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      • Stories That Move Mountains: Improve your presentation skills

        Anyone who has a business role to play in influencing others, needs to make their presentation stand out from the crowd and this extract from Stories That Move Mountains, published by Wiley, promises to help the reader do just that. Authored by three enterprise experts at Microsoft, Stories That Move Mountains, explains to readers how to use a process called CAST (Content, Audience, Story and Tell) to create effective stories and visualisations - known as ‘Story Mapping’ – and deliver persuasive presentations.

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      • Technology value matrix: Human Resources solutions

        Most small and medium businesses (SMBs) and all large enterprises employ human resources (HR) functionality to manage their employees. Even though many vendors offer HR solutions, these solutions may require integration with other HR software or with enterprise resource planning (ERP) to cover the functionality companies need. Some vendors differentiate themselves from their competitors by providing HR solutions built on new technologies, often times delivered in the cloud, and which can also be accessed on mobile devices.

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      • The Banking Industry Architecture Network and TOGAF

        Financial institutions are facing significant changes of the environment in which they operate. For example, the financial crisis, changing customer behavior, increased risk awareness, focus on cost reduction, and the entrance of new financial players in the market-place have structurally changed the financial industry. Not only the operations, but also the supporting IT required a challenging transformational change. Given the close inter-dependency of operations and IT in financial institutions, a carefully planned and guided integrated approach to change is required. Enterprise architecture is key to enabling such change initiatives.

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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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      • Deploying VDI: Predicting your storage needs for a successful project

        Storage has a starring role in any virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) project, and it's commonly considered the make-or-break factor. How well you understand, manage and predict your storage needs -- and how a VDI will impact them -- is the key to a successful project. There's a crucial list of common storage-related VDI challenges, such as the potential for boot storms caused by shared system images and high-volume logins, and the cost of meeting new I/O demands with solid-state drives.

        To understand these obstacles and others that might crop up when deploying VDI, we've assembled our top technical advice and analysis, and included coverage of new techs and free tools that help to provide some insight into the key metrics that guide any VDI project. If you've decided on a VDI deployment project, this in-depth report can help you avoid trouble and help VDI to deliver on its potential.

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      • The evolution of virtual server technology: Hypervisor-aware storage

        As virtual server technology gradually grew to dominance in most data centers, it became apparent that many traditional storage systems weren't up to the task of serving these new virtualized server environments. Performance issues cropped up as SANs and network-attached storage systems struggled to deliver the IOPS and throughput required by virtual machines. But the new virtual server model also helped to create a new category of storage array: hypervisor-aware storage systems that were built from the ground up to provide storage for virtual environments, with a special emphasis on performance and agility.

        This Buyer's Checklist on Purpose-Built Storage for Virtual Servers describes how these storage systems differ from traditional arrays, provides insights into some of their unique features, and offers guidance on evaluating, purchasing and deploying these storage systems.

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      • How to tap into advanced hyper-v features

        This handbook is designed to help data storage professionals manage their Hyper-V deployments, and the impact of Hyper-V on their systems, from the outset instead of waiting for storage performance problems to appear. Learn from experienced IT analysts and Hyper-V specialists how to provision and allocate resources within a Hyper-V deployment. Get real-world tips on treating your Hyper-V deployment as a private cloud and tackling resource content to reduce storage IOPS with file deduplication. This handbook on tapping into advanced Hyper-V features will also help storage pros determine which existing features of Hyper-V, such as the VHDX file format, can boost storage performance in a Hyper-V environment, and how Windows Server 2012 R2 offers the ability to share those VHDX files with the help of Hyper-V.

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      • How to allocate and configure virtual machine storage

        Two key tasks of a virtual server implementation are determining how much storage will be needed to support the system, and how to handle the initial provisioning and configuration of the virtual storage. The complexity of shared storage, inconsistent performance related to resource contention caused by virtual machines competing for available storage resources, and storage management challenges have been the chief areas of concern for any data storage administrator working in a virtualized environment.

        But a number of vendors now offer products that employ techniques and strategies to solve or at least mitigate the storage challenges that have plagued virtual server and VDI deployments. This drill-down on allocating and configuring virtual machine storage provides storage admins with some best practices to configure virtual machine storage in their virtualized data centers.

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      • Backing up virtual servers: A buyer’s checklist

        Effectively backing up virtual servers continues to be an issue for storage shops. In many virtual machine (VM) environments, traditional backup methods and applications are inadequate, either contributing to storage network bottlenecks or simply not getting the job done in a timely manner. Today, however, users have many alternatives rather than using methods designed for physical server environments. There are backup applications built from the ground up for VMs, options added to traditional backup applications that allow backing up both physical and virtual servers, and cloud and hybrid cloud offerings. We’ll describe the available virtual server backup alternatives, provide best-use cases and offer cost analyses for the options.

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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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  • Stories That Move Mountains: Improve your presentation skills

    Anyone who has a business role to play in influencing others, needs to make their presentation stand out from the crowd and this extract from Stories That Move Mountains, published by Wiley, promises to help the reader do just that. Authored by three enterprise experts at Microsoft, Stories That Move Mountains, explains to readers how to use a process called CAST (Content, Audience, Story and Tell) to create effective stories and visualisations - known as ‘Story Mapping’ – and deliver persuasive presentations.

  • Technology value matrix: Human Resources solutions

    Most small and medium businesses (SMBs) and all large enterprises employ human resources (HR) functionality to manage their employees. Even though many vendors offer HR solutions, these solutions may require integration with other HR software or with enterprise resource planning (ERP) to cover the functionality companies need. Some vendors differentiate themselves from their competitors by providing HR solutions built on new technologies, often times delivered in the cloud, and which can also be accessed on mobile devices.

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