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We have a lot of reasons to give thanks, especially this time of year. We’d like to take a moment to thank Datatrend clients, partners, employees, friends and community members who helped to make the 4th Annual Datatrend Bowl-a-thon a great success. All proceeds – a record $9,700 – went to benefit the Pay It Forward Fund, a local charity which helps women pay their bills while fighting breast cancer; all related expenses were covered directly by Datatrend Technologies.
The event was held at Country Club Lanes in Tonka Bay, MN, in October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (check out #bcaware too).Read More
Whew. While we’re accustomed to serving clients coast-to-coast, we racked up some extra frequent flyer miles last week, spanning the country to attend three simultaneous conferences (in Dallas, San Diego and Los Angeles), mingle with industry leaders, learn of new developments and key client needs, and share our related knowledge and perspective. It’s been a whirlwind of interactions, though we wanted to take a minute to share an overview of our experiences with you.Read More
By definition, structured cabling is the use of a number of standardized cabling elements or subsystems in an orderly infrastructure for data and voice communications. The opposite of structured cabling is, of course, unstructured cabling — two words that can strike fear into the heart of even the most stalwart of IT professionals.
If you’ve worked in network services for any length of time, you’ve probably stumbled upon at least one breath-taking cable tangle – perhaps some LAN and WLAN cabling crisscrossing phone lines, draped over server racks and burying switches. Here are some prime examples of structured cabling nightmares — which should serve as cautionary tales to system administrators everywhere.Read More
Not long ago, Point of Sale (POS) technology deployments were extremely cumbersome and cost prohibitive projects that retail IT managers loathed. However, advancements in retail network cabling coupled with sophisticated network infrastructure make POS rollouts a walk in the park compared to just a few short years ago. With that being said, a successful technology rollout still offers some logistical challenges that require detailed attention.
Here are four tips that will ensure a successful retail POS rollout:
- Vendor Selection: A critical aspect of any rollout, especially for a specialized point of sale deployment, is to partner with a vendor who has expertise designing, procuring, and implementing POS technology and the associated network infrastructure (including the structured cabling). Ask questions to validate the vendor has specific experience in retail technology deployments, such as how they mitigate downtime during a “cut-over.” Another good question to ask is whether or not certified project managers will be leading the project. Make sure industry experts are driving your POS rollout to ensure the project stays on time and on budget.
Run Books are the key source of information for many tasks, ranging from incident and change management to virtual machine life-cycle management to making backups and assuring business continuity. Run Books are even more critical with the distributed nature of cloud computing and the dynamics of multiple new environments and support teams. However, a key issue is Run Books typically aren’t kept up to date as systems change, making it difficult to find the information and resources needed to manage your data center, especially in the event of outages.
Why Run Book Updating Matters
IT outages have a significant impact on company resources. Run Book updating services help reduce downtime hours attributed to problems and incidents. Efficiencies created as a result of implementing Run Book updating result in a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) of applications. Maintaining current data that is accurate and accessible ensures your company is resilient.
The business benefits of updating and maintaining Run Books are multifold:
- Assure business continuity – maximizing availability and minimizing outages and downtime
If you use IBM technologies or are interested in learning their plans and strategies, then hopefully you’ll find this report real helpful.
IBM Edge is an IBM conference offering 4.5 days of world-class technical education for IT professionals and practitioners, including 350 technical sessions and hands-on labs geared for all types of people from novices to experts, with the ability to test drive the latest technology.
A group of people from Datatrend recently attended the 2013 IBM Edge conference in Las Vegas (June 9-14). We had several of our technical, sales, and executive folks attend, along with some of our customers. Our goals were three-fold:
- To participate alongside our customers who also attended Edge, so that we could introduce them to both the people and technologies that can help them be more effective in their businesses,
As departments expand and contract depending on business demands, physical changes within the workplace are necessary. For example, what if your company decided to strategically relocate multiple data centers to ensure business continuity?
Relocations allow your organization the ability to upgrade essential hardware and network infrastructure that your business relies on. For instance, you recently rolled out a POS (point of sale) system upgrade and now you need to add/remove POS locations based on store changes.
A demanding business landscape is the reason why your company faces the reality of moves, adds, and changes. Technology enhancements are the driving force behind the competitive business environment companies currently work in.Read More
IBM Tivoli Software helps clients optimize the value of their business infrastructures and technology assets enabling greater visibility, control and automation across their end-to-end business operations. Tivoli enables organizations of all sizes and industries to run smarter, more efficiently and with greater agility.
Tivoli is a very large and diverse product portfolio, so time and space don’t permit an exhaustive rendering of how to get the most of your investments in Tivoli technology. Rather, the focus here is around the monitoring and job scheduling suites in the Tivoli portfolio.Read More
Increased mobile device usage, advanced analytics, social business, and big data are redefining how business is done. For companies to manage these changes effectively, it’s imperative they find solutions that are affordable, easy to deploy, simple to manage, and efficient.
Bottom line, businesses are searching for solutions that deliver a remarkable customer experience that drives innovation and reduces costs. To achieve these lofty goals and aspirations companies are turning to IBM Power Systems with POWER7+. These systems consistently deliver high level service across the enterprise by providing rapid response to challenging workloads.Read More
If your company’s data storage is bursting at the seams due to the immense amount of data created on a daily basis, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Social media has created a wave of new data that companies need to learn to manage effectively. Information created and captured from this new source is just one of many reasons your company’s storage is becoming bloated quicker than ever before; however a bigger problem is lurking below the surface.
Copy data is a big reason why companies routinely face data storage issues and experience problems related to backup, restores, and overall network performance.Read More