Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.
Free technology white papers »
These are only the most recent releases from our complete list of free technology white papers. To stay informed, subscribe to the RSS feed, bookmark this page, or follow Geekzone on Twitter.

Enter your email address below to subscribe to a daily email with links to new free technology white papers:

8 Reasons to Build on the Salesforce1 Platform

The Salesforce1 Platform is an enterprise-ready cloud platform for building enterprise apps. Customers building on it report being able to deliver apps 70% faster. This overview will give you a quick look at the eight top reasons why.

Request Free!

A Quick Peek at How Salesforce Helps you Build Apps, Faster.

The fastest path from idea to app starts with on the Salesforce Platform. Trusted by over 100,000 customers, the Salesforce Platform brings together services like, Heroku, and And this quick peek at on the Salesforce Platform is just the start of turning ideas into business apps that give you competitive advantages.

Request Free!

Automate Business Processes with Salesforce1 Platform

The Salesforce1 Platform comes with clicks or code application development, reporting, easy-to-use dashboards right out of the box. Watch this video now.

Request Free!'s CTO on Using a Cloud Platform

In this on-demand webinar, Salesforce CTO and VP of Architecture Brett Colbert covers how companies can build and manage apps on a cloud platform. We will cover best practices on the topic and how uses their own technology.

Request Free!

Salesforce1 Platform Feature Demo

Discover the features of the Salesforce1 Platform. See how you can quickly create, customize, and deploy mobile apps that connect employees. Drive business productivity from any device, anywhere.

Request Free!

Salesforce1 Platform: Accelerate App Dev with Huge ROI

According to IDC, Salesforce1 Platform delivered a 520% ROI through:
  • 70% accelerated time to market
  • 80% more applications launched per year
  • 44% growth in application environment while reducing IT costs
  • 75-85% reduction in infrastructure costs
Download this white paper to learn more!

Request Free!

The Mobile Strategy Video Series The Impact of Mobile on Business and IT

Among the topics discussed in this video:
  • Top use cases for mobile apps
  • Criteria for choosing a mobile platform
  • The importance of rich APIs for mobile development
  • Back-office integration issues
  • Best practices for managing identity in the mobile environment
  • The pros and cons of building apps in-house or at an agency

Request Free!

5 Advantages of Mobile for Customer Service

Companies who use a customer engagement platform enable every employee across the organization to engage with each other and its customers like never before. Mobile connects your field service reps to your contact center, your managers to the data they need to make decisions, and your department to the rest of the company. So how does mobile technology really impact a customer service department?

Download this eBook to learn more!

Request Free!

Apptix - Hosted Business Solutions

Want your business to stay connected? Turn to Apptix. Over 500,000 users worldwide trust Apptix for their cloud-based business communication, collaboration and infrastructure needs. Communication offerings include Microsoft® Exchange and Hosted Business VoIP. For collaboration needs there are dedicated or multi-tenant Microsoft SharePoint. Infrastructure tools include Servers on Demand and Desktop Backup.
  • Low cost-of-ownership and predictable monthly costs
  • Rapid deployment and ease of management
  • “Anytime, anywhere” on-demand access to corporate data and communication capabilities
For the most reliable, secure, and relevant hosted services, choose Apptix now.

Request Free!

Cloud-Based Enterprise Backup

Cost-effective. Simple. Secure. Apptix is the first hoster to leverage Simpana 10, the powerful backup software solution with an industry-leading Cloud infrastructure. Back up your company data the right way with advanced functionality, off-site storage, and customized retention periods. All users are empowered to protect, manage, and access their stored data in the event of infrastructure loss, network outages, compliance concerns, or eDiscovery.
  • Enterprise backup and recovery – Store data from any kind of server
  • Encryption and security – Backed-up data is protected during transfer and at rest
  • Aligns with HIPAA regulatory standards – Helps healthcare organizations stay in compliance and avoid costly fees
77%. That's how much enterprise backup can reduce the time it takes to find and retrieve data over other traditional methods.

Request Free!

Comprehensive Rural Coverage is Possible: BT's Experience

Achieving good coverage in rural areas is a real challenge in Eastern Europe and there are few examples of providing that kind of coverage. Since 2010 however, VT have worked with the local council in Cornwall, one of the most remote areas of England, to connect more than 90% with fibre. We spoke with Ranulf Scarbrough, Director - Cornwall Superfast Broadband Programme at BT about how they achieved this and how they measured the impact of their programme.

Request Free!

Hosted Microsoft Exchange

Reduced costs. Enhanced business communications. Fruitful employee collaboration. It's all possible with Hosted Microsoft® Exchange from Apptix®. Utilize this easily deployed, easily managed, and easily scaled solution to boost employee productivity with corporate-class email along with shared calendaring, task, and contact capabilities. Create customized communications that work for your business and your industry.
  • Easily managed email, calendars, contacts, and tasks
  • Available virtually anywhere, anytime. Supported devices include PC or Mac®, web browsers, or popular mobile devices or tablets including iPhone®, Android®, BlackBerry®, and iPad®
  • Premium spam and virus protection
Award-winning customer support representatives are available to assist you around-the-clock.

Request Free!

Hosted VoIP for Business

Communication. In today's fast-paced, social-media driven landscape it is the lifeblood of any organization, keeping your customers, partners, investors, and others connected. Hosted Voiceover Internet Protocol sets up your phone system in the Cloud in a secure data center. Take advantage of the superior quality, high cost savings, unmatched reliability, and powerful features including state-of-the-art telephony.
  • Users have total control with easy-to-use interfaces
  • Systems are completely scalable – Add extensions, upgrade to hi-def and more
  • Disaster recovery/business continuity – Regionally diverse datacenters ensure fewer interruptions
Whether your business is working with an existing PBX or looking to overhaul its entire phone system, Apptix's enterprise level solutions can bring you thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars in savings every month.

Request Free!

Servers on Demand

Whether you're building a start-up or trying to keep technology up and running for a large organization, get the computing power you need fast with Cloud-based Servers on Demand from Apptix. Having the right server resources in place means that you can scale and optimize your IT environment to match your specific requirements.
  • Rapid deployment – Turn services on and off as you need them
  • Pay just for what you use – Annual and month-to-month rates with no long-term commitment
  • Automated recovery – In the event of computing failures
Develop virtual environments using virtualized networking, security, storage, and management to optimize your solution beyond the server.

Request Free!

The Definitive Guide to Sharing Mobile Maps for Utilities

In the utilities sector, sharing timely and accurate field information is vital. Every day, you must get the latest utility maps, blueprints or CAD drawings to hundreds of field crew personnel, managers and subcontractors across dozens of departments, from water, gas and electrical to sidewalks, streets and sewage.

This guide shows you how the following utilities stakeholders are using mobile data collection to quickly and easily share project data:
  1. Field Crews
  2. Management
  3. IT Departments
  4. Engineers and CAD Users
  5. GIS Analysts and Managers

Request Free!

5 Essential Steps to Sustainable PCI DSS Compliance

For many companies, Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance seems so daunting and complex that they only follow the letter of the regulations, without focusing on the subtle areas that provide the most protection. This eBook describes the five “must-do” steps that help assure the effectiveness of a company's PCI DSS compliance program.

Request Free!

Customer Analytics: Making Big Data Work for the Marketer

Marketers that successfully bring together customer data captured through offline (in-store) and digital (e.g. web and social media) channels excel in optimizing marketing campaign results. This report introduces insights-driven marketers and illustrates the activities and technology enablers that they use to establish and nurture a data-driven marketing infrastructure.

Report Highlights:
  • 70% of marketers are using seven channels to target customers in cross-channel campaigns.
  • Successful cross-channel marketers integrate digital and offline data across multiple systems.
  • Marketers that segment the customer base enjoy 6 times great NPS than those that don't.

Request Free!

Get Smart: Advanced Analytics Applied to Big Data

The best teams are greater than the sum of their parts. Such is the case for the pairing of advanced analytics and big data. Aberdeen took its pool of 681 respondents to the 2014 Business Analytics survey and identified organizations that had invested in both advanced analytics and big data capabilities. These 125 organizations (hereafter referred to as advanced data organizations) demonstrate how to get the most value out of big data.

Report Highlights:
  • The fast tools advanced minds want and need
  • More pervasive analytics in the C-suite
  • More pervasive analytics at the line of business

Request Free!

Hadoop-Enabled Analytics: The Elephant Enlightens the Blind Men

For any organization operating in a complex data environment, the challenges associated with managing Big Data are substantial, but the opportunities for game-changing insight are lying just under the surface. This report explores how companies are combining analytical tools and activities with the distributed files system for Big Data known as Hadoop, in order to extract more business value from their disparate data environments.

Report Highlights:
  • 71% of Hadoop users are combining visualization capabilities with Hadoop.
  • 42% of Hadoop users cite the need to use unstructured data as their top objective of implementation.
  • Hadoop users are 2.4 times more likely to use location/geospatial data on a frequent basis.
Download this report and learn how to extract more business value from your disparate data environments today.

Request Free!

Insider Threat: Three Activities to Worry About, Five Ways They're Allowed to Happen and What to Do

Business leaders these days can hear quite a lot about insider threat, but what does this term really mean? Is it really worthy of executive-level attention? Why do some trusted insiders do bad things, and how do many organizations allow those bad things to happen? Most importantly, how can organizations leverage visibility into end-user behavior with Big Data, business intelligence and advanced analytics, to detect and prevent insider misuse?

Report Highlights:
  • Motivation and opportunity: why some insiders do bad things, and five ways many organizations allow those bad things to happen.
  • From FBI Counter-intelligence on the insider threat: some specific behaviors that can indicate an insider may be “breaking bad”.
  • How organizations can integrate visibility into end-user behaviors with Big Data analytics to detect and prevent insider misuse.

Request Free!

Lowering the Cost of Communications and Six More Benefits of Lync Enterprise Voice

Lync Enterprise Voice and Lync video can improve worker productivity and streamline business processes, while lowering the overall total cost of communications.

Request Free!

Securing Your Future in the Cloud

To help your organization be the one that does things right, here are 10 questions to consider asking potential cloud vendors, as well as what to look for in their answers.

Asking these questions should be part of the due diligence process in evaluating the security practice of a cloud provider. Getting satisfactory answers will help in the decision-making process of selecting the best provider for you.

Request Free!

Take Meeting Collaboration to the Next Level with Microsoft Lync Room System

Topics covered were: How to tell if your company is ready for a Microsoft Lync Room System, what Polycom's new Microsoft Lync Room System solution adds to a Lync deployment and how Polycom's CX8000 and CX5100 are different than other Microsoft Lync Room Systems.

Request Free!

The Benefits of Effective Process Distribution

The white paper addresses a clear and consistent approach to design and implementation of a distributed computing system. It highlights the challenges and benefits of distributed computing, analyzes the attributes of an effective distributed system, and covers basic distributed architecture types.

«The Benefits of Effective Process Distribution» is a practical guide on what should be taken into consideration to get the most out of distributed computing. It will be helpful for businesses that give a serious consideration to system maintenance and security and look for an efficient and reliable data exchange mechanism.

Request Free!

Top 3 Impacts of Monitoring SDNs

Software Defined Networking. SDN. It’s difficult to find a bigger buzzword in the industry today.

By architecturally separating the control plane (the brains in a network device), from the forwarding plane (the muscle moving packets around), the networking industry is looking to help IT personnel build networks capable of being configured and reconfigured instantaneously for increased business agility.

Different vendors are bringing varied strategies to how SDN-based infrastructures are deployed. These differences can be confusing. However, a recent study by Infonetics Research shows that 87% of enterprises in North America intend to have SDN live in their infrastructures by 2016.

With the level of adoption forecasted, no matter the technologies or vendors in your SDN stack of choice, or whether the resources are on premise or in public clouds, now is the time to start thinking about how the shift to SDN can impact the day-to-day performance monitoring of your infrastructure.

Request Free!

Breaking BlackBerry: Your Transition Plan in 10 Easy Steps

The answer for many organizations is, no. Mobility has become a norm for business, with BlackBerry blazing the trail in the early years. Now that the time has come to move on, many organizations are left with the question of, “how?”

The move from BlackBerry should be a methodical approach that turns off the BES lights in a phased and methodical manner as you integrate iOS and Android into your mobility strategy.

Here are 10 Easy Steps to Assist in Your Migration:
  1. Seeking Stakeholders
  2. Noting Terms & Conditions
  3. Vetting Infrastructure
  4. Teaching Users
  5. Setting Up
  6. Pilot Program
  7. Arming Support
  8. Tallying Usage
  9. Assessing Issues
  10. Constant Review
Plus, you will receive bonus BYOD templates to help shape your mobility program.

To learn how to put these easy steps into action download Breaking BlackBerry today!

Request Free!

Mobile Data Security: Finding the Balance

Not all mobile security and management solutions are built alike, “Mobile Data Security: Finding the Balance” explores the business drivers to consider before marrying your organization to virtualization, email stripping or containers. Discover why each approach needs careful consideration...and of course balance with native functionality.

Request Free!

Retailers Relying on Mobile Solutions for ROI: The Big Picture

Produced in conjunction with Integrated Solutions for Retailers, this National Retail Foundation (NRF) 2014 guide explores why mobile device, app and content management are critical components of success for large scale mobile deployment and ongoing security management.

Download MDM: Prerequisite to Retail Mobile ROI to learn:
  • Where and how retailers are investing in mobile hardware and software for competitive advantage
  • The importance of mobile device and app management in retail
  • Why centralized mobile management ensures visibility, control and flexibility across the enterprise
  • Where simple passcodes fall short in true device security
  • Cloud scalability to match the ebbs and flows of your business
Maximize ROI and minimize risk! Get informed before you get the devices in stores.

Request Free!

Don't Let Unsecured Faxing Be Your Data Security Weak Point

Organizations are investing more time and resources these days focused on network security and protecting sensitive data, both in transit and at rest.  Mark Malone, a fax industry veteran, raises important questions and considerations that organizations need to make when choosing a secure fax solution.  Are your faxes encrypted at rest? Are all of your interconnections between your fax solution and other components secure?  The answers to these and other important questions can mean the difference between meeting compliance regulations and risking data breaches – and fines.

Request Free!

Storage Considerations for SharePoint Backups

Backup and Restore of a SharePoint environment can be a complex endeavor as the product consists of multiple components running at various tiers, each with their own backup and restore requirements. In addition, SharePoint documents are stored as Binary Large Objects (BLOBs) in Microsoft SQL Server, which can consume a large amount of expensive high-speed disk. Finding space to backup all of that data on a regular basis and provide for aggressive Service Level Agreements can subsequently be a challenging task. This storage issue causes a greater burden if you have to keep backups stored for a lengthy amount time. This webinar focuses on the storage aspects of SharePoint Backup and Restore, outlining how concepts like Shredded Storage work and examining advanced concepts such as Remote BLOB Storage and ways to reduce your overall backup storage footprint for SharePoint and even attain faster backup speeds.

Request Free!

The FDA are Taking Cybersecurity in Medical Devices Seriously and So Should You

Medical devices are undergoing a technical transformation in terms of software, interconnectivity and interoperability. This increase of function comes with an increase in risk from cybersecurity threats which puts not only the patients with medical devices potentially at risk, but has wider implications for connected digital infrastructure too. The safety, security and privacy of patients must be protected and the providers of software for medical devices must work with regulators and the wider industry to ensure this.

Request Free!

Building a Scalable & Profitable SaaS Product

Building a successful SaaS product is no more measured by the technical quality alone but rather the entire systems capability to help the ISVs run efficiently. The three areas (Business Management, Customer Service and Product Engineering) that we will discuss in this whitepaper are often overlooked by SaaS companies due to time and budget constraints. The idea behind this whitepaper is to explain the challenges that ISVs go through and the reasons behind why ISVs should think through these areas as they build their product. We hope you find this white paper informative towards building a scalable and profitable SaaS product.

Request Free!

Five DLP Tips from Security Executives

This research paper examines the findings from a new study on DLP by Symantec. The goal of the study is to understand how DLP programs impact the effectiveness of security executives, while also protecting corporate data.

Request Free!

How to Use Public and Private Clouds to Transform Your Backup Environment

Join Seagate Cloud Systems and Solutions' Michael de la Torre and Matthew Seeley to learn how real companies have put legacy systems under one coherent umbrella:
  • How to address multiple sites with a mix of different hardware, software, and physical and virtual machines
  • How to handle international locations when you need to make use of multiple clouds and multiple partners
  • How to maximize time and energy savings and make the decision to buy or build
Our presenters will help you understand the total cost of ownership of your different options and how to build backup solutions that optimize your technology, people, time, and money.

Register now.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 9 a.m. PDT / 12 noon EDT


Michael de la Torre
Vice President Strategy
Seagate Cloud Systems and Solutions

Michael de la Torre has expertise in leading high-performing product management, marketing, strategy, and product development teams in the cloud computing and IT managed services markets. Prior to joining Seagate CSS, Michael was VP of Product Management, Recovery Services at SunGard Availability Services.

Matthew Seeley
Sr. Solutions Engineer
Seagate Cloud Systems and Solutions

Matthew Seeley is a senior solutions engineer at Seagate CSS. Matt helps customers understand how to leverage Seagate's EVault cloud for data protection as well as understand backup, archiving, OpenStack storage, gateways for cloud storage, DRaaS, endpoint protection, SaaS, and IaaS and delivery of these solutions. He works with all the major software solutions for both public and private cloud platforms. His previous experience includes senior technical positions at EMC and Rackspace.

Request Free!

SANS Report - Breaches Happen: Be Prepared

This paper describes how to start with improved malware reporting and gateway monitoring and how to combine this output with security intelligence from both internal and external resources. Forward thinking organizations use these and other techniques promoted by frameworks such as the Critical Security Controls. The key is to—as quickly as possible—detect hostile activity, identify and locate affected systems and devices, and respond appropriately.

Request Free!

Symantec Intelligence Report: September 2014

Read this report to learn more about:
  • Targeted Attacks and Data Breaches
  • Malware Tactics
  • Social Media and Mobile Threats
  • Phishing, Spam and Email Threats

Request Free!

Explore Features & Functionality Powering Successful B2B eCommerce Websites

Are you offering the kind of purchasing features customers want?

Today’s B2B customer is a savvy one and they expect a B2C like experience, but with all the added business requirements unique to B2B eCommerce. B2B eCommerce sites need to have functionality that connects the operations side of their business to an efficient and accurate online store. B2B companies have a need to migrate offline processes to their online environment and to seamlessly integrate their eCommerce site with current data and to support specific customer business requirements. In addition, they typically require a multi-level solution to support business customers such as wholesalers, distributors and manufacturers while still respecting distribution channels.

Download our “What Makes B2B eCommerce Unique” interactive video series to explore features and functionality that successful B2B companies have implemented to effectively engage their online customers, improve efficiency and drive sales!

Request Free!

7 Signs You're on the Road to Real-Time ERP

ERP systems have become a core component of every substantial enterprise, but they are largely unprepared for this new role as the real-time operational core. Historically, computerization in business served to automate previously paper-based transactions. The primary role of ERP has been to record and tabulate those core transactions in a reliable, auditable manner. There were occasions when introducing ERP also brought change, for example when re-engineering a process enabled cost reduction and efficiency gains through eliminating unnecessary steps.

Request Free!

Characteristics of a Successful DevOps Team

Here's a checklist that's food for thought and fuel for future improvement!

Request Free!

Continuous Delivery: What It Is and How to Get Started

This introductory eBook reveals:
  • What continuous delivery is: Learn about the differences and connections between continuous delivery, continuous integration and continuous deployment.
  • Why continuous delivery matters: Learn how continuous delivery practices can benefit developers, sysadmins and business managers.
  • The practice of continuous delivery: Learn about the cultural and technical changes you need to make to adopt continuous delivery practices.
  • The tools of continuous delivery: Learn about common tools required to run a smooth pipeline from the developer's keyboard to deployment.
  • Resources for continuous delivery: Get a list of resources—from developer workflow tools to modules — that will help your teams de-stress and get more agile with continuous delivery.
Start learning about how continuous delivery can help you smooth out your deployments, de-stress your sysadmins and developers, and stay competitive in the market.

Request Free!

The 8 Ways Outdated ERP Damages Your Business: How Cloud ERP Creates Competitive Advantage

Technology has transformed the broader world of business software and consumer applications. Workers now interact through mobile devices and social media, and applications are increasingly connected together over the web. But many ERP deployments have remained oblivious to these tectonic changes—it's as if the iPhone was never invented, social media was a futuristic concept and connecting ERP to web channels was a kooky concept for the dabbling few.

On-premise ERP systems like Sage, Microsoft Dynamics GP (Great Plains), SAP and Oracle Financials have locked businesses onto a treadmill with annual maintenance fees of more than 20% for the right to make a support call and download the latest software—but what good is it if you can't upgrade your ERP deployment to take advantage of change and keep your business running efficiently?

Request Free!

Windows 10 Hands-On: A Good Start

The real Windows is back. Recently, Microsoft showed off the first preview build of Windows 10, which does away with the infamous Modern UI and brings back the Start menu, with a few new twists such as live tiles, scalable apps and virtual desktops.

The Start Menu has all the basic features Windows 7 users have come to expect, including a translucent background, shortcuts to your favorite apps, library folders and a search box. However, Microsoft has added a second pane to the Start Menu which contains live tiles that update with information like the weather or sports scores. The second pane appeared to function very much like the Start screen itself, as I dragged a calendar icon over from the left pane and watched it become a tile on the right side. You can drag any app you want to onto the right pane, but if it’s not live-tile enabled, it will just appear as a static shortcut tile.

With this download you will also receive free weekly coverage on the latest technology news and developments from Laptop Magazines eNewsletter.

Request Free!

Best Practices for Mobile Application Lifecycle Management

Home-grown enterprise apps improve productivity, business partnerships, customer satisfaction and bottom-line performance.

Mobile Application Lifecycle Management (MALM) is the key to ensuring the protection of apps and associated data by integrating security throughout the end to end process. Download this white paper to learn how to address:
  1. Proactive application security best practices
  2. Embedded device compliance
  3. Single sign-on support
  4. Data Loss Prevention (DLP) controls

Request Free!

Getting Ahead of the Compliance Curve

Compliance is a fast-moving target, and it's getting harder to keep up. In a survey by IT Policy Compliance Group, a consortium dedicated to helping IT security professionals meet policy and compliance goals, 70 percent of all respondents reported being subject to multiple regulatory compliance mandates, as well as contractual obligations and industry standards.

Request Free!

Protecting Your Website With Always On SSL

This white paper discusses the imperative need for Always On SSL, and the steps you can take to deliver end-to-end protection for your users. It also includes detailed accounts of four organizations – Facebook, Google, PayPal and Twitter – that are leading the way with Always On SSL in a cooperative effort to make the Internet more secure.

Request Free!

Simplify SSL Certificate Management Across the Enterprise

This white paper provides five simple steps for IT professionals to take control of SSL certificates across the enterprise, and recommendations for a management platform for full visibility and single-point of control for these certificates throughout their lifecycle.

Request Free!

Windows 8 Crashing? How To Easily Troubleshoot Blue Screen & Other Issues

Most blue screens and application crashes aren’t Windows’ fault — but they sure are frustrating! These tips will help you identify exactly what’s wrong with your PC and fix it.

Request Free!

HP OpenStack® Technology Breaking the Enterprise Barrier

If you are a CTO, data center administrator, systems architect, or an IT professional looking for an enterprise-grade, hybrid delivery cloud computing solution that's open, trusted, and reliable, we wrote this book for you.

HP is the sponsor of this material. By submitting your information you agree to be contacted by HP on topics of interest. Before deciding please review HP's privacy statement.

Request Free!

It's A Hybrid Cloud World: Are You Managing Your Hybrid State?

Whether your company uses Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) or deploys applications to a cloud platform, there is a high likelihood those services are connecting back to at least one resource in your data center. For example, enterprises using SaaS-based sales force automation software usually connect this application to their on-premises Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), finance, or eCommerce systems. That integration makes your environment a hybrid cloud, potentially exposing your company to vulnerabilities, increased costs, and operational challenges. Enterprises need to acknowledge this reality and start managing their hybrid state now, rather than viewing hybrid as some mythical future state when public cloud meets private cloud. Too late — you're already hybrid. In January 2014, HP commissioned Forrester Consulting to evaluate the state of enterprise hybrid cloud environments and how they are being managed. Forrester developed a hypothesis that tested the assertion that enterprise IT operations teams struggle to recognize and manage this hybrid state — a hypothesis that was proven out.

HP is the sponsor of this material. By submitting your information you agree to be contacted by HP on topics of interest. Before deciding please review HP's privacy statement.

Request Free!

Ovum Decision Matrix: Selecting a Virtualization and Cloud Management Solution, 201314

The role and purpose of IT in an organization is undergoing significant change, driven by the need for businesses to become more agile and have greater control over cost levers when using technology. This transformation of IT involves many different aspects, not all of which are technology-related, but the one thing they all share is that IT modernization is about making changes to meet the current and future demands of business. This report provides a side-by-side comparison of leading virtualization and cloud management solutions, looking at IT modernization from a data center infrastructure perspective, with the findings delivered as the Ovum Decision Matrix (ODM). It considers the significance of management in the virtualization and cloud environments and how this influences the way in which technology is deployed, used, and controlled.

HP is the sponsor of this material. By submitting your information you agree to be contacted by HP on topics of interest. Before deciding please review HP's privacy statement.

Request Free!

The Essentials of Online Marketing - Free Kit

The Essentials of Online Marketing, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Online Marketing related decisions.

The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your Online Marketing research:
  • Industry Report: 2014 Global Email Survey
  • The Modern Marketer's Guide to Getting the Most Out of Video
  • From Information to Insights: Understanding Big Data Online
  • Marketing Got Complicated

Request Free!

Millennials as Brand Advocates - New Research Study Results

Traditional marketing tactics don’t cut it when you're trying to share your brand story with social-savvy millennials. In fact, a new SocialChorus research study of over 500 millennials reveals that only 6% of millennials consider online advertising to be a trusted source for product information. So how do you reach this ad-averse group? Download this report to learn:
  • How millennials prefer to interact with brands (hint: they’ve mastered tuning out your social advertising)
  • Who 95% of millennials trust for product information
  • How to power millennials to advocate for your brand and share your story with their peers

Request Free!

iPad CTO Kit - including the iPad Tips and Tricks Guide for IT Executives and Managers

The iPad CTO Kit brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your IT Management related decisions.

The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your IT Management research:
  • iPad Tips and Tricks - A Guide for Executives and Managers
  • How Mobile Management Services Fill a Critical Security Need
  • Mobile Login Best Practices
  • Move Forward With Cloud and Mobile, Securely

Request Free!

The Essentials of Information Security Kit: Includes a Free PC Security Handbook - 2nd Edition eBook

The Essentials of Information Security brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Information Security related decisions.

The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your Information Security research:
  • PC Security Handbook - 2nd Edition
  • The Future of Backup as a Data Protection Strategy
  • Adapting Security to the Cloud
  • The Heartbleed Bug: How To Protect Your Business with Symantec

Request Free!

A Crossroads for Windows XP Users: Windows 7 or Windows 8?

Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP (or Office 2003), so now it's decision time for many organizations. Remarkably, Windows XP in early 2014 still holds somewhere between 15% and 25% of the overall PC operating system market, depending on whose analysis you read.

Request Free!

Resolving Issues When Creating a Cisco UCS Service Profile

Stateless computing in Cisco Unified Computing Solution (UCS) is implemented with an XML-based software feature called a service profile. In the event of disaster recovery, the amount of time to restore the server to its identical former condition is dramatically reduced with service profiles. Service profiles contain virtually all possible hardware settings of a server, which can be applied, modified, or moved to a different blade. While service profiles contain enormous power and flexibility over the hardware features presented to the bare metal Operating System (OS), there are several common configuration errors that prevent a service profile from working, and thus preventing the server from being powered on.

Request Free!

The Agile Business Analyst: How Much Is Enough?

The principles in this white paper help you introduce greater predictability into your own Agile requirements activities, both individually and across your organization. As you start to apply these ideas and pose these questions, you'll likely see certain patterns emerge that will help you establish your own set of practices that make Agile work for you.

Request Free!

What's New in Wireless Networking and 802.11?

Wi-Fi and 802.11 are important and constantly evolving technologies. Learn what's new in wireless networking that makes life easier for the end user and a bit more complicated for those that support the network.

Request Free!

Windows 8.1 Client to Microsoft's Cloud Services

Over the past several years, Microsoft has reinvented its enterprise technologies in its push toward the cloud. Windows 8 is a key part of making Microsoft customers and devices cloud-ready for the next generation of technology. With Microsoft cloud services such as Office 365, Office Web Apps, and SkyDrive, Windows 8 may now become a crucial part of how your organization can effectively leverage cloud-based technologies and applications for end users.

Request Free!

How To Use Your iPhone iOS5: Lesson 1 Beginner

The iPhone is a revolutionary device thanks to its user-friendly interface and sleek minimalist design -- but that doesn’t mean it’s always straightforward.  Many of the iPhone’s advanced or lesser-used features are hidden away and Apple doesn’t always do the greatest job of filling you in. This beginner guide hopes to help point these features out (also available for iOS6). This version of the Beginner guide is intended for iOS5 users. If your phone is up-to-date, read MakeUseOf’s iOS6 version instead.

Request Free!

How To Use Your iPhone iOS5: Lesson 2 Intermediate

The iPhone is a revolutionary device thanks to its user-friendly interface and sleek minimalist design -- but that doesn’t mean it’s always straightforward.  Many of the iPhone’s advanced or lesser-used features are hidden away and Apple doesn’t always do the greatest job of filling you in. This intermediate guide hopes to help point these features out, and is follow-up to MakeUseOf’s Beginner iPhone guide (also available for iOS6). This version of the Intermediate guide is intended for iOS5 users. If your phone is up-to-date, read MakeUseOf’s  iOS6 version instead.

Request Free!

How To Use Your iPhone iOS5: Lesson 3 Advanced

The iPhone is a revolutionary device thanks to its user-friendly interface and sleek minimalist design -- but that doesn’t mean it’s always straightforward.Many of the iPhone’s advanced or lesser-used features are hidden away and Apple doesn’t always do the greatest job of filling you in. This advanced guide hopes to help point these features out, and is follow-up to MakeUseOf’s Intermediate iPhone guide (also available for iOS6). This version of the Advanced guide is intended for iOS5 users. If your phone is up-to-date, read MakeUseOf’s  iOS6 version instead.

Request Free!

How To Use Your iPhone iOS6: Lesson 2 Intermediate

The iPhone is a revolutionary device thanks to its user-friendly interface and sleek minimalist design -- but that doesn’t mean it’s always straightforward.  Many of the iPhone’s advanced or lesser-used features are hidden away and Apple doesn’t always do the greatest job of filling you in. This intermediate guide hopes to help point these features out, and is follow-up to MakeUseOf’s Beginner iPhone guide (also available for iOS5). This version of the Intermediate guide is intended for iOS6 users. If your phone is not up-to-date, read MakeUseOf’s iOS5 version instead.

Request Free!

How To Use Your iPhone iOS6: Lesson 3 Advanced

The iPhone is a revolutionary device thanks to its user-friendly interface and sleek minimalist design -- but that doesn’t mean it’s always straightforward.  Many of the iPhone’s advanced or lesser-used features are hidden away and Apple doesn’t always do the greatest job of filling you in. This advanced guide hopes to help point these features out, and is follow-up to MakeUseOf’s Intermediate iPhone guide (also available for iOS5). This version of the Advanced guide is intended for iOS6 users. If your phone is not up-to-date, read MakeUseOf’s iOS5 version instead.

Request Free!

Best Android Browser: Chrome vs. Firefox vs. Opera vs. Dolphin

Still using the stock Android browser? You’re missing out. Android users can choose from a plethora of browsers, bringing a richer mobile Web experience to your smartphone or tablet. We considered Android’s top third-party browsers, Firefox and Opera, along with relative underdog Dolphin, then tested and compared them to Chrome to see which one deserves to be the default choice on your smartphone.

With this download you will also receive free weekly coverage on the latest technology news and developments from Laptop Magazines eNewsletter.

Request Free!

Best Windows 8.1 Browser: Chrome vs. Firefox vs. Internet Explorer

When it comes to Web browsing on your Windows 8 tablet, chances are you’ve already picked your favorite browser for the job. But you might be missing out. The best browsers can enhance your surfing experience with fast speeds, comprehensive standards support and intuitive navigation. We put the three leading browsers for Windows 8′s “Metro” mode — Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer — to the test to see which one will serve you best.

With this download you will also receive free weekly coverage on the latest technology news and developments from Laptop Magazines eNewsletter.

Request Free!

Is Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Moving Closer to Reality?

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is gaining momentum along with Software-Defined Networking (SDN). This paper examines the history of NFV and explores the prospects for networking to gradually evolve from a hardware-centric approach to a software-driven model. It concludes with an examination of future market implications and how NFV can help organizations to achieve their goals.

Request Free!

VMware Horizon 6 Overview

VMware Horizon 6 was announced in April and began shipping in June 2014, bringing a more unified suite delivering more integration with infrastructure and cloud products and more simplicity for all devices. Along with the numerous updates across the Horizon suite, VMware has transitioned to a more traditional product licensing hierarchy. This paper explores the new licensing model and provides an overview of the new features associated with VMware Horizon 6.

Request Free!

Forrester Market Overview: Hosted Collaboration Services Providers

Sixty-five percent of IT leaders Forrester recently surveyed said they are interested in or already using software-as-a-service (SaaS) for some portion of their collaboration technology portfolio. But many IT leaders — particularly those at very large organizations — are unsure whether standardized SaaS offerings from Google and Microsoft provide the flexibility they need. These concerns shouldn't prevent CIOs from moving collaboration tools off-premises. We find a burgeoning services sector that can deliver highly customized messaging, teaming, and real-time communication services for the enterprise.

This report provides an overview of the market, giving CIOs a sense of the players, their capabilities, and their offerings.

Request Free!

How the Cloud is Reshaping Virtual Desktops

Discover the benefits of independence from your physical desktop computer infrastructure.

Desktop computing has become an increased cost burden for IT, and a source of frustration for tech-savvy users who expect more flexibility. Cloud-hosted desktops enable companies to mitigate the complexity placed on IT while reducing the risks associated with lost or stolen devices, all at a reduced TCO.

Request Free!

3G/4G Digital Signage Guide

Combined with cloud-enabled network management and content delivery systems, 3G and 4G wireless broadband networks are propelling digital signage deployments at an accelerated pace. In countless venues, digital signage networked via wireless broadband cellular signal penetrates hard-to-reach locations and new markets, and can achieve a faster return on investment.

Request Free!

Vehicles Best Practices Installation Guide

Power in automotive systems is not stable and is often subject to fluctuations and noise. Proper installation of the power conditioning devices in relation to the hardware you are trying to protect is important. With the Vehicle Best Practices Installation Guide you will learn the background on the problems and solutions as well as guidance for the installation of in-vehicle networks as well as guidance to overcome these obstacles.

Request Free!

Retail Online Integration

Retail Online Integration magazine provides readers with solid, how-to information, case studies and advice from leading experts on catalog creative, production/printing, e-commerce, fulfillment, merchandising, database marketing, lists and media and customer relationship management.

Request Free!

Six Essential Elements of Web Application Security

Like all competitive businesses, your application developers and operation teams are constantly under pressure to move quickly. Everybody wants their application security efforts to be effective, but only if they don't unduly impede workflow or drive up costs. To balance these potentially-competing objectives, industry-leading organizations often use six elements in their approach to web application security. Download this white paper to learn more!

Request Free!

The Complete Guide to B2B Email Marketing

The Complete Guide to B2B Email Marketing will walk you through the entire process of creating effective, targeted email campaigns — from planning and designing to sending and optimizing — in six straightforward steps. With this guide you'll learn:
  • Important information on email deliverability and avoiding spam folders
  • Design tips for clean, attractive templates
  • Best practices for writing compelling, personalized messages
  • How to find your perfect email send time

Request Free!

The Definitive Guide to Employee Advocate Marketing

Employee-shared content increases reach 10x and engagement 8x. That's why leading brands are launching Employee Advocate Marketing programs to drive the marketing metrics they care about most, including increased awareness, social engagement and new customers.

But what are the steps they took to launch a successful program? Download this guide and step-by-step checklist for everything you need to know to launch an employee Advocate Marketing program.

In this guide you will learn:
  • The steps to launching an employee Advocate Marketing program
  • Proven best practices to grow your program
  • The recommended timeline and steps to ensure the program drives your goals

Request Free!

Everything You Need To Know About Switching To A Chromebook

Like any device, Chromebooks have their advantages and their disadvantages.  Chromebooks are Google’s take on the laptop. They run a slimmed-down operating system optimized for getting on the web with just the Chrome browser and Chrome apps. If you can do everything in your browser with web-based services and online storage, you can switch to a Chromebook.

Many Chromebook users haven’t actually “switched” to a Chromebook — they’ve purchased a Chromebook as an additional device, not one that replaces their current computer entirely. A Chromebook is the simple laptop you pick up when you need to browse the web, watch videos, type emails, write documents, and do other things you can accomplish in a browser. But let’s assume you actually want to switch to a Chromebook.

Request Free!

You can find other free technology white papers here.