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  • Comparing the leading big data analytics software options

    By comparing and contrasting big data analytics software from the leading vendors, you can find the tool that best meets your needs. Continue Reading

  • Finding a way off data isolation island

    New technology is supposed to eliminate problems. With data isolation, new business tools are only making the longstanding issue worse. Companies are amassing on-premises tools and cloud applications. And those cloud apps come in many varieties: Some are in-house while others are from a provider and give the customer various levels of control.

    Regardless of the types of apps companies are using, neglecting them and letting data isolation continue is not an option. For the cover story of this issue of Business Information, news writer Joel Shore talked with companies suffering from data isolation -- and he tells how they found a way out of the mess.

    But if companies don't first address security concerns, jumping into integration might feel more like falling off a cliff. As Shore writes in another story, governance is an important part of cloud app integration because it establishes rules that keep company and customer data safe.

    Also in this issue, news writer Dan Ring profiles Steve Berger, who helped clean up and streamline human resources processes at Compass Minerals. Berger says a human capital management (HCM) tool helped managers at the minerals producer better understand their role as supervisors and better lead their employees. "The HCM tool was a way to help our managers feel empowered to manage," Berger says.

    Companies that can't afford an extensive IT department often look to outsourcing for financial relief. But as contributor and CIO Celso Mello writes, companies aren't going to save a lot of money with outsourcing if they just hand off work to the outsourcer. Instead, the provider and customer need to discuss what work should be prioritized.

    If outsourcing is one misunderstood trend, then data science is certainly another. "Despite all the hype, data science jobs aren't in high demand," writes Ed Burns, site editor of SearchBusinessAnalytics. "The fact is there's more call these days for data engineers." In his column, Burns takes a look at the numbers of Google searches for data scientist and data engineer, contrasts them with the numbers of job postings for the same terms and posits why the disparity between hype and reality exists. Continue Reading

  • IT sees little demand for complex mobile apps

    These days, plenty of desktop apps have a mobile equivalent or can be converted. But mobilizing business-critical apps may be futile. Continue Reading

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  • An introduction to cloud computing security certifications

    Experts Ed Tittel and Mary Kyle examine the growing number of cloud computing security certifications, both vendor-neutral and vendor-specific. Continue Reading

  • Six hot data storage trends for 2015

    For 12 years, Storage magazine has presented its roster of new data storage trends that are ready to have an impact in data centers. We’ll tell you why VMware VVOLs, all-flash arrays, cloud disaster recovery, flash caching, server SANs and hybrid arrays should be on your short list for storage technology refreshes.

    Admins struggled with backing up virtual machines (VMs), until vendors responded with updated suites and new backup apps especially for VMs. But there were more basic issues with supporting virtual environments with traditional SAN and NAS systems. A handful of startups stepped up with arrays that shed the paradigms of the past in favor of a hypervisor-centric approach. Find out what life after LUNs is all about.

    Our ninth annual Quality Awards survey for tape libraries reveals our readers' choices for the midrange and enterprise libraries that stand out in their environments.

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  • Choosing server management tools to fit your data center

    Homogeneous system management tools provide excruciating detail on servers, but in some circumstances, heterogeneous tools are a better choice. Continue Reading

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