WAN Optimization for Today and TomorrowMay 19, 2011 at 9:00 AM WAN Optimization has been driven by consolidation - initiatives that continue today and continue to influence WAN optimization technologies. But the world is changing. Web protocols are replacing legacy protocols. Video is becoming a dominant force, driven by consumer technologies and more widespread corporate use. Request Free!Plant EngineeringMay 19, 2011 at 9:00 AM Plant Engineering is a problem-solving resource for industrial plant engineering professionals responsible for the planning, specification, installation, maintenance and operation of industrial plant facilities, utilities, equipment and systems. It provides information to the people who operate and maintain industrial plants and bridges the information gap between engineering education and practical application. Request Free!HR Shared Services: Standardize HR ProcessesMay 19, 2011 at 9:00 AM Based on observations in key HR metrics, this Research Brief will build on these findings to prove that adopting an HR shared services model is a valid option for delivering quality employee service for any organization with geographically- dispersed workers in multiple locations - whether on a national or a global scale. Request Free!
SAPinsiderMay 19, 2011 at 9:00 AM Published quarterly, it provides SAP customers advance notice of SAPs product and service initiatives as well as offering strategic direction and practical advice to make the most of their investment in SAP technology. Request Free!10 Ways to Improve Your Telecom Lifecycle ManagementMay 19, 2011 at 9:00 AM Telecom Lifecycle Management (TLM) describes the key strategies and tools required by the enterprise to manage present and future telecom and network tools. Based on over 120 respondents surveyed in February and March of 2011, this study provides a timely analysis of the best practices currently in place in enterprise environments. Request Free!Accelerating File Services across the WANMay 19, 2011 at 9:00 AM The purpose of the corporate WAN is simple enough: fast access to applications and information. But managing the WAN is anything but simple today. Social and technological changes are transforming the nature of traffic and are raising cost and performance issues for network managers, as traffic mushrooms, bandwidth costs escalate, application performance declines, and complaints multiply. Request Free!
Assessments 2011: Selecting and Developing for the FutureMay 19, 2011 at 9:00 AM As every business decision falls under greater scrutiny, organizations are looking for tools that help them make better choices - and decisions about talent are no different. Assessments can provide valuable insights into hiring, promotion and development decisions, and help organizations minimize talent risk while maximizing talent performance. In data collected between March and April 2011, over 640 organizations shared their insights, including 516 organizations currently using assessments as part of their talent strategy. The various types, uses and impact of talent assessments are explored in this comprehensive benchmark study. Request Free!Learn How to Amplify Your Application Performance withPowerful Infrastructure SolutionsMay 19, 2011 at 9:00 AM As a global enterprise operating in the highly competitive consumer product market, Colgate encounters many challenges to keep its IT responsive to changing business needs. Working with IBM, major IT optimization efforts at Colgate have already improved IT asset utilization, efficiency, and productivity. Colgate believes that the IBM approach to IT optimization is the right way for Colgate to gain better control of costs, and bring IT services into exceptionally close alignment with their business. Request Free!Invoicing and Workflow: Integrating Process Automation toEnhance Operational PerformanceMay 19, 2011 at 9:00 AM Paper invoices and manual processing continue to hamper accounts payable operations, keeping suppliers in the dark and failing to give Finance the visibility it needs to actively manage organizations cash positions. This study, conducted during March and April of 2011, profiles 130 enterprises at varying stages of AP maturity to identify what differentiates those achieving the greatest results from their less successful peers. The end goal, and the target of their automation efforts, is to drive savings through discount capture, penalty avoidance, and lower labor costs - all while improving the speed with which they can access payables-related information.
Request Free!Wireless LAN 2011: Readying the Invisible Network for theSmart RevolutionMay 19, 2011 at 9:00 AM With current industry attention focused on mobile platform wars and the latest smartphones and tablet battles, readying the invisible networks that make the mobile onslaught possible is too often overlooked. Aberdeens Wireless LAN (WLAN) 2011 report is the first industry study to track the impact of the rapid rise of smart devices on the WLAN, and its integration with wireline networks. It charts the course that Best-in-Class organizations take in preparing for the Smart Device Revolution, by optimizing the performance of their wireless networks, securing both the network edge and core, and smoothly integrating the wireless with the in- place wireline (wired) networks. Request Free!The Contact Center in a Profit Centric Service OrganizationMay 19, 2011 at 9:00 AM While newer support channels such as social media and chat dominate the headlines, contact center based interactions still dominate the core of the service and support economy. A significant number of service requests come directly to the contact center and call volumes have increased nearly 8% over the previous five years. As a result, effective resolution of service issues in the contact center becomes extremely vital in driving customer-facing, operational and financial performance. For an organization to aspire to be Best-in-Class in overall service and support, a lack of focus on this bread-and-butter medium could lead to dire consequences. Request Free!
The Experts - Virtual Security in the Real WorldMay 19, 2011 at 9:00 AM Date: June 15, 2011 (Wednesday) Time: 1:00-2:00 PM EST In this energetic session all the import_ant results and best practices for Virtual Desktop (VDI) and Terminal Server workloads found in Project: Virtual Reality Check phase IV (updated May-2011) will be presented. All together more than 750 tests were carried out. The goal of Project VRC is to analyze the developments in the application and desktop virtualization market and present the results in an unbiased and independent way. Whether you are looking for an independent advisor and a "reality check" in relation to virtualizing Terminal Server and virtual desktop workloads or when are searching for best practices, you must attend this presentation! Speakers: Jeroen van de Kamp Chief Technology Officer Log*in Consultants Ruben Spruijt Solutions Architect PQR Request Free!Smarter Systems--Taking a Workload Optimized ApproachMay 19, 2011 at 9:00 AM To succeed in todays ever-changing business world, organizations need smarter IT solutions that can efficiently transform rising volumes of data, streaming in from numerous devices, into actionable insights. That transformation can involve multiple tasks, from processing raw data to analyzing information, and each one places different demands on IT systems. Rather than turning to general-purpose systems, which rarely deliver optimal performance for all functions, organizations need smarter systems that are workload optimized, designed to provide the best performance for each specific task and to deliver the greatest return on IT investments. Request Free!
Four Factors for a Successful Migration from Itanium andSPARC SystemsMay 19, 2011 at 9:00 AM The recent announcement that Oracle would discontinue all software development on the Intel Itanium microprocessor set the UNIX world on fire. Suddenly companies around the world that ran Oracle software on Itanium servers -- primarily HP Integrity NonStop servers -- found themselves forced into changing their technology roadmaps and investigating alternate platforms and servers for their critical applications. Request Free!insiderPROFILESMay 19, 2011 at 9:00 AM insiderPROFILES provides firsthand insight into how SAP® solution and service providers help customers leverage their investment in SAP and leading third-party solutions. Request Free!Control EngineeringMay 20, 2011 at 12:20 AM Control Engineering is the must-read information source for engineering decision makers in the global control, instrumentation, and automation marketplace. For more than five decades, Control Engineering has been providing premier information on technology, products, news and trends in processing, discrete, and hybrid manufacturing industries. Each issue provides the right balance of editorial to keep you on top of the latest industry developments. Request Free!
The Extended Sales Enterprise: Channeling Better ResultsMay 20, 2011 at 12:50 AM For organizations that rely primarily or entirely on an indirect sales force via the channel, resellers, distributors, alliances or partners, the de-centralized nature of sales management presents increased challenges in overall productivity. These obstacles represent both internal visibility into and control over channel performance, as well as external-facing support and enablement for both indirect selling partners and the end customers themselves. While Aberdeen Sales Effectiveness research frequently documents the best practices and technology adoption trends among high-performing direct sales teams, are these solutions and approaches equally robust enough to maximize revenue within a larger, dispersed marketing/selling ecosystem? Or instead, are there additional ways in which the channel can be uniquely empowered by the original vendor, OEM or producer to deliver substantial, accurately forecasted sales results? Request Free!Workforce Scheduling 2011: Automation Drives Accuracy,Efficiency and Business OutcomesMay 20, 2011 at 12:50 AM This report, based on data from more than 200 organizations, builds on Aberdeens previous research by examining how Best-in-Class organizations leverage workforce scheduling capabilities and technologies to impact organizational goals. Analysis of survey data, collected in February and March of 2011, builds the business case for automation, empowering employees through shift bidding/swapping, and taking advantage of scheduling optimization tools. Best-in- Class organizations are able to balance the need to manage compliance and headcount costs against employee engagement and manager productivity. The study also shows that scheduling accuracy is critical for organizational success. Request Free!
Enabling Compliance and Business Improvements throughXBRLMay 20, 2011 at 12:50 AM In a world where investors and shareholders expect 100% accountability among companies, executives constantly struggle to find ways to promote transparency in their accounting information. Few would deny that the recent XBRL mandate by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has profoundly changed the world of financial reporting. Aberdeen has examined accounting practices across businesses to understand the processes and technologies they have in place to address financial calculation, compliance, and audit control. This study aims to demonstrate that top-performing companies can achieve a high-level of success in financial reporting accuracy and accounting efficiency though a strategic combination of process re-engineering and XBRL technology implementation. Request Free!Business Answers at Your Fingertips: The Real-Time Value ofBIMay 20, 2011 at 12:50 AM Todays business decision maker is challenged by a multi-dimensional and continually evolving competitive environment. In one dimension, the evolution of technology and the subsequent acceleration of information flow have created an environment that handsomely rewards timely generation of business insight. In another dimension, the volume, disparity, and overall complexity of that information is expanding at an alarming rate. Aberdeens December 2010 benchmark report, Data Management for BI: Fueling the Analytical Engine with High-Octane Information, supports this assertion in demonstrating that the average company sees a 41% year over year increase in data volume. This growth in volume is then compounded by an average of 15 unique data sources that feed into their Business Intelligence (BI) and analytical systems. Todays top performing organization has developed a strategy to manage the growth in data volume and complexity while at the same time exploiting that data to create quicker business insight. This Aberdeen Research brief hones in on the critical time element of a Best-in-Class BI strategy. The research shows that these top performers are leveraging real-time or near real-time analytics in order to proactively manage their business and drive substantial performance improvements. Request Free!
Compliance Management: Effectively Manage Safety IncidentsMay 20, 2011 at 12:50 AM Organizations are often challenged with the myriad of Environmental, Health, and Safety regulations that need to be complied with across the enterprise. While finding information in a timely fashion is a constant challenge, the uncertainty surrounding change in future regulations and the complexity of managing regulations across different regions consistently haunts industrial organizations. Companies are looking for ways to reduce the cost of compliance, improve the safety of people, products, and processes, and surpass corporate goals around Sustainability. This research will provide a roadmap for success, based on the best practices adopted by over 175 executives to effectively manage the above challenges. Request Free!Optimizing Marketing-to-Sales Lifecycle: Grow Revenue fromMarketing CampaignsMay 20, 2011 at 12:50 AM Improving the quantity and quality of the leads generated and managed by the Marketing and Sales organizations isnt a simple task in todays multi-touch, multi- channel environment. This research reviews the best practices that optimize lead management practices throughout the entire lifecycle of the opportunity; from Marketings demand generation campaigns to Sales closing the business. In February of 2011, Aberdeen surveyed 414 marketing and sales executives around the globe to identify the key trends and strategic initiatives to deliver effective campaigns and improve lead management activities to improve sales effectiveness. The analysis in this report highlights the capabilities and technologies organizations deploy to improve demand generation, lead nurturing, and avoid lead pipeline leakage. Request Free!
Agile BI: Three Steps to Analytic HeavenMay 20, 2011 at 12:50 AM Despite the wealth of experience among Aberdeens end-user community in delivering Business Intelligence (BI), prior Aberdeen research has found that 57% of business intelligence projects are delivered late. Many companies still struggle to deliver the right information to the right business managers at the right time. This research study found that organizations are faced with the twin pressures of growing data volumes and shrinking decision windows for business managers. This research is focused on how organizations can make their BI implementations more agile so that managers can easily find the information they need as business needs change. The report is based on data collected from 170 organizations using BI in February and March 2011. Request Free!