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      • Determine if NoSQL databases are right for your organization

        NoSQL databases offer more flexible alternatives to mainstream relational software, particularly for big data applications. But NoSQL offerings include a diverse set of technologies that can present prospective users with a bewildering array of choices. And those technologies have yet to secure a place in many organizations. In fact, in a survey of IT and business professionals conducted by The Data Warehousing Institute in November 2013, 65% of the respondents said they had no plans to incorporate NoSQL databases into their data warehouse architectures. Don't let that scare you off, though: There are companies successfully putting NoSQL products to work in applications they're suited for.

        In this three-part guide, readers will learn about the different types of NoSQL technologies and their potential uses. First, get details about the four primary NoSQL product categories, with deployment examples from experienced users and advice on how to avoid going down the wrong database path. Next, read about why it's a mistake to force-fit technologies into IT environments -- and why Gartner analyst Merv Adrian says it's a fruitless exercise to compare NoSQL offerings "that are so wildly different in structure and intent." And in our third story, find out why many organizations are creating what consultancy Enterprise Management Associates calls a hybrid data ecosystem -- a blend of old and new technologies, including NoSQL systems -- to support their big data environments.

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      • Staying secure, HIPAA compliant with mobile technologies

        The integration of health data systems with phones, tablets, laptops and other mobile devices is one of the biggest challenges facing healthcare IT professionals. That, readers will soon learn, is easier said than done.

        In this three-part guide, we clear away some of the cobweb-ridden concerns around mobile device management. First, readers will take a look at the repercussions of recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration draft guidance. While makers of new mobile personal health apps are rejoicing over news that the FDA will not regulate mobile device data systems (MDDS), it's a potential nightmare for healthcare providers. Experts say the move leaves medical devices with an extremely low barrier for safety -- and no checks and balances to speak of.

        Next, we attempt to understand why -- even with the technology to support it -- adoption of mHealth apps is so low. To that end, health IT consultant Reda Chouffani points to areas where mobile healthcare could serve to enhance the care experience. We close with a look at patient engagement, as mandated in stage 2 meaningful use criteria. Many in healthcare are looking to technology -- electronic communication, primarily -- to involve patients in their care, and the pressure to effectively address patient engagement safety is mounting. Here, we outline the steps hospitals everywhere must take to do just that.

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      • Compare business needs with the ERP choices available

        The risks of picking a bad ERP system or implementing it poorly are as significant as the opportunities for efficiency, collaboration and innovation that can come from finding the perfect system. And with today's ERP market boasting more choices than ever before, organizations don't have it easy.

        In this three-part guide, the ERP experts at Panorama Consulting Solutions tell readers how to choose wisely. They start simply: Keep your eyes open. Often, organizations fall victim to the marketing and publicity around larger vendors -- neglecting to explore smaller companies that, in Panorama's experience, are often a better fit. Next, they take a look at Software as a Service ERP systems. Compared with traditional, on-premises systems, software functionality delivered via the Internet -- as in SaaS and open source systems -- is an exciting trend in the ERP market. But while it might appeal to companies as a lower-cost alternative, there are some big risks involved. To close, they detail the seven factors they say are critical to any successful ERP implementation -- including whether your organization needs an ERP system at all.

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      • ACOs justify telemedicine investment

        July/August 2014

        Includes:
        • How can IT avoid the security threats attacking mobile health devices?
        • Can you see me now? More providers make telemedicine investments
        • Security is top focus in outsourced healthcare identity management
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      • Find the best route to deliver application virtualization

        IT no longer needs to deliver full desktops to users; instead, most users require access to only certain applications. So, IT needs to determine the best way to deliver those apps, and application virtualization is one option. This IT handbook will cover the different types of application virtualization -- streaming and remoting -- and help IT pros decide whether app virtualization is the right path for their organization. We also look at app virtualization tools on the market.

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      • Putting Remote Desktop Services to work

        This handbook looks at how Remote Desktop Services (RDS) tools are changing, particularly with the arrival of Windows Server 2012. Microsoft included features that are being welcomed (a mechanism to keep pooled desktops intact and a tool to collect virtual desktops without using System Center Virtual Machine Manager). Other features are being met less enthusiastically (the replacement of Remote Control and the inclusion of the unpopular new Windows interface). The handbook also looks how Remote Desktop Services differs from VDI.

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      • Develop your criteria for selecting VDI software

        Learn about the latest options for VDI platforms and get an overview of the vendors and products that IT has to choose from. Also, get more information about the decision-making process when determining if you need VDI, and whether you should choose VDI or Terminal Services.

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      • Zero-client computing

        The zero-client computing e-book series delves into essential aspects of how virtual desktop services can be provided with as little configuration as possible. Many vendors sell zero clients that do not in fact require zero configuration, so definitions tend to be fluid. These chapters will counter that vagueness with specifics on the distinctions between zero clients and thin clients, as well as guidance on how best to implement and manage zero clients.

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      • Architecting storage for virtual desktop environments

        Virtual desktop infrastructure can be extremely demanding of I/O. And while you can reduce I/O overhead by providing each virtual desktop with sufficient RAM, you can't reduce it to the point that it becomes a non-issue.

        This e-book will explain how to prepare your VDI storage infrastructure to deal effectively with the various I/O issues that can occur. Learn more about storage strategies and how to make shared storage work.

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      • Building a reliable virtual desktop

        Server-based virtual desktop infrastructure holds the promise of giving organizations a simpler way of managing PCs, a task that remains one of the IT professional’s most laborious duties. While reliability has held back adoption, VDI technology is maturing—as well as becoming both less costly and less complicated to deploy. Vendors and advocates say performance is not the sticking point it once was. This handbook will explore the best practices for achieving reliable VDI performance, including how to prepare a network for a heavier load, capitalizing on VDI’s security benefits, creating an effective storage architecture and handling applications.

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      • Desktop virtualization notes From Brian Madden

        Brian Madden, creator of BriForum and brianmadden.com, takes an in-depth look at desktop virtualization in this expert e-book. Read on for tips, suggestions, and insights from one of the leading experts on virtualization. Get your toughest desktop virtualization questions answered today.

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  • Forging the path to tomorrow's CRM

    Perhaps no two words have more of an effect on business today than "customer experience." Consumers have a wealth of options for buying products and services -- and they're not shy about letting the social media sphere know when they’re not happy. To keep them coming -- and coming back -- organizations need to ensure that the experiences they’re serving up are nothing less than stellar.

    In our e-book series, The Risks and Rewards of Customer Experience Management, readers will get practical advice and real-world insight into strategies that place the focus of organizations' operations and processes on their customers. The first chapter concentrates on automation in the contact center. It will explore the technologies, such as interactive voice response and virtual agents. And it will examine what organizations need to evaluate when deciding which processes to automate and which areas will always need a human touch. The second installment delves into digital marketing, mobile applications and social media. It's no longer enough to send the same message to all customers; messages now must be personalized -- and soon, based on where customers are at any given moment. The chapter will look at location-based automated marketing and the pros and cons -- including the loss of privacy -- associated with such practices. The final chapter digs deep into the role of analytics in customer experience management plans, scrutinizing data harvesting methods and ways to use big data to augment customer experiences. And the chapter will look at times when knowing all about your customer goes horribly wrong.

  • Market trends tell the future of predictive analytics deployments

    Predictive analytics employs statistical or machine-learning models to discover patterns and relationships in data, thereby enabling the prediction of future behavior or activity. Long used by credit card companies, predictive analytics -- and now self-service predictive analytics -- is making inroads in organizations of all sizes. Based on a survey of more than 3,000 IT and business professionals, this report analyzes their responses to provide information on implementation status, maturity of implementations, value and vendors of predictive analytics tools.

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  • Determine if NoSQL databases are right for your organization

    NoSQL databases offer more flexible alternatives to mainstream relational software, particularly for big data applications. But NoSQL offerings include a diverse set of technologies that can present prospective users with a bewildering array of choices. And those technologies have yet to secure a place in many organizations. In fact, in a survey of IT and business professionals conducted by The Data Warehousing Institute in November 2013, 65% of the respondents said they had no plans to incorporate NoSQL databases into their data warehouse architectures. Don't let that scare you off, though: There are companies successfully putting NoSQL products to work in applications they're suited for.

    In this three-part guide, readers will learn about the different types of NoSQL technologies and their potential uses. First, get details about the four primary NoSQL product categories, with deployment examples from experienced users and advice on how to avoid going down the wrong database path. Next, read about why it's a mistake to force-fit technologies into IT environments -- and why Gartner analyst Merv Adrian says it's a fruitless exercise to compare NoSQL offerings "that are so wildly different in structure and intent." And in our third story, find out why many organizations are creating what consultancy Enterprise Management Associates calls a hybrid data ecosystem -- a blend of old and new technologies, including NoSQL systems -- to support their big data environments.

  • Staying secure, HIPAA compliant with mobile technologies

    The integration of health data systems with phones, tablets, laptops and other mobile devices is one of the biggest challenges facing healthcare IT professionals. That, readers will soon learn, is easier said than done.

    In this three-part guide, we clear away some of the cobweb-ridden concerns around mobile device management. First, readers will take a look at the repercussions of recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration draft guidance. While makers of new mobile personal health apps are rejoicing over news that the FDA will not regulate mobile device data systems (MDDS), it's a potential nightmare for healthcare providers. Experts say the move leaves medical devices with an extremely low barrier for safety -- and no checks and balances to speak of.

    Next, we attempt to understand why -- even with the technology to support it -- adoption of mHealth apps is so low. To that end, health IT consultant Reda Chouffani points to areas where mobile healthcare could serve to enhance the care experience. We close with a look at patient engagement, as mandated in stage 2 meaningful use criteria. Many in healthcare are looking to technology -- electronic communication, primarily -- to involve patients in their care, and the pressure to effectively address patient engagement safety is mounting. Here, we outline the steps hospitals everywhere must take to do just that.

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