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Cloud Platforms: The Crucial Foundation to Safeguard the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain In today's pharmaceutical supply chain, counterfeit activity is thriving. As pharma companies have expanded target markets and outsourced production over the last decade, the supply chain has become increasingly global, virtual, and vulnerable. Illicit activity has thrived, and patients have suffered, with hundreds of thousands dying each year from counterfeit and contaminated drugs. More than 40 countries have responded with new laws that regulate prescription medications as they travel through the supply chain. While this is a quantum leap forward for patient health, the implications for supply chain stakeholders, from pharmaceutical companies and their contract manufacturing partners to the pharmacies that serve patients are daunting: they must master each country's disparate t... (more)

Transaction Junction and Blue Label Telecoms Select INETCO Insight

INETCO Systems Limited, a provider of transaction-based application performance monitoring solutions, today announced Transaction Junction, a subsidiary of Blue Label Telecoms (JSE:BLU), has chosen INETCO Insight to improve operational efficiency and gain better visibility into the customer experience.  Blue Label Telecoms will also use INETCO Insight to monitor its mobile pre-paid air time program currently being rolled out in thousands of retail locations across Africa, Mexico, India and China. Transaction Junction provides electronic funds transfer (EFT) and a wide variety of... (more)

Paddling Through Murky APM Waters

It should come as no surprise that more and more organizations are focused on meeting customer service expectations, guaranteeing end-to-end business process delivery and modernizing their IT infrastructures.  But what does this mean for IT operations teams? If we approach this question using an iceburg analogy, the tip would probably be an easy observation, such as “IT operations needs to adopt a business-centric way of thinking.” But dealing with all the change that needs to occur beneath the surface of this statement is what can sink or float an organization. IT operations te... (more)

Business Transformation and Systems Integrators

Over the past few months, I have interacted with several organizations that are evaluating changes to their business model to adapt to the cloud-enabled IT ecosystem. Management is in a quandary over maintaining their profitable lines of business while growing revenue in new and emerging areas. The problem they face is that some emerging business lines are only possible with completely revamped business models requiring significant change. Some very large organizations, like Dell, are taking the significant step of going private to enhance the transformation process outside the pu... (more)

Book Excerpt: Systems Performance: Enterprise and the Cloud | Part 1

"This excerpt is from the book, "Systems Performance: Enterprise and the Cloud", authored by Brendan Gregg, published by Prentice Hall Professional, Oct. 2013, ISBN 9780133390094, Copyright © 2014 Pearson Education, Inc. For more info, please visit the publisher site: CPUs drive all software and are often the first target for systems performance analysis. Modern systems typically have many CPUs, which are shared among all running software by the kernel scheduler. When there is more demand for CPU resources than there are resources available, process threads (or tasks) will queue... (more)

The Business Value of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is the hottest topic in IT. Gartner ranks cloud in the #1 spot of its list of top 10 strategic technology topics. It is the overriding theme at most industry conferences this year. Projections of cloud revenue growth rates in the high double digits further underscore the relevance of the topic. Yet today’s discussions of cloud computing only hint at its full potential. Like the early days of e-business and the introduction of SOA, cloud is in its infancy, with its promise still to be fully realized. Advocates of cloud are limiting their focus to tactical cost ben... (more)