“Ideally, companies should integrate their business planning across multiple departments within each line of business (which is hard to do) and across lines of business that must work together — which is even harder.” — Barry Wilderman
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is integrated business planning (IBP), a strategy for connecting the planning functions of each department in an organization to align operations and strategy with the organization’s financial performance.
“Unfortunately, some apps can’t or shouldn’t be virtualized. For instance, kernel-based device drivers won’t work with any of the application virtualization products on the market today. Adobe Acrobat, for example, which has a printer driver, can’t be virtualized. “— Bridget Botelho
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is application virtualization, which separates the installation of an application from the client computer that is accessing it. There are two types of application virtualization: remote and streaming. Remote applications run on a server and end user devices view and interact with applications over a network by using a remote display protocol. With streaming applications, the virtualized application is actually executed on the end user’s computing device. When an application is requested, the required components are downloaded to the local computer on demand.
“Because shared-nothing live migrations take longer and put a larger strain on the network, they aren’t automated. Instead, most admins will start the process manually as part of a maintenance activity or other operational change.” — Alastair Cooke
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is shared-nothing live migration, a feature of Microsoft Hyper-V 3.0 and VMware vSphere 5.1 that allows a virtual machine (VM) to be moved from one physical server with direct-attached storage to another physical server with direct-attached storage.
“While DevOps just handles deployment, WebOps goes further into managing the business activity of the application. It ensures proper infrastructure capacity for that process, automating systems software in general — including data base servers, CRM systems and ERP systems.” — Matt Heusser
“Consider gamifying your knowledge management system. A badge that says this person is really knowledgeable about a product or process is one of the truly valuable badges in any company, and it gives status to your best employees and your best contributing customers.” — Denis Pombriant
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is knowlege management. Knowledge management involves data mining and some method of operation to push information to users. A knowledge management plan involves a survey of corporate goals and a close examination of the tools, both traditional and technical, that are required for addressing the needs of the company. The challenge of selecting a knowledge management system is to purchase or build software that fits the context of the overall plan and encourages employees to use the system and share information.
“One of the main attractions of traditional NAS is its simplicity. The systems are easy to install, configure, manage and operate, especially in environments of modest scale.” — Carol Sliwa
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is network-attached storage (NAS), a dedicated hard disk storage device that is set up with its own network address and provides file-based data storage services to other devices on the network.
“Social media listening has, by many measures, replaced focus groups and phone surveys. But those old-school approaches still have a role to play, according to marketers and industry observers.” — Sue Hildreth
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is social media listening, the the process of identifying and assessing what is being said about a company, individual, product or brand on the Internet. Sue Hildreth says that both social media and person-to-person information-gathering have value, but social media listening is quickly becoming the primary customer intelligence tool.
In the article referenced above in her quote, she points out several ways to use social media to get consumer insight, including online customer support forums, monitoring tools to gather comments from social outlets such as Facebook and Twitter, and crowdsourcing software that enables customers to suggest new product features and vote on their favorites.
“At first glance, a battle-hardened system administrator might dismiss a new configuration management tool as unnecessary. She can do the same thing with machine images and some shell scripts. This is equivalent to a lumberjack who has just heard about chainsaws and doesn’t see why anyone would ever want more than an ax.” — Andrew Shafer
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Puppet, an open source IT automation tool that allows IT organizations to encode the configuration of services as a policy, which the framework then audits and enforces.
“Don’t recognize a lot of the names? The searches are almost 100% Dancing With The Stars-related searches… People have their priorities.” — Joe Weisenthal
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Google Trends, a search tool that allows the user to see how often specific keywords, subjects and phrases have been queried over a specific period of time.
“In the hyperscale market they’re building their own systems and a single controller is good. It’s one less failure point. For these types of organizations, it costs more to send people out to change a drive than it does to just failover to another server. They want to rack-and-stack and if something breaks they fail the workload over. The server is the unit of failure. In the enterprise the drive or memory module is the unit of failure.” — David Flynn
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is hyperscale computing, a distributed computing environment in which the volume of data and the demand for certain types of workloads can increase exponentially, yet still be accommodated quickly in a cost-effective manner.