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IT Leaders Pursue Data Center Innovation to Beat the Heat

By John Moore | 03 April, 2014 00:19

The perennial data center quest to beat the heat has sparked a wave of innovation in enterprise computing.

How responsive website design helps boost revenue

By John Moore | 11 March, 2014 12:41, Australia's top online automotive classified site, is helping its independent dealers make the switch to sites built with responsive design in mind. Revenue is up, the company says, in part because of increased traffic from mobile devices.

Business Process Management Provides Agility in Lean Times

By John Moore | 10 December, 2013 20:58

When financial times are tough, the capability to streamline business processes, improve efficiency and achieve agility would appeal to any company. That's why firms today are increasingly finding new and sometimes unique ways to use BPM tools.

How Load Balancing Is Playing a Bigger Role in Tech Transitions

By John Moore | 19 November, 2013 13:43

Load balancing isn't just for websites that expect surges in traffic any more. Companies of all sizes, and in all verticals, find load balancing an effective way to address disaster recovery, scalability, failover and application virtualization needs.

Growth in Teleradiology Studies Spurs SAN Upgrade

By John Moore | 28 October, 2013 14:54

As a virtual radiology firm saw its workload nearly triple, storage performance suffered. That, in turn, impacted the underlying database, to the point that maintenance jobs overlapped. Rather than rewrite the database, Virtual Radiologic opted to upgrade it SAN -- and saw latency drop dramatically.

ERP Systems Provide Visibility Into Food Safety

By John Moore | 01 October, 2013 20:07

As food production gets increasingly complicated, food manufacturers often struggle to track products from raw materials to packaged goods -- and, in the event of a recall, from packaged goods to raw materials. Even those with automated quality systems often find it hard to integrate supply chain data. That's why some food makers are turning to specialized ERP systems.

Cloud ERP Helps Company Track Inventory, Increase Sales

By John Moore | 05 September, 2013 12:48

Implementing cloud-based ERP software wasn't exactly a nuts-and-bolts deployment for FMW Fasteners, as the software needed specific fastener manufacturing industry functionality. Experience rolling our cloud CRM helped, as did an experienced consultant. Now FMW's cloud ERP gains are boosting the firm's ecommerce prospects.

Medicaid Expansion, Insurance Exchanges Taxing State Health Agencies

By John Moore | 29 August, 2013 19:16

Dual deadlines for implementing new health insurance exchanges and enrolling Americans now eligible for Medicaid is leaving IT departments at state health agencies scrambling to update legacy systems while integrating them with new applications. Not surprisingly, some are opting for phased rollouts.

How to Support Mobile App Development in Your Organization

By John Moore | 13 August, 2013 19:48

As consumers eschew desktops and laptops for smartphones and tablets, organizations are increasingly tasked with developing apps for those mobile devices. These apps can be harder to manage than their Web-based brethren, but agile development methods can help ease the pain.

How CPQ Systems Boost Sales Automation and CRM

By John Moore | 30 July, 2013 19:07

Configure, price and quote systems are designed to speed up and automate the sales cycle--all in the name of improving customer relationship management. CPQ systems can be complex, but the firms who deploy them do see results.

Why SaaS HR Software Is Ready to Take Off

By John Moore | 09 July, 2013 14:09

It's estimated that 90 percent of Fortune 1000 companies plan to replace their human resources management software in the next four years. Many are replacing these legacy on-premises systems--some of which date back to the 1960s--with cloud-based HR systems. On top of hardware savings, enterprises using SaaS HR say they spend less on support.

In-Memory Technology Speeds Up Data Analytics

By John Moore | 26 June, 2013 13:02

Long the purview of financial firms looking for an edge as they make lightning-fast transactions, in-memory technology is starting to catch the attention of many firms that conduct real-time analysis.

Healthcare's Accountable Care Organizations Face Daunting IT Task, Deadlines

By John Moore | 03 June, 2013 14:14

Outlined in the Affordable Care Act, the ACO model aims to link hospitals, physician networks, acute care facilities and other organizations in an effort to provide more coordinated care that in turn reduces costs. But ACOs must address four key IT challenges before a strict government deadlines impose financial penalties.

ESB Persists As Application Integration Tool

By John Moore | 15 May, 2013 12:50

The tried-and-true enterprise service bus--long the foundation of now-dated service oriented architecture deployments--is back in style thanks to the increasing need to integrate disparate applications. The secret to ESB's future success, some say, is a close tie to API management tools.

Will Fault Tolerant Servers Improve Your Virtualized Environment?

By John Moore | 30 April, 2013 12:39

Companies are turning to fault tolerant servers as a way to improve uptime without experiencing the downtime associated with high availability solutions. But fault tolerant technology may not be right for every enterprise.

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