Project Management

Keep your IT project running smoothly by reading our experts' tips and best practices about methodologies, agile, software, collaboration, risk management, and learning from failed projects.

  • White Papers // Jun 2014

    SDN: How It Will Affect You and Why You Should Care

    You may have heard about software-defined networking (SDN) and its cousin network functions virtualization (NFV). These emerging technologies are likely to revolutionize the IT industry as well as your job. This white paper introduces you to SDN and NFV, examines their impact on you as well as the industry, and...

    Sponsored By Global Knowledge

  • White Papers // Jul 2014

    SDN and Cloud Computing

    After a review of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and its close cousin Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), this white paper addresses three main deployment scenarios: SDN without deploying cloud computing, cloud computing without deploying SDN, and deploying cloud computing in conjunction with SDN. We'll look at use cases, when the approach makes...

    Sponsored By Global Knowledge

  • Webcasts // Sep 2014

    On-demand Webcast: Mastering the Virtual Sales Pitch

    Making an online presentation has its unique challenges — but there are also countless opportunities for today’s savvy sales professional. Join Tim Wackel as he shares ideas on how to grow your sales (without growing your frequent flyer account). Attend this on-demand webinar to learn how to: Plan and...

    Sponsored By Citrix Online

  • White Papers // Dec 2012

    Create a Referral Program to Grow Your IT Business

    The primary mode of growth for most technology provider businesses is by good, old word of mouth. Yet, many businesses have not established an official referral program to capture as many referrals as possible. Check out this guide to find the proven best strategies for creating the perfect referral program...

    Sponsored By ConnectWise

  • White Papers // Jun 2014

    Considerations for Owning vs. Outsourcing Data Center Physical Infrastructure

    When faced with the decision of upgrading an existing data center, building new, or leasing space in a retail colocation data center, there are both quantitative and qualitative differences to consider. The 10-year TCO may favor upgrading or building over outsourcing, however, this paper demonstrates that the economics may be...

    Sponsored By APC by Schneider Electric

  • White Papers // Apr 2014

    Preparing Audit Ready Financials - Best Practices to Avoid Common Pitfalls

    Independent external audits of GAAP financial statements are an inescapable reality for finance professionals. External audits are required by statute for public companies and are also becoming the norm among private companies experiencing growing demands for transparency from regulators, investors, and other stakeholders. Cloud accounting software helps finance teams...

    Sponsored By Intacct

  • White Papers // Jun 2014

    Securing and controlling data in the cloud

    The Securing and Controlling Data in the Cloud white paper evaluates the benefits of cloud computing, the security challenges posed by the cloud and provides recommendations to secure and control sensitive data in cloud environments.

    Sponsored By Vormetric

  • White Papers // Jun 2014

    Securing Big Data

    This White Paper shows the performance of several benchmark tests of Vormetric Transparent Encryption running on a Cloudera HADOOP system using several different workloads. The overhead is minimal and within acceptable norms of performance vs. security tradeoffs.

    Sponsored By Vormetric

  • White Papers // Jul 2011

    How Data Center Infrastructure Management Software Improves Planning and Cuts Operational Costs

    Business executives are challenging their IT staffs to convert data centers from cost centers into producers of business value. Data centers can make a significant impact to the bottom line by enabling the business to respond more quickly to market demands. This paper demonstrates, through a series of examples, how...

    Sponsored By APC by Schneider Electric

  • White Papers // Apr 2012

    Data Center Projects: Advantages of Using a Reference Design

    It is no longer practical or cost-effective to completely engineer all aspects of a unique data center. Re-use of proven, documented subsystems or complete designs is a best practice for both new data centers and for upgrades to existing data centers. Adopting a well-conceived reference design can have a positive...

    Sponsored By APC by Schneider Electric

  • White Papers // Jun 2014

    Classification of Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) Tools

    Data centers today lack a formal system for classifying software management tools. As a result, confusion exists regarding which management systems are necessary and which are optional for secure and efficient data center operation. This paper divides the realm of data center management tools into four distinct subsets and compares...

    Sponsored By APC by Schneider Electric

  • eBooks // Oct 2013

    5 Technology Trends you Need to Follow

    Mobile devices, social business apps, and business analytics are converging with the Cloud to create the most substantial changes in technology since the Internet revolution. Businesses have to change the way they think and operate, and with rising budgets for technology, they need someone to provide the services that will...

    Sponsored By ConnectWise

  • White Papers // Aug 2013

    Controlling Laptop and Smartphone Access to Corporate Networks

    Mobile devices are conduits of greater access and information, but can serve as a vehicle for malware and other security threats. Find out how your IT department can enable secure access for mobile devices and laptops to ensure network integrity and security.

    Sponsored By Dell Software

  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    Proactive Performance Management for Enterprise Databases

    Don't just react to performance issues in your database. Proactive database management can result in accelerated problem resolution, problem prevention, hardware resource maximization and risk reduction. How can you become more proactive in managing your enterprise database? Download the white paper to find out.

    Sponsored By Dell Software

  • eBooks // Aug 2014

    What are your VoIP options?

    The versatility of VoIP has made it the leading choice for companies seeking an updated phone system that enables them to do more for less. Coming to the conclusion that you want VoIP is fairly simple; however, the next question you must answer is: which VoIP is best for my...

    Sponsored By ShoreTel

  • White Papers // Jul 2014

    Aberdeen: Keeping PACE with Best Practices in Sales Performance Management

    Recent Aberdeen research reveals a number of specific best practices that sales leaders — and their vital sales operations support teams — can adopt, in order to create more opportunity for them to achieve Best-in-Class performance. This Research Brief isolates a number of core competencies and technology enablers that...

    Sponsored By Oracle

  • White Papers // Aug 2014

    All the Benefits of SAP Business One OnDemand

    Discover how SAP Business One delivered huge benefits for both operations and customer service in many organisations. Download this whitepaper and learn on how SAP helped organisations increase business insights while reducing the total cost of ownership.

    Sponsored By SAP

  • White Papers // Jul 2014

    Selecting the Correct Path to Private Cloud

    Cloud computing models offer a new approach for IT organizations to deliver business services to end users. By implementing their own internal or "private" cloud infrastructures, IT organizations can deploy a technology model that provides both flexible IT architectures and dynamic business agility.

    Sponsored By EMC

  • White Papers // Jun 2014

    IBM Server Managed Services Benefit Assessment Tool

    Use IBM's assessment tool to learn how you can increase server efficiency and availability while lowering costs. The IBM Server Managed Services Benefit Assessment helps you identify how an IBM Managed Services solution can: Lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of Server Management Improve Server Resource...

    Sponsored By IBM

  • White Papers // May 2014

    A Prescriptive Approach to Simple, Fast and Cost-effective Project and Portfolio Management

    The consumerisation of IT combined with recent technology advances, like mobile and cloud, has created a perfect storm for surging IT demands.  Read this eBook on how you can take a prescriptive approach to a simpler, faster and more cost effective PPM path to manage this surge in demand.

    Sponsored By CA Technologies

  • eBooks // Oct 2013

    Top 6 Project Breakdowns (and How to Fix Them)

    Project management is either one of those things that you are really good at, and you can breeze right through without any issues, or it's something that drives you crazy. Every business owner has experienced some form of project failure, but why? Study the top reasons that projects fail to...

    Sponsored By ConnectWise

  • White Papers // May 2014

    Making the Real Time Enterprise a Reality

    REAL TIME. ON DEMAND. ALWAYS ON. Such are the expectations of businesses in today’s global information economy. Customers demand agility, responsiveness, and innovation from all companies today. And they’re comparing their experiences with businesses in every industry against firms that embody all three capabilities. Read this whitepaper to discover how...

    Sponsored By SAP

  • White Papers // Jun 2014

    Economizer Modes of Data Center Cooling Systems

    In certain climates, some cooling systems can save over 70% in annual cooling energy costs by operating in economizer mode, corresponding to over 15% reduction in annualized PUE. However, there are at least 17 different types of economizer modes with imprecise industry definitions making it difficult to compare, select, or...

    Sponsored By APC by Schneider Electric

  • White Papers // Jun 2014

    Fundamentals of Managing the Data Center Life Cycle for Owners

    Just as good genes do not guarantee health and well-being, a good design alone does not ensure a data center is well-built and will remain efficient and available over the course of its life span. For each phase of the data center’s life cycle, proper care and action must be...

    Sponsored By APC by Schneider Electric

  • White Papers // Jun 2014

    Essential Elements of Data Center Facility Operations

    70% of data center outages are directly attributable to human error according to the Uptime Institute’s analysis of their “abnormal incident” reporting (AIR) database1. This figure highlights the critical importance of having an effective operations and maintenance (O&M) program. This paper describes unique management principles and provides a comprehensive, high-level...

    Sponsored By APC by Schneider Electric

  • White Papers // Jun 2014

    Facility Operations Maturity Model for Data Centers

    An operations & maintenance (O&M) program determines to a large degree how well a data center lives up to its design intent. The comprehensive data center facility operations maturity model (FOMM) presented in this paper is a useful method for determining how effective that program is, what might be lacking,...

    Sponsored By APC by Schneider Electric

  • White Papers // Jul 2014

    Securing Big Data HADOOP Performance with Vormetric Transparent Encryption

    This White Paper shows the performance of several benchmark tests of Vormetric Transparent Encryption running on a Cloudera HADOOP system using several different workloads. The overhead is minimal and within acceptable norms of performance vs. security tradeoffs.

    Sponsored By Vormetric

  • White Papers // Apr 2013

    TCO Analysis of a Traditional Data Center vs. a Scalable, Containerized Data Center

    Standardized, scalable, pre-assembled, and integrated data center facility power and cooling modules provide a “total cost of ownership” (TCO) savings of 30% compared to traditional, built-out data center power and cooling infrastructure. Avoiding overbuilt capacity and scaling the design over time contributes to a significant percentage of the overall savings....

    Sponsored By APC by Schneider Electric

  • White Papers // Jan 2014

    White Paper: Manage IT services efficiently. Serve business effectively.

    Aiming to manage your IT services efficiently and serve the business more effectively? Adapting to a constantly changing IT environment—while also meeting the needs of business and end users— requires a new approach to managing operations. The methodology that has emerged to fill this vacuum is called business service management...

    Sponsored By Hewlett-Packard (HP)

  • White Papers // Jul 2014

    PCI Compliance and Mobile Devices

    The Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council has released the Data Security Standards (DSS) version 3.0 outlining revised requirements for payment data security, effective January 1st, 2014. Merchants and Service Providers that store, process, or transmit customer payment card data must adhere to the revised outlined requirements. Additionally, the...

    Sponsored By MobileIron

  • eBooks // Jul 2014

    Help Desk Best Practices

    A help desk is critical to the operations of an IT services business. As a centralized intake location for technical issues, it allows for a responsive and timely solution to get clients and their staff back to business as usual. In addition to handling immediate IT issues, a help desk...

    Sponsored By LabTech Software

  • Presentations // Apr 2014

    Meg Whitman Presents Unlocking IT with Big Data

    Today, the industry is at an inflection point - driven by a triple storm of Big Data, cloud, and mobility; and in this new environment, security is paramount. The New Style of IT is about how businesses and IT leverage this rapid change for enterprise growth. During this Web Event...

    Sponsored By Hewlett Packard

  • White Papers // Aug 2014

    Foglight Solutions for Cross-Platform Database Performance Management

    Achieving consistent service levels for cross-platform database environments is next to impossible using each platform’s native tools. Foglight database monitoring software simplifies database monitoring and management, enabling you to consolidate and standardize database performance across multiple platforms. Download the white paper to learn how.

    Sponsored By Dell Software

  • White Papers // Aug 2013

    Business Insight: Enabling User Mobility with Enterprise Security Solutions

    Learn how to enable user mobility without compromising security. Savvy organizations have embraced the benefits of user mobility, including increased productivity, improved customer relationships and lower costs. See how to keep your data and resources secure.

    Sponsored By Dell Software

  • White Papers // Jul 2014

    10 Critical Requirements for Cloud Applications

    Many Organizations are freeing up their valuable resources for strategic activities by deploying cloud applications that are less costly and complex. So the need to differentiate between the real cloud providers and applications from the imposters has become crucial. The purpose of this document is to help technology and business...

    Sponsored By Workday

  • White Papers // Oct 2013

    Evolving Your IT Services Offering in a Modern Mobile World

    To stay competitive, IT solution providers must evolve their IT services offering and embrace the modern needs of mobility through service-oriented and mobile safeguard technology. Get enabled to answer the IT service calls of clients wanting to get connected to their data, stay connected to their data and ensure they...

    Sponsored By LabTech Software

  • Research // Aug 2014

    Gartner’s Best Practices for Implementing Automation

    Follow a systematic approach. Opportunistic implementations may backfire, leading to incompatibilities and added expense and risk. Read Gartner’s advice for maximizing the benefits of data center automation.

    Sponsored By HP

  • eBooks // Aug 2014

    Secrets of Effective Server Change Management

    Take control of change. Only 23% of IT organizations have an acceptable change-related incident rate. Download HP’s new eBook and learn how to dramatically decrease the number of incidents caused by poor server change management.

    Sponsored By HP

  • Research // Aug 2014

    Process Powered Change Management

    Deliver change with accuracy and speed. This new infographic shows how companies have achieved 50% improvement in speed and accuracy with server change management. Get more facts and insights by downloading the infographic now.

    Sponsored By HP

  • Videos // Aug 2014

    Experience the Power of IT Process Automation

    Bridge the physical/virtual gap. See how HP Operations Orchestration enables you to orchestrate physical, virtual, and cloud-based infrastructure and IT processes.

    Sponsored By HP