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Microsoft Adds Firepower to Dynamics CRM
October 25, 2011
Microsoft is rolling out a service update for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online for both the partner-hosted and on-premises deployments. The update includes its promised "Activity Feeds," as well as administrative enhancements and stepped-up disaster recovery practices. Microsoft has put Dynamics CRM on a rapid release schedule, said Brad Wilson, general manager of Microsoft Dynamics CRM.
Federal CIO Steps Up Data-Consolidation Pressure
October 25, 2011
The potential for saving money through data center consolidation among federal agencies is so great that the newly installed federal chief information officer has now challenged information technology managers to move further and faster to implement the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative.
The Future Enterprise, Part 3: Technology Designed to Fit the Job
October 15, 2011
Not all computing tasks are created equal, and the same goes for computing systems. Corporations and other organizations will be best served by systems that are designed to perform particular jobs or are flexible enough to adapt to them -- one of the core principles of engineering. In techie jargon, these are "workload optimized systems."
Enterprise Security System Puts Android Under Lock and Key
October 12, 2011
The proliferation of smartphones has created headaches for security-minded IT departments everywhere, but a Motorola subsidiary aims to give system administrators more peace of mind with a solution for managing Android phones in business environments. Three Laws Mobility, purchased by Motorola eight months ago, announced Tuesday that its management solution for Android phones is now ready for prime time.
VDI Planning Guide: Highly Available Desktops
October 05, 2011
A key advantage of virtualization is the ability to decouple an operating system from its hardware layer. This improves flexibility and maximizes uptime. Virtual server infrastructure commonly utilizes this flexibility to provide high availability, moving virtual servers between hosts.
Next-Gen Firewalls Make Old Arguments New Again
September 28, 2011
The last few years have brought us arguably the most significant change in firewall technology in decades. Ever since "stateful inspection" was introduced by Check Point in the late 1990s, firewall administrators and information security officers have been defining security policies based primarily on a connection's source IP address, destination IP address and service.
Wrapping Personal Devices and Critical Data in Stale Policies
September 21, 2011
It's a myth that ostriches bury their heads when they spot danger. It sounds plausible, but in reality, they're just like us: In the face of imminent danger, they either run or attack. This makes sense when you stop to think about it. After all, one thing that seems almost painfully obvious is that ignoring signs of danger isn't an effective defense strategy.
Singing in the Rain: How the Cloud Can Pour Down Money
September 12, 2011
Today's consensus is no longer around an "if" for cloud computing, but the "when" and what types of cloud models are best suited for any particular company. The present challenge, then, is about the proper transitions to leveraging cloud for improved IT and for far better business results. At VMworld, as part of the main keynote address, one company and its design and implementation of a private cloud rose above the rest.
The Automation Revelation
August 29, 2011
A UK-based managed service provider is on a journey to provide better information and services for its network, voice, VoIP, data and storage customers. The network management and productivity benefits have come from an alignment of many service management products into an automated lifecycle approach to overall network operations.
Federal CIO Prods Agencies to Revamp Websites
August 23, 2011
The U.S. government's new CIO wasted little time in directing federal agencies to significantly improve the way they manage information technology resources. Steven VanRoekel, who took over the federal CIO post on Aug. 4, quickly issued a directive designed to push agencies to meet an Obama administration goal for operating federal websites more efficiently.
A Standard Is Born
August 15, 2011
The Open Automated Compliance Expert Markup Language is a new standard that helps enterprises automate security compliance across their systems in a consistent and cost-saving manner. O-ACEML helps to achieve compliance with applicable regulations but also achieves major cost savings. From the compliance audit viewpoint, auditors can carry out similarly consistent and more capable audits in less time.
Social Menaces
August 11, 2011
In terms of online communication, social media is the biggest trend in recent years. There are billions of participants around the globe as well as an array of forms: blogs, forums, wikis, multimedia content, social bookmarking and, of course, popular platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+. What's more, social media is strongly established as an important channel for companies to communicate with their customers.
Yes, You Really CAN Compete With the Public Cloud Provider
August 06, 2011
The prudent CIO sees the need for a quantum level improvement in the way IT delivers services and resources. To survive, IT must rapidly regain competitive strength by emulating the key strengths of external cloud suppliers. The internal IT delivery model has to change from a bureaucratic process that can take days or weeks, to one that supports self-service and makes resources immediately available.
US Cyberwarfare Policy Should Make Enterprises Sweat the Insider Threat
July 27, 2011
The recent spearphishing attacks on security firm RSA and on the International Monetary Fund are both suspected of being attacks by foreign powers to steal data that could be used in a cyberoffensive against the United States. In fact, the CIA website and the U.S. Senate were also breached by the hacking group LulzSec, and government contractors Lockheed Martin and Booz Allen Hamilton were attacked more recently.
Mythbusting the Private Cloud
July 25, 2011
The popularity of cloud concepts and the expected benefits from cloud computing have certainly raised expectations. Forrester now predicts that cloud spending will grow from $40 billion to $241 billion in the global IT market over the next 10 years, and yet, there's still a lot of confusion about the true payoffs and risks associated with cloud adoption.
Tearing Down Silos With Holistic ALM
July 18, 2011
This enterprise case study discussion focuses on Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida and how they've been able to improve their applications' performance -- and even change the culture of how they test, provide and operate their applications.
Igniting the Mac-at-Work Revolution
July 15, 2011
In so many words, Steve Jobs recently discussed the tremendous opportunity ahead for Mac in the enterprise. With the introduction of iCloud, Apple's new service for seamlessly integrating content across devices, the company appears to be headed down the right path. Consider the fact that organizations offering their workers a choice of platform -- PC or Mac -- stand to gain a significant competitive advantage.
Open Source and the Democratization of IT
July 12, 2011
This podcast discussion centers on how the role and impact of integration has shifted, and how a more comprehensive and managed approach to integration is required, thanks to such major trends as cloud, hybrid computing and managing massive datasets.
The Consumerization of IT
June 27, 2011
It's an interesting time for IT and cybersecurity. We have more threats. We hear about breaches in large organizations like Sony and Google, but at the same time IT organizations are being asked to make themselves more like Google or Amazon, the so-called consumerization of IT. So how do IT organizations become more open while being more protective?
The IT Infrastructure Renaissance
June 20, 2011
This latest BriefingsDirect panel discussion on converged infrastructure and data center transformation explores the major news emerging from this month's HP Discover 2011 conference in Las Vegas. To put it all in context, a series of rapidly maturing trends around application types, cloud computing, mobility, and changing workforces is reshaping what high-performance and low-cost computing is about.

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