Monitoring and Managing Citrix Server Farms

Traditionally, IT infrastructure operations teams are organized as domain experts—one expert for network devices, another for the Citrix MetaFrame Server, another for the database, and so on. Most monitoring systems mirror this approach, with separate solutions for monitoring different network elements and applications. This approach is rife with complications, but alternatives do exist which can simplify your day-to-day activities.

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Best Practices for Managing Just-in-time (JIT) Production

Just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing “is not procrastination, but making a commitment once the scales are tipped in the favor of certainty.” How do you keep your company from falling prey to the “deer-in-the-headlights” syndrome and suffering from decision failures? In this guide, experts share their top seven best practices for deftly managing JIT manufacturing. Read More

CMMS vs EAM: What Is the Difference?

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Every enterprise asset management (EAM) application can be used as a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS), but not every CMMS can be used as, or has the broad functionality of, an EAM application. More specifically, CMMS is essentially about managing maintenance work necessary to sustain an asset, whereas EAM has more to do with managing the asset over its lifecycle to minimize cost and risk while maximizing return. This white paper explores how CMMS applications and EAM applications... Read More

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The 12 Pitfalls of IT Systems Management

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