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      • The next frontier for managed print services

        The managed print services (MPS) market has matured since many organisations inked their first deal. Organisations moving beyond first generation engagements have often reached the end of their cost-cutting phase and are now looking for innovation to drive more business value. MPS is extending beyond the enterprise print environment to address requirements of mobile and remote workers, as well as encompass IT infrastructure and business process outsourcing. By leveraging the synergies of managed print services (MPS), business process services (BPS) and IT services (ITS) through a single provider, enterprises can drive business process innovation that pays continuous dividends.

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      • World-Class EA: The Agile Enterprise

        The concept of “agile” has recently come to the fore, typically in connection with technical activities, such as software development. Subsequently, the agile approach has been extended and applied to, for example, solution architecture activities. However, we suggest that agile is in fact a way of working, a mindset. It applies to more than just software development, or architecture, or any other one area of activity. The real benefit comes from applying an end-to-end agile delivery approach throughout the enterprise.

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      • Security Visualisation

        This article is guideline of how to generate a visual representation of a given dataset and use in the evaluation of known security vulnerabilities. Although this example is based on the output of an automated vulnerability scanner (Nessus), the suggested information visualisation process can be applied to generate any kind of visualisation.

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      • The Human Face of Big Data: Data Driven

        On a small scale, the effects of software are benign. But at large companies, institutions, and agencies with hundreds of millions of users, something so apparently small as the choice of what should be a default setting has an immediate impact on the daily behavior patterns of a large percentage of the planet’s population.

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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.

        Readers will learn more about those capabilities, starting with the five developments technology expert Bob Sheldon says fit most strongly into the BI equation -- and those are just a sample of the myriad developments at play. Readers can also expect an in-depth look at the risks and rewards involved in SQL Server implementation -- especially as full, self-service analytics become the norm. We close with a look at Power Map, the three-dimensional mapping tool originally introduced as GeoFlow. The add-on to Microsoft Excel 2013, not yet released to production, can plot more than one million rows of data from an Excel workbook using columns, heat maps and bubble visualizations -- and is quickly gathering steam as a potential answer to more accurate, in-depth data visualization.

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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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    Cloud computing, mobile devices and massive amounts of data flowing into organizations are combining to put heavy pressure on business systems. To adapt, organizations have been forced to transform the way in which corporate information is managed.

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    Access essential resources and best practice advice designed to help you stay up to date on the latest trends impacting the Microsoft SQL Server community.

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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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  • The next frontier for managed print services

    The managed print services (MPS) market has matured since many organisations inked their first deal. Organisations moving beyond first generation engagements have often reached the end of their cost-cutting phase and are now looking for innovation to drive more business value. MPS is extending beyond the enterprise print environment to address requirements of mobile and remote workers, as well as encompass IT infrastructure and business process outsourcing. By leveraging the synergies of managed print services (MPS), business process services (BPS) and IT services (ITS) through a single provider, enterprises can drive business process innovation that pays continuous dividends.

  • World-Class EA: The Agile Enterprise

    The concept of “agile” has recently come to the fore, typically in connection with technical activities, such as software development. Subsequently, the agile approach has been extended and applied to, for example, solution architecture activities. However, we suggest that agile is in fact a way of working, a mindset. It applies to more than just software development, or architecture, or any other one area of activity. The real benefit comes from applying an end-to-end agile delivery approach throughout the enterprise.

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