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      • The Open Group - Cloud Computing guide to interoperability and portability

        Cloud computing underpins an important part of economic activity today, and has the potential to make a major contribution to future growth. To deliver its anticipated benefits, it must be easy to use and cost-efficient. This means that enterprises and individuals must be able to use cloud products and services as far as possible “off the shelf”. The products and services should work together, and minimal effort should be needed to incorporate them into a user’s systems. This is the case for the basic Internet, but not yet for the additional components that constitute the cloud. Lack of portability of and interoperability between these components could mean that the potential of cloud computing is not fulfilled. This guide analyses cloud computing portability and interoperability. It makes recommendations to customers on how best to achieve portability and interoperability when working with current cloud products and services. It makes recommendations to suppliers and standards bodies on how standards and best practice should evolve to enable greater portability and interoperability in the future.

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      • WAN Speak Musings – Volume II

        The network is a dynamic place and the knock-on impact on the rest of IT is more than just a case of occasional lost connectivity or slow response. This report contains 11 short articles that look not just at direct wide area network (WAN)issues, but also at other areas of the ITC platform and the possible impact on an organisation.

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      • Business Reimagined

        Are you happy with the way you work? Are you engaged, energised in the office? Or do you sometimes feel that your days are dominated by process and technology? Reimagining business is about waking up to a new environment, based on collaborative and flexible working, on technology that, used correctly, liberates rather than constrains. The future of work must be based on being open, on focusing on results, not process and on empowerment, not hierarchy. Dave Coplin, Chief Envisioning Officer at Microsoft UK, has been immersed in the technologies that are making waves in the workplace.

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      • The Future of Corporate IT

        Business leaders have set aggressive 20% improvement targets for productivity. But IT’s traditional approach to driving productivity through process automation is running out of steam. IT leaders who fail to adapt to the new work environment will leave their organizations at a competitive disadvantage as productivity lags. By 2017, the realities of the new work environment and pressure to grow employee productivity will present five opportunities for IT

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      • SAP HANA at the center of future company's technology plans

        For decades following its inception in 1972, SAP has built and burnished its reputation as a maker of ERP software. Over the years, however, SAP has sought to move past a reputation of being a major player in on-premises ERP by embracing more cutting-edge technologies including mobility, analytics and cloud to meet changing customer demands and expectations.

        Nowhere is SAP staking its future success more than on its SAP HANA in-memory database platform, which SAP created to allow customers to run analytical and transactional processing off of the same in-memory database -- all at hyper-fast speeds. This guide takes an in-depth look at how SAP is remaking its ERP software in the SAP HANA model, what makes it unique and what customers need to know about the potential -- and the pitfalls -- of the technology.

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      • Understanding the benefits of in-memory technology for SAP environments

        One of the most exciting technologies in the market today is in-memory. It holds the potential to make running SAP applications more efficient, and enable businesses to execute processes more effectively. In-memory is a huge part of SAP’s product strategy going forward. Read this e-book to understand the opportunities in-memory technology presents and how to take advantage of it in your organization.

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      • How to evaluate managed SAP hosting providers and design an SLA

        In this e-book, experts share their advice on the things that can make or break an SAP managed hosting project. Readers will learn about the current market for managed hosting providers, what to include in an SLA, and the key considerations when selecting a provider. Read this e-book to find out why SAP hosting makes sense for your organization.

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      • Developing a mission-critical SAP hardware strategy

        Read this e-book and learn how reducing SAP hardware complexity can increase the performance of a SAP landscape and key considerations for designing or upgrading your hardware infrastructure. Additionally, hear from experts about best practices for running a virtualized SAP infrastructure.

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      • Revamping and optimizing your SAP GRC strategy

        GRC is by now a well-known concept but processes for keeping track of it are still in the nascent stages at some companies, with many companies still using Excel or SharePoint for reporting purposes. Get advice on how to get started with GRC software within the SAP landscape, and how to use the software to achieve a successful compliance strategy.

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      • Gaining control of order management processes

        In this e-book, designed for business and IT professionals, find out more about using technology to gain control of sales order management processes. Learn how to navigate the many technology choices and choose between on-premise or SaaS/cloud options. And get key considerations and best practices for optimizing sales order processes.

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      • Enterprise applications and SAP server virtualization

        There's a lot to consider when choosing servers for SAP software, including differences among vendors. In this handbook, get a comprehensive look at the best practices for sizing and other functional requirements that can affect performance. Lastly, learn what SAP users interested in virtualization should ask VMware and SAP's other virtualization partners.

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      • Set up for success with an ERP upgrade project plan

        March 2012, Iss. 1

        Includes:
        • ERP versus 'best of breed' BI tools: what’s the right fit?
        • BI, collaboration lead SaaS trends
        • Master the five success factors for ERP upgrades
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      • MDM in SAP environments: A strategic guide

        MDM has experienced a rise in popularity, with SAP planning to lead the market in master data synchronization to help customers achieve lower TCO in running SAP. Uncover SAP's multiple product approach to MDM as well as changes in their strategy and gain insight on MDM in SAP environments, including how to design a team for your MDM implementation project.

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      • Getting started with an SAP MDM initiative

        Ensuring that your SAP MDM initiative is successful requires a few tips and tricks. In this e-book, you'll learn, among other things, why today's economic climate may help you make the business case for SAP MDM and why fixing broken business processes that are hamstrung by inconsistent data is so important.

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      • Can SAP move to the tune of enterprise mobility?

        With smartphones glued to a significant percentage of the global population, it's obvious that SAP -- with mobility a central pillar of the company's enterprise resource planning strategy -- is on to something. And, if the development of its new Fiori mobile apps is any indication, the company is just getting started.

        In this three-part guide, our editors take a hard look at how SAP is handling enterprise mobility. To begin, SearchSAP sat down with Jamie Anderson, global vice president of customer relationship management marketing at SAP, to discuss how CRM mobile applications are affecting sales processes in organizations. Next, China Martens, an independent business applications analyst, drills down on Fiori. The collection of mobile applications lies at the heart of SAP's ERP and mobility strategy and offers customers the option to adopt software aimed solely at simplifying their ERP user experience. Martens also examines the HANA-related growing pains preventing more widespread adoption of the software. To close, readers will dive head-first into SAP's focus on mobility as the starting point for application development. To close, Site Editor Todd Morrison examines the new SAP Enterprise Performance Management on-demand applications -- the first of these "mobile-first" applications.

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      • Going mobile on SAP: Where to begin

        As mobile computing becomes increasingly popular throughout today's IT landscape, companies that use SAP are struggling to get their processes running on smartphones and tablets. Fortunately, with the right planning and the proper tools, a mobile strategy can yield an impressive array of benefits - and save you time and money. Check out this expert handbook to learn more!

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      • How to optimize supply chain management in SAP environments

        It's getting more and more difficult for SAP customers to contain the costs of supply chain management. This e-book looks at the technologies and techniques that SAP customers are using to optimize their sourcing processes and to make their supply chains as efficient as possible.

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      • Understanding SAP's social media collaboration, analytics software

        Nowadays, companies no longer have to guess what their customers think about their products or services. Customers are taking to social media channels like Twitter to praise, rant or just ask questions, all in real time. This presents unique challenges for companies as they struggle to make the best use of the information. SAP has a number of products designed to help interpret trends playing out on social media channels, but how well do they work, and how do they compare to the competition? How can companies decide if they really need this kind of software? This handbook looks at all those issues, and how social is infiltrating other parts of SAP's portfolio, such as the Jam social collaboration platform.

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      • Extending SAP workflow: Getting more out of your application

        Read this short e-book to discover what your different choices are when it comes to add-ons for SAP Workflow, including mobile options. Then, continue reading to uncover seven questions you should ask when you're evaluating SAP add-ons and how they can help you make the most of your applications.

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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 Applications Digest

    Essential resources for business and IT professionals tasked with designing an enterprise-wide business applications strategy – covering issues on cloud vs. on-premise applications, evaluation and purchase tips, implementation and upgrade best practices.

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  • 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.

  • Cloud storage challenges and choices

    Our comprehensive e-book tackles the cloud storage challenges and business decisions that surround cloud storage investments, and breaks them into three areas of concentration: architecture, availability and return on investment.

    Get the latest updates on architectural choices when using the cloud for storage, including cloud controllers and application programming interfaces. We provide a short list of technical capabilities to look for in a cloud controller and questions to ask your service provider. Learn which metrics your peers are using to determine if cloud storage projects are meeting their potential, and what sort of service levels you can expect from providers or hybrid projects. Discover how to leverage the most cutting-edge cloud technologies and how not to get taken advantage of when choosing a cloud storage strategy/service.

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  • The Open Group - Cloud Computing guide to interoperability and portability

    Cloud computing underpins an important part of economic activity today, and has the potential to make a major contribution to future growth. To deliver its anticipated benefits, it must be easy to use and cost-efficient. This means that enterprises and individuals must be able to use cloud products and services as far as possible “off the shelf”. The products and services should work together, and minimal effort should be needed to incorporate them into a user’s systems. This is the case for the basic Internet, but not yet for the additional components that constitute the cloud. Lack of portability of and interoperability between these components could mean that the potential of cloud computing is not fulfilled. This guide analyses cloud computing portability and interoperability. It makes recommendations to customers on how best to achieve portability and interoperability when working with current cloud products and services. It makes recommendations to suppliers and standards bodies on how standards and best practice should evolve to enable greater portability and interoperability in the future.

  • WAN Speak Musings – Volume II

    The network is a dynamic place and the knock-on impact on the rest of IT is more than just a case of occasional lost connectivity or slow response. This report contains 11 short articles that look not just at direct wide area network (WAN)issues, but also at other areas of the ITC platform and the possible impact on an organisation.

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