The terms "Green IT" and "Lean IT" and "Sustainable IT" are used prolifically these days and often inter-changeably. The three areas are the focus of exciting innovation the IT industry these days are significantly impacting IT operations departments both large and small and are described below. Lean IT focuses on reducing hardware, green IT builds on lean IT to reduce consumption and sustainable IT builds on green IT to reduce impact on economy, society and the environment.
In 2001, the international research group, Gartner released a briefing paper titled 'Rightsizing Output Fleets – The Hidden Gold Mine'. This research paper identified total print costs to be as much as 1-3% of an organization's revenue, a figure far higher than anyone had previously suggested. Gartner argued that print costs are so high they offer a 'goldmine' for any procurement or IT manager looking for savings.
The printer salesman began his pitch: "Once upon a time there was a poor, dull document that was of interest to no-one. Its vital information was ignored by one and all, and it stayed unloved and unlovely at the bottom of a drawer in the kingdom of Officeland." NewField IT is an independent consultancy practice with primary data covering 28 countries and over 70,000 devices. In this paper, they take an impartial look at the use of colour in an office, its advantages and the cost to a business.
For the human body to work at its full potential, it needs to be in good shape. Carrying excess fat, as we all know, leads to poor physical and mental performance, and the same could be said to be true of our workplaces. A healthy – and happy – office is one that is lean and fit, where the job in hand can be carried out with energy and efficiency, and where each part of the overall system functions effectively.
Successful health care leaders are treating ailing systems with a healthy dose of innovative solutions. Senn Delaney CEO and President Jim Hart discusses key issues facing health care leaders today, innovative solutions for dealing with them, and provides a series of thought-provoking questions to help you gauge the health of your organization's culture.
Published By: Utimaco
Published Date: Aug 18, 2008
Most of today’s standards and compliance regulations are concerned largely with the protection of private data at rest, during transactions, and while it traverses network connections. Some of these regulations make specific recommendations or require particular technologies for compliance. For all of them, however, encryption can be employed to satisfy the protection requirements.
Published By: Utimaco
Published Date: Aug 18, 2008
Better safe than sorry! When outsourcing, keeping an eye on data security right from the planning stage can save your company from nasty surprises. Readers should learn how to protect their confidential data when they exchange information with external partners.
Security is the most single critical task for any email administrator. Starting with a foundation of anti-spam and anti-virus capabilities, organizations should focus on other capabilities, as well, including policy management and a variety of other tasks designed to protect the network and the company from external and internal threats.
Today’s small-to-medium sized businesses (SMB) are undergoing the same IT evolution as their enterprise counterparts, only on a smaller scale. For SMBs, website reliability, flexible scalability, performance and ease of management are as essential to SMB website infrastructure as they are to an enterprise. It’s fare to say that these capabilities are an important operational imperative for businesses of all sizes.
Today’s web and application infrastructure continues to expand applications for e-commerce, and communications with customers, partners and internal employees. For those responsible for deploying, maintaining and supporting these networked applications, there is an increasing need to get the highest performance out of datacenter equipment, while simplifying the complexity that causes excess overhead and unnecessary costs.
Chances are, if you’re utilizing SSL, you’re not utilizing it to its full potential. SSL is a powerful technology that can help organizations protect their data as well as their users. While the technology behind SSL is solid, the most common best practices for its implementation do not take full advantage of the benefits that SSL brings. And this may be inadequate to provide proper security to the modern web application environment.
SkyVantage, a provider of hosted airline reservation services, provides an industry-leading airline reservation and management system for specialized small-to-medium and start-up airlines, as well as airline charter organizations. In an industry with high operating costs and tight competition, SkyVantage was founded based on the need to deploy a web-based, lower-cost software management solution to the airline industry, without sacrificing features.
Published By: NuSphere
Published Date: Jul 31, 2008
The problem of providing remote access to the files is nothing new, but the implementation of the solution quite often also determines reliability, safety and productivity. In this article we will look at accessing a remote computer (Unix, Linux or Windows) over non-trusted network.
Today's buyers possess a wealth of comparison shopping information. But you can be smarter, too. Learn how you can prioritize your inbound contacts in a split second, applying a wealth of information to instantly convert a prospect to a sale.
This white paper describes an energy audit tool which can lead to significant decreases in the costs of running a data center. Thermal Zone Mapping (TZM) is a visualization tool developed to present in graphical format high level thermal metrics developed by HP and targeted for use as part of the HP Data Center Thermal Assessment service. This tool uses data generated from computer models of the data center and generates metrics, which are then post-processed and visualized in the three-dimensional data center space.
The data residing on your storage systems and media, data-at-rest, presents serious security concerns. Regulations and various mandates around the world are putting the burden on companies and government entities to protect the private information they store. Increasingly, companies are being required to publicly disclose breaches that put individuals private data at risk, be it a customer, employee, shareholder, partner, or other stakeholder.
Aligning IT and business perspectives requires the ability to create links between configuration information in the CMDB and the business service as experienced by the user. Service Dependency Mapping (SDM) products automate the process of creating and maintaining these links.
Targeted at IT executives responsible for both the financial and ultimate project oversight of an enterprise CMDB initiative, this white paper sets expectations for ROI calculations for CMDB initiatives, provides basic ROI best practices, and gives readers sufficient insight to move forward with their CMDB project.
The success of SQL Server in recent years has produced a phenomenon of SQL Server sprawl - the uncoordinated deployment of tens, hundreds or even thousands of database servers. The result has been low levels of utilization, poor availability and, most importantly, an enormous management burden inflicted on many IT departments. There is an acute need for a way to deploy SQL Server that allows capacity to be matched appropriately to need, that provides high availability without introducing extra complexity and extra cost, and that actually simplifies the life of administrators.
The days of deploying new equipment for the sake of having the latest and greatest ended when the Internet bubble burst. So when you know it's time for a network upgrade, you need to have more than the technical facts — you need to arm yourself with a rock-solid business case. Start with these 10 ways to sell the members of your upper-management team on the network upgrade.
Published By: BlackBerry
Published Date: Jul 17, 2008
Mobile unified communications allows organizations to provide employees with the ability to collaborate and communicate efficiently, as well as access information on-demand. An exclusive Computerworld online survey offers insight into how companies can develop cost-effective strategies for implementing or improving mobile applications and foster an efficient workplace.
Published By: BlueCat
Published Date: Jul 09, 2008
A number of factors are fueling the demand for a new, intelligent approach to IP Address Management (IPAM). This document describes these factors while highlighting deficiencies in the legacy IPAM solutions and manual management techniques commonly used today. It also introduces the 'Five Pillars of IPAM Intelligence', BlueCat's framework for articulating its revolutionary, holistic approach to IPAM, and the foundation for the design of Proteus, BlueCat's next generation, intelligent IPAM platform.
The identity federation market enjoys an exceptional supply of products. With well over a dozen products available to enterprise customers, most architects have more choices than time will allow for evaluation. This abundance of products is partly the result of the inherent difficulty of developing a truly multipurpose federation server. Although federation products are similar in name, each has its own personality and idiosyncrasies that make it suitable for certain environments but insufficient in others.
Published By: Quocirca
Published Date: Jul 03, 2008
As enterprises recognize the costs associated with an uncontrolled printing environment, many are turning to specialist managed print services (MPS) providers. MPS services encompass the assessment, optimization and management of the print environment. Increasingly, MPS providers are now adopting a partnered out-tasking approach by delivering flexible services that can be tailored to individual customer requirements.
Published By: Quocirca
Published Date: Jul 03, 2008
Businesses of all sizes adopt technology to make them more productive, cost effective or flexible and help them compete. Over the years the adoption of tools such as mobile phones, wireless laptops, the internet and email have all been driven by such expectations. Small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) are often at the forefront as these technologies can give them a lead on their larger competitors. What starts as a useful extra tool or 'competitive edge' soon becomes the accepted norm and a search for improved quality and utility then ensues.
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