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Avoiding Common Pitfalls of Evaluating and Implementing DCIM Solutions
By APC by Schneider Electric | 20/3/2014

While many who invest in Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software benefit greatly, some do not. Research has revealed a number of pitfalls that end users should avoid when evaluating and implementing DCIM solutions. Choosing an inappropriate solution, relying on inadequate processes, and a lack of commitment / ownership / knowledge can each undermine a chosen toolset’s ability to deliver the value it was designed to provide. This paper describes these common pitfalls and provides practical guidance on how to avoid them.

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Case Study: Columbia Sportswear
By EMC Corporation | 10/3/2014

With the agility and intelligence provided by their management tools, Columbia sportswear is transforming IT to be much more service oriented in fulfilling business requests and delivering resources as needed. It’s allowing IT to “never say no” with an infrastructure that can handle nearly any project that comes through the door.

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The ROI of Consolidating Backup and Archive Data
By EMC Corporation | 28/2/2014

In this whitepaper, IDC analyses the true return on investment for businesses using a consolidated approach to data protection, versus more siloed backup and archiving techniques. IDC conducted in-depth interviews with several organizations to gain insight into the realized benefits of an integrated data protection strategy, both in terms of cost savings and productivity.

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Benefits of Web Self-Service
By Oracle | 16/10/2013

According to Forrester, 72 per cent of customers prefer using a company’s website to answer their questions. But only 52.4 per cent actually find the information they need online. Customers want to solve their issues quickly and easily, and providing the right solutions means greater customer retention and revenue streams - but this is sometimes not the case. Download to find out more.

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Data vs instinct: Perfecting global sales performance
By Oracle | 16/10/2013

Getting sales territories and perfecting their associated incentive compensation plans is a challenge even for the most seasoned of sales executives. The effectiveness of a plan relies heavily on the data available and how it’s being utilised. In this global survey of 229 sales/marketing executives, we look how sales managers use data—or respond to the lack of it—in developing sales territories and incentive compensation plans.

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APAC Digital Performance
By CMOC | 14/10/2013

With some of the highest levels of social media penetration, mobile device ownership, and Internet connectivity in the world, Asian markets are ripe for more innovative and adept interactive engagement. In this study, we look at how marketers in the region express high hopes for digital, but hare held back with limited budgets and a region-wide lack of talent and training. Click for more

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Becoming a Strategic CIO
By EMC Corporation | 25/9/2013

As radical innovations in technology are increasing the importance of IT in achieving a company's core business objectives, the role of IT professionals are increasingly becoming more important. In this Economist Intelligence Union survey, we look at the predominant challenges faced by CIOs and the need for them to be more strategic in their thinking, rather than just focusing on operational matters. Click to download!

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A Technical Overview of the Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Exadata Storage Server
By Oracle | 17/12/2012

The Database Machine is a complete and fully integrated database system that includes all the components to quickly and easily deploy any enterprise database delivering the best performance and availability. Find out more

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Oracle Exadata Database Machine X3-8
By Oracle | 17/12/2012

The Exadata Database Machine is an easy to deploy system that includes all the hardware needed for running the Oracle Database. Learn more

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Oracle Exadata Database Machine X3-2
By Oracle | 17/12/2012

Simple and fast to implement, the Exadata Database Machine is ready to tackle your largest and most important database applications. Learn more

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