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  • Big data in motion

    Organizations of all shapes and sizes are finding that moving large data sets around presents a number of network challenges. So what are the problems, the solutions and the workarounds? In this SearchCIO handbook, we confront the obstacles posed by big data in motion. In our cover story, SearchCIO Senior News Writer Nicole Laskowski dives into the gigantic data sets in the biomedical research field, uncovering how top-level IT executives derive value from information on the move while vanquishing data bottlenecks.

    Also in this handbook, Executive Editor Linda Tucci profiles Penn Medicine and its governance-heavy approach to managing big data and high-performance computing. Laskowski also delivers a report from the recent Strata Conference + Hadoop World, looking at Facebook's relational database and sharing the thoughts of big data leaders on the future of analytics.

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  • Enabling workforce mobility

    Enabling workforce mobility goes beyond purchasing smartphones and tablets for enterprise staff or initiating bring your own device (BYOD) programs. The task at hand for progress-minded CIOs is enabling digital business through the use of these new technologies.

    In this SearchCIO handbook, expert contributor Harvey Koeppel explains that workforce mobility has existed since the word "peddler" was coined, but CIOs must embrace new strategies in order to aim these devices at business needs. We also share results from our recent IT Salary and Careers Survey, which indicate that BYOD will continue to be a big deal on the enterprise agenda in 2014. Forrester Research analyst Nigel Fenwick takes us home with his column on digital transformation, discerning the role that CIOs must play to ensure that organizations are playing to their digital strengths while minimizing their weaknesses.

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      • Extending the reach of enterprise security management

        In today's extended enterprise, cloud computing is redefining traditional supply chains, data is a currency as well as a risk point and the bring-your-own movement around applications, services and devices is muddying the dividing line between "home" and "office." How can CIOs protect their organizations while also maintaining the flexibility their employees crave? In this SearchCIO handbook, Editorial Director Christina Torode interviews CIOs and analysts for their advice on securing the extended enterprise in its myriad shapes, sizes and technological maturity levels. In addition, CIO Niel Nickolaisen shares his experiences with extending the reach of enterprise security management initiatives while also guaranteeing ease of use. Finally, Forrester analyst Andrew Rose discusses the importance of building a "human firewall" to ensure that everybody has a stake in keeping the enterprise safe.

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      • IT service management and delivery for the CIO

        In the age of self-provisioning, some CIOs may wonder whether their role is about to go the way of the dinosaur. But the CIOs and experts we spoke to for this SearchCIO handbook on IT service management delivery say otherwise -- in fact, they argue, the movement toward self-service IT makes the CIO more relevant than ever. In our first piece, SearchCIO Executive Editor Linda Tucci speaks to professionals steeped in IT service management and delivery and concludes that, if your ITSM strategy isn't making money for the business, then it's time to go back to the drawing board. In our second piece, expert Harvey Koeppel illustrates the exponential effect that a flood of new tools is having upon IT service management and delivery. In our third piece, CIO Niel Nickolaisen explains why CIOs are in prime position to deliver on the IT service levels that today's hybridized user-consumers expect.

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      • The small business cloud atlas

        For as long as smaller companies have been using Gmail and Google Drive, businesses have successfully (and unsuccessfully) adapted to the cloud landscape. But “good enough” isn’t safe or smart, and with omnipresent privacy concerns, it’s crucial that SMBs get a handle on just how much of their sensitive and proprietary data is floating around the Internet.

        In the first piece in this SMB Cloud handbook from SearchCIO-Midmarket, author Christine Parizo looks at how the “bring your own cloud” movement is creating security and compliance headaches for IT, and offers suggestions for reining in these rogue environments. In our second piece, Senior Features Writer Karen Goulart talks to boots-on-the-ground CIOs about their cloud adoption strategies and the benefits they’ve reaped. In our third piece, contributor Vanessa James discusses the advantages cloud computing offers nonprofit organizations.

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      • Mobilizing the enterprise

        Organizations are striving to find new ways to accommodate bring-your-own-device programs -- but mobilizing the enterprise is about more than servicing the latest smartphone or tablet employees crave. In this SearchCIO handbook, we examine how mobile-minded enterprises are tackling customer engagement, productivity and business processes. In our first piece, Executive Editor Linda Tucci spotlights Michael Relich, CIO at fashion retailer Guess?, whose new app provides buyers and merchandising teams with real-time access to powerful analytics. Features Writer Karen Goulart checks in with analyst Jack Gold and gets his six recommendations for establishing a bring-your-own-application program. Finally, Forrester Research Inc. analysts Simon Yates and Clay Richardson examine how mobilizing the enterprise can dovetail with much-needed business process reengineering.

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      • Tiered storage strategies for a data-driven world

        Some experts believe that tiered storage strategies improve enterprise CIOs' ability to meet business goals, maximize data storage and contain the associated costs. Others argue that tiered storage may not be the right approach in today's data-driven world due to additional costs and complexities. In this SearchCIO handbook, we examine all sides of the tiered storage equation. In our first piece, storage expert Jon Toigo looks at why tiered storage strategies are experiencing a renaissance in a performance-hungry business setting. In our second piece, Toigo delves into the practical challenges of tiered storage – namely, how to accommodate burgeoning big data sets through storage tiering, reclamation and virtualization efforts. In our third piece, consultant Benjamin S. Woo asks how many tiers modern organizations need -- and the answer may be fewer than you think.

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      • Leveraging data for competitive advantage

        What's the big deal about analyzing big datasets? Companies have used business intelligence and business analytics for years to give them insight into the effectiveness of their operations – and now, there's a growing interest in how organizations are leveraging data for competitive advantage.

        This handbook examines why the volume and variety of data available to companies -- and the velocity at which the data is coming -- is not only changing how some companies do business intelligence but also transforming how they do business, period. Our lead story looks at how data warehousing architecture is shying away from the monolithic enterprise data warehouse in favor of flexibility. There's also an interview with Erik Brynjolfsson, director of the MIT Center for Digital Business, on the big data management revolution. Finally, we discuss some of the finer points of big data mining.

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      • Personalizing your customer experience strategy

        In our evolved markets, a CIO should be concerned with every customer's experience – because with the availability and always-on nature of business today, turning to another retailer or service provider is as easy as searching Google for someone who can provide the service your customers expect. Access this exclusive, expert handbook to learn how CIOs can design a unique customer experience strategy to make certain that every customer’s experience feels unique and custom-tailored to their individual needs.

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      • IT service management and delivery for the CIO

        In the age of self-provisioning, some CIOs may wonder whether their role is about to go the way of the dinosaur. But the CIOs and experts we spoke to for this SearchCIO handbook on IT service management delivery say otherwise -- in fact, they argue, the movement toward self-service IT makes the CIO more relevant than ever. In our first piece, SearchCIO Executive Editor Linda Tucci speaks to professionals steeped in IT service management and delivery and concludes that, if your ITSM strategy isn't making money for the business, then it's time to go back to the drawing board. In our second piece, expert Harvey Koeppel illustrates the exponential effect that a flood of new tools is having upon IT service management and delivery. In our third piece, CIO Niel Nickolaisen explains why CIOs are in prime position to deliver on the IT service levels that today's hybridized user-consumers expect.

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      • Tips for architecting an Agile enterprise

        In order to stay competitive in today’s dynamic business environment, organizations must adopt Agile practices that allow them to recognize project flaws and make changes on a dime. And when you consider the pervasiveness of consumer mobile computing, running an Agile enterprise is more important than ever. This handbook takes an in-depth look at the relationship between Agile business practices and mobile computing. Inside, learn more about the balancing act that many modern businesses face when trying to provide a quick turnaround for mobile applications on a limited budget.

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      • Extending the reach of enterprise security management

        In today's extended enterprise, cloud computing is redefining traditional supply chains, data is a currency as well as a risk point and the bring-your-own movement around applications, services and devices is muddying the dividing line between "home" and "office." How can CIOs protect their organizations while also maintaining the flexibility their employees crave? In this SearchCIO handbook, Editorial Director Christina Torode interviews CIOs and analysts for their advice on securing the extended enterprise in its myriad shapes, sizes and technological maturity levels. In addition, CIO Niel Nickolaisen shares his experiences with extending the reach of enterprise security management initiatives while also guaranteeing ease of use. Finally, Forrester analyst Andrew Rose discusses the importance of building a "human firewall" to ensure that everybody has a stake in keeping the enterprise safe.

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      • Effective techniques for small business security

        Think your company is too small to be hacked? Think again. SMBs are just as exposed to risk as the enterprise when it comes to today’s top security threats. Explore this expert handbook that discloses big security strategies uniquely designed for SMBs and learn why lackluster small business security strategies have left small business suffering from serious data loss consequences.

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      • Big data in motion

        Organizations of all shapes and sizes are finding that moving large data sets around presents a number of network challenges. So what are the problems, the solutions and the workarounds? In this SearchCIO handbook, we confront the obstacles posed by big data in motion. In our cover story, SearchCIO Senior News Writer Nicole Laskowski dives into the gigantic data sets in the biomedical research field, uncovering how top-level IT executives derive value from information on the move while vanquishing data bottlenecks.

        Also in this handbook, Executive Editor Linda Tucci profiles Penn Medicine and its governance-heavy approach to managing big data and high-performance computing. Laskowski also delivers a report from the recent Strata Conference + Hadoop World, looking at Facebook's relational database and sharing the thoughts of big data leaders on the future of analytics.

        View E-Handbook
      • Leveraging data for competitive advantage

        What's the big deal about analyzing big datasets? Companies have used business intelligence and business analytics for years to give them insight into the effectiveness of their operations – and now, there's a growing interest in how organizations are leveraging data for competitive advantage.

        This handbook examines why the volume and variety of data available to companies -- and the velocity at which the data is coming -- is not only changing how some companies do business intelligence but also transforming how they do business, period. Our lead story looks at how data warehousing architecture is shying away from the monolithic enterprise data warehouse in favor of flexibility. There's also an interview with Erik Brynjolfsson, director of the MIT Center for Digital Business, on the big data management revolution. Finally, we discuss some of the finer points of big data mining.

        View E-Handbook
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      • Tiered storage strategies for a data-driven world

        Some experts believe that tiered storage strategies improve enterprise CIOs' ability to meet business goals, maximize data storage and contain the associated costs. Others argue that tiered storage may not be the right approach in today's data-driven world due to additional costs and complexities. In this SearchCIO handbook, we examine all sides of the tiered storage equation. In our first piece, storage expert Jon Toigo looks at why tiered storage strategies are experiencing a renaissance in a performance-hungry business setting. In our second piece, Toigo delves into the practical challenges of tiered storage – namely, how to accommodate burgeoning big data sets through storage tiering, reclamation and virtualization efforts. In our third piece, consultant Benjamin S. Woo asks how many tiers modern organizations need -- and the answer may be fewer than you think.

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      • Enabling workforce mobility

        Enabling workforce mobility goes beyond purchasing smartphones and tablets for enterprise staff or initiating bring your own device (BYOD) programs. The task at hand for progress-minded CIOs is enabling digital business through the use of these new technologies.

        In this SearchCIO handbook, expert contributor Harvey Koeppel explains that workforce mobility has existed since the word "peddler" was coined, but CIOs must embrace new strategies in order to aim these devices at business needs. We also share results from our recent IT Salary and Careers Survey, which indicate that BYOD will continue to be a big deal on the enterprise agenda in 2014. Forrester Research analyst Nigel Fenwick takes us home with his column on digital transformation, discerning the role that CIOs must play to ensure that organizations are playing to their digital strengths while minimizing their weaknesses.

        View E-Handbook
      • Mobilizing the enterprise

        Organizations are striving to find new ways to accommodate bring-your-own-device programs -- but mobilizing the enterprise is about more than servicing the latest smartphone or tablet employees crave. In this SearchCIO handbook, we examine how mobile-minded enterprises are tackling customer engagement, productivity and business processes. In our first piece, Executive Editor Linda Tucci spotlights Michael Relich, CIO at fashion retailer Guess?, whose new app provides buyers and merchandising teams with real-time access to powerful analytics. Features Writer Karen Goulart checks in with analyst Jack Gold and gets his six recommendations for establishing a bring-your-own-application program. Finally, Forrester Research Inc. analysts Simon Yates and Clay Richardson examine how mobilizing the enterprise can dovetail with much-needed business process reengineering.

        View E-Handbook
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      • The small business cloud atlas

        For as long as smaller companies have been using Gmail and Google Drive, businesses have successfully (and unsuccessfully) adapted to the cloud landscape. But “good enough” isn’t safe or smart, and with omnipresent privacy concerns, it’s crucial that SMBs get a handle on just how much of their sensitive and proprietary data is floating around the Internet.

        In the first piece in this SMB Cloud handbook from SearchCIO-Midmarket, author Christine Parizo looks at how the “bring your own cloud” movement is creating security and compliance headaches for IT, and offers suggestions for reining in these rogue environments. In our second piece, Senior Features Writer Karen Goulart talks to boots-on-the-ground CIOs about their cloud adoption strategies and the benefits they’ve reaped. In our third piece, contributor Vanessa James discusses the advantages cloud computing offers nonprofit organizations.

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      • Small business mobility meets big business needs

        Mobility innovations are flying high in the SMB space. In many ways, the BYOD revolution started in small business mobility. When it comes to mobile, bigger is not necessarily better. Learn how SMB movers and shakers are using BYOD and mobile applications to conduct business at light speed while keeping costs in check.

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