Executive Resources

Uncomplicating Unified Communications for SMBs

Source: Ziff Davis
Unified communications (UC) has been making its way into the enterprise for years, but uptake has been slower in the SMB space. Many SMBs are concerned that UC is too expensive, too difficult to set up and maintain—or, worse, they are simply baffled by UC and its benefits. This white paper demystifies UC so that SMBs can gain a competitive advantage and differentiate themselves in a marketplace once dominated by large enterprises.

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Disposing of Digital Debris: Information Governance Strategy and Practice in Action

Information governance (IG)—a critical, cross-functional discipline—focuses on reducing an organization’s data footprint in a controlled and defensible manner. The core of a successful IG program is the automation of repeatable and defensible policies and processes with supporting technology, and people accountable for the transformation.

The need to have a coherent IG program and to begin deletion of digital debris is more pressing now than ever, as data continues to proliferate in volume, velocity, variety, and variability.

Stop Gathering Requirements and Start Building Them

Everything in business solutions is, in a sense, made up of requirements which serve as building blocks for all that "matters" to an organization. This white paper looks at the basic elements of a requirement, for more efficient and cost-effective enterprise software selection and implementation.

The Economic and Strategic Benefits of Cloud Computing

According to a Computer Economics survey, organizations that have fully or largely migrated to the cloud save on average more than 15 percent in IT spending as a percentage of revenue. Savings come not only from a reduction in data center spending, but also from lower IT personnel costs.

Because cloud-based systems reduce the effort needed for ongoing support, cloud users are able to devote a higher percentage of their IT spending to new initiatives. The cost savings, combined with strategic benefits in speed, scalability, and agility, argue in favor of organizations moving aggressively to the cloud.

SteelHead Hybrid Networking

The Internet and the cloud are now a part of business-critical infrastructures. Enterprises are becoming a hybrid of on-premises and off-premises assets. To efficiently support the combined public and private resources, the network itself needs to go hybrid, combining the strengths of the highly reliable multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) with the ubiquity, price, and speed of the Internet. Riverbed’s SteelHead™ hybrid networking enables an excellent user experience for both your on-premises and cloud-based applications and makes your network faster, cheaper, easier to manage, and more reliable at the same time.

IT Evolution to a Hybrid Enterprise Drives the Need for Location-Independent Computing

As enterprise computing has evolved, businesses have been shifting to a "hybrid enterprise" where core applications and data can be located in private data centers and public clouds. The transition to a hybrid environment has created challenges in optimizing application performance because the primary compute location has shifted and become distributed. One of the challenges is that legacy deployment models dictated that there was a single, best computing location.