How to Integrate Active Directory and DNS

The Domain Name System (DNS) plays an important role in providing the information used by the Windows Domain locator service to connect and authenticate with Active Directory. But how can organizations with existing configurations using the Berkeley Internet Name Domain (BIND)—the international DNS benchmark—be sure that migration to other server solutions will yield a dependable DNS solution?

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Model Driven BPM: How BPM Enables a Higher Level of Business Agility

Enterprises have to demonstrate business innovation while being responsive to customer wants and needs in today’s competitive marketplace. Business process management (BPM) software can help companies to streamline and optimize business processes for increased efficiency and reduced downtime.

Organizations using BPM can increase ROI and achieve operational excellence through reengineering business processes with the help of BPM software.

Model driven BPM is the next wave in enterprise BPM approaches, and allows organizations to deliver on the premise of application modernization intelligently and effectively. A model driven BPM approach brings lesser complexity for the line of business (LOB) stakeholders, faster development times for IT, quicker response times for business process changes, lower costs, and better collaboration between LOB and IT.

This white paper examines how model driven BPM lets organizations prepare and build for change rather than invest in traditional development techniques that can be resource intensive, expensive, and time consuming. The paper covers the challenges facing enterprises today and drivers for enterprise agility, then takes a deeper look at model driven BPM and its benefits.

How can BPM enable a higher level of business agility and deliver on the premise of intelligent process management driving operational excellence? The answer likely lies in a model driven framework, to integrate disparate systems and drastically cut down the time to create, improve, and optimize functional business process models that help the enterprise adapt to dynamic market conditions.  Read More

The Guide to Google Apps Training Part Five: Organizational Units and Permissions

It’s a given that the level of access to information is determined by the roles people have within your company or organization. Having the right tools to establish perimeters and authorizations is key for a good security base.

Once you’re using Google Apps, providing essential tools for the management of these varying levels of access and assigning “admin roles” is easily accomplished by following the steps outlined in this white paper. With the help of this Google Apps guide, your super administrator can develop and establish organizational units, assign and organize admin roles, as well as configure member access to settings and services. Learn how to best develop and configure service and setting details, and how to easily create administrative privileges with a series of pre-built roles. While the five pre-built roles supplied by Google Apps (help desk admin, groups admin, user management admin, services admin, and reseller admin) are generally adequate for use, more customization may be needed. Help for assignation and/or creation of these roles by the super administrator is also explained. This Google Apps guide also gives information on providing additional management services for Chrome devices, which can be adapted by the user to your departmental requirements, and discusses how Google Apps Directory Synch (GADS) helps to organize users.  Read More

The Wizards Behind Google Apps: Advice for Admins From Admins

Your organization’s IT staff is crucial to the successful implementation and maintenance of Google Apps. In this white paper, learn how to help your IT department get ready for the move to Google Apps and hear from a variety of IT specialists that have already been through the transition process. Read first-hand accounts from IT experts about the collaborative and financial benefits of switching to Google Apps’ cloud services, the ease of the data migration process, and how to use Google Apps Directory Synch (GAPS) to configure and synchronize accounts. Learn details on how to protect your data with the use of Google Vault and other third-party services to monitor data storage and further secure your information. An overview of mobile device management is also provided.

No transition is problem-free, so this Google Apps guide offers a comprehensive list of other helpful resources for reference, if any issues present themselves during transition and training. Ten time-saving tips for setting up efficiently are also included. Google Apps recommends starting by slowly introducing Gmail and Drive across your organization, adding and expanding Google Apps tools with the success of this base introduction. Learn how your IT department will save time as cloud-based software improves rapidly, adding and improving features on a monthly basis with little interruption to your organization. Following the guidelines in this white paper, you’ll ensure the smoothest possible transition to Google Apps. Read More

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