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      • Open Group technical document: IT Specialist Certification Accreditation Policy

        Clearly “book learning” is a critical first step to becoming effective at anything. But the effectiveness, potential, and the degree and value of contribution rise to a new level as relevant skills and experience are gained in a topical area. It is clearly important to “know” a subject, but it is more valuable to have applied that knowledge. It is for this reason that The Open Group IT Specialist Certification (ITSC) program is based on an assessment of people skills, technical skills, and experience, not just tests of knowledge.

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      • Determine if NoSQL databases are right for your organization

        NoSQL databases offer more flexible alternatives to mainstream relational software, particularly for big data applications. But NoSQL offerings include a diverse set of technologies that can present prospective users with a bewildering array of choices. And those technologies have yet to secure a place in many organizations. In fact, in a survey of IT and business professionals conducted by The Data Warehousing Institute in November 2013, 65% of the respondents said they had no plans to incorporate NoSQL databases into their data warehouse architectures. Don't let that scare you off, though: There are companies successfully putting NoSQL products to work in applications they're suited for.

        In this three-part guide, readers will learn about the different types of NoSQL technologies and their potential uses. First, get details about the four primary NoSQL product categories, with deployment examples from experienced users and advice on how to avoid going down the wrong database path. Next, read about why it's a mistake to force-fit technologies into IT environments -- and why Gartner analyst Merv Adrian says it's a fruitless exercise to compare NoSQL offerings "that are so wildly different in structure and intent." And in our third story, find out why many organizations are creating what consultancy Enterprise Management Associates calls a hybrid data ecosystem -- a blend of old and new technologies, including NoSQL systems -- to support their big data environments.

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      • Staying secure, HIPAA compliant with mobile technologies

        The integration of health data systems with phones, tablets, laptops and other mobile devices is one of the biggest challenges facing healthcare IT professionals. That, readers will soon learn, is easier said than done.

        In this three-part guide, we clear away some of the cobweb-ridden concerns around mobile device management. First, readers will take a look at the repercussions of recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration draft guidance. While makers of new mobile personal health apps are rejoicing over news that the FDA will not regulate mobile device data systems (MDDS), it's a potential nightmare for healthcare providers. Experts say the move leaves medical devices with an extremely low barrier for safety -- and no checks and balances to speak of.

        Next, we attempt to understand why -- even with the technology to support it -- adoption of mHealth apps is so low. To that end, health IT consultant Reda Chouffani points to areas where mobile healthcare could serve to enhance the care experience. We close with a look at patient engagement, as mandated in stage 2 meaningful use criteria. Many in healthcare are looking to technology -- electronic communication, primarily -- to involve patients in their care, and the pressure to effectively address patient engagement safety is mounting. Here, we outline the steps hospitals everywhere must take to do just that.

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      • Time to get serious about endpoint security

        22 July 2014

        Includes:
        • CIO Interview: Simon Hill, Caravan Club
        • Can UK fintech startups survive outside London?
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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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  • 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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  • Open Group technical document: IT Specialist Certification Accreditation Policy

    Clearly “book learning” is a critical first step to becoming effective at anything. But the effectiveness, potential, and the degree and value of contribution rise to a new level as relevant skills and experience are gained in a topical area. It is clearly important to “know” a subject, but it is more valuable to have applied that knowledge. It is for this reason that The Open Group IT Specialist Certification (ITSC) program is based on an assessment of people skills, technical skills, and experience, not just tests of knowledge.

  • Determine if NoSQL databases are right for your organization

    NoSQL databases offer more flexible alternatives to mainstream relational software, particularly for big data applications. But NoSQL offerings include a diverse set of technologies that can present prospective users with a bewildering array of choices. And those technologies have yet to secure a place in many organizations. In fact, in a survey of IT and business professionals conducted by The Data Warehousing Institute in November 2013, 65% of the respondents said they had no plans to incorporate NoSQL databases into their data warehouse architectures. Don't let that scare you off, though: There are companies successfully putting NoSQL products to work in applications they're suited for.

    In this three-part guide, readers will learn about the different types of NoSQL technologies and their potential uses. First, get details about the four primary NoSQL product categories, with deployment examples from experienced users and advice on how to avoid going down the wrong database path. Next, read about why it's a mistake to force-fit technologies into IT environments -- and why Gartner analyst Merv Adrian says it's a fruitless exercise to compare NoSQL offerings "that are so wildly different in structure and intent." And in our third story, find out why many organizations are creating what consultancy Enterprise Management Associates calls a hybrid data ecosystem -- a blend of old and new technologies, including NoSQL systems -- to support their big data environments.

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