ESG Channel Survey: Modern Partner Enablement Trends

Abstract:

The objectives of this channel survey were to identify current trends and needs for effective partner enablement today, and determine how IT vendors should modernize their partner enablement programs and delivery from the ground up. ESG surveyed channel partners that sell into mid-size and enterprise organizations--38% IT value-added reseller, 36% managed services provider, 20% cloud services provider, 4% national or global systems integrator, 2% local or regional systems integrator. Survey respondents represented small, midmarket, and enterprise companies.

Topics: Storage Cybersecurity channel Data Protection Networking Data Management Converged Infrastructure Enterprise Mobility Systems Management Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: Microsoft Azure Advanced Threat Protection: Attack Protection for Cloud, On-premises, and Hybrid Environments

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Security continues to be a key focus of organizations across industries. Traditional security practices employing multiple security and management tools are expanding the attack surface—making it more difficult for IT to effectively set and manage security policies. Many businesses are still not adequately protected from the proliferation of bad actors, but are uncertain about how to address this increasingly urgent situation. Microsoft’s new cloud-based Azure Advanced Threat Protection solution may be a welcome addition to the vendor’s Enterprise Mobility + Security E5. By leveraging machine learning algorithms and behavior analytics, this solution can protect organizations against security threats lurking across networks.

Topics: Cybersecurity Enterprise Mobility Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: Blockchain - Appearing on IT's Ledger

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Research conducted by ESG reveals that a healthy number of IT organizations are at least testing the waters of blockchain technology, especially in verticals like financial services, telco, and transportation. As organizations look for ways to leverage blockchain to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs by leveraging a secure, decentralized platform that can help eliminate the middle man of transaction-based aspects of their business, continued proof points across verticals will go a long way to simplify the core concepts and clarify the benefits that organizations can achieve through the disruptive technology in their specific businesses.

Topics: Storage Cybersecurity Data Protection Networking Data Management Converged Infrastructure Enterprise Mobility Systems Management Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: IoT’s Impact on the Network

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As IoT devices play an increasingly important role in tracking supply chains, enabling smart cities, and delivering a differentiated shopping experience, it will be imperative to ensure your network and operations teams can handle the increased demand. Understand what your peers are reporting as the biggest impact of IoT on the network and operations and begin to ask the appropriate questions to ensure successful IoT initiatives and activities.

Topics: Cybersecurity Networking Enterprise Mobility

ESG Brief: Microsoft Cloud App Security: Detect, Control, and Enhance Threat Protection

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ESG’s 2018 IT spending intentions research indicates that 63% of organizations will increase cybersecurity spending in 2018,1 and it’s safe to assume that data security concerns at least helped to influence these more bullish general security investment positions. Companies that do not want to fall victim to potentially disastrous situations are prioritizing investments in solutions such as Microsoft Cloud App Security. Microsoft shops are likely to find Cloud App Security a welcome enhancement to their environments.

Topics: Cybersecurity Enterprise Mobility Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Master Survey Results: Mobile Knowledge Worker Behavior

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This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on the experiences mobile knowledge workers have when accessing digital assets, applications, and data, as well as the benefits, challenges, and opportunities for improvement those experiences bring about.

Topics: Enterprise Mobility

ESG Research Report: 2018 IT Spending Intentions Survey

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In order to assess IT spending priorities over the next 12-18 months, ESG recently surveyed 651 IT professionals representing midmarket (100 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America and Western Europe. All respondents were personally responsible for or familiar with their organizations’ 2017 IT spending as well as their 2018 IT budget and spending plans at either an entire organization level or at a business unit/division/branch level.

Topics: Storage Cybersecurity Data Protection Networking Data Management Converged Infrastructure Enterprise Mobility Systems Management Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: 2018 Application Development Spending Priorities

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As enterprise organizations evolve their digital transformation initiatives, the need for them to become more agile in application development is often a lynchpin in the viability of these efforts. ESG’s research has found that, when it comes to application development initiatives and strategies, formalizing DevOps practices and developing new mobile applications were among organizations’ top spending priorities for the next 12-18 months. These top initiatives are driven by an organization’s overall application development output, with strong correlations between the need to formally implement DevOps practices with the size and number of applications deployed.

Topics: Cybersecurity Application Development & Deployment IT Spending Intentions Enterprise Mobility Systems Management

ESG Brief: Multi-factor Authentication Trends

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While the consensus remains that username and password authentication is an adequate security control in at least some cases, the majority of organizations currently use multi-factor authentication (MFA) technology. Despite the obvious benefits of using MFA, organizations tend to leverage this technology on a more selective basis. What will it take for multi-factor authentication to become the ubiquitous de facto access control strategy for organizations, or will MFA continue to coexist with username and password approaches for the foreseeable future?

Topics: Enterprise Mobility

ESG Brief: Shifting IAM Responsibilities to the Information Security Group

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While mobile devices and cloud applications have provided organizations with numerous benefits including increased employee productivity, they have also created new challenges, many of which have security implications created from an expanded security perimeter. This includes the need to update traditional approaches to identity and access management (IAM) in an increasingly mobile and cloudy world, from tools deployed through policies written to the involvement of security groups in these activities. Organizationally, aligning IAM strategies with the information security group is a best practice businesses should adopt to take control of how fractured IAM has become.

Topics: Cybersecurity IAM Enterprise Mobility Cloud Platforms & Services