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      • Open Information Security Management Maturity Model (O-ISM3)

        Organizations in different business sectors and countries have different business requirements and risk tolerances. The O-ISM3 framework helps information Security Managers to evaluate their own operating environment and to plan their security management processes so they are consistent with and cost-effective for their organization’s business objectives.

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      • CW+ Open Group: The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF™ 9) and the US DoD

        This White Paper provides a comparative analysis of the two frameworks that describes where DoDAF products can be employed throughout the TOGAF ADM phases to develop a visual, integrated model of an architecture. The intended audience is the DoD architect who can benefit from a formal methodology to guide architecture efforts and result in a quality architecture description in a DoD-compliant format, and the TOGAF architect who can benefit by a formal set of defined models to capture output for each of the ADM phases. This document provides the architect with a map of the specific DoDAF 2.0 model that should be produced or consumed in a specific phase of TOGAF 9 with enough context to understand the fundamental concepts of both DoDAF and TOGAF.

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      • Open Group: FAIR -ISO/IEC 27005 Cookbook

        This document discusses the different purposes of the two standards, how to reconcile the two with regard to terminology and process, and combine the best elements of both to produce a consistent, repeatable risk management process.

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      • Governance in IT and Architecture - TOGAF

        The primary audiences for this Paper are business and IT managers who are responsible for the performance of operations. However, enterprise architects also play a key role in supporting IT governance, including architecture governance. Governance is defined as giving direction to activities. In this Paper, the authors focus on governance of the IT domain and its alignment to business. Governance is viewed as a mechanism that influences the internal logic and decision-making of organizations. The internal logic is defined as a compromise between practically conflicting parameters. The mechanism that has to deal with these conflicting parameters consists of decision domains, governance structure, social processes between individuals and groups, and controls to ensure the proper functioning of IT governance. In the context of IT governance, enterprise architecture can be considered as a means for coordination of decision-making related to IT and business. Furthermore, it is recognized that enterprise architecture in its own right also needs to be governed.

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      • Understanding SQL Server virtualization

        These days, virtual servers are often seen as time- and money-saving efforts for businesses. When deciding if going virtual is the right thing to do, it’s important to consider myriad of things, including the age of your physical servers, the amount of data to be migrated to the virtual server, the experience of your IT staff and the I/O benefits.

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      • SQL Server virtualization best practices: A checklist for success

        July 2011, Vol. 6

        Includes:
        • As Microsoft's SQL Azure gains altitude, industry eyes chances of reign
        • The most dangerous game: Hunting down bad SQL query performance
        • SQL Server virtualization risks: among all the pros, some cons
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      • Exploring SQL Azure features and opportunities

        August 2010, Vol. 3

        Includes:
        • Are we there yet? The slow road to SQL Azure
        • Pros and cons of the DACPAC with SQL Server 2008 R2
        • Where to look next for BI applications? Try the cloud
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      • SQL Server consolidation options in action

        Database consolidation can take many forms, but getting the most out of your available resources is always the goal. Read this e-book to learn about your SQL Server consolidation options. Get the latest information on SQL Server and advice from our experts in this e-book.

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      • Developments in SQL Server BI point to focus on self-service, users

        Today, business analytics is largely focused on self-service software and pushing business intelligence capabilities down to the end user. In this three-part handbook, we drill down on the trends and technologies serving to further the scope of SQL Server BI capabilities today.

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      • Understanding Microsoft SQL Server business intelligence options

        Microsoft has made a great effort to turn SQL Server into a viable enterprise database platform, and part of that has been boosting its business intelligence capabilities. In this handbook, read about recent BI updates in SQL Server 2012. See how Microsoft is trying to push business intelligence capabilities down to the business end user, largely through Excel. Finally, check out some BI best practices for SQL Server.

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      • SQL Server and big data strategies

        Microsoft has worked to address the big issue of "big data," as companies are dealing with a constant influx of digital information. SQL Server is no exception, and Microsoft has given its enterprise database a big data makeover. This e-book takes a close look at SQL Server 2012 and finds out why some DBAs are flocking to it—and why others aren't. Get the latest information on big data strategies in this e-book.

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      • Is self-service BI the answer?

        February 2010, Vol. 1

        Includes:
        • Top 5 SQL Server DBA tasks that are a waste of time
        • Is self-service business intelligence the answer?
        • Master Data Services could spur SQL Server 2008 R2 migrations
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      • Should you upgrade to SQL Server 2012?

        May 2012, Vol. 10

        Includes:
        • Pros and cons of SQL Server 2012
        • Big data a big deal for SQL Server 2012, users say
        • Microsoft’s SQL Server 2012 has muscle, but database battle is fierce
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      • Azure Cloud testing tips for SQL Server shops

        December 2011, Vol. 8

        Includes:
        • SQL Server stored procedures supercharged in recent, upcoming versions
        • For SQL Server shops testing Azure cloud, it’s all about integrating data
        • Cost, proliferation power rise of SQL Server data warehousing
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      • Selling a SQL Server 2008 R2 upgrade

        May 2010, Vol. 2

        Includes:
        • Evaluating the ROI of a SQL Server 2008 R2 upgrade
        • SQL Server index tuning for peak performance
        • DBA career paths could lead to business intelligence
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      • Server 2008 migration best practices

        SQL Server 2008 has many compelling features, but not all of them are necessary. See what's a good fit for your enterprise and what can wait. Get all of your SQL Server 2008 migration questions answers, learn about the latest tips and strategies, and learn SQL Server 2008 migration strategies in this e-book.

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    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.

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    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 Information Security Management Maturity Model (O-ISM3)

    Organizations in different business sectors and countries have different business requirements and risk tolerances. The O-ISM3 framework helps information Security Managers to evaluate their own operating environment and to plan their security management processes so they are consistent with and cost-effective for their organization’s business objectives.

  • CW+ Open Group: The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF™ 9) and the US DoD

    This White Paper provides a comparative analysis of the two frameworks that describes where DoDAF products can be employed throughout the TOGAF ADM phases to develop a visual, integrated model of an architecture. The intended audience is the DoD architect who can benefit from a formal methodology to guide architecture efforts and result in a quality architecture description in a DoD-compliant format, and the TOGAF architect who can benefit by a formal set of defined models to capture output for each of the ADM phases. This document provides the architect with a map of the specific DoDAF 2.0 model that should be produced or consumed in a specific phase of TOGAF 9 with enough context to understand the fundamental concepts of both DoDAF and TOGAF.

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