5 critical factors for driving user adoption and maximizing the value of IT investments

More so than ever before, IT organizations are supporting a dizzying array of complex initiatives. Cloud computing, virtualization, tackling Big Data, supporting BYOD – all while delivering on the day-to-day needs of multiple lines of business.

To make matters more complicated, IT is being asked to do more with the same amount of resources. Budgets are continuing to make a recovery, but most organizations report that their IT spend for 2014 remained relatively flat, and 65% report that containing costs is their No. 1 business priority. And while more IT jobs are emerging, those positions are confined to a few select areas, and the pace of hiring continues to be sluggish.

So how do you balance costs, a scarcity of resources, and move forward with these strategic IT initiatives? For starters, you must get every benefit from the technology investments you’ve already made. More specifically, you must ensure those investments are being adopted and fully leveraged by your IT staff and other intended user groups. Here are five critical success factors for any solution adoption strategy.

4 tips that your competitors don't want you to know about NPM and APM

After being on the road this past year and listening to our customers and prospects, I believe there’s some practical tips that bring to together winning NPM and APM teams, which can be a challenge. Here's what I came up with:Fantasy Football APM and NPM

When you have a winning vision with successful strategies, you can deliver the most awesome application performance and user experience for your end users.

Microsoft concludes SteelHeads "exceed expectations" with Azure Site Recovery optimization

Microsoft just published a study that concludes Riverbed SteelHead "exceeds expectations" for optimizing Azure Site Recovery.

In this study, Microsoft paired an on-premise Riverbed SteelHead with an Azure hosted SteelHead CX to optimize Azure Site Replication traffic.

This particular scenario is of keen interest to the growing number of customers using System Center Hyper-V Machine Manager as they can use Azure Site Recovery as an add on service to replicate Hyper-V machines into Azure. Should a local VM become unavailable, you can quickly bring the replica online.

Enterprise architecture for the hybrid IT world

architectureAnother big transition for Riverbed is something that we’ve been working on ever since I walked in the door: Building an efficient and agile enterprise architecture for the hybrid enterprise. What does that mean? Simply... that we have developed a set of strategic principles that govern our technology investments – all designed to strengthen and enable our business, reduce risk, and help us grow sustainably and profitably over the long term.

Riverbed FORCE's live virtual event

Here at Riverbed, we are extremely excited about our upcoming user conference, Riverbed FORCE. Between the thought-provoking keynote speakers, over 60 technical sessions and hands-on labs, an innovative Agenda Builder to help you personalize your schedule, and fun social events, there is a lot to be excited about. We wanted to be able to share this excitement it with you, even if you are unable to attend Riverbed FORCE. That’s why we are thrilled to announce our free live virtual event!

On Tuesday, November 4th, the first full day of FORCE, we will be holding a live virtual event from 8:30 am-12:00 pm PST. This virtual event will include keynotes by Riverbed CEO Jerry Kennelly, Intel CIO Kim Stevenson, and Riverbed’s Chief Scientist Hansang Bae. Zscalar Incorporated’s CEO Jay Chaudhry, Akamai Technologies’ Rick McConnell and Riverbed’s Paul O’Farrell will also be presenting.

When clouds behave badly

Bad CloudsIn an earlier blog , we looked at an interesting fact: a year ago about 50%, and now 80% of the software applications we use at Riverbed run in the cloud, and this percentage will continue to rise. In reality, cloud or SaaS-based applications like Microsoft Office 365, Salesforce.com and WebEx have become the norm for modern companies, and the day is not far off when most businesses will run 100% of their applications in the cloud. In fact, my colleague Ben Haines, CIO of Box, is already operating at 100% SaaS. 

Our growing dependence on cloud providers raises some serious questions and brings to bear a new set of challenges that didn’t exist just a few years ago when companies ran almost all their applications “on premise.” For example, what happens if one of your cloud providers goes out of business? Does it take your data and server capacity with it?

Other issues invariably crop up when you run a SaaS-intensive environment. For example, how many times have your users updated a browser (or OS) only to discover that your favorite SaaS app won’t work with the new versions? And having dozens of SaaS providers means you have dozens of individual business relationships to manage -- and dozens of different (and sometimes incompatible) architectural elements that you need to manage and troubleshoot.

Your guide to SteelApp at Riverbed FORCE

With Riverbed FORCE just around the corner, I wanted to showcase some of the awesome opportunities to learn about the hottest trends in Application Delivery Controllers and the cutting edge solutions to optimize your application deployment initiatives. 

Here are 5 excellent SteelApp undertakings to slip in to your agenda.

Your guide to SteelCentral at Riverbed FORCE

Riverbed FORCE is just a few weeks away, and with a large number of attendees from the prior OPNETWORK conference attending, I am excited to learn about the latest from SteelCentralMore specifically I am looking forward to learning about the latest in application and network performance management.


What should you expect from the SteelCentral team at FORCE?


 The technical sessions

If you’re solely interested in SteelCentral, well track 4 is for you. These sessions provide product deep dives and technical presentations. A sampling includes:

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Your guide to SteelHead at Riverbed FORCE

Riverbed FORCE is just a few weeks away, and with over 80 tech sessions and labs, exciting keynotes, our partner pavilion and free certifications – not to mention the exciting evening event at the new Levi’s Stadium - it’s not to be missed!

If you’re interested in Riverbed’s best-in-class optimization that accelerates performance of on-premise, cloud and SaaS applications across the hybrid enterprise - SteelHead is where you’ll want to focus.

The SteelHead team has pulled together a great session line-up where you’ll hear from Riverbed experts and partners as well as from Riverbed customers. These sessions include product deep dives, best practices, customer testimonials and updates on what's to come for SteelHead.

What buying a car and Application Delivery Controls have in common

There is a common misconception between load balancers and application delivery controllers. So what’s the difference and what does your business you really need?

I quite like Motorsports and I have been asked about traffic lights when I’ve mentioned Traffic Management so let’s start there.

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Riverbed delivers the most complete platform for Location-Independent Computing, turning location and distance into a competitive advantage. The Riverbed Application Performance Platform™ allows IT to have the flexibility to host applications and data in the most optimal locations while ensuring applications perform as expected, data is always available when needed, and performance issues are detected and fixed before end users notice. At more than $1 billion in annual revenue, Riverbed has 25,000+ customers, including 97% of both the Fortune 100 and the Forbes Global 100.

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