Enterprise Management Associates Announces IT Management Webinars for April

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Topics covered are private cloud management platforms, development and operations, service desk and network management

Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), a leading IT and data management research and consulting firm, today announced it will host Webinars focused on IT management during the month of April.

The EMA™ Webinars scheduled for April are:

Wednesday, April 10 at 2:00 p.m. EDT
Private Cloud Management Platforms Radar Webinar

There are many considerations, not all of them technical, when selecting a private cloud platform. The EMA Radar Report for Private Cloud Platforms provides a detailed overview of the market place for private cloud technologies, discussing how to select the ideal vendor for a company’s specific requirements profile. EMA’s evaluation crosses five distinct pillars indicating value: functionality, cost advantage, architecture and integration, deployment and administration, and vendor strength.

In this 30-minute Webinar, EMA Research Director, Torsten Volk, will share highlights from this new research, as well as provide an overview of how private cloud management platforms from the following vendors rank:

BMC Software
CA Technologies

Torsten will also discuss the 2013 Private Cloud Vendors to Watch: Convirture, Dell and Virtustream.

Thursday, April 18 at 2:00 p.m. EDT
DevOps for a New Millennium: A Lifecycle Perspective Supporting Business Growth in an Altered Economy

Agile practices and continuous integration are challenging every IT organization to deliver software faster while still ensuring the integrity of production application environments. “DevOps” practices have historically been proposed as the answer but the research shows that real-world adoption has been less than impressive.

During this Webinar, EMA Research Director, Julie Craig, will provide key highlights from new EMA research of the same name and explore the ways in which IT organizations are reconciling high rates of change with escalating requirements for application performance and availability. It will address the following topics:

“Point in Time” DevOps versus Lifecycle DevOps
Cross-functional Dev and Ops teams in the real world
Case study vignettes
Vendor solutions supporting Lifecycle DevOps

Thursday, April 25 at 1:00 p.m. EDT
The Service Desk in the Age of Cloud and Agile: A Technology in Transformation

IT Service Management (ITSM) is in a clear state of transition, just as IT is undergoing a significant transformation in role and requirements. Many of these pressures for change center on the “consumerization of IT” – as IT services increasingly need to support a more technology savvy, demanding, and diverse set of service consumers. Other factors impacting service desk deployments include cloud computing, mobility, agile services, social networking, broader enterprise support, and a growing requirement for more dynamic processes and insights.

During this Webinar, EMA VP of Research, Dennis Drogseth, will reveal findings from new research drawn from 326 respondents in North America and Europe in partnership with the French analyst firm, CXP to provide unique insights into:

Organizational changes
Technology and functional priorities
Process issues
Success factors

Tuesday, April 30 at 2:00 p.m. EDT
Best Practices and Priorities for Network Management: Maximizing Network Uptime with Real-time Network Monitoring

IT infrastructure is critical to an organization's success. As network complexity increases, so does an organization’s risk. One of the ways to mitigate risk is to implement a network monitoring system that can proactively identify, locate, and enable IT professionals to fix network problems quickly. Monitoring, mapping and alerting software allows them to collect data to analyze the performance of their network in real-time.

EMA Managing Research Director, Jim Frey, InterMapper Director, Pat Cameron, and Vail, AZ School District CIO, Matt Federoff, will discuss network monitoring trends and the application of state-of-the-art monitoring tools. Webinar attendees will learn how to increase efficiency, reduce costs and mitigate risks by implementing these 5 best practices for better network management:

Integrated approaches
Facilitated Workflows

About Enterprise Management Associates (EMA)
Founded in 1996, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) is a leading industry analyst firm that provides deep insight across the full spectrum of IT and data management technologies. EMA analysts leverage a unique combination of practical experience, insight into industry best practices, and in-depth knowledge of current and planned vendor solutions to help its clients achieve their goals. Learn more about EMA research, analysis, and consulting services for enterprise line of business users, IT professionals and IT vendors at http://www.enterprisemanagement.com or blogs.enterprisemanagement.com.

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