Q&As


Q&A: Venture Capital Investor Sees Solid Future for Cloud BI, DW

Business intelligence delivered via software-as-a-service (SaaS) seems to be on the cusp of a wave of popularity, but it also brings some risks, as the recent demise of SaaS BI company LucidEra indicates. What's the future of SaaS BI and data warehousing in the cloud, and how can companies mitigate the risk?

Q&A: Staying Ahead of Network Security Issues

Where should IT focus its attention in protecting network assets, what investments offer the best return, and how can IT to avoid common mistakes when developing its security strategy?

Q&A: Delivering IT as a Service

IT as a service is a shorthand term for many changes enabled by virtualized infrastructure, from how resources are purchased and procured to how they’re managed. Learn how delivering IT as a service can help organizations reduce costs and improve efficiencies.

Q&A: How a Column-based Architecture Can Deliver Quick Returns

Companies that improve database infrastructures by moving from a row-based to a column-based architecture can expect immediate improvements in query responses and report generation speed.

Q&A: Breaking the Log Barrier

Logs must do more than just record the facts

Q&A: Making Data Meaningful with Visualization

How data visualization techniques can encapsulate vast amounts of data into intensely visual and data-rich displays.

Q&A: Staying Ahead of Network Security Issues

Where should IT focus its attention in protecting network assets, what investments offer the best return, and how can IT to avoid common mistakes when developing its security strategy?



Q&A: Creating a Virtualization Strategy

Before embarking on a virtualization project, you need two things: a good plan and the best implementation strategy. We offer tips for building both.

Q&A: How Data Infrastructure Enhances Your Bottom Line

In a challenging economy, how can you extend the life of your information systems? One solution is to focus on data quality and consistency.

Q&A: Unified Computing

Improving IT efficiency is a prime driver in these times of tight budgets. Unified Computing can help. We explore what the technology is, what benefits it offers, and where it’s headed.

Q&A: Virtualization Problems and Solutions

Virtualization promises to maximize hardware use and lower some IT costs, but is IT ready for the complexity and challenges the technology introduces into the data center?

Q&A: Making the Leap from Spreadsheets to Models

When spreadsheets become cumbersome and aren't flexible enough to work with you, not against you, then it's time to move up to work with a modeling tool.

Q&A: Innovation and IT

In tough economic times, can IT afford to be innovative?

Q&A: Enterprise Data Sharing Builds on Data Warehousing

How enterprise data sharing builds on earlier models such as data warehousing and XML standards to enable data sharing at an enterprise level.

Q&A: Deploying a Mobile Device Manager

The variety of mobile devices is growing, as is pressure on IT to support their growing mobile workforce. We offer tips to make IT's job easier.

Q&A: Best Practices for GRC

Where should an enterprise begin when undertaking a governance, risk, and compliance project, and how can IT avoid common project mistakes?

Q&A: BI Buy versus Build

The age-old question of buy-versus-build is alive and well for developers. We look at the current state of the decision-making process for BI professionals.

Q&A: The Maturing Open Source Model

To address BI costs, many enterprises turn to open source. We compare the many different open source models to help you find the one that's right for you.

Q&A: Inside Application Performance Management

Application performance management tools help you keep applications running at their best to help IT meet SLAs.

Q&A: Squeezing More Out of Your IT Environment

Where should IT start when trying to do more within new (and tight) budget constraints?