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      • The Cloud Risk Framework

        Companies that are considering moving to a cloud computing model need effective metrics and analytics to help guide their decisions. This cloud framework is designed to help assess the financial risks of moving to the cloud. This paper is aimed at private or public entities with more than 500 employees, and considers risk from their perspective

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      • The DNA of the CIO

        The DNA of the CIO provides fresh insight into what it is to be a Chief Information Officer (CIO) today. For many years, CIOs have been talking about becoming a true partner to the business and the executive management team. ut, as Ernsy & Young's report, The DNA of the CIO highlights, relatively few have broken out of their comfort zones to actually become one.

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      • The Mindset of the Chief Information Officer

        This study evaluates the leadership role that Chief Information Officers performs in helping their organisations achieve their commercial goals. It examines the skills and behaviours that contribute to their success and considers the relationships the CIO has with the CEO, the executive team and other influential stakeholders. This study, which draws on interviews with leading CIOs, provides senior IT executives with insights to help them reflect on their leadership roles and to consider areas for their own professional development.

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      • The next wave of digitisation: setting your direction, building your capabilities

        Technology, internet and telecommunications industries are undergoing a fundamental change towards near-complete digitisation, with redefinition of existing business models and value creation systems. This Booz & Company study estimates that by as early as 2015, IT and communications will account for 30-40% of companies' investment budgets, and the ongoing digitisation of every industry will affect global economic value by between $12trn and $15trn in 2020, including market share shifts, cost improve­ments, price decreases and new value pools.

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      • Hybrid cloud: When public and private clouds collide

        December 2013 Vol. 4 / No.6

        Includes:
        • Hybrid cloud: Who's in control when public and private clouds collide?
        • IPv6, SDN: When worlds collide ... in a good way
        • When cloud-based UC makes sense
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      • E-book: Understanding cloud networks

        Cloud computing is catching on, but cloud networks are proving to be challenging to implement and manage. Before enterprises begin architecting their cloud computing networks, they need to consider the impact on the network. Read this e-book to find out what you need to know about cloud networks.

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      • Is the network ready for the private cloud?

        August 2011 Vol. 2, No. 4

        Includes:
        • Developing a private cloud computing strategy for your network
        • Is OpenFlow networking bunk? What vendors don't want to discuss
        • Zappos cloud security strategy: Distributed management
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      • Network planning for cloud computing

        The cloud promises to be one of the most dramatic transformations in technology since IT shifted from mainframes to client server systems. Cloud computing comes in different shapes and sizes, and the architecture used will have an impact on the network. Network managers must be involved in cloud architecture decision-making, and must understand the impact that private, public, or hybrid clouds will have on the network. Read this e-guide to learn more about network planning for cloud computing.

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      • Does SDN change everything in network architectures?

        February 2014 Vol 5 / No.1

        Includes:
        • New network architectures and traditional components: Why both are key
        • Is service agility the payoff in network functions virtualization?
        • How WebRTC technology could turn enterprise video on its head
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      • Your next switch: The data center's software-defined future

        The hardware-defined network is still around, but a software-defined switch is coming. Your next switch will include SDN features and will also need to be application-aware and integrated with robust security strategies. This handbook covers everything pros must know now about the software-defined switch of the near future.

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      • Converged infrastructure: The future of network efficiency

        Taking the complexity out of the data center has been a complex challenge in itself. Vendors have introduced have variety of ways to converge IT infrastructure to consolidate networking, storage and compute resources in the data center. But cloud computing and virtualization have changed what a converged infrastructure could look like. This handbook looks at the current state of converged infrastructure and how network virtualization and software-defined networking can help make converged infrastructure a reality.

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      • Revisiting past predictions for networking technology

        December 2011 Vol. 2, No. 6

        Includes:
        • Enterprise wireless connection policy: Navigating cellular vs. WiFi
        • FCoE network convergence will start at the edge but move to the rack
        • Myth of VM mobility and follow-the-sun data centers
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      • Upgrading your network: Top tips and timesavers

        This SearchNetworking.com handbook will explore the challenges, best practices and essential technologies for responding to the shortcomings of today's network, as well as future-proofing your network for tomorrow's business challenges. We offer step-by-step advice from experts on what you need to know about upgrading your network, and learn about common pitfalls to avoid. Finally, learn about the latest tools to help you make your network upgrade faster and easier.

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      • Is virtual networking the link to end-to-end management?

        Network virtualization has lagged behind server and storage virtualization, which means “single-pane-of-glass management and monitoring” in the data center is still on the horizon. Although the advent of software-defined networking (SDN) may make virtual network management easier, most enterprises are looking for more use cases before setting out an SND strategy. One thing is clear: The virtual network can’t remain invisible to the network manager. This handbook looks at existing network management and monitoring options that will help enterprises see the value in adding the network to server and storage virtualization.

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      • WAN optimization policy goes deep

        June 2013 / Vol. 4/ No. 3

        Includes:
        • WAN security vendor: To go network hardware provider or third-party?
        • What is Ethernet-dedicated Internet?
        • WAN optimization policy goes deep: Think, user, time, location
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      • Harvesting business intelligence with network monitoring tools

        August 2013 / Vol. 4 / No. 4

        Includes:
        • CIOs are laying SDN plans, but slowly
        • The 802.11ad standard is fast, but do we need that much throughput?
        • When network monitoring tools improve business intelligence
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      • The new generation of network management and monitoring

        Network management and monitoring have grown from being similar operations that were at times challenging to get distinct views of, to a sophisticated monitoring and management toolset to provide real-time performance data. While these requirements have been driven by trends like the need to monitor network devices and boundary performance, the onslaught of virtualization has made things more challenging. As a result, tracking both physical and virtual assets has become critical. This TechGuide will help you understand how these tools have evolved and give network managers some insight into ensuring optimum performance in your organization.

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      • Finally! APM vendors design tools with networking pros in mind

        April 2014 Vol.5 / No.3

        Includes:
        • Benefits of video conferencing include less travel, but it's not No. 1
        • Complex apps need network-based application performance management tools
        • 802.11ac Wi-Fi takes the lead, but wired network has to play backup
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      • Assessing your options for increasing wireless LAN capacity

        Enterprises most often assess new wireless specifications in terms of speed, but capacity should also be at the top of the list due to the increased use of wireless LAN for functions that include file transfers and high-bandwidth video. Network engineers are increasingly challenged to make sure their WLANs have enough capacity to handle end-users' needs. This handbook looks at how enterprises can increase capacity in the WLAN with 802.11ac and examines the uses of 60 GHz wireless technology in the upcoming 802.11ad standard.

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      • Data center fabric wars

        August 2012 Vol. 3, No. 4

        Includes:
        • Deep packet inspection tools: Proxy vs. stream-based
        • Using wireless network bandwidth monitoring to stay within data caps
        • Data center network fabrics vs. software – defined fabrics
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      • Network security in a world of mobile workers

        April 2012 Vol. 3, No. 2

        Includes:
        • Mobile device security best practices for BYOD
        • Is virtual desktop infrastructure the answer?
        • Networking for BYOD: No single solution
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      • Five trends changing the game for UC

        October 2013 / Vol 4 / No.5

        Includes:
        • The programmable WAN: Applications are boss and networks bend
        • Is IT operational efficiency sexy enough to entice investment?
        • Five unified communications trends that change the collaboration game
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      • Understanding the new WAN: Management and design

        This TechGuide will help you understand the demise of the traditional WAN and the emergence of the new WAN. Articles focus on how mobile devices and an increase in teleworkers have forced IT departments to find new ways to connect users to corporate resources. This TechGuide digs deeps into how to design, manage and optimize this new endpoint-driven network and extend secure access to private and public cloud services and virtual applications.

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      • Next-generation WLAN: How IEEE 802.11ac will change your network

        Just five years ago, no one would have described Wi-Fi as a primary access technology but now, as Wi-Fi and cellular architectures deliver security, reliability and robust throughput sufficient to delivery video and multimedia content, wireless LAN (WLAN) is a critical enterprise component. With the IEEE 802.11ac-2013 standard approved, WLAN data rates will soar to multiple-gigabit territory. This TechGuide focuses on the WLAN's evolution and why it will soon be a viable alternative to Ethernet.

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      • Leveraging 802.11n for increased coverage and performance

        Deploying 802.11n can increase a WLAN's speed, capacity, reach and reliability, enabling mobility services that make workforces informed and productive. To be competitive, workers need ready access to data, people and tools for collaboration and decision making. Extending your network to deliver multimedia over wireless can make services like unified messaging and video conferencing available wherever needed. This e-book covers best practices for deploying and optimizing 802.11n to support data, voice and video applications.

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      • The mobile enterprise: Taking wireless networking to the next level

        Get the latest scoop on how faster, more robust 802.11n WLANs can help your business offer new mobility services to improve mobility and reduce cost through fixed-mobile convergence. Discover how unified communications applications can exploit wireless mobile connectivity to facilitate workforce collaboration and enhance productivity. And finally, get advice from our experts on mobile enterprise security.

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  • Network Evolution

    Network Evolution magazine keeps IT professionals up-to-date on next-generation IT enterprise networking.

  • Modern Infrastructure

    Modern Infrastructure covers the convergence of technologies -- from cloud computing to virtualization to mobile devices -- and the impact on data centers.

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  • Forging the path to tomorrow's CRM

    Perhaps no two words have more of an effect on business today than "customer experience." Consumers have a wealth of options for buying products and services -- and they're not shy about letting the social media sphere know when they’re not happy. To keep them coming -- and coming back -- organizations need to ensure that the experiences they’re serving up are nothing less than stellar.

    In our e-book series, The Risks and Rewards of Customer Experience Management, readers will get practical advice and real-world insight into strategies that place the focus of organizations' operations and processes on their customers. The first chapter concentrates on automation in the contact center. It will explore the technologies, such as interactive voice response and virtual agents. And it will examine what organizations need to evaluate when deciding which processes to automate and which areas will always need a human touch. The second installment delves into digital marketing, mobile applications and social media. It's no longer enough to send the same message to all customers; messages now must be personalized -- and soon, based on where customers are at any given moment. The chapter will look at location-based automated marketing and the pros and cons -- including the loss of privacy -- associated with such practices. The final chapter digs deep into the role of analytics in customer experience management plans, scrutinizing data harvesting methods and ways to use big data to augment customer experiences. And the chapter will look at times when knowing all about your customer goes horribly wrong.

  • Market trends tell the future of predictive analytics deployments

    Predictive analytics employs statistical or machine-learning models to discover patterns and relationships in data, thereby enabling the prediction of future behavior or activity. Long used by credit card companies, predictive analytics -- and now self-service predictive analytics -- is making inroads in organizations of all sizes. Based on a survey of more than 3,000 IT and business professionals, this report analyzes their responses to provide information on implementation status, maturity of implementations, value and vendors of predictive analytics tools.

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  • The Cloud Risk Framework

    Companies that are considering moving to a cloud computing model need effective metrics and analytics to help guide their decisions. This cloud framework is designed to help assess the financial risks of moving to the cloud. This paper is aimed at private or public entities with more than 500 employees, and considers risk from their perspective

  • The DNA of the CIO

    The DNA of the CIO provides fresh insight into what it is to be a Chief Information Officer (CIO) today. For many years, CIOs have been talking about becoming a true partner to the business and the executive management team. ut, as Ernsy & Young's report, The DNA of the CIO highlights, relatively few have broken out of their comfort zones to actually become one.

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