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Hybrid Cloud Overview PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - Managed Services / SaaS
Written by Ashok Iyengar   
Monday, 04 April 2016 01:00

A hybrid solution is created when private (on-premises) and public (off-premises) services are used together.

 Ashok IyengarWritten by Ashok K. Iyengar

Editor’s note: This article is an excerpt from the book IBM Cloud Platform Primer.

 

A hybrid is a mixture or fusion of two different elements. Hybrid cars, for example, are a combination of a gasoline engine and an electric motor, with both having the ability to propel the vehicle. A hybrid cloud combines the resources available in a private cloud with those in the public cloud while both continue to function as independent and unique entities. Thus, a hybrid cloud offers the benefits of multiple deployment models. Why not use just a public cloud or a private cloud? The answer lies in economics, speed, and privacy, which are the major forces that drive enterprises to hybrid cloud solutions.

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Last Updated on Friday, 01 April 2016 14:17
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ERP Implementation Strategies That Yield Ultimate ROI PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - Enterprise Resource Planning / Financial
Written by Robert Vormittag   
Monday, 21 March 2016 01:00

With the tools and process put forth in this article, hopefully you'll feel armed and ready to make ERP decisions for ultimate ROI.

bob vormittagWritten by Bob Vormittag Jr.

Considering that an ERP solution is one of the biggest IT investments, organizations must work closely and collaboratively with their ERP partner during implementation. The litany of high-profile failures that squandered significant resources can be blamed on implementation challenges. To yield the ultimate return on investment (ROI), ERP solution implementation success starts with proper planning, open communication, and careful selection of the best technical features that fits the organization.  

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Last Updated on Monday, 21 March 2016 15:56
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2015 Guide to Manufacturing Software PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - General
Written by Infor Global Solutions   
Monday, 01 February 2016 01:00

2015 manufacturing outlook—optimism, expansion, and hurdles.

Written by Infor

Editor's note: This article introduces the white paper "2015 Guide to Manufacturing Software" available free at the MC White Paper Center.

For all manufacturing industries, growth remains top of mind. Post-recession cautiousness has given way to confidence and more ambitious business goals. From automotive to fashion, more manufacturing leaders are ready to take bigger risks in the hopes of bigger payoffs, and optimism is the highest it's been in years.

Recent studies show that 44% of automotive CEOs believe the global economy is improving (nearly three times the previous year's figure), while the same percentage of UK manufacturers expect increased growth in the coming months.

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Last Updated on Friday, 29 January 2016 13:25
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Technology Focus: Cloud Managed Services for IBM i Offer IT More Options PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - Managed Services / SaaS
Written by John Ghrist   
Monday, 21 December 2015 01:00

Unlike cloud hosting services, cloud managed services leave the hardware at the customer site. However, many of the issues potential customers have are similar.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

Last month's Technology Focus looked at cloud-hosting services for the IBM i and some of the issues that have impeded more widespread adoption of hosting services use. A strong alternative to cloud hosting providers is offered by managed service providers (MSPs), which also use the cloud or Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) for connectivity, but that instead offer administrative and other services for servers remaining on customer premises.

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Last Updated on Monday, 21 December 2015 01:00
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CAMSS in Conversation: Cloud PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - Managed Services / SaaS
Written by Steve Pitcher   
Monday, 07 December 2015 01:00

IBM Power Systems in the cloud is bigger than you might think. And it's a growing ecosystem.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher
Joining me this week to talk about the cloud component of CAMSS (Cloud, Analytics, Mobile, Social, and Security) is IBM's Alise Spence, IBM's Power Systems Cloud Offerings Product Manager. Alise is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the offerings IBM brings to market for public, private, and hybrid cloud solutions.

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Last Updated on Friday, 04 December 2015 15:41
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Technology Focus: The Ranks of Cloud Hosting Providers for IBM i Continue to Burgeon PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - Managed Services / SaaS
Written by John Ghrist   
Monday, 16 November 2015 01:00

It can be tempting to save on systems operations costs by turning to a cloud hosting service. However, connectivity, security, and loss of control remain significant issues.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

Cloud hosting is one of those ideas whose time seems to have arrived. The cost savings of managing in-house servers combined with the economies of scale that hosting providers can enjoy by offering such services to many companies on their own in-house systems, coupled with the ubiquity of the Internet, make hosting an attractive option on both sides of the table.

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Last Updated on Monday, 16 November 2015 01:00
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Service Layers in the Cloud PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - Managed Services / SaaS
Written by Ashok Iyengar   
Monday, 09 November 2015 01:00

Is there a difference between services available in a private cloud and those available in a public cloud?

Ashok IyengarWritten by Ashok K. Iyengar

Editor's note: This article is excerpted from chapter 5 of IBM Cloud Platform Primer.

 

A key distinction between Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) is the type of service offered by each segment. With IaaS, consumers usually work with virtualized servers, which they can configure themselves, whereas with PaaS, the consumer uses and works with services that are created and maintained by the cloud service provider. Figure 1 captures the basic differences between IaaS and PaaS.

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Last Updated on Friday, 06 November 2015 12:35
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Partner TechTip: The Pursuit of a Paperless Process PDF Print E-mail
Application Software - Document Management
Written by Greg Schmidt   
Friday, 30 October 2015 01:00

Although "going paperless" is an urban myth, paperless processes within your company are a reality. This article explains why reducing paper matters and offers three steps you can take to a less paper-intensive process.

greg schmidtWritten by Greg J. Schmidt

Chasing after a paper-free business is a lot like trying to find the end of a rainbow. Why? Because it doesn't exist. There will always be a point of entry by which paper comes into an organization.

 

"Going paperless"—eliminating paper usage and managing documents in the cloud or web-based filing systems—sounds hip, smart, and eco-friendly. However, the reality is that paper still permeates the modern office. In a recent study, nearly half of organizations surveyed had made only 5 percent of progress toward paper-free processes, and 18 percent hadn't even started yet.

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Last Updated on Friday, 30 October 2015 01:00
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