26bd173Like most solutions in the security space, there is a clear trend towards increased consolidation. Not only are solutions becoming more sophisticated and can take on this consolidation with minimal negative influence on network performance, but organizations are demanding an easier way to protect themselves without requiring more full-time employees to deal with a bunch of standalones.

At Info-Tech Research Group we recently published a Vendor Landscape report on Endpoint Protection. A noticeable trend in the Endpoint Protection market is that some solutions haven’t quite made the push over the line to be truly comprehensive.

Either they’ve got features like port control, URL filtering/application control, and application whitelisting, or they’ve got the encryption-related features like file/folder encryption or removable media encryption. Few solutions playing in the same field have the full shebang.

One example of this split personality situation is Symantec. Two Symantec solutions are evaluated in this Vendor Landscape for the simple fact that its Endpoint Protection solution doesn’t have encryption, while its encryption solution doesn’t have the other aforementioned features. This trade-off, while it seems to make sense, can be frustrating for organizations who just want something centrally managed and full-featured.

The only solution in this space that has all advanced features is Trend Micro’s Smart Protection for Endpoint. But that doesn’t mean the rest of the solutions are lacking. Most of the solutions still play strongly in this market; examples being Arkoon or Lumension.

For a better of idea of what Endpoint Protection solutions include, advanced features-wise, for our Vendor Landscape, see the following:

  • File/folder encryption
  • Removable media encryption
  • Removable device content control
  • Port control
  • Patch management
  • Application whitelisting
  • URL filtering/Web control
  • Cloud deployment options

Click on this image to go to our Vendor Landscape: Endpoint Protection

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wpc1Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella provided his vision to thousands of corporate partners at the Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, D.C. Wednesday. The vision is compelling but the execution on the vision is largely still to come.

Wednesday’s WPC keynotes took a more technology-centric focus, and in contrast to Monday’s session, were not entirely about the cloud! Featured were:

  • Some improvements to the Windows Phone: shape-typing (aka 2 years later Google gesture typing), along with Cortana (aka 2 years late Siri, but admittedly, much better).
  • Desktop OS: multi-window tiled apps running side by side and even a tiled start menu…yes…they not only brought back the start menu for people who prefer the long way of starting apps, but are actually investing in it.
  • Some very interesting new features with Skype around instant voice translation which are not only technologically impressive, but truly game-changing for people all over the world.

But of course, all eyes were on the final speaker of the day’s session, CEO Satya Nadella, in his first big address to the world-wide partner network. Having not long ago completed his first 100 days, Nadella is still speaking from the visionary perspective, tying together the many threads of the other speakers, both today and in Monday’s keynote, in a holistic vision for the future of Microsoft.

At the heart of that vision is, of course, the cloud-first, mobile-first mantra, which pushes away from the traditional Windows OS-centric mentality that governed for so long. It is an interestingly quick shift away from even just a year ago when Steve Ballmer proclaimed the “Devices and Services” focus, but the release of the Surface 3 Pro, acquisition of Nokia, and even an announcement today that we could see a Toshiba 7 inch tablet as the first one in that class to run Windows indicate that devices aren’t out of the strategy, they’re just not the key focus.

In fact, Nadella’s vision for a productive, seamless, cross-device user experience relies on those devices (but doesn’t exclude the iPads and Android devices of the world). Using the cloud (ok, you knew it was going to come up today, even if it wasn’t the focus!) as a delivery mechanism for apps that span across all devices and environments Microsoft can be part of “human activity across all of their daily life, across all of their devices”.

All those big idea pieces like Big Data Analytics and Internet of Everything will continue to open up more ways to enable not just productivity, but innovation and social change. Based on the messaging in many of the interlude videos throughout the keynote, it is not a stretch to say that Microsoft even considers these advances as leading to the betterment of humanity in general, which is a noble vision to say the least.

But therein lies the rub—visions sound great because they can be forward looking, unbound by many technical limitations and complications that exist in markets that don’t fit the perfect Microsoft utopian model. Constant connectivity is a requirement for many of the benefits these technologies will provide, but that is still not a reality everywhere in the world. There is also no mention of how business and consumer customers will ultimately license and pay for these types of ubiquitous apps, as many of Microsoft’s licensing models still add both complication and cost to additional access, especially when it is a non-Windows device. But that’s the great thing about a vision—you don’t have to answer those questions…yet.

So overall, I give the vision Nadella presented (essentially the same as his internal email to all Microsoft partners last week), a “Sounds pretty cool”. I don’t necessarily believe that the extension from enterprise into personal will work out quite as intended (it sure didn’t for RIM/Blackberry…) but I would truly like to see the vision come to fruition on that enterprise level. If I can be productive on my work PC, Android phone on the train home, and iPad mini/Desktop PC when I’m at home, with a fluent, consistent, and intuitive UI, and at a cost that isn’t going to be prohibitive, I’m buying what Microsoft and Nadella are selling.

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Daniel Ko
Senior Consulting Analyst
Info-Tech Research Group

A data warehouse is not a specific infrastructure project: it is an ongoing program to deliver concrete business value by providing users with faster, more efficient access to data and enabling them to carry out advanced analytics.

Please join me and subject matter experts on Thursday, July 17, at 4 p.m. EDT for the webinar “Build a Data Warehouse: Is your organization making a data driven decision?

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Joining me Thursday will be Benjamin Taub, CEO, DataSpace, and Gertjan Vlug, Founder, BI Ready. During this webinar we will discuss:

  • Attributes of a Strong Data Warehouse
  • Implementation Approaches
  • Methods for Accelerating the Implementation Process
  • Generating Buy-In

Info-Tech Research Group webinars occur during the early weeks of our research projects. We want to work closely with our members and potential members as we build out our research to ensure we are thoroughly meeting your needs. Attendees will weigh-in on several key polls and will be able to pose questions to the group.

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David Yackness
Executive Advisor
Info-Tech Research Group

Do you take a portfolio approach to policy management? It can decrease the number of policies you have to write, monitor, and enforce. Assess your portfolio regularly to ensure that policy coverage remains aligned with your organizations changing risk profile.

Please join me and subject matter experts on Thursday, July 17, at 4 pm EDT for a webinar on “Policy Management: Do you have the “right” policies??”

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Joining me Thursday will be Ilir Azizi, Manager, Business Solutions, Ministry of the Attorney General, Ontario, and Ross Armstrong, Executive Advisor, Info-Tech Reearch Group. During this webinar we will discuss:

  • Need for policies
  • Policy taxonomies
  • Policy lifecycle
  • Monitoring policies
  • Enforcing policies
  • Measuring your policy management capability

Info-Tech Research Group webinars occur during the early weeks of our research projects. We want to work closely with our members and potential members as we build out our research to ensure we are thoroughly meeting your needs. Attendees will weigh-in on several key polls and will be able to pose questions to the group.

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Darin Stahl
Principal Consulting Analyst
Info-Tech Research Group

Printers can be large well-hidden expense items that often lack oversight and centralized management. Consolidate your printing devices and develop oversight to manage your printing costs and significantly reduce your organization’s operating expenses.

Please join me and subject matter experts on Thursday, July 17, at 4 p.m. EDT for the webinar “Printer Consolidation: Are you spending too much on printing?.”

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At this webinar we will discuss:

  • Potential cost savings from printer consolidation.
  • Different types of printing service models available.
  • Challenges associated with getting buy-in for a printer consolidation project.
  • Challenges associated with implementing printer consolidation.

Info-Tech Research Group webinars occur during the early weeks of our research projects. Attendees will weigh-in on several key polls and will be able to pose questions to the group. We want to work closely with our members and potential members as we build out our research to ensure we are thoroughly meeting your needs.

 

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