These vendors, large and small, are shaking up the status quo with their new products, approaches and models.
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Any company whose slogan is "Take the sh out of IT" isn't afraid to ruffle a few feathers. My colleague Art Wittmann calls Splunk, whose software monitors, reports and analyzes live streaming IT data as well as historical data, the "poor man's security event management" tool, leaving the likes of ArcSight to the high end. Says another colleague, NWC.com editor Mike Fratto: "These guys put the cool into logging by making searching easy and fast. All the other log management vendors followed suit, building or rebuilding their search systems."
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.