Much of the attention to coping to mega IT challenges such as cloud, bring your own device (BYOD), mobile applications, and big data focuses on adoption and implementation strategy. Yet the added complexity and requirements of how to support these technologies once they are in place has now also become top of mind.

So how do enterprises deliver improved user experiences, leverage new reactive support tools and diagnostics, and increasingly rely on self-help and automation to keep their far-flung systems fully functional? 

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BriefingsDirect recently sat down with an HP Technology Services Executive to chart a better path to simplified, just-in-time, and pan-IT support improvements -- despite dynamic and complex IT environments. Lou Berger, Vice President of Technology Services Enablement and Readiness in the HP Enterprise Group, took some questions from Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions.

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The next BriefingsDirect deep-dive big data thought leadership interview examines how HP analyzes its own vast data warehouses to derive new insights for its global operations, extensive supply chain, sales organization, global marketing groups, and customers.

We'll explore how the Analytics Group at HP, based in India, sifts through myriad internal data sources, as well as joins with other public data sets, to deliver entirely new intelligence value that helps make business more responsive and efficient. 

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To learn how, BriefingsDirect sat down with Pramod Singh, Director of Digital and Big Data Analytics at HP Analytics in Bangalore, India, at the recent HP Big Data 2014 Conference in Boston. The discussion is moderated Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions.

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The next BriefingsDirect deep-dive big data benefits case study interview explores how Vichara Technologies in Hoboken, New Jersey is expanding its capabilities in big data from origins on Wall Street into other areas, and thereby demonstrating the growing marketplace for advanced big-data analytics services.

The use of HP Vertica as a big data core component to Vichara has allowed them to extend their easier to use financial modeling and tools, and then apply them to other industries such as insurance and healthcare.

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To learn more about how advanced big data, cloud, and converged infrastructure implementations are expanding the impact and value of rapid and increasingly predictive analytics, BriefingsDirect sat down with Tim Meyer, Managing Director at Vichara Technologies at the recent HP Big Data 2014 Conference in Boston. The discussion is moderated by Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions.

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Any modern business has been dealing with identity and access management (IAM) from day one. But now, with more critical elements of business extending beyond the enterprise, access control complexity has been ramping up due to cloud, mobile, bring your own device (BYOD), and hybrid computing.

And such greater complexity forms a major deterrent to secure, governed, and managed control over who and what can access your data and services -- and under what circumstances.The next BriefingsDirect thought leader discussion then centers on learning new best practices for managing the rapidly changing needs around IAM.

While cloud computing gets a lot of attention, those of us working with enterprises daily know that the vast majority of businesses are, and will remain, IT hybrids, a changing mixture of software as a service (SaaS), cloud, mobile, managed hosting models, and of course, on-premises IT systems. 

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We're here with a Chief Technology Officer for a top IAM technology provider to gain a deeper understanding of the various ways to best deploy and control access management in this ongoing age of hybrid business.

Here to explore five critical tenets of best managing the rapidly changing needs around identity and access management is Darran Rolls, Chief Technology Officer at SailPoint Technologies in Austin, Texas. The discussion is moderated by Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions.

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The next BriefingsDirect deep-dive big data benefits case study interview explores how Moscow-based Otkritie Bank, one of the largest private financial services groups in Russia, has built out a business intelligence (BI) capability for wholly new business activity monitoring (BAM) benefits.

The use of HP Vertica as a core to the BAM infrastructure provides Otkritie Bank improved nationwide analytics and a competitive advantage through better decision-making based on commonly accepted best information that's updated in near real-time.

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To learn more about Otkritie Bank's drive for improved instant analytics, BriefingsDirect sat down with Alexei Blagirev, Chief Data Officer at Otkritie Bank, at the recent HP Big Data 2014 Conference in Boston. The discussion is moderated by Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions.

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The next BriefingsDirect thought leadership panel discussion centers on how rapidly advancing IT service management (ITSM) capabilities form a bedrock business necessity, not just an IT imperative.

Businesses of all stripes rate the need to move faster as a top priority, and many times, that translates into the need for better and faster IT projects. But traditional IT processes and disjointed project management don't easily afford rapid, agile, and adaptive IT innovation.

The good news is that a new wave of ITSM technologies and methods allow for a more rapid ITSM adoption -- and that means better rapid support of agile business processes. 

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To deeply explore a practical guide to fast ITSM adoption as a foundation for overall business agility the panel consists of John Stagaman, Principal Consultant at Advanced MarketPlace based in Tampa, Florida; Philipp Koch, Managing Director of InovaPrime, Denmark, and Erik Engstrom, CEO of Effectual Systems in Berkeley, California. The discussion is moderated by me, Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions.

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The next BriefingsDirect deep-dive IT operations case study interview details how Home Trust Company in Toronto has created a center of excellence to improve quality assurance for improved performance of their critical SAP applications.

How do you properly structure your testing assets in quality control that makes sense for SAP?  What’s your proper defect flow? How do you design a configuration that fits all from the toolset? And where does automation best come in play?

These are some of the essential questions to answer for not only making apps perform well, but to allow for rapid deployment and refinement of new applications, as well as enhance ongoing security and compliance for both systems and data.

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To learn more about building a center of excellence for business applications, BriefingsDirect sat down at the recent HP Discover 2014 Conference in Las Vegas with Cindy Shen, SAP QA Manager at Home Trust. The discussion is moderated by Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions.

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Our next innovation case study interview highlights how Desjardins Group in Montréal is improving their IT operations through an advanced IT services management (ITSM) approach.

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To learn more, BriefingsDirect sat down with Trung Quach, ITSM Manager at Desjardins in Québec, at the recent HP Discover conference in Las Vegas. The discussion is moderated by me, Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions.

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The next BriefingsDirect innovator case study interview focuses on the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Mass., and how they're exploring the use of cloud and hybrid cloud to enjoy such use benefits as IT speed, agility and robust, three-tier disaster recovery (DR)

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To learn more about how the MIT Media Lab is using cloud computing, we’re joined by Michail Bletsas, research scientist and Director of Computing at the MIT Media Lab. The discussion, at the recent VMworld 2014 Conference in San Francisco, is moderated by Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions.

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The next BriefingsDirect discussion focuses on an essential aspect of helping businesses make the best use of cloud computing.

We're examining the role and value of cloud services brokers with an emphasis on small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), regional businesses, and government, and looking for attaining the best results from a specialist cloud service brokerage role within these different types of organizations.

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No two businesses have identical needs, and so specialized requirements need to be factored into the use of often commodity-type cloud services. An intermediary brokerage can help companies and government agencies make the best use of commodity and targeted IaaS clouds, and not fall prey to replacing an on-premises integration problem with a cloud complexity problem.

To learn more about the role and value of the specialist cloud services brokerage, we're joined by Todd Lyle, President of Duncan, LLC, a cloud services brokerage in Ohio, and Kevin Jackson, the Founder and CEO of GovCloud Network in Northern Virginia. The discussion is moderated by Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions.

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