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A Complete Guide: How to Become a Microsoft Certified Azure Administrator Associate

White Paper | Sep. 05, 2019

This Certification Prep Guide provides an overview of the Microsoft Azure Administrator Associate certification and offers helpful tips that you can use when preparing for your certification exam.

A Complete Guide: How to Become a Microsoft Certified Azure Developer Associate

White Paper | Sep. 05, 2019

This Certification Prep Guide provides an overview of the Microsoft Azure Developer Associate certification and offers helpful tips that you can use when preparing for your certification exam.

A Complete Guide: How to Become a Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect Expert

White Paper | Sep. 05, 2019

This Certification Prep Guide provides an overview of the Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification and offers helpful tips that you can use when preparing for your certification exam.

The 10 Most Important IT Skills for 2019

Article | Aug. 30, 2019

With skills gaps plaguing the industry, these 10 skills are must-haves for all IT departments. It’s no coincidence that these skills make up a large percentage of the IT skills gap across the industry. Decision-makers are struggling to fill these job roles. The positions also pay well because of a lack of qualified professionals. If you’re looking to make an IT skills investment or start a new career path this year, these are the areas to consider.

New and Emerging Certifications for 2019

Article | Aug. 10, 2019

Looking ahead at new and emerging certifications provides insight into the areas deemed valuable in the IT industry. If you are an early adopter or in a position where you need to show that you have the bleeding-edge expertise of a technology, this list of recent and upcoming certifications is for you. 

Google Cloud Skills in Demand as Organizations Seek Multi-Cloud Solutions

Article | Aug. 01, 2019

Google Cloud certifications had a breakout year according to the Global Knowledge 2019 IT Skills and Salary Report. GCP Cloud Architect is the top-paying IT certification in North America and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), while Google Cloud salaries are 34% higher than the average for North America. As more IT departments adopt multi-cloud strategies, Google Cloud skills are increasing in popularity.

15 Top-Paying IT Certifications for 2019

Article | July 08, 2019

Based on survey responses from the Global Knowledge 2019 IT Skills and Salary Report, this year’s highest-paying certifications reveal a strong emphasis on particular topics, such as cloud computing, cybersecurity, networking and project management. In fact, cloud and project management dominate the top five spots.

Microsoft and Global Knowledge Help Organizations Maximize Technology Adoption by Attacking Skills Gaps Head On

Article | June 14, 2019

In 2019, Microsoft has thoughtfully adapted their curriculum to boost Azure skills adoption. And to further speed up Azure consumption, Global Knowledge has stepped in to support Microsoft’s evolution and their new strategy. We’re fighting change with change. And here’s how we did it.

5 Most Popular IT Certifications for 2019

Article | May 13, 2019

While IT professionals are most likely to hold certifications in CompTIA and Microsoft, a greater percentage are pursuing credentials in AWS and Cisco in 2019. Here is a list of the five most sought-after IT certifications this year.

Why Now Is the Right Time to Combine ITIL® 4 and Project Management

Article | May 09, 2019

For organizations with the willingness to get in shape and regain their corporate vitality, combining and aligning best practice frameworks is a sure way to achieve that goal. Admittedly, it takes work. Combining ITIL® 4 and project management should be high on your list.

Everything You Need to Know About the CISSP Exam Changes

Article | March 20, 2019

The CISSP (Certified Information System Security Practitioner) certification exam update in 2018 included a modest revision of the topics and a significant change to the testing process. Preparing for the CISSP exam has become more challenging. Here's everything you need to know about the changes.

How to Navigate the Transition to ITIL® 4

Article | March 19, 2019

Answer the questions posed in our ITIL Decision Tree to see if you should pursue ITIL 4. It’s easy-to-follow and no matter how you answer, it will provide a distinct next step for your ITIL journey.

CISSP Certification is an Indicator of Cybersecurity Expertise

Article | March 14, 2019

(ISC)2’s CISSP (Certified Information System Security Practitioner) is a widely desired indicator of cybersecurity knowledge, experience and excellence on the resume of many IT professionals. Learn how to prep for the most comprehensive and in-demand cybersecurity certification.

ITIL 4: The Changes, What’s New and How it Impacts You

Webinar – Recorded | Feb. 14, 2019

ITIL® is still recognised as the de facto standard in delivering end-to-end, holistic IT services. The 4th iteration retains ITIL’s place as one of the key tools at the disposal of organization’s seeking to manage digital transformations.

ITIL is Updating: ITIL 4 Foundation Now Addresses Evolving Best Practices

Article | Feb. 04, 2019

The ITIL 4 update is the first since 2011, and will address the new processes, vocabulary, and methods used in modern IT, including DevOps, Agile, and Lean IT development.

Bridge Your Knowledge from ITIL v3 to ITIL 4

Article | Feb. 01, 2019

ITIL® 4 Foundation Bridge is a new Global Knowledge course that addresses the specific needs of professionals who have already achieved the ITIL v3 Foundation certification and wish to upgrade to ITIL 4. 

Top Tech Trends and Predictions for 2019

Article | Dec. 03, 2018

Global Knowledge subject matter experts predict the top trends for 2019 in cloud, cybersecurity, networking and IT training.

Cloud Computing: Zero to Hero in Under 10 Years

Article | Nov. 16, 2018

Cloud computing has risen from relative obscurity to the No. 1 tech area of interest in the world, according to the 2017 Global Knowledge IT Skills and Salary Report.

How to Optimize and Improve Your AWS Architecture

Webinar – Recorded | Nov. 15, 2018

In this one-hour webinar, AWS consultant and instructor Ryan Dymek, will discuss how to optimize your AWS architecture design.

12 Challenges Facing IT Professionals

Article | Nov. 04, 2018

Here are 12 main IT challenges for information technology management and staff. Since each organization is unique in how it functions and where it places its priorities, these are offered in no particular order. The top IT issues include new technology, cloud, big data, virtualization, BYOD and BYOA, shadow IT, boomers, energy efficiency, user systems, interoperability, creating value and social networks. After a brief comment on each IT challenge, you’ll find one or more suggestions for dealing with that situation.

How Training Can Enhance Your Cloud Adoption

Article | Oct. 10, 2018

Cloud adoption continues to soar. In fact, worldwide Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) public cloud services grew by 29.5 percent in 2017, according to Gartner. If it’s not in a company’s current plans to utilize cloud technology, it most certainly will be (or should be) in the next couple of years.

IT Horror Stories

Article | Oct. 08, 2018

We asked for your top IT horror stories, and you delivered. Read the most unexpected and cringe-worthy IT nightmares from fellow IT professionals.

How to Build a Web Server with Lambda

Webinar – Recorded | Sep. 14, 2018

The idea of building and running applications without thinking about the servers (AKA serverless computing) is a developers dream come true.  Watch expert Rich Morrow to understand: The benefits of using serverless computing Different architectures that use serverless computing How AWS services, like Lambda, S3, API Gateway and DynamoDB work together to enable faster and more flexible application deployment and management. This video also features a live demo: Building a web app with only serverless components.

A Complete Guide: How to Become a Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect

White Paper | Aug. 30, 2018

This Certification Prep Guide provides an overview of the current Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect certification and offers helpful tips that you can use when preparing for your GCP certification exam.

A Complete Guide: How to Become a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert in Cloud Platform and Infrastructure

White Paper | Aug. 21, 2018

This Certification Prep Guide provides an overview of the current MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure certification and offers helpful tips that you can use when preparing for your MCSE certification exam.

A Complete Guide: How to Become an AWS Certified Architect

White Paper | Aug. 21, 2018

This Certification Prep Guide provides an overview of the current AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate certification and offers helpful tips that you can use when preparing for your AWS Architect certification exam.

A Complete Guide: How to Become Certified in CompTIA Cloud+ CVO-002

White Paper | Aug. 21, 2018

This Certification Prep Guide provides an overview of the current CompTIA Cloud+ certification and offers helpful tips that you can use when preparing for your CompTIA Cloud+ certification exam.

Top Five Big Data Architectures

Article | Aug. 02, 2018

It’s been about 10 years since public cloud offerings like AWS opened up the world of big data analytics. This post examines the top five most useful architectures used for big data stacks to learn the sweet spots of each.

How to Build a Pluggable IoT Pipeline in AWS

White Paper | July 23, 2018

As far as modern architectures go, there are few more complicated than an IoT pipeline. You’ve got to consider an ingestion layer (typically streaming) that may undergo manic load. You’ve got to think of data tagging, storage (probably across multiple engines), archival and access—both internal and external. And all of it has to scale like crazy, be as cost effective as possible, and use automation wherever it can. Oh, and your boss needs the IoT pipeline built by tomorrow. Short timelines? Tight budget? Unrealistic expectations? Unfortunately, these asks are realities for many cloud professionals. AWS knows this and is here to help.  

Success in the Digital Age: The Value of Investing in People

Special Report | July 06, 2018

In the digital age, people and intellectual property have supplanted physical assets as the most important criteria for determining the value of an organization. It is the employees who develop the next big product or improve the practices, processes, services and internal culture that add significant value to an organization.

5 Ways Google Cloud Platform Cloud AI Can Improve Your Business

Article | June 28, 2018

Behind various Google services lies the powerful Cloud AI, a neural net-based, machine learning technology that Google has perfected for use with services like image search and voice recognition. Here are five ways you could use Cloud AI to improve your business.

Improve Your Data Analytics with Google Cloud Platform Big Data Tools

Article | June 27, 2018

A longtime leader in data analytics, Google continues to earn their position by continually improving their data analytics offerings. Now, with Google Cloud Platform (GCP), you can capture, process, store, and analyze your data in one place, allowing you to change your focus from infrastructure to analytics that informs business decisions. However, you can also use GCP Big Data tools in combination with other cloud-native and open-source solutions to meet your needs. Below is an overview of GCP Big Data Tools and how you might utilize them to improve analytics.

Google Cloud Platform Security: A Data Fortress

Article | June 26, 2018

Google takes security to a whole new level thanks to their years of experience as one of the most popular targets on the internet for would-be hackers and denial of service bots. This led Google to build a sophisticated security infrastructure the likes of which few companies or organizations can claim. Google approaches security holistically and involves everything from the physical data centers, to the data pipelines between them, down to the training of each employee that is responsible for managing the infrastructure.

Five Surprising Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Microsoft Azure

Article | June 04, 2018

Moving capabilities to a cloud provider such as Microsoft Azure is pretty straightforward. However, given the depth and breadth of service offerings provided by Azure, it’s easy to miss the product’s less obvious capabilities. If you're implementing a Microsoft Azure cloud platform, you'll want to consider these five services to save time, money, and your sanity.

Get to Know the Google Cloud Platform

Webinar – Recorded | May 23, 2018

Making strides as a top contending cloud provider is Google Cloud Platform (GCP). In the growing cloud market, it’s important for organizations to understand the core products and services, how GCP can be utilized and see it in action.

Awesomely Geeky IT Pranks

Article | March 30, 2018

If you’ve been wondering what are some good IT pranks for April Fools’ Day—or any other time of the year—this is the post for you. Whether you’re an IT pro with decades of experience or a noob who is about to learn that holding CTRL+SHIF...

6 Things IT Professionals Can Learn from the Film “Groundhog Day”

Article | Feb. 01, 2018

Aside from plenty of laughs, the 1993 film “Groundhog Day” actually delivers powerful messages about change, love and the too-often-overlooked importance of being courteous to others. Phil is unable to break the time loop until he totally changes who he is. Unless you’re as selfish and heartless as Phil, you probably don’t require this type of transformation to break the repetition. But everyone could stand to make a few smaller changes to get the most out of life and your profession.

Guide to ITIL® Certifications and Tips for Exam Success

White Paper | Jan. 03, 2018

This certification and exam guide discusses the various ITIL® certifications and what they might mean to you, your organization, and your career, as well as provide important test-taking tips for the ITIL certification exams. ITIL certifications help individuals validate their ability to demonstrate skills from a foundational to a mastery level of IT service management. ITIL certification can often be a key differentiator in the marketplace as well.

New Year. New You. An IT Professional's Guide to Goal Setting and Taking Control of Your Career

Article | Dec. 22, 2017

If you’re looking for serious change, why not focus on your IT professional career? How much can you really learn from a five-point “Hack” list that speaks to everyone, yet no one? Not much. Too many articles rattle off a quick hit list. After reading this goal-setting guide you’ll be able to develop a game plan to bring successful change in your professional life.

Amazon Web Services: An Overview

White Paper | Dec. 04, 2017

Getting a clear understanding of what Amazon Web Services (AWS) is and how it can help your business can be a daunting task. The depth and breadth of AWS is significant, comprising over 100 services in dozens of data centers located in 16 Regions throughout the globe (with five more in the works). They offer computing, storage, networking, deployment, management, and a host of "supporting" services like queues, serverless functions, and e-mail. There's a great chance that AWS has more than a few products to help you work faster, smarter, and more cost effectively. So, where should you start?

Understanding Google Cloud Platform: Architecture

White Paper | Nov. 20, 2017

Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is Google’s public cloud offering comparable to Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. The difference is that GCP is built upon Google's massive, cutting-edge infrastructure that handles the traffic and workload of all Google users. There is a wide range of services available in GCP ranging from Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) to completely managed Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). We will discuss the available infrastructure components and how they provide a powerful and flexible foundation on which to build your applications.

Analyzing a Decade of IT Trends

White Paper | Nov. 16, 2017

The Global Knowledge IT Skills and Salary Report is a window into the inner workings of IT departments, revealing insights and opinions held by professionals around the world. For 10 years, we have surveyed over 120,000 men and women in IT about the state of the industry. With a decade of data at our fingertips, we analyzed 10 years’ worth of reports and noticed four major trending areas: certifications, salaries, cloud computing and cybersecurity. 

How to Avoid Cloud Migration Pitfalls

Webinar – Recorded | Nov. 09, 2017

Surprises can be a lot of fun, unless it happens in the middle of your cloud migration project. While moving to the cloud is no trivial matter, it doesn’t have to be stressful or surprising. Many steps and techniques are often overlooked or forgotten. Watch this 60-minute webinar delivered by cloud expert, course author and instructor, Brian Eiler. You’ll gain a better understanding of the scope involved for migrating workloads, plus tips and techniques that will enable your organization to get started in cloud computing without all the surprises. What will you learn? Key concepts related to cloud workloads, from planning and human elements to connectivity, security and data transfer. Different design aspects that should be considered when planning a workload migration to the cloud. How these factors impact the workload migration process. Recommended Courses: Cloud Workload Planning Understanding the Cloud Business Application & Vendor Landscape

Data Center ROI: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Article | Nov. 07, 2017

Data center return on investment – which is measured by time to cost savings, time to revenue, time to break even, etc. – has proven more elusive than expected. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t attainable. To understand the genesis of the bad and ugly parts of data center ROI, we need to recognize the good parts and appreciate why so many companies are putting their faith in new and unfamiliar technologies.

Top 10 Ten Cloud Computing Terms You Should Know

Article | Oct. 16, 2017

You might already know what cloud computing is, and you might already be implementing it into your business, but are you able to have a conversation about it? The lingo surrounding this newer technology can be a bit, well, cloudy. Here are just some of the terms we keep hearing as cloud computing spreads from organization to organization.

5 Secrets to Being a Success in IT

Article | Oct. 11, 2017

This article addresses non-technical skills you need to do to be a success in IT.

Top 10 Traits of Successful IT Pros

Article | Oct. 11, 2017

General character attributes every IT pro should have and on the things that every IT pro should know or do.

Understanding Google Cloud Platform Infrastructure Services

Article | Sep. 26, 2017

There is a wide-range of services available in GCP ranging from Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) to completely managed Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). In the first part of this series, we will discuss the available infrastructure components and how they provide a powerful and flexible foundation on which to build your applications.

The Evolution of Cloud Job Roles and Training

Article | Sep. 17, 2017

As with all technologies transforming the way organizations operate, it’s expected that roles will also evolve. Cloud computing already has and will continue to change traditional IT roles and functions for years to come. We'll begin our overview of the transformation of cloud job roles with a look at some of the top cloud computing roles and responsibilities for architects, engineers and developers.

The Story Behind Cloudera and Big Data

Article | July 15, 2017

We spoke with Doug Cutting about his role with Cloudera and learned more about Big Data, training options for IT professionals interested in Big Data, and how Cloudera compares to Red Hat.

10 Ways to Future-Proof Yourself

Article | June 01, 2017

Having a breadth and depth of skills -- especially on new and emerging technologies -- can only weigh in your favor.

How to Deal with Six Types of Difficult Coworkers

White Paper | May 30, 2017

It’s inevitable. At some point in your career, you’ll find yourself working alongside individuals who fall into the general category of “Difficult People.” The effects these people can have on an organization vary greatly but usually involve many problems for the team. This white paper describes some of the more common types of difficult people and provides you with tips on how to handle them.

Cloud, DevOps and IoT Trends to Watch for in 2017

Article | May 01, 2017

Get an insider’s take on 2017 cloud computing, DevOps, and Internet of Things (IoT) trends from an industry expert.

AWS in Canada – How to Have the Business Discussion About Amazon Web Services

Webinar – Recorded | March 08, 2017

You’ll be hearing a lot about AWS in Canada in 2017 as Canadian organizations are evaluating their options for moving to the cloud. Now is the time to get up to speed and find out what you and your organization need to know.

You’ve Completed ITIL® Foundation: Now How to Implement It

White Paper | Nov. 30, 2016

Shortly after being awarded an ITIL® Foundation certification, a recipient’s natural inclination is to ask: “Now what? How do I take the best practices I’ve learned and apply them to my organization?”

Cybersecurity Predictions for 2016

White Paper | April 25, 2016

Everything from wearables and smart homes to drones and ad blockers could be increasingly susceptible to hackers in 2016, according to cybersecurity expert James Michael Stewart. In this white paper, Stewart predicts that a wide range of disastrous data breaches will occur this year as hackers have adapted to the latest technologies to automate attacks on today's devices and software. 

Overcoming Barriers to Creating a Knowledge Management Culture

White Paper | March 29, 2016

Discover the most common barriers you will face when implementing knowledge management and how to overcome them, so that your organization changes, over time, into a culture where knowledge sharing and reuse becomes second nature and part of the normal course of activity.

Software Problems and How Docker Addresses Them

White Paper | Jan. 12, 2016

Learn how Docker makes it easy to update, test and debug software with this white paper and gain foundational knowledge about Dockerfile, Docker images and containers.

What to Consider When Implementing Software as a Service (SaaS)

White Paper | Jan. 07, 2016

There are many considerations in deciding on whether to provide Software as a Service (SaaS) to others or whether to become a consumer. This white paper will explore what questions and factors you should keep in mind as you seek to implement SaaS. Considerations include deciding how your application will be accessed, implementing disaster recovery, scheduling platform maintenance and upgrades, handling service outages and creating a security plan. This knowledge can be useful whether you are provider of SaaS applications or are planning to be a consumer using software for activities like accounting or project management.

Powerful and Creative Change Communications Strategies that Work

Webinar – Recorded | Dec. 03, 2015

The Toronto Chapter of the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP), in partnership with Global Knowledge, welcomes Kelly Norgate to share information about her success in leading change with powerful change communication strategies. In this hour-long webinar, Norgate will examine the link between creative change communication solutions and great corporate culture. You will learn practical change communications strategies and tactics that generate the energy and commitment required to get employees on board with transformational change. Take your next change communication plan from good – to great.

IBM Cloud TechTalks (Part 4 of 4): Maximizing Business Agility with Cloud on a z System

Webinar – Recorded | Nov. 12, 2015

Cloud can be described as the ability for users to provision new environments and/or services in a self-service fashion backed by automation. z Systems use technologies that best allow us to apply the strengths of our platform to cloud methodologies while complying with industry standards and preserving the security and manageability of our platform. This enables us to use the strengths of z Systems scalable multitenant architecture for on-premise cloud deployments. z Systems can also expose valuable enterprise services in a secure manner that feels native to mobile and Web application developers, enabling organizations to use enterprise services on z Systems with a frictionless experience for distributed developers.

How to Measure Your IT Department for Better Service Delivery

White Paper | Oct. 22, 2015

Measurements and metrics provide a view into every aspect of an organization. From resource availability to necessary improvements, measurements are the key to successfully understanding how your organization is performing. This paper will give you guidance on why measuring is important, how to get started, what types of metrics are available, what should be measured, and how to go about initiating improvements.

What to Consider When Implementing Platform as a Service (PaaS)

White Paper | Oct. 09, 2015

There are many questions you should ask before selecting your PaaS provider. Learn what you need to know in order to compare and contrast PaaS with the other offerings like IaaS and SaaS, and what they require in terms of setup and configuration. As with any decision involving IT infrastructure there are many variables that should be considered to ensure you find a solution that will fit your current and future needs, budget and support requirements.

What You Need to Know Before Implementing Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

White Paper | Oct. 05, 2015

The advantage—and disadvantage—of IaaS cloud computing is complete control. The user is responsible for sizing, installing, and maintaining operating systems and applications, backing up the systems, etc. This enables the user to configure everything in an optimal way for the workloads that need to be accomplished, but it requires time and effort to determine how it should be set up, secured, etc. With the goal of providing a good place for you to start your IaaS implementation and highlighting some areas that you should plan for and design for, Global Knowledge instructor John Hales provides a review of IaaS, as well as insight into what you need to know before implementing IaaS. He also shares a laundry list of things to consider when implementing IaaS, including questions to ask yourself, your company and your potential cloud provider.

IBM Cloud TechTalks (Part 3 of 4): Taking Your Power System Higher in the Cloud

Webinar – Recorded | Sep. 17, 2015

Do you want to take your Power System to higher levels of cloud functionality but don't know what's available? Join us for this free webinar, presented by IBM and sponsored by Global Knowledge, to hear senior power cloud consultants Vess Natchev and Kyle Wurgler share an exciting new cloud solution for Power Systems. In this interactive webinar, you'll gain insight on the details and features of the new cloud solution from IBM and VMware.

What is Amazon Web Services?

Video | Sep. 01, 2015

Learn about the Amazon Web Services platform, products, and services. Gain on-demand access to compute, storage, and database services without upfront costs.

What is Cloud Computing with Amazon Web Services?

Video | Sep. 01, 2015

Learn about Cloud Computing with AWS and the benefits AWS provides to hundreds of thousands of customers globally.

Aligning IT and Business for Better Results

Webinar – Recorded | Aug. 25, 2015

Businesses today are more dependent on technology than ever. And, more than ever, they're looking to IT for ways to improve employee productivity, customer service and innovation. The challenge is that in order to achieve results with technology, IT and the business have to work collaboratively. IT needs to be able to develop the right relationships and communicate with different stakeholders from a business perspective - not a technical one. As a result, the transformation of the IT department has become a top-level priority for many leading organizations. At the same time, business leaders need to strengthen their business technology IQ and play a more significant role in the governance of IT.

Insider Tips on Microsoft SQL Server 2016

Webinar – Recorded | Aug. 20, 2015

In this hour-long webinar, Global Knowledge course director Brian Egler will examine key new features of Microsoft SQL Server 2016 that demonstrate how it provides automatic end-to-end security, seamless generation of business analytics and elastic integration of data in the cloud.

10 Ways Cloud is Changing the World

White Paper | Aug. 14, 2015

The cloud revolution is truly a revolution - the way we work, learn and even play is very different now than it was just 10 or 15 years and will probably be a lot more different in 10 or 15 years. With this in mind, let's look at 10 ways the cloud will (and to a large degree already has) changed the world.

IBM Cloud TechTalks (Part 2 of 4): Up, Up & Away: Storage in the Cloud

Webinar – Recorded | July 23, 2015

The four-part Cloud TechTalks series shares practical insights and best practices for using the cloud. With exponential growth and unparalleled demand, there are few areas with greater opportunity than storage in the cloud. Join us for this complimentary, hour-long webinar to hear Susan Schreitmueller, IBM distinguished engineer and senior cloud advisor, share IBM's cloud storage solutions. Along with exploring trends and directions around IBM's roadmap for storage in the cloud, Schreitmueller will review Cloud Managed Services and SoftLayer options, as well as software-defined storage and IBM's suite of products.

Understanding the Objectives of the Event Management Process

Article | July 03, 2015

A strong event management process that is able to detect changes of state throughout an organization’s IT environment is a key aspect of a complete suite of service management processes. Event management ultimately helps an organization maintain control through an understanding of the state of things, and how the state of those things changes in an IT environment.

Types of Cloud Deployments

White Paper | June 23, 2015

Cloud computing is a big force in IT today, and it isn't going away. In fact, cloud adoption is going up geometrically, both for end users (think apps on your phone or tablet) as well as for organizations of all sizes. In fact, many smaller organizations may not have any on-premises infrastructure at all, other than networking infrastructure to get connected to the cloud. With this transformation in IT, it behooves all of us in the industry to understand it and adapt or risk being out of a job, like punch card operators.

IBM Cloud TechTalks (Part 1 of 4): Building a Power Cloud for Your Administrators

Webinar – Recorded | June 15, 2015

PowerVC is a cloud tool based on OpenStack technology used to manage your virtualized environment running on your Power System. It automates rapid provisioning/deprovisioning and provides simple ongoing management of LPARs on Power Systems. Join us for this free, interactive webinar to hear senior power cloud consultants Vess Natchev and Kyle Wurgler from IBM System Lab Services.

The Importance of Policies for Event Management

Article | June 15, 2015

Event management, although theoretically different, is fundamentally what most IT organizations refer to as “monitoring.” Monitoring an organization’s environment to determine whether important assets are in the state they should be, and knowing when that state changes, is a very important activity that many organizations spend significant portions of their budget doing.

Office 365: An Introductory Guide

White Paper | June 12, 2015

Microsoft Office 365 has a vast array of features to explore. A rich administration interface, streamlined security, and versatile migration options make this one of the most interesting products when it comes to an SaaS public cloud solution.

An Introduction to AWS Security

White Paper | May 05, 2015

AWS is an incredibly rich ecosystem of services and tools, some of which have security aspects baked in (like S3 SSE), and others that provide overarching security capabilities (like IAM and VPC) that apply to many services. With regard to data storage, operating system, and applications, security functions largely the same in the cloud or on-premises software. Customers can and should continue to follow best practices that have served them well in their own data centers.

How To Protect Data in Flight

Article | April 28, 2015

Accessing cloud-based resources, whether they be IaaS/PaaS/SaaS-based, is very convenient. With a browser and Internet connection, you are up and running. No driving to your work office, no need to log into the corporate network. Just open up your web browser and go. This convenience, however, comes with a security risk. All of your business work is conducted over an insecure communication network. Unlike your office network, where the network link between you and the data center is under corporate control and is physically secure, the cloud access link is over the Internet.

Strategies to Close Skills Gaps: You and Your Organization

Article | April 09, 2015

Young adults unable to find work, employers unable to fill jobs, a recent GAO study that reported substantial declines in telecommunication expertise — there has been a lot of news about the pervasiveness of skills gaps, their causes, the actual impacts and what to do about them. It’s rather confusing, because the term “skills gaps” has been hijacked to politicize an extremely wide range of issues.

Backing Up Servers to the Microsoft Cloud

White Paper | April 07, 2015

For cloud-based data backup, Microsoft Azure Backup is well suited for the ends of the company-size spectrum: small companies that don't have many servers, and large companies that will integrate it with System Center Data Protection Manager.