Former Intel CEO Andy Grove once coined the phrase, “Technology happens.” As true as Grove’s pat aphorism has become, it’s not always good news. Twenty years ago, no one ever got fired for buying IBM. In the heyday of customer relationship management (CRM), companies bought first and asked questions later.
Nowadays, executives are being enlightened by the promise of big data technologies and the role data plays in the fact-based enterprise. Leaders in business and IT alike are waking up to the reality that – despite the hype around platforms and processing speeds – their companies have failed to established sustained processes and skills around data.
The term outsourcing can have a negative connotation,
conjuring images of layoffs and relocating jobs to third parties
in remote locations. However, outsourcing can take many
forms, and finance and accounting outsourcing (FAO) does
not always mean the displacing of the finance back office.
Specifically, FAO leverages digital technology to complement
and support the back office, streamlining processes while
providing enhanced transaction processing, reporting and
analytics capabilities. It also allows key resources to focus on
strategy, analysis and decision-making.
This paper will explore the potential of applying business performance management (BPM) principles to advance document performance management (DPM) in a way that enables organizations to reduce costs; better manage documents as vital strategic, ?nancial and information assets; and secure positive returns on investments from outsourcing. An example of this approach — spotlighted later in this paper — is MAX, a document performance management system that enables companies to more effectively manage their document processes and outsourcing service providers.
Performance testing and benchmarking of cloud computing platforms is a complex task, compounded by the differences between providers and the use cases of cloud computing users. IaaS services are utilized by a large variety of industries and, performance metrics cannot be understood by simply representing cloud performance with a single value. When selecting a cloud computing provider, IT professionals consider many factors: compatibility, performance, cost, security and more. Performance is a key factor that drives many others including cost. In many cases, 3 primary bottlenecks affect server performance: central processing unit (CPU) performance, disk performance, and internal network performance.
IT groups must support many applications and servers across multiple platforms that frequently operate independently of each other. However, coordinating job scheduling across all these applications and networks is often required to optimize resource utilization. The traditional approach of applying more staff, toolkits, and rudimentary scheduling software to cobble together automated batch processing solutions becomes cost-prohibitive, inefficient, and error-prone, as the number of moving parts increases and the environment becomes more heterogeneous.
Former Intel CEO Andy Grove once coined the phrase, “Technology happens.” As true as Grove’s pat aphorism has become, it’s not always good news. Twenty years ago, no one ever got fired for buying IBM. In the heyday of customer relationship management (CRM), companies bought first and asked questions later. Nowadays, executives are being enlightened by the promise of big data technologies and the role data plays in the fact-based enterprise. Leaders in business and IT alike are waking up to the reality that – despite the hype around platforms and processing speeds – their companies have failed to established sustained processes and skills around data.
In addition to high reliability and availability, enterprise mission critical applications, data centers operating 24x7, and data analysis platforms all demand powerful data processing capabilities and stability. The NEC PCIe SSD Appliance for Microsoft® SQL Server® is a best-practice reference architecture for such demanding workloads. It comprises an Express 5800 Scalable Enterprise Server Series with Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v2 family CPUs, high-performance HGST FlashMAX II PCIe server-mounted flash storage, and Microsoft® SQL Server®
2014. When compared with the previous reference architecture based on a server with the Intel® Xeon® processor E7 family CPUs, benchmark testing demonstrated a performance improvement of up to 173% in logical scan rate in a data warehouse environment. The testing also demonstrated consistently fast and stable performance in online transaction processing (OLTP) that could potentially be encountered.
To optimize the processing of information in an enterprise, organizations need the tools to efficiently automate their existing processes and react quickly to changes in the environment. This is a primary objective of an electronic forms (eForm) processing solution.
ITS technology is a general term. Two common and related forms of ITS communication technology using event stream processing are referred to as vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle to-infrastructure (V2X) in the US, and car-to-infrastructure (Car2X) in Europe. The two types of connected-car research and development programs often overlap and can be integrated. Car2X enables vehicle communication with the road transportation infrastructure and provides the ability to send or receive local information about traffic conditions, geo-markers (e.g. to identify pothole locations), road hazards, alerts, safety vehicles, etc. V2V focuses on connected-car technology and the anonymous communication of sensor data continuously transmitted to and from cars. Using event stream processing, this streaming data enables the real-time synthesis of information to communicate what will improve and promote driver safety, reduce crashes, and improve vehicle transportation efficiency.
Scalable data platforms such as Apache Hadoop offer unparalleled cost
benefits and analytical opportunities. IBM helps fully leverage the scale
and promise of Hadoop, enabling better results for critical projects and
key analytics initiatives. The end-to- end information capabilities of
IBM® Information Server let you better understand data and cleanse,
monitor, transform and deliver it. IBM also helps bridge the gap between
business and IT with improved collaboration. By using Information
Server “flexible integration” capabilities, the information that drives business
and strategic initiatives—from big data and point-of- impact analytics
to master data management and data warehousing—is trusted, consistent
and governed in real time.
Since its inception, Information Server has been a massively parallel
processing (MPP) platform able to support everything from small to very
large data volumes to meet your requirements, regardless of complexity.
Information Server can uniquely support th