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Informed CIO: Storage Automation

by InformationWeekJan 20, 2013

Storage Automation: 8 Questions to Ask Before BuyingImplementing automation tools and processes requires an upfront investment in funding, planning and integrity testing. But the business will reap benefits both immediately and as the footprint and complexity of storage services increase. Operationally, data protection activities, such as snapping clones and replication pairs, can often be readily automated and pay instant dividends by enhancing recoverability in the event of a data loss or

Research: Choosing a Smartphone

by InformationWeekJan 20, 2013

The Smartphone To OwnThe enterprise smartphone is no longer simply a compact, mobile e-mail device slash
fashion item; it’s quickly becoming an essential tool for corporate applications, collaboration, and personal media, in many cases eclipsing the laptop as the device of choice for mobile professionals.To help enterprise IT groups balance their requirements and future mobility plans with demands from employees wowed by flashy new features, InformationWeek Analytics surveyed 688

Research: Remote Application Delivery

by InformationWeekJan 20, 2013

Anywhere, Anytime: Enabling Fast Remote Application DeliveryWe just dodged a tsunami of demand for remote access to desktop applications—had the H1N1 flu pandemic proved deadly on a wide scale in the United States, governments and large enterprises were set to pull the trigger on massive telework contingency plans. So what, you say? The Federal Mobility 2.0 study released by the Telework Exchange reported that 1,250,980 federal employees were eligible to telework in July 2008, with that

(At Least) One Thing You Don't Know About Cloud Backup

by InformationWeekJul 03, 2013

You Don't Know the Cutting Edge of Cloud BackupOnce upon a time (say, five years ago), IT departments that sent backups to low-cost cloud file services were ahead of the curve -- mainly because the norm was shipping hard drives and tapes to fireproof safes. Since then, the number and variety of cloud backup options and features have grown significantly. If you're still using cloud backup like a remote FTP site, you're doing it wrong.In this report, we'll debut results of our new InformationWeek

10 Steps to Ace a FISMA Audit

by InformationWeekJan 20, 2013

The Federal Information Security Management Act known as FISMA, is typically thought to apply only to government organizations. However, contractors and vendors that provide services to, manage systems on behalf of, or maintain close relationships with a government agency may be held to similar standards.That can be a problem because FISMA regulations are confusing at best and more commonly just plain overwhelming. Not surprisingly, a cottage industry has sprung up of expensive contractors who

10 Urgent Tasks For Microsoft In 2009

by InformationWeekJan 20, 2013

Microsoft posted record revenue of $60 billion in 2008 and a hefty $17.5 billion profit. It's still the dominant player in most major software markets and its OS runs 9 out of 10 PCs. So things are rosy in Redmond, right?Wrong. The solid numbers belie serious cracks that are emerging in Microsoft's core franchises. Windows sales and market share, though robust, are in decline. The company's efforts to expand into new markets are floundering, and key executives are jumping ship. With that in

12-Step Plan To Cut Software Costs

by InformationWeekJan 20, 2013

Design on a Dime: 12-Step Plan For  Cutting Software CostsControlling nondiscretionary IT spending is a perennial top priority for CIOs, but the cost of software licensing, operations and maintenance is a particularly sore topic. In our InformationWeek 2012 Enterprise Applications Survey, we asked respondents to rate their satisfaction with nine aspects of on-premises enterprise application technologies. Ongoing maintenance and support came in dead last, with nearly half of 268 respondents

12-Step Plan To Slash Software Costs

by InformationWeekJan 20, 2013

Controlling nondiscretionary spending is a perennial top priority for IT, and the cost of software licensing, operations and maintenance is a particularly sore topic. In our InformationWeek 2012 Enterprise Applications Survey, we asked respondents to rate their satisfaction with nine aspects of on-premises enterprise application technologies. Ongoing maintenance and support came in dead last; initial cost didn't fare much better.We often see clients surprised by (sometimes substantial) unplanned

15 Innovators & Influencers Who Will Make A Difference In 2008

by InformationWeekJan 20, 2013

Meet 15 people who will help shape the business technology world in the coming year. They're not the usual suspects -- the names everyone knows. Several are industry and tech execs, and most are gurus, prophets, or evangelists of one sort or another. They

20 Great Ideas to Steal

by InformationWeekJan 20, 2013

Eli Lilly is using cloud computing and collaboration to speed up the time it takes to develop new medicines. JCPenney’s Door to Floor pilot program provides stores with information on in-bound merchandise 48 hours and 24 hours before delivery. Engineering and construction company Parsons has automated the complex and time-consuming process of providing project-specific applications to its workforce. These are just three of 20 examples of implementing great ideas to improve business. Let



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