Applications & Architecture Media Group, explains how cloud-based applications -- Dropbox, Skydrive and Google Drive, for example -- are enabling simple, secure file-sharing in organizations around the world. Horwitz is joined by Laura Aberle, SearchContentManagement site editor, in the second piece. Together, they describe how, for some organizations, file-sharing isn’t enough. These companies, aiming to take collaboration further, are bringing together external and internal employees -- and in some cases, users -- to crowdsource ideas through collaboration-as-a-service applications. To close, consultant Shawn Shell discusses in more detail the trend of crowdsourced collaboration -- specifically, the challenges wrought by connecting global, mobile and external collaborators.

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