The State of the Data Race

The data execution gap is real. We surveyed more than 500 CIOs and technology heavy hitters to uncover key attributes of “data leaders”—companies that excel at using data to deliver value to customers and derive at least 20% of revenue from data and analytics. Read the report to learn:

  • What frontrunners do to improve the customer experience and boost revenue with data.
  • The important role that open source technologies play in advancing organizations’ success with data.
  • Key steps that organizations take to move toward the level of the highly successful data strategies used by leaders.

The State of the Data Race 2022

In an independent survey of 500+ CIOs and technology leaders, it revealed that leveraging real-time data pays off in two important ways: higher revenue growth and increased developer productivity.

Some highlights from the State of the Data Race research report:

  • 71% of respondents agree that they can tie their revenue growth directly to real-time data.
  • 78% of respondents agree that real-time data is a “must-have,” not a “nice to have”.
  • 66% of real-time data focused organizations agree that developer productivity has improved.
  • And more insights!

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IDC Brief: Factors in Choosing DataBase Technologies

Combining Scalable Database Technologies to Achieve Operational Flexibility and Analytic Power, an IDC Analyst Brief.

This IDC paper discusses the different factors enterprises must consider to choose the right database technologies in the face of the confusing and daunting demands of digital transformation.

Enterprises require technologies that carefully address the workload at hand, which can be operational, streaming, or analytical. They must also consider deployment requirements — on premises, in the cloud, or hybrid, not to mention the organization’s capacity to handle the operational demands and technical requirements of running workloads in the cloud.

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Choosing the Best Data Stack: DataStax Astra DB vs. Amazon DynamoDB

DataStax’s Astra DB is the serverless, fully managed, and cloud-agnostic DBaaS built on Apache Cassandra™ that provides developer freedom through APIs, unparalleled price, and scalable performance. Read this ebook to discover the advantages of Astra DB over DynamoDB:

  • Rich API flexibility means there’s no need for developers to learn any new complex, proprietary APIs for application development.
  • Better price/ performance (throughput and latency) at scale for lower TCO.
  • Infrastructure-agnostic data layer provides flexibility to run on multiple clouds, on-prem data centers, or both in a hybrid fashion.
  • Powered by Astra Streaming, a multi-cloud streaming as a service built on Apache Pulsar, to support real-time data pipelines.
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Managing your Kubernetes clusters for dummies – DBCBA5

This ebook provides an introductory overview to Kubernetes clusters, trends in modern cloud computing, the challenges of managing Kubernetes clusters, and best practices for addressing those challenges. An integrated solution such as Red Hat® Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes can help your organization centralize management from end to end while retaining a security- and compliance-focus.

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The Importance of Having a CISO Strategy for Small Business IT Teams

Avast CISO, Jaya Baloo, Discusses Cybersecurity Solutions for Today’s Businesses

One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to businesses. Some may have a full IT team on staff. Others may not, and many are limited by resources and budget. With cyberattacks targeting small to mid-sized businesses at an all-time high, it’s critical for IT consultants and service providers to be having those conversations with SMBs about enterprise grade security protection, tailored exactly to their needs.

In an interview with Richard Tubb, the IT Business Growth Expert, Jaya Baloo covers:

  • The best ways to present cybersecurity to SMBs and explain its importance

  • The biggest cyber threats faced by SMBs today and the best defense strategy

  • How SMBs with limited budgets and/or IT resources can still stay protected

  • The importance of a response plan in case an SMB is impacted by a cyber attack

  • The future of the cybersecurity landscape and the role of emerging technologies

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Navigating the Evolving Network Perimeter

While legacy security applications did their part in the past, they no longer serve an increasingly cloud-powered digital world. Even encryption alone isn’t enough and has been used by cyberattackers to conceal and deliver threats.

  • Find out how and why encryption is a security measure that could easily backfire

  • Learn about the new alternative to on-premise hardware and firewalls

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The 2020 Customer Communications Review

Let’s just say picking up the phone isn’t the only option anymore. Now, we can email, live-chat, even text businesses to get answers to our questions. But those forms of communications go the other way too— businesses can now text their customers (and prospects), email them with offers and promotions, and, of course, call them.

But is this actually good for business? Or is it just annoying and alienating customers (and potential customers)?

In this report, we’ll look at consumers’ preferences when it comes to communicating with businesses and dig into how businesses can reach out in a way that’s actually productive and effective.

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Unrecognizable collaboration

Every year, video penetrates our personal lives a bit more. We broadcast personal events on Instagram Live, chat with our friends on FaceTime, and leave video messages on WhatsApp. As we’ve become more comfortable with video chat, it has steadily spread into the professional sphere.

In the last few years, we’ve seen an explosion of new workplace applications. Innovators are building virtual rec rooms, simulating spontaneous office conversations, and facilitating spontaneous conversations between remote colleagues.

In this insight report, we’ve profiled 5 of the most exciting applications, investigating precisely how organizations are implementing video and how it’s affected their teams.

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How the Combination of Message, Video, and Phone Will Reshape the Future of Work

Before COVID-19, organizations dabbled in remote and flexible work arrangements for many years without any particular urgency. In the wake of COVID-19, however, the slow-and-steady approach turned upside down. Businesses suddenly had to accelerate their remote work plans and get employees completely equipped to work from home.

As business leaders plan to support more remote work in the immediate and distant future, equipping remote workers with the right technologies is mission-critical. It’s time to move into the next phase of remote work and explore permanent collaboration solutions - with WFH 2.0.

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Accelerating Productivity Improvements with System-Level Manufacturing Data

Today’s digital manufacturing ecosystem is undergoing another landmark transformation. While factory floors are more connected than ever, there’s a challenge to real-time insights and next-gen CI: data. Most companies are collecting mass amounts of data but lack system-wide visibility. This means lack of usable insights. With Sight Machine on Microsoft Azure, you get essential line of sight, and system-side view, into the inner workings of your factory and its data output. Unlock and scale the next generation of CI today.

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8 Best Practices in Evolving Mass Communications

Sun Life is a leading international financial services organization providing insurance, wealth and asset management solutions to individual and corporate clients. They needed to overhaul their Global Crisis management program after a severe weather event which spearheaded a company-wide program change. Samantha Lara, Crisis Management Associate at Sun Life presents some best practices in evolving business continuity communications covering a unique implementation roadmap, communications, call trees, assembly testing and more using the xMatters digital service availability platform. You will walk away with working knowledge of an Enterprise-level program that can be implemented in your organization using xMatters.

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Is your software a “Classic”? It could be costing you more time & money than you think!

Let’s say everything in your business relied on an unorganized paper filing system. Cabinets after cabinets of folders lined the walls and stretched up the ceiling, so much so that it not only became difficult for anyone to find anything, but they were forced to work around the mess. It sounds cumbersome and inefficient, right? Like the sort of thing that would be a huge detriment to your business’s growth.

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Building Custom Business Software vs. Buying Pre-Made Solutions

We’ll discuss what factors you should be considering when comparing custom software and premade solutions. You should have already completed a gap analysis of your business processes in Part 3: Analysing Software Features and Creating a Comparison Chart. Now we should be able to decide whether there is a pre-made solution that fits your specific needs, or if custom software provides the flexibility and unique features your business requires.

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White Paper: Frictionless Security – Protect your Entire IT Ecosystem from End User to Admins

In the modern workforce, we can work from home – or from any location that has internet access – more easily than ever. We often interact and comment on social media as individuals as part of our professional lives. Where we log in from, how we access resources and the devices we use are interchangeable and blur the line between these two formerly distinct parts of life.

As an individual, it’s professionally liberating but for IT managers and CISOs, this extended environment includes far too many access points that bad actors can use to get to the precious corporate resources. This situation mandates a comprehensive change in our approach security. The balance that IT managers and CISOs work to achieve is to give their users safe access without heavy-handed security measures impeding productivity. They must consider many factors and weigh options as to how they can safely support the business in reaching its objectives. The aim is to secure the enterprise without users noticing. In a word, to make security frictionless to the user.

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