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How to Do IT Cost Optimization

Our years of experience shows that organizations waste 30% of their hybrid IT spend, on average. This article identifies the five key components of a cost optimization strategy and how to be successful with each of them.
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How to Do Capacity Planning Guide

Your business can’t afford downtime. But with ever-growing IT infrastructure, keeping applications up and running isn’t easy. Every CIO or IT manager has limited time, money, or personnel budget to keep IT running. Without a solution, your IT environment risks performance bottlenecks, outages, and an overall inability to predict future needs. That’s where capacity planning comes in. Capacity...
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10 Hidden Gems of BRMS for IBM i

Get insider tech tips on the most helpful features of Backup, Recovery and Media Services for i (BRMS)! What if your IBM i came equipped with a tool that could help you automate and manage backup/recovery across your enterprise IBM i environment? What’s that, you say? It’s called BRMS for i? That’s right! BRMS is already available as a licensed program product (LPP), yet many IBM i shops are not...
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Continuously Optimizing IT in Financial Terms

CHALLENGES: Virtualization and increasingly complex agile computing environments are creating difficulties for IT financial controllers and for IT Financial Management (ITFM). Virtualization breaks the long-standing direct, one-to-one correlation between cost-allocated physical hardware and the IT services it supports. Increasingly dynamic, multi-layered applications have made it more difficult to...
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Which IBM i Data Access Tool is Right for You?

Data access software is essential today to both technical users—like your IT team—and business users—like everyone else. Query/400 has long been the go-to for IBM i data access. It’s been around for over 30 years, but the tool hasn’t advanced with changes in technology. That’s where modern data access tools like Sequel have the advantage. But how do you really know which data access tool is right...
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DevOps Development: Keeping the Lights On

Overview: The DevOps methodology embodies two core philosophies: decreasing the lead time of software deployment and the automation of delivery and testing. DevOps emerged as a practical response to the agile development movement, in contrast with traditional, phase-based or “waterfall” development, which is inefficient and labor-intensive. Traditional methods should be phased out, and companies...
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Dashboards Don't Work (Unless You Have a Metrics Management Strategy)

Tech has had a tremendous impact on the way today’s businesses seek continued growth and improvement. No matter what business they are in, executives everywhere are investing in technology that improves their business processes, gets them ahead of the competition and widens their margins. Ultimately, the return on that investment is determined by how well technology supports a business’ ability to...
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Health and Risk: A New Paradigm for Capacity Management

Capacity management, considered by top analyst firms to be an essential process in any large IT organization, is often so complex that in today’s accelerated business world it cannot be effectively implemented. Changing priorities, increasing complexity and scalable cloud infrastructure have made traditional models for capacity management less relevant. A new paradigm for capacity management is...