The need to be close to customers, manufacturing facilities and specialized labor means organizations have had to extend the traditional concept of "headquarters" to offices and factories hundreds or even thousands of miles away.
That's the observation of a recent white paper titled "Centralized Data Backup: It Doesn't Have to Cripple Your WAN," which addresses "the realities of dealing with data that sprawls across the organization."
Because as the paper notes, whether the data is "at the Munich branch or at HQ in New York," it is equally susceptible to loss, requiring that data recovery and security plans "apply to all parts of the organization, regardless of location."
WDS technology is one way companies are accomplishing this. The technology "accelerates application performance over the wide-area and provides networks with the appropriate interface for data transport between geographically-disparate sites," the paper finds, adding that certain products in the field can "extend the life of existing network infrastructure by minimizing the bandwidth required by distributed backup processes."
If you're not paying attention to the cleansing and enrichment of postal address data for customers, suppliers, prospects, and other individuals or organizations of interest, then you're neglecting the foundation, and often the only, data quality investment made by many enterprises.
This is the studied conclusion of a recent Forrester study titled, "Confirm The Quality Of Address Data As It's Captured, Not Later," and really here the title says it all.
The paper finds that "the cost and risk associated with incorrect or incomplete address information is often the most visible and easily quantifiable of all data quality concerns." By focusing on address data quality, then, "organizations control escalating direct marketing costs, enable a single view of their customers for analysis and trending, ensure effective order fulfillment, and improve overall customer experience."
Now the traditional means of mitigating poor address data is scheduled, or at minimum one-off, batch cleansing efforts. Yes after-the-fact batch cleansing is useful for scrubbing large volumes of legacy or acquired address data, but it is a downstream process with no ability to request additional information.
The term "network management" means different things to different people.
In some cases, it involves a solitary network consultant monitoring network activity with an outdated protocol analyzer. Not the ideal situation. Other cases entail a distributed database, autopolling of network devices and high-end work stations "generating real-time graphical views of network topology changes and traffic." What the one guy with the outdated equipment drools for, in other words.
But in general, the paper finds, "network management is a service that employs a variety of tools, applications, and devices to assist human network managers in monitoring and maintaining networks." That's a pretty safe, general definition.
Things in network management really kicked off in the early 1980s. That was when the tremendous expansion in the area of network deployment took place, the paper recounted: "As companies realized the cost benefits and productivity gains created by network technology, they began to add networks and expand existing networks almost as rapidly as new network technologies and products were introduced."
AirWatch, which sells Mobile Device and WLAN Management software, has announced the availability of the AirWatch software appliance.
The company is providing its mobile device management product preloaded on a dedicated software appliance. AirWatch officials say it's offering three flexible delivery options: software deployed behind the corporate firewall, Software as a Service and a software appliance.
"The addition of the AirWatch software appliance means all companies, regardless of their size, IT resources or devices used, now have access to industry-leading mobile device management functionality," company officials said.
John Marshall, AirWatch's CEO, said the software appliance "provides all the benefits of an MDM product, but without the cost often associated with them."
Late last month TMC had the news that AirWatch announced the release of AirWatch 5.11, which includes the globalization of the AirWatch management console and the addition of standard APIs for improved communication and deeper integration between AirWatch and other enterprise systems.