Hofstadter’s law is the observation that “It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law.” In other words, time estimates for how long anything will take to accomplish always fall short of the actual time required — even when the time allotment is increased to compensate for the human tendency to underestimate it. Continued…
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“Once you realize that time is your most important asset, it becomes clear that you have to be stingy about what you take on.” – Kevin Beaver
Time management strategies for the IT pro
To get the most out of your IT career, time management skills are critical for IT professionals to have. Hone your talents with these time-management best practices and get the most out of every working minute.
Can time management improve productivity of QA testers?
QA time management is not a contradiction in terms. Expert Amy Reichert shares her secrets with QA testers to end testing procrastination forever.
How to estimate project completion times
To determine the duration of an individual task or calculate when a project will complete, Lawrence Oliva suggests using your expert judgment, top-down estimating, and parametric formulas such as PERT.
Top 10 time management tips
Do you have a time management problem? Use these ten tips to see if you do and solve the problem.
Prioritize your IT tasks and finally conquer your to-do list
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by a growing to-do list of IT tasks, but there are easy steps you can take to decide what to tackle first and what can wait.
Access governance (AG) is an aspect of information technology (IT) security management that seeks to reduce the risks associated with end users who have unnecessary access privileges. Continued…
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“All types of organizations are discovering that they need much greater visibility into who can access their key resources — and maintain stronger policies and controls over employees who no longer need to access task-specific information.” – Travis Greene
How IAM can address unstructured content security risks
Unstructured content is difficult to locate and manage. Learn how your enterprise can apply identity and access management and improve security controls.
User provisioning best practices: Access recertification
User provisioning best practices dictate that user access needs to be continually monitored to make sure no one has access to anything they shouldn’t — known as access recertification. Learn more about how to implement this process in this expert tip.
Companies falling behind on IT access governance, survey finds
IT access governance is becoming a major problem, according to a new Ponemon Institute survey. Many enterprises are having trouble keeping pace with access changes as the result of cloud computing, outsourcing and a greater reliance on independent contractors.
Best practices: How to implement and maintain enterprise user roles
Checklist: Learn the steps necessary for a successful enterprise user role management implementation.
Access control compliance and corporate governance considerations
Learn about access control compliance considerations and how to help your client stay compliant when implementing access control technologies.
Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) is the convergence of IT and building facilities functions within an organization. The goal of a DCIM initiative is to provide administrators with a holistic view of a data center’s performance so that energy, equipment and floor space are used as efficiently as possible. Continued…
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“With DCIM, many corporations have been through the early deployment stage, understand the potential pain points, and realize that successfully deploying DCIM solutions is a lot of work.” – Jennifer Cooke
Evolving DCIM market shows automation, convergence top IT’s wish list
The DCIM market evolves as IT teams look for new capabilities in data center management tools, ranging from greater automation to predictive analytics.
Users, experts speak out about DCIM tools
Users and experts explore their thoughts on the usefulness and future of DCIM tools.
Next-gen DCIM software holds insights for data center groups
DCIM software unifies facilities and IT with comprehensive data center monitoring. Next-gen tools even tell the business about available capacity and green IT.
Early DCIM software users pay more than Johnny-come-latelies
The TCO for DCIM software has dropped by 40% in three years as enterprises find ways to bring IT and facilities teams together in the data center.
DCIM vendors’ promises vs. data center realities
DCIM vendors and products are volatile today, giving some enterprise IT shops pause about whether DCIM’s promised future benefits are worth today’s cost and integration hassles.
Sock puppet marketing is the use of a false identity to artificially stimulate demand for a product, brand or service. Continued…
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“It sounds harmless, but don’t be fooled. Sock puppetry on social media outlets is not only unscrupulous, but it may be illegal in some cases.” – Laura Aberle
Using social media so your brand awareness strategy strikes it hot
Visibility, relevance and velocity are three key areas to measure in using social media for your brand awareness strategy.
Using social media for business: Terms you should know
Social media offers new ways for enterprises to collaborate with consumers. Here’s a roundup of terms related to using social media for business, from the basics to newer concepts.
Internal social CRM strategies, personality seen as building brand awareness
Social CRM is still about business strategy and customer satisfaction, but the social part brings a whole new element to traditional CRM. Find out how Dell and three other companies leverage social CRM to build brand awareness with social media tools.
Choosing the right social media branding strategy
Social media branding strategy can help businesses generate publicity and build consumer loyalty, but there’s no one-size-fits-all approach for this component of modern marketing.
Customer engagement strategies hinge on social media savvy
Social media is gaining importance in customer engagement strategies, but many sales teams struggle with how to take full advantage of social tools.
Digital transformation is the reinvention of an organization through the use of digital technology to improve the way it performs and serves its constituents. Digital refers to the use of technology that generates, stores and processes data. Continued…
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“Because digital transformation won’t look the same from one business to the next, starting small gives CIOs the opportunity to experiment so you can capitalize on those that take off and kill those that don’t.” – Gerald C. Kane
Digital transformation to be major theme in ONUG 2016 fall conference
ONUG co-founder Nick Lippis discusses major topics that will be covered during the ONUG 2016 fall conference. Hint: Digital transformation.
Digital transformation initiatives reap business value
Digital transformation initiatives can help organizations streamline their communications and improve employee workflows.
2016 channel trends: Digital transformation to alter relationships
Channel trends in 2016 will include digital transformation, cloud management, IT security and the Internet of Things.
How ‘digital empowerment’ of users can speed business transformation
In this video interview, Allison Mnookin, CEO at QuickBase Inc., explains the value of digital empowerment.
Without an ITSM strategy, there is no digital transformation
Top-notch ITSM practices, far from being a roadblock to digital transformation, are the CIO’s key to delivering radical business change.
A sales funnel, also called a purchase funnel, is the visual representation of a how a sale proceeds in a linear fashion from customer awareness to customer action. Continued…
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“The sales funnel — that inverse-pyramid-shaped image that depicts the pool of prospects that marketers are supposed to entice then shunt over to sales — has become a key tool in nurturing prospects, then converting them into customers.” – Lauren Horwitz
Salesforce Analytics Cloud gives the sales funnel a B-12 shot
Sales and marketing are known for misalignment. Here’s how two companies use the Salesforce Analytics Cloud to come together and fix the sales funnel.
How marketers are reining in the sales funnel process
Marketing teams can no longer rely on a linear, sequential sales funnel process. Can sales funnel management tools harness erratic customer journeys?
Tactics for fixing the sales funnel and finding ROI
Many companies want ROI from the sales funnel, but they’re still stuck treating it as a dumping ground for low-value leads. Find out how to turn that around.
Sales-marketing alignment fuels successful account-based marketing
Account-based marketing is taking the industry by storm. Find out if this strategy is the right fit for your business.
Can predictive analytics make sales funnel management work?
Better sales funnel management is core to company growth and sales efficiency. How can predictive analytics help sales teams get there? Expert Steve Robins has insights.
Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) is a delivery model in which a variety of communication and collaboration applications and services are outsourced to a third-party provider and delivered over an IP network, usually the public Internet. Continued…
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“Not only does UCaaS make life easier for IT, but the business becomes more agile as employees now have the tools to work more productively.” – Jon Arnold
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Evaluating UCaaS providers with three key criteria
When shopping for UCaaS providers, be sure to evaluate vendors’ flexibility of offerings, cloud expertise, and the different deployment models available.
How to evaluate cloud unified communications services
Learn to choose which cloud unified communications services provide the best, most secure work-anywhere capabilities to your employees.
UC as a service emerging as a viable deployment model
In this article, telephony expert Jon Arnold examines how UC as a service evolved from premises-based unified communications for the enterprise.
Comparing the top UC cloud products and providers
With their cloud products, unified communications vendors offer a wide array of features. Find out which providers and services meet your business needs.
Server hardware degradation is the gradual breakdown of the physical parts of a server. There are several general areas where server degradation problems occur including power, temperature, management and memory. The electric components inside servers age over time, and heat sinks and fans get clogged with dust, reducing the server’s efficiency and performance. Continued…
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“Rapid advances in server peripherals, such as networking and storage, create a dilemma for IT shops: should they replace or upgrade older servers?” – Jim O’Reilly
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Three indicators that could signal database performance issues
Tools that can find and fix the cause of performance degradation are vital for organizations experiencing database performance issues.
Virtual server bottlenecks among data storage problems
Virtual server performance bottlenecks remain one of many nagging data storage problems, but there are ways to identify bottlenecks and performance-robbing configuration issues.
Six things that can wreck storage system performance
Storage system performance bottlenecks can occur in different places. Here are six areas that can help you pinpoint the sources of your performance bottlenecks and eliminate them.
Why is virtual server capacity planning so difficult?
Virtual server capacity planning is difficult, and IT admins must rely on virtualization-aware management tools to ensure they can accurately track and predict resource use.
A cloud storage infrastructure is the hardware and software framework that supports the computing requirements of a private or public cloud storage service. Both public and private cloud storage infrastructures are known for their elasticity, scalability and flexibility. Continued…
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“A private or public cloud storage infrastructure flips that script with options designed to have elastic compute, networking and storage capabilities.” – Marc Staimer
Best-kept secrets for implementing storage infrastructure models
Take a brief survey and gain industry secrets on how to implement storage technologies in new infrastructure models. Tips on how to buy, vendor comparisons, and best use cases are all included!
The cloud storage infrastructure decision: Public vs. private
Thinking of replacing traditional storage with a cloud storage infrastructure? Consider possible drawbacks before deciding on a public vs. private cloud.
Advantages of using an object storage system
Learn the advantages of implementing an object storage system in your data storage environment, including unlimited scalability, lower emphasis on processing and high-capacity networks, access via Internet protocols and custom metadata.
More companies turn to cloud storage service providers
Companies are turning to cloud storage service providers primarily for backup, but also disaster recovery, file sharing and archiving. Security remains a concern.
What are some considerations around cloud object storage performance?
Cloud object storage has a low cost compared to file or block storage in the cloud, but slow performance often makes the technology a better option for nearline data.
Cloud service migration is the process of transitioning an organization’s data and perhaps other business elements from one cloud service provider to another. Continued…
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“Cloud migration is not about moving a single virtual machine from your on-premises data center, but about relocating an important, working service.” – Ofir Nachmani
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To cloud or not to cloud: What’s your cloud migration strategy?
Migrating to the cloud isn’t an all-or-nothing proposition. CIOs and IT teams must consider budgets, hardware, and network architecture before going all in.
Build an application migration plan to stay on course for cloud
An application migration plan for cloud computing can predict problems before they happen. Learn these five options for migrating an application to the cloud.
Five ways to migrate data to a cloud archive service provider
Learn five ways to move on-premises data to a cloud archive service provider. Options include manual migration, seeding and cloud-integrated storage.
A look at the cloud migration challenges enterprises could face
Cloud migration challenges are something any organization moving to cloud will have to hurdle. Here’s what to look out for.