4 strategies to help move beyond lean and build a competitive advantage

Read more about the 4 strategies to move beyond lean:

  • Dynamically generate bills of materials and routings
  • Automate the production of shop floor drawings
  • Feed quote data to forecasting for a better master schedule
  • Change the products and features you offer for sale dynamically.

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A CIO’s Guide to DevOps

You've heard about DevOps and digital transformation. What do they have to do with you, the CIO? How can you make sure your organization is not just current, but staying truly competitive?

Puppet takes on these questions in their guide to DevOps for CIOs, covering:

  • What DevOps actually means, and how it makes a difference.
  • Why DevOps matters to digital transformation in today's business climate and beyond.
  • How DevOps principles and practices can build your organizational muscle to deal with today's changes — and those to come.

The guide is based on survey findings and research gathered over five years from more than 25,000 IT professionals around the world. There's no bigger study of successful IT organizations and what they're doing right. Learn from the experience of others, and keep your organization out ahead of your competitors.

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Bettering Your Business: Why professional development is a pivotal factor in business success

A shocking $11 billion is lost annually due to employee turnover with the total cost of replacing an employee anywhere from 90% to 200% of his/her annual salary, but benefits like employer sponsored training programs can help to make sure you retain your staff. 46% of employees say their company’s training courses/methods make them less likely to leave. Studies show companies that offer employee-training opportunities have a lower turnover rate because staff members are more engaged at work making them more committed to their job and to the organization.

So how can you ensure you have the right training for your IT staff? Download this eBook today to get the data you need to make informed decisions for your company.

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An ITIL eBook That is Not Boring

Your pain‑free guide to ITIL and Service Strategy

Learning ITIL is not easy. Memorizing all those technical terms and processes could easily put you to sleep…or maybe make you want to cry.

No tears here, my friend. This is a different kind of ITIL guide.

Yes, ITIL can be dry, but this eBook is jam‑packed with enough playful explanations and cheesy jokes to keep you happy and awake.

You’ll learn:

  • What ITIL is and why it’s so important to keep everything running at work
  • How ITIL works in five main stages to prove you know how to facilitate the smooth delivery of IT services
  • A deep dive into the first stage: Service Strategy

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Legacy ITSM—Can you risk it?

Top Challenges and Risks Associated with Legacy ITSM Systems

In the race for greater differentiation and innovation, Legacy ITSM systems are slowing businesses down in a big way. It’s becoming harder and harder for IT to serve the business with technology that is outdated, rigid and complex. Organizations intent on “getting by” aren’t doing the business any favors. In fact, the “do nothing” approach is putting the business at serious risk.

This short paper takes a look at some of the challenges businesses are facing today and what’s at stake if they continue down the legacy path, including:

  • Continued depletion of IT budget and resources
  • Inability to meet the needs of a growing millennial workforce
  • Failure to innovate and drive business outcomes
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Goodbye Manual Processes, Hello Productivity

Learn how automation is the key to saving time and boosting satisfaction

This eBook, “Accelerate Service Delivery with Automation,” will help you reclaim lost productivity with:

  • An overview of the objectives and benefits of automation
  • Best practices for transforming your ITSM into a modern, reliable experience
  • Useful measurements for gauging progress and demonstrating the success of your automation efforts

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Nucleus Research Guidebook: IBM QRadar on Cloud

In this exclusive report, Nucleus Research cites findings from interviews with IBM QRadar on Cloud customers who have adopted a cloud subscription model to access security intelligence & analytics capabilities. Download the report to read about the reported benefits, including better flexibility and agility to address a rapidly changing threat environment, increased IT productivity and access to a growing range of additional security services in the cloud.

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IDC White paper :Optimise Application Lifecycle with a Hybrid Cloud Strategy

Agility has become a mandatory way of life for businesses wanting to maintain or increase their competitive differentiation – and successfully execute on a go-to-market strategy. By implementing an application-lifecycle-centric infrastructure from suppliers like NetApp, line of business owners can successfully execute this strategy. They can better position their organization to maintain or increase its competitive differentiation in the innovation economy.
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Evaluator Group: Investing Strategically in All Flash Arrays

For customers looking to implement flash for primary data center storge, NetApp's All Flash FAS systems offer some significant advantages over competiitve offerings. Customer can deploy All Flash FAS arrays for specific applications now and later extend them to private and hybrid cloud-based applications as enterprise IT's longer term strategy dictates. Read this technology insight paper on investing strategically in all flash arrays.
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IDC Whitepaper: NetApp All Flash FAS: Performance Of Flash With Feature- Rich Enterprise Storage Functionality

ESG published white paper focusing on NetApp Flash Strategy and Offerings—a Breadth of Choice. "NetApp supports hybrid infrastructures—including cloud as needed—in both principle and in fact. Within that infrastructure, it offers a portfolio of differentiated solutions—multiple all-flash arrays, and multiple hybrid flash arrays—that enable NetApp’s customers to integrate flash into their enterprises in whatever way makes the most sense for their business, needs, and options/constraints. NetApp has been a leading trailblazer in flash for some years now: it is to be applauded for thinking broadly and not just following the herd to certify an SSD or two into its storage boxes.
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Flash-Beschleunigung und Cloud-Fähigkeit: Neue Storage-Anforderungen für Enterprise-Applikationen

Der Einsatz von Flash Storage im Datacenter ist vielversprechend: hervorragende Performance, verbesserte Zuverlässigkeit, Kosteneffizienz und erstklassiges Datenmanagement. Mit unserer Expertise und unseren Innovationen unterstützen wir Sie bei der Implementierung von Flash Storage, um eine optimale Performance Ihrer Applikationen zu erreichen. In diesem Whitepaper erläutern wir unterschiedliche Ansätze bei der Implementierung von Flash. Außerdem möchten wir Ihnen zeigen, warum Sie dadurch Ihre Entscheidungsfindung erleichtern, Ihren Kunden bessere Services bieten und Wettbewerbsvorteile erzielen können.
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3 Reasons Why the Future of Storage is Open Source and Cloud

Analysts predict massive growth in software defined storage in the coming year— and with solid reasoning. The capacity to pool storage across different arrays and applications is the latest wave in virtualization and is expected to have the same impact on the cost and upgrade cycle for storage as it has had on servers.
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Product Spotlight: Expanding the Spectrum of Software Defined Storage

A good starting point for deploying SDS is cold storage. Shipments of capacity-optimized HDD storage systems will increase five-fold from 2012 to 2016. Demand for cold storage systems is driven by the growth of unstructured data such as mobile messages, surveillance video, and medical records.

Consequently, reducing the cost of cold storage is a high priority for storage architects. SDS is an excellent solution for addressing the rising cost of cold storage. And unlike transaction-intensive storage which is mission-critical, cold storage is not frequently accessed and a less risky environment for deploying new technology.
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