Five Ways to Promote Your IT Department and Gain User Support

Many of the services provided by IT departments are taken for granted by the user community. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Like the power company an IT department is doing a good job when service is being provided so consistently it can be taken for granted. However unlike a power company, the IT department is also engaged in projects to improve the company’s profitability and competitive edge.

IBM's Tivoli Intelligent Orchestrator Makes Data Centers More Efficient

IBM dusted off its May acquisition and relaunched Think Dynamics ThinkControl, renamed the Tivoli Intelligent Orchestrator. The product is at the center of a radical transformation of Tivoli to the new IBM mantra of “On Demand," where data centers should be more efficient with less staff and, potentially, less wasted hardware.

IBM Moves Into Regulatory Compliance Arena

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act has created a busy cottage industry for technology and professional services firms that market solutions designed to help companies meet certain aspects of compliance.

Q&A: Application Modernization Strategies

We spoke recently with Jim Rhyne, a distinguished engineer and eServer tools and enterprise modernization architect with IBM. Our discussion ranged from the scope of enterprise modernization (hint, companies often fail to adequately anticipate skills modernization), the phenomenon of mainframe brain drain (Rhyne isn’t convinced that there’s anything to it), application modernization strategies and, of course, the maturity of the Web services standards themselves.

IBM Introduces New Tivoli Mainframe Tools

IBM announced Tivoli Management Portal, a new Web-based portal technology that interfaces directly with zSeries performance monitoring tools.

IDC Puts Its Weight Behind Growing IT Recovery

IDC says the waiting is over: IT spending is about to come back into line after two horrible years of IT budget declines.

Case Study: Rx for Data Integration Woes

When Indiana University last year launched an ambitious $100 million initiative to provide researchers with transparent access to information stored in a variety of different data sources, the Hoosiers of the Big Ten got a decisive assist from the data integration experts at Big Blue.What worked for IU might also work for you: Find out how IBM’s DB2 Information Integrator products can remedy your enterprise information integration woes.

Critical Success Factors for Building a Future-Ready IT Infrastructure

Whether one specializes in information technology or the business side of the enterprise, there’s no mistaking this simple truth: Enterprises must respond more quickly than before to changes in the marketplace. Now more than ever, companies need their IT infrastructure to be future-ready.

Gartner CEO Sees Big Growth Ahead; Points to Four Key Technologies

Gartner Group has not been optimistic throughout the IT recession these past few years, so when its CEO stands up and says that the IT market will grow, it is worth listening.

IBM and EMC Cooperate on Support and Fast Copy Utilities

It’s not much good introducing a variety of rapid copying software which support disaster recovery on your IBM mainframes if clients keep their key enterprise data on EMC drives that won’t support that copying software.

Top Ten Mission-Critical Network Management System Functions

Complex enterprise networks require new ways to manage the myriad technology changes we see every day. Simply reacting to change is no longer acceptable. Savvy IT organizations are taking a more proactive, automated approach to change management in order to balance speed with process. This approach ensures that rapid infrastructure change can be accommodated and digested while still delivering on business expectations.

Beyond Utility Computing: Gartner's Vision for Data Center Integration

Automation is the real key to real-time infrastructure, and today’s infrastructure is anything but real time. The solution: Gartner analysts tout a technology vision that centers on a dynamic, two-way relationship between IT and business processes. Gartner also identified three technology triggers required to achieve this new business process fusion.

IBM Announces Largest Mainframes Ever, Extends On/Off Capacity On Demand

With a raft of recent mainframe-related announcements, IBM Corp. is making a good case that Big Iron is far from dead.

Enterprises Flunking Asset Management 101

A recent survey from Aberdeen Group finds that many IT organizations are receiving a failing grade in Sarbanes-Oxley compliance in one key area: asset management. The research firm found that a majority of senior managers are unaware of -- or are otherwise ignoring -- Sarbanes-Oxley regulations that pertain to the subject.

Desktop Management Ends Late-Night Work

Unisea, one of the world's leading fish product processing companies, turned to Sitekeeper from Executive Software Inc. to help them better manage and track software updates and licences.

Data Center Embraces Voice over IP

A spring storm forced the state of Connecticut to undergo a $15 million move to a new data center with Voice over IP, improved network performance, and better mainframe and server maintenance.

Bringing Best Practices to University Systems

The University of Wisconsin needed to replace legacy homegrown mainframe software, written in COBOL on a Bull mainframe, with Web-based software. It now runs Sun servers hosting Oracle databases.

Bringing Communications up to Network Speed

Novell needed to send customers formatted sales documents worldwide via e-mail or fax; it found the answer in StreamServe's Business Communications Platform.

TechSnap: Wireless Goes Prime Time

With 60 million mobile workers in the country, wireless computing has been a technology waiting to boom. That wait will soon be over.

Establishing a DSL Network

Proper planning and adequate help enable the director of information services for On Assignment Inc. to put DSL in 70 offices.

Is 2003 Just 2002 Redux?

With the arrival of the New Year, we asked several storage luminaries for their perspective on the pace of storage technology change and what we can expect in 2003. No surprise: it will probably be more of the same.

Paper Profits

For a business that lives off demand for printed documents, the paper industry has spent a lot of time trying to banish paper documents from its own processes.

As 2002 Goes Into the History Books, Sanity Rules

We've pulled together some of the noteworthy moments for enterprise storage in 2002 and look ahead to what this year will hold.

Big Blue Through and Through

In consolidating nine data centers worldwide to one location, Parker Hannifin International chooses to go with a vendor it knows well.

Finding the Recipe for Internet Success

A specialty baked goods company was losing online sales because of a Web site that couldn't handle peak holiday traffic. Solution: It upgraded its existing iSeries (AS/400) computers and created a new Web site running Linux.

Spoofing Finds A New Angle

Network-based file caching may provide a means for real-time data sharing and disaster recovery in file systems according to storage start-up Tacit Networks.

The Two Towers of Storage Pain

As the year draws to a close, the “Two Towers” of pain in storage administration—capacity provisioning and backup—remain largely unsolved, despite considerable activity in the industry around these problems. Will vendor efforts yield blockbuster solutions in 2003 or are they just rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic?

Fortune 500 Turning to Russian Programmers

Political instability in India combined with Russia's depth of programming talent makes it an attractive new location from offshore software development.