What is ransomware?
Ransomware is a malicious software designed to hold a user’s files (such as healthcare records, financial contracts, manufacturing blueprints, software code, and other documents) for ransom by encrypting them and demanding the user pay a fee (often in Bitcoin) to decrypt them.
How ransomware works
Attackers initiate attacks using an array of tactics. Ransomware infections often first begin with an exploit kit — which are software kits designed to identify software vulnerabilities on endpoints and then upload and execute malicious code on the endpoint.
Although variants of ransomware behave differently — there are many ways that Cisco can help. Download this whitepaper today to find out more.
Over the past seven years, we’ve surveyed more than 30,000 technical professionals around the world to explore the relationships between IT performance, DevOps practices, culture, organizational performance and other elements that affect business outcomes. In the process, we’ve built the deepest and most widely referenced body of DevOps research available.
The 2018 State of DevOps Report breaks new ground in our understanding of the DevOps evolutionary journey. We have identified the five distinct stages of DevOps evolution, and the critical practices at each stage that help you achieve success and progress to the next phase of your journey.
Enterprises currently face challenges regarding
the price, performance, and flexibility of traditional
wide area networks (WANs). Aggressive growth in
the adoption of public cloud services (a projected
86% spike between 2014 and 2018)1
organizations to look elsewhere for a more effective
network solution to address distributed traffic across
remote sites and branch offices.
Some of the specific issues organizations face with
their traditional WANs include:
- High total cost of ownership (TCO)
- Lengthy provisioning cycles
- Performance degradation with the growth of cloud
- Inadequate redundancy and resiliency
- Lack of application-aware connectivity
To better manage WAN investments, enterprises are
adopting a new approach for their distributed branch
office networks. Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN)
offers improved performance, agility, and operational
flexibility plus significant cost savings. But not all SDWAN
solutions are created equal.
Big data is growing faster than the capabilities available to manage and analyze it. Get this vendor comparison to learn how a modern master data management platform will help you to achieve better outcomes.
Studies indicate strong patient and family engagement in clinical care positively contributes to a favorable experience, as well as improved health outcomes and reduced costs. Learn how incorporating technology into patient engagement initiatives can better position providers to overcome the challenges of today’s healthcare environment.
This year higher education IT teams have focused on improving student outcomes by supporting success initiatives through technology. In this white paper, learn how 1-to-1 iPad programs can drive improved student outcomes through student wellness, engagement and career readiness. Also, gain helpful insight on how to start, manage and thrive with your own 1-to-1 iPad program.
Hobson & Company (H&C), a leading research firm focused on total cost of ownership (TCO) and return on investment (ROI) studies, conducted independent research and found that a proven Apple device management solution delivers a quick and compelling ROI to both large and small enterprises.
• Simplifying IT management
o 90% reduction in time spent managing apps
o 80% reduction in time spent provisioning
• Improving end-user experience
o 60% reduction in end-user productivity loss
o 15% reduction in volume of help desk tickets
• Mitigating risk
o 90% reduction in time spent creating inventory reports
o 65% reduction in time spent managing policy and setting changes
Published By: Cognizant
Published Date: Oct 23, 2018
Value-based care is the predominant model for enabling the healthcare industry to control costs and deliver better information to consumers. The basic idea is that reimbursements are based on the quality of the outcome of a procedure, episode of care, use of a device or therapy. Under this model, life sciences companies are rewarded for improving health outcomes and/or reducing the costs to achieve those outcomes. It requires life sciences companies to rethink many of their processes, from R&D through the commercial phase. Navigating those momentous shifts requires that life sciences companies embrace a range of digital technologies which will enable a holistic approach to value-based care. This white paper will examine the drive for value-based care, its impact on life sciences companies and how technology platforms can address the challenges the industry is facing.
Published By: Cognizant
Published Date: Oct 23, 2018
The implications of AI’s unique approach are profound: AI can learn by example rather than through brute-force programming; can understand human intention and emotions and act accordingly; and can handle extraordinarily complex relationships of data that are beyond the capability of human analysts working alone.
AI can multiply what we currently do and take us to experiences we’ve never had before, at a speed and scale that will change entire industries. In these case studies, we’re pleased to present a range of real-world examples to guide your imagination. Here, you’ll find situations where companies like yours found AI to be part of the solution. These examples show how AI can enhance an existing application, workflow or process and reduce friction.
This e-book presents how 10 organizations are using artificial intelligence to accelerate decision making, improve business processes, enhance user engagement, reduce costs and drive remarkable growth and profitability.
Lenovo’s VMware vSAN-based hyperconverged solution reduces TCO by 40% within the datacenter.
VMware-based hyperconverged solutions from Lenovo come with a set of certified components that can be deployed to create platforms that support a broad array of workloads, performance, and budgetary requirements. With VMware vSAN pre-installed, pre-configured, and pre-tested, Lenovo’s VMware-based hyperconverged solutions help improve productivity, and cut complexity quickly and easily.
VMware-based hyperconverged solutions from Lenovo represent proven solutions that are enterprise-class and are already being leveraged within mission-critical environments around the world.
Download IDC’s Infobrief on “The Real-World Value of Hyperconverged Infrastructure” and learn how you can:
• Cut the cost of scaling infrastructure
• Reduce time spent on infrastructure provisioning
• Improve application performance
• Eliminate complexity and cost related to refreshing traditional infrastructure
Design your data center to be agile, automated, secure—and reduce TCO by as much as 25%.
• Stay agile through automation
• Increase security without increasing spending
• Simplify and streamline through a common OS
Published By: Cohesity
Published Date: Oct 02, 2018
Until recently, Manhattan Associates had used a traditional secondary storage solution to manage its large and rapidly expanding data footprint of ~1PB. Designed for traditional workflows, the company’s IT team realized it had become cost prohibitive to add features to their existing environment to support their VM level backups. Like most traditional storage options, the existing solution did not scale-out linearly, and complicated the environment by creating silos. With Cohesity’s scale-out architecture, the team was able to start small and grow their Cohesity environment on the go, yet keep it unified and simple. See how Manhanttan Associates achieved operational efficiency and lowered their TCO by supporting VM data protection, supporting native integration with the public cloud and providing simple converged solution for data protection, target storage and files. Get the case study.
Published By: Qualtrics
Published Date: Oct 02, 2018
Customer journey mapping is a major component of any customer experience program.
Of course, a key part of mapping the customer experience includes identifying key moments of
truth or moments of consumer brand interaction that shape brand perception and loyalty.
In the digital age, many key moments of truth for your customers are happening online. This means
that more and more of your consumers, brand perceptions and attitudes will be based on purely
digital interactions (in-app, website, wearable tech, etc.). This has made understanding your
customers’ digital interactions an essential part of any customer experience program. “It has been
said that VOC programs without a web presence engage only 2% to 10% of those who interact
with their website” (marketing sherpa). As we move into the future, this trend will continue.
We know that mobile is an inherent part of today’s digital experience. Global mobile and tablet
internet usage just exceeded desktop use for the first time (GS StatCoun
The journey towards upgrading IT infrastructure is fraught with buzzwords and misinformation. In this special report, Gartner identifies the key challenges faced by infrastructure and operations leaders and provides strong recommendations for optimizing IT costs and investments.
Submit the form to access the report and discover the ‘seven deadly sins’ I&O leaders must avoid in order to capture efficiency gains and produce strategic, outcome-driven results.
If you’ve tried managing your retail operation’s labor performance without reliable, real-time data, you know the costly shortcomings of this approach. Tap into clear, easy-to-access workforce data — a single view of all elements of your workforce that empowers you to make effective decisions and protect your bottom line.
Workforce Analytics for Retail transforms labor and sales data into meaningful business intelligence. Learn how managers can make data-driven decisions that optimize workforce utilization, control labor costs, and drive continuous improvement.
Companies are facing more complex challenges than ever, requiring a variety of disciplines to come together to set a future vision and strategy. Historically, says Alec Binder, director, advisory at KPMG, these challenges have been treated as technology problems that can be solved simply by buying a better platform or solution.
However, as explained in Part 1 of this series on KPMG’s Technology Strategy and Selection (TSS) framework, that outlook often does not drive the outcomes or the value that companies are expecting. For large transformations, a business-driven, technology-support effort is becoming an imperative, not a nice-to-have. The modular approach of the TSS framework allows for the right services and business ideas to be brought in seamlessly and holistically — toward setting a future vision and choosing technology that truly drives change.
Modern solutions like CA PPM continue to raise the bar above last-generation IT demand management tools, continuously providing new features to ease the burden of the PMO, the financial manager, the resource manager and the product manager.
In the last few years, new vendors looking to exploit the large and increasingly influential project and portfolio management (PPM) market have developed modules that “snap” into their SaaS platforms. These vendors claim their tools are easy to install, easy to manage and save customers money. It sounds too good to be true. And for most organizations, it is.
Carefully consider whether you need a PPM solution that is only capable of providing low-level functionality for the project manager, or if your organization could benefit from PPM technology that provides 360-degree optics across your organization, delivers actionable business intelligence and enables extensive modeling and forecasting capabilities to make data-driven business decisions.
At a Glance
Today’s workforce has grown accustomed to using personal technologies that make communication easy and simplify their lives. But many enterprise tools haven’t kept pace. Most current project and portfolio management solutions fail to provide simple ways of performing everyday tasks. They don’t facilitate contextual communication that would help to solve problems, and they lack key functionality: the ability to narrow the focus to relevant data, to drill down for additional information and to efficiently forecast financials and model outcomes.
Download this whitepaper now to see how CA PPM brings more value to your business by providing 15 key features that remain unaddressed by other products on the market today.
Reconstructing resource management tools to simplify tasks, drive collaboration and facilitate action.
People who use technologies at home expect the same ease of use and intuitiveness for the tools they use in the workplace. But enterprise tools aren’t keeping up with the pace of change. Many product and portfolio management (PPM) solutions force resource managers to create entire workflows or navigate through multiple screens just to see the fundamental component of resource management—what their people are working on.
Resource managers also cite shortcomings such as no simple way to perform everyday tasks, communicate in context with others, drill down into key information, narrow the field of resources and forecast financials and model outcomes.
collectd is an open source daemon that collects system and application performance metrics. With this data, collectd then has the ability to work alongside other tools to help identify trends, issues and relationships not easily observable.
Read this e-book to get a deep dive into what collectd is and how you can begin incorporating it into your organization’s environment.
While simple fixes may cost a few thousand dollars, lost revenue from equipment failures can run into the millions of dollars in lost productivity and replacement costs. There can be longer-term impacts, too, if the downtime inhibits a manufacturer’s ability to meet customer needs.
That’s why it is important for companies to think about lubrication and equipment maintenance holistically, recognizing that short term cost savings may be leading to bigger, preventable expenses over the long term.
By adopting a total cost of ownership (TCO) program, companies can find efficiencies they didn’t even know existed and reap benefits they didn’t realize were possible. Download our white paper, “The Cost Reduction Game,” to learn more about how a TCO program can help increase equipment reliability, extend equipment life, and lower energy costs.
Published By: Evariant
Published Date: Aug 22, 2018
Health systems that implement CRM-based engagement solutions stand to achieve significant strategic gains, from acquiring and retaining patients to supporting more positive clinical outcomes to increasing referrals to member providers and practices. Driven by easy access to rich consumer data and analytic profiling, as well as patient encounter histories, CRM-based engagement centers optimized for healthcare enable health system CSRs to quickly offer personalized responses to consumer or patient inquiries via multiple in- and outbound media, including telephone, email, social, and web.
The world of artificial intelligence (AI) has finally arrived at the doorstep of IT operations. As organizations move toward using both big data and machine learning functionality to support a variety of IT operations, processes and tasks, artificial intelligence for IT operations (AIOps) platforms have emerged as a one-stop solution.
Gartner has released a “Market Guide for AIOps Platforms” that provides findings about the AIOps industry and its latest developments.
Download your complimentary copy to:
*Gain insight into the developing industry of AIOps and its future
*Learn how to optimize IT operations powered by machine learning to drive business value
*Compare different AIOps platform vendors and their range of capabilities