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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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      • APIs and cloud application integration strategies today

        Application programming interfaces (APIs) are increasing in popularity as mobile and cloud computing continue to gain traction. Companies such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, and Netflix rely on APIs to connect and integrate with other applications, but managing APIs in your organization can seem like a daunting task.

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      • BPM considerations when making cloud decisions

        Running business process management software in the cloud enables a host of business advantages -- bonding application development and business process support in an integrated cloud model, for example. Using a cloud-based orchestration of applications and data in the cloud can bring dynamic process improvement with lower technology costs. It can also shine a spotlight on the lack of cohesion in an enterprise. That's why industry expert Steve Weissman advocates a business-first approach to BPM in the cloud.

        In this three-part guide, senior architects, CIOs and business leaders will benefit from advice on how to confront concerns and considerations with running cloud BPM software. First, readers will learn about a criterion of cloud computing software selection not as well-known as security, architecture and performance. Next, Weissman takes an in-depth look at how mobile technology and cloud computing trends are affecting the deployment of cloud computing software -- specifically, the implementation of cloud-based Business Process as a Service capabilities and the difference between them and more traditional Software as a Service models. We close with look at strategies for business reinvention.

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      • For BPM, event processing and predictive analytics could be the future

        July 2012, Iss. 4

        Includes:
        • Assessing event-driven initiatives: How to measure success
        • Predictive analytics and event processing: The future of BPM?
        • Juggling events, decisions take more than merely skill
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      • SOA best practices in the mobile age

        In a 2012 survey, 52% of companies indicated that they planned to use service-oriented architecture (SOA) services to support mobile application development. Although SOA is at the foundation of a mobile development platform, developing and deploying solid mobile applications requires more.

        Check out this e-book which outlines two unique approaches -- Back end as a Service (BaaS) and RESTful APIs -- that will enable management and development teams alike to gain a better understanding of the mobile application development process.

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      • Cloud computing for enterprise developers

        If you're an enterprise developer then you're probably familiar with the term "cloud computing," but you may still have questions. In this e-book, you'll learn about the benefits of cloud computing, what it really means to compute in the cloud, some of the different cloud types, and much more. Get you the latest cloud computing information in one place.

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      • Top cloud developer strategies

        Read this SearchSOA.com e-book for an introduction to the two main schools of thought for optimizing cloud application development and today’s top cloud developer strategies. Find out the issues surrounding programming language so you can decide whether to learn a new one for the cloud. Explore the roles that distributed caching, horizontal scaling, relational databases, and mid-cloud changes play in determining your optimal software architecture for the cloud.

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      • Big data in motion: Getting the data to where it's needed

        It's great to have an abundance of data at your hands. But once you have all this big data available, the next step is getting all of it to the analytical engine. And in order to do this, designers must be prepared to rethink existing architectures. This application development handbook will help you learn how to start getting big data where it's needed. Read on and discover more about the changing role of the enterprise architect, new designs for big data and CEP, in-memory data grids, and more.

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      • Dynamic case management's starring role on the BPM stage

        Case management technology has become more widely used among industries, including new areas like supply chain, marketing, and HR. Dynamic case management (DCM) is a new form of this, a collaborative and information-intensive process driven by outside events and requiring frequent response. In this expert handbook, ebizQ contributor Alan R. Earls reveals current dynamic case management trends and explores how the approach is expanding to new fields. Stephanie Mann, ebizQ’s assistant site editor, shares feedback from industry observers about picking the right dynamic case management platform.

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      • E-book: Big Data technology and its impact on data warehousing

        Read this expert e-book by business intelligence visionary Wayne Eckerson and gain insight into the growing adoption rates of big data technology and why companies are finally recognizing its many benefits. Eckerson offers a comparison of open-source options and analytical platforms, and also dives into an analysis on the varying types of processing systems.

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      • Making the business case for dynamic case management

        To reap long-term, widespread benefits from dynamic case management (DCM), it’s important to understand the business benefits and challenges. This e-book takes a look at these facets of DCM and provides expert advice on making the business case for it.

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      • Infrastructure basics for real-world application integration

        As the adoption rate of the cloud continues to rise, today’s businesses are faced with a significant integration issue. Instead of needing to simply stitch together internal data and applications, IT is now faced with integrating internal information with external applications and services. Read this handbook to gain insight on how to overcome this complexity with the right techniques and technologies. Our experts explain some of the top application integration hurdles you could face and offer strategies for avoiding them.

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      • Pushing from mobile to the cloud: Enterprise applications everywhere

        Despite today's constrained financial resources and shortened development cycles, mobile development teams are finding ways to finish projects on time and within budget - but how? Access this exclusive, expert e-book to explore how mobile development teams are leveraging cloud-based technologies to get things done in timely and cost-effective ways. Read on to access three articles discussing the cloud's impact on mobile development, five ways mobile apps teams are using cloud computing and why the cloud complements mobile development. Get your toughest questions answer about mobile in the cloud answered.

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      • Application modernization and business transformation in the Internet age

        As today's organizations race to capitalize on social, mobile and cloud computing trends, will enterprise IT's "ol' reliable"— the mainframe server— weather the storm and survive this latest round of technological innovation? Last time the mainframe's relevance was threatened, service-oriented architecture (SOA), Web services and XML "wrappering" gave the mainframe a much-needed boost of agility, and under the radar, mainframe server technology has continually improved. But what are the experts predicting this time around? Read this expert handbook to learn more about the mainframe's evolving role in modern enterprise IT, get the inside scoop on application modernization, find out how leading companies are approaching modernization projects, and discover the surprising role that business process management (BPM) can play in modernization efforts.

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      • What you need to know now about CEP and BAM

        Complex event processing and business activity monitoring are increasingly attractive tools for helping businesses manage and respond to business "events" -- high-speed, high-volume information shifts -- better than ever before. This handbook introduces readers to CEP and BAM, describes how to boost CEP's power with predictive analytics and offers real-world examples of BAM in action.

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      • Using complex event processing for more intelligent business operations

        Read this e-book for an introduction to complex event processing (CEP). Inside, learn about the role of CEP in intelligent operations, and you'll also get access to a special three-part report on capturing, analyzing and taking action on event data.

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  • Business Information

    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.

  • Business Agility Insights

    Covering the latest business process management (BPM) and service-oriented architecture (SOA) best practices and technology trends designed to help you maximize the agility and efficiency of your business operations.

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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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