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      • Building a big data practice

        For IT solution providers, there's big money in big data. That's because data volumes are growing at staggering rates, and SMBs are discovering use cases for big data. Perhaps even better for the channel, many SMBs don't have the skills needed to carry out big data projects. Yet big data is a largely untapped opportunity for the channel. This handbook aims to help solution providers that want to build a big data practice do so, with an exploration of where the biggest opportunities lay, how to build business cases, prep staff members, stand out from competitors, as well as a look at the steps two Microsoft partners have taken to build successful big data practices.

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      • Implementing two-tier ERP with manufacturing in mind

        Manufacturers that need to extend their ERP systems to remote locations are considering smaller, lightweight ERP suites as an alternative. With a two-tier ERP system, organizations can consolidate systems and save money while increasing operational efficiency.

        This three-part guide examines the homework organizations need to do -- analyzing costs and benefits -- to make an effective, informed business case for two-tier ERP. First, SearchSAP's Todd Morrison explores the potential cost savings and deployment advantages of two-tier systems -- it will shed light on why the manufacturing industry is so bent on it. Next, Morrison looks at the options available to organizations that have decided to go ahead and implement a second-tier system. It's important to determine the best fit, and there are three to choose from. Veteran IT journalist Lauren Gibbons Paul talks to industry insiders about process improvements available to organizations not quite ready to deploy a whole new ERP system.

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      • Cloud computing applications force attitude adjustment in the enterprise

        With companies everywhere still grappling with the bring-your-own-device phenomenon, industry observers are pointing to fast-growing "bring your own cloud" as the real trend to watch. Employees are increasingly bringing their own cloud apps to work, creating new headaches for the business side, where managers may have workers using a variety of different tools, and for the IT team, which could find itself tackling any number of new security threats.

        In this three-part guide, consultant Tom Nolle and journalist George Lawton discuss the trend -- while offering sound advice for organizations looking to keep ahead of the cloud curve. First, Nolle looks at potential outcomes from the BYOC trend -- specifically, what it means for worker and application support in the enterprise. In the next piece, readers will examine the tenuous balance of cost advantages and security risks that are part and parcel to personal cloud-hosted services. Yet more trends -- cloud storage being the most common -- further threaten that necessary balance. To close, Lawton picks the brains of two early cloud adopters, a major medical supply vendor and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to advise readers on cloud pilot program best practices.

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      • Up, up and away: Java app development heads to the cloud

        With all the hype surrounding cloud computing, everyone is eager to see how the cloud "revolution" will play out. And while a "paradigm shift" might be interesting for analysts and theorists, day-to-day IT professionals need to know how the cloud changes day-to-day IT. In this expert handbook, see how the advent of cloud computing is affecting Java app development. Learn about the specific ways in which Java development is moving into the cloud, how cloud security is evolving, and what to expect in the near future from Java in the cloud.

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      • Developing for the cloud: Challenges and best practices

        The developer is in demand more than ever, and yet the role still alludes most in the IT world. With some insight into cloud computing, platforms and ecosystems, development processes can be more clearly defined, and the part of the developer will come into focus.

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      • What to know about PaaS in the cloud

        Platform as a Service technologies have quickly evolved beyond just supporting application development for Software as a Service. PaaS technologies and providers now offer broad application lifecycle management support, and more are on the way. In addition to having more services from which to choose, application decision makers also have more vendors to evaluate, as more than 50 PaaS cloud vendors are vying for customers today. This handbook shows what PaaS technologies and providers offer today and will offer in the future -- as well how to evaluate both.

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      • Cloud architecture key to leveraging cloud-based services

        February 2012, Issue 1

        Includes:
        • Java Platform as a Service providers vie for developers' affection
        • VIP Art Fair picks OpDemand over RightScale for IaaS management
        • Java PaaS providers compete for the attention of developers
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  • Enterprise Hadoop: Ready for prime time?

    Many vendors are pitching Hadoop as the foundation for enterprise data management environments that delivers information and insights to business users and serves as a hub for other data systems and applications. In the era of big data, the case for Hadoop is strong: Hadoop provides a cost-effective way to ingest, store and process large volumes of multi-structured data. With Hadoop, organizations can store all data in its original format and provide a system of record for the enterprise. Even more, they can bring the applications to Hadoop and process the data in place.

    But does reality square with the promise today? Are companies willing to trust their enterprise data to Hadoop? The big question is whether Hadoop is ready to support enterprise-scale, production environments where data can't be corrupted or inconsistent. Does Hadoop have adequate management, monitoring, backup, recovery and security features? What are the major gaps today and what are vendors doing to plug the holes? At what point can companies trust production computing environments to Hadoop? This report, based on a comprehensive survey of business intelligence professionals and interviews with experts in the field, addresses these questions.

  • Overcome today's disaster recovery challenges

    The use of devices not connected to a local network is a challenge for IT staffs tasked with protecting data on those devices. Completing backups within a reasonable timeframe has become an issue for organizations. Some organizations are opting for alternatives to traditional backup to address these challenges. The cloud has been pushed as an alternative to tape for offsite storage for disaster recovery. However, there are challenges with this approach and with protecting applications running in the cloud.

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  • Building a big data practice

    For IT solution providers, there's big money in big data. That's because data volumes are growing at staggering rates, and SMBs are discovering use cases for big data. Perhaps even better for the channel, many SMBs don't have the skills needed to carry out big data projects. Yet big data is a largely untapped opportunity for the channel. This handbook aims to help solution providers that want to build a big data practice do so, with an exploration of where the biggest opportunities lay, how to build business cases, prep staff members, stand out from competitors, as well as a look at the steps two Microsoft partners have taken to build successful big data practices.

  • Implementing two-tier ERP with manufacturing in mind

    Manufacturers that need to extend their ERP systems to remote locations are considering smaller, lightweight ERP suites as an alternative. With a two-tier ERP system, organizations can consolidate systems and save money while increasing operational efficiency.

    This three-part guide examines the homework organizations need to do -- analyzing costs and benefits -- to make an effective, informed business case for two-tier ERP. First, SearchSAP's Todd Morrison explores the potential cost savings and deployment advantages of two-tier systems -- it will shed light on why the manufacturing industry is so bent on it. Next, Morrison looks at the options available to organizations that have decided to go ahead and implement a second-tier system. It's important to determine the best fit, and there are three to choose from. Veteran IT journalist Lauren Gibbons Paul talks to industry insiders about process improvements available to organizations not quite ready to deploy a whole new ERP system.

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