Continuous Delivery: Five Habits of Highly Successful Practitioners

Continuous Delivery is a development discipline in which software can be released to production at any time. It's about building a development and release pipeline where early feedback, automated build and test, and incremental deployments into production can dramatically speed up release cycles. Indeed, you accelerate your time to market -- providing a continuous flow of 'release candidates' for business acceptance -- without sacrificing quality.
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Continuous Delivery in Practice: How Leading Practitioners are Successfully Accelerating and Improving Releases

Continuous Delivery allows you to get new features and capabilities to market quickly and reliably - both highly desirable outcomes. But to achieve these outcomes, you need processes and controls that make sure your continuous delivery reaches its full potential. That is why adopters of Continuous Delivery consistently follow a set of best practices: Version Everything; Automate All That You Can; Use a Mainline Model for Visibility and a Single Source of Truth; Maintain a System of Record.
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Future-Proof Your Data Environment

In this era of big data, business and IT leaders across all industries are looking for ways to easily and cost-effectively unlock the value of enterprise data that resides in both transactional processing and data warehouse systems. They are trying to quickly implement new solutions to gain additional insight from this data to improve outcomes across all areas of the business, while simultaneously optimizing resource utilization and reducing costs. IBM® DB2® for Linux, UNIX and Windows is a multi-workload database management solution built for these challenges. Built with CIOs in mind, this interactive online tool offers new insights in form of analyst research papers, problem/solution guides and direct client feedback about Total Cost of Ownership and overall efficiencies gained by selecting DB2.
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Database Reliability and Deployment Trends Survey

High reliability and system availability are absolutely crucial for database and the underlying server hardware. A 67% majority of organizations now require that their databases deliver a minimum of four, five or six "nines" of uptime for their most mission critical applications. That is the equivalent of 52 seconds to 52 minutes of unplanned downtime per database/per annum. Those are the results of ITIC's 2013 - 2014 Database Reliability and Deployment Trends Survey, an independent Web-based survey which polled 600 organizations worldwide from August through October 2013. IBM DB2 and Informix databases, followed closely by Microsoft SQL Server, achieved the highest overall reliability and customer satisfaction ratings for product performance, security, technical service and support and the value of its pricing and licensing agreements. Oracle DB scored high for reliability and performance but lagged far behind IBM and Microsoft in customer satisfaction with pricing, licensing and technical support.
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Business Analytics Buying Criteria: The Three Maxims

In this Advisory, Clabby Analytics looks more closely at the importance of implementing an integrated infrastructure - and its relationship to business analytics. The paper will examine the business analytics workloads, discuss how these workloads put different demands on the underlying systems and infrastructure, and provide guidance designing an integrated business analytics environment that will provide organizations with high performance, resiliency, and a scalable growth path.
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IBM Special Report: Designed for Business

Forward-thinking organizations are recognizing the superiority of Power Systems technology. The Power Systems family offers the ultimate system for today's compute intensive business applications and databases. Power Systems continues to prove itself as the ultimate system for compute intensive workloads, high performance analytics, high performance UNIX, and high performance computing.
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Bring Your Own Device – BYOD: Optimised in 10 Steps

When you consider the current IT trends in detail, one trend dominates: cloud computing. And in the context of cloud computing the topic "Bring Your Own Device" is in the headlines again and again. Although both topics have nothing to do with each other directly, both are somehow always related in context. Due to a lack of legal regulations, this trend has so far not really prevailed in Europe. Moreover, many CIOs often cite data security as a reason not to use BYOD programmes. But technical possibilities are quickly outpacing existing concepts. Whereas it was previously unthinkable that private devices and systems could be integrated into a company's infrastructure, this trend has nevertheless gradually found its way into companies.
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Consumerisation Turbocharges Efficiency: How Private Mobile Devices Boost Work Productivity

iPhone, iPad, and other personal devices are changing how we handle our professional responsibilities. No longer are we tied to the office and fixed working hours. Now we are connected with important people near and far. Mobile devices give us permanent access to data and, in a way, impart superpowers. We use them not because we are forced to, but because we want to! As the consumers and end users, the choice is ours. It is not always easy for companies to adjust to new things. But this time they are compelled to adapt. Fortunately, they will also benefit from the changes.
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Stepping Into the Cloud: A Practical Guide to Creating and Implementing a Successful Cloud Strategy

The cloud decision may be the easy part. For most businesses, the benefits promised by cloud computing - including agility, process optimization, speed to market, and cost reduction - warrant a closer look, if not a test drive. At least at the decision-table, curiosity and hope in the potential for transformation are winning out over caution. This practical guide offers steps for moving your company into the cloud, at whatever pace you prefer, with a focus on the SmartCloud Services portfolio offered by IBM and its partners.
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A Practical Guide to Understand and Benefit from the Consumerization of IT

Consumerization of IT forces enterprises to rethink their approach to IT service delivery. What does consumerization really mean and why does it matter? Understand the basics to accurately identify the practical implications and benefits for your organization. This guide explores the realities of IT Consumerization to define challenges and opportunities. Learn best practices and get actionable recommendations.
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Making the Move to a Cloud-Based IT Service Management (ITSM) Platform

Today's mature cloud-based ITSM solutions can give you the flexibility and agility you need - without sacrificing security, stability or performance. In this THINKstrategies, Inc. white paper, you'll learn why businesses are moving to cloud-based ITSM and the advantages they've achieved. Explore how this innovative approach to IT management might be right for your organization.
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Enhance the Way Your Users View BIRT Designs

View this 30 minute TechTalk to learn how the newly launched BIRT Viewer Toolkit renders BIRT-based data visualizations and reports in a more powerful and user-friendly way, enhancing the experience for your internal users or in your externally-facing application.
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The Forrester Wave: Enterprise Business Intelligence Platforms

In their 72-criteria evaluation of enterprise business intelligence (BI) platform vendors, Forrester identifies the 11 most significant software providers in the category, including Actuate. The report details findings about how well each vendor fulfills criteria and where they stand in relation to each other to help application development and delivery professionals select the right partner for their enterprise BI platforms.
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Security Essentials for CIO’s: Enabling Mobility

It's not easy being today's CIO. As growing numbers of employees bring their own computing devices to work, CIOs are faced with a tough choice: Find a secure way to let employees conduct business on their own devices - or simply say no. If you'd rather say yes, read the article to learn how IBM balances openness and risk management in the enterprise mobile workplace. You'll take away five steps to consider when embarking on a "bring your own device" (BYOD) program.
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Top 5 Malware Trends for 2014 and How to Combat Them

In 2014, hackers and cyber thieves will continue to change their tactics, using new exploits to infect systems and steal data. This Executive Brief discusses the top five malware trends to keep an eye out for in 2014 and how Webroot SecureAnywhere can provide the endpoint protection that companies will need to be safe in 2014.
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