If you’re like most IT professionals, you’ve noticed that your roster of third-party providers continues to grow.
- PilotHouse Vendor Rating
- Contact Center and Customer Engagement
- Cloud and Data Center
- Cost Models and Total Cost of Ownership
- Enterprise Trusted Advisor
- IT Innovation, Transformation, and Enterprise Technology
- Mobile and Network Services
- Security, Risk Management, and Compliance Research Initiatives
- Unified Communications and Collaboration
Enterprise Connect 2015 proved a popular venue for contact center and customer engagement announcements.
At the 25th anniversary Enterprise Connect this week in Orlando Microsoft took a bit of a gamble, walking away from the “Lync” name for its unified communications platform that it had adopted just
The Well-Optimized Enterprise
Application Delivery Optimization (ADO) comes in a broad spectrum of flavors. The main pillars of ADO—WAN optimizers and Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs)—have important missions in the evolving, virtualizing enterprise: 68% use WAN optimizers; 57.1% use ADCs; and already 8% use the newer WAN aggregators. Improving application performance is the main driver behind optimizer adoption, while improving availability is the main driver behind ADC use. With both IT and business units, the focus is on end-user-visible apps, along with changes to back-end systems and architectures. Consequently, adoption of optimization among data centers is on the wane and doesn’t correlate with successful delivery of IT services. Aggregators help lighten the load of (and lead time for) provisioning, de-provisioning, and scaling branches by empowering use of redundant Internet links as a single WAN connection, and by making cheaper Internet bandwidth a substitute for more expensive private WAN bandwidth.