Author Archive: Charles Skamser

Charles Skamser is an internationally recognized technology sales and marketing leader with over 25 years of experience in Information Governance, eDiscovery, computer assisted analytics, cloud computing, Big Data analytics and IT Automation. Charles is the founder and Senior Analyst for eDiscovery Solutions Group, a global provider of information management consulting, market intelligence and advisory services specializing in information governance, eDiscovery, Big Data analytics and cloud computing solutions. Previously, Charles served in various executive roles with disruptive technology start ups and well know industry technology providers. Charles is a prolific author and a regular speaker on the technology that the Global 2000 require to management the accelerating increase in Electronically Stored Information (ESI). Charles holds a BA in Political Science and Economics from Macalester College.

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What Management Platform Are you Using to Support Cloud Computing

What Management Platform Are you Using to Support Cloud Computing

| November 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Cloud management is a hot topic and therefore there is lots of money to be made.  As a result,  there are lots of software vendors releasing new tools and platforms or upgrading their legacy platforms. There are tools that monitor, tools that provision, and tools that cross the divide between both. Sorting through the real […]

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The Emergence of IT Operations Analytics (ITOA)

The Emergence of IT Operations Analytics (ITOA)

| November 11, 2014

Since the dawn of the data center, IT operations have struggled with chronic IT operations challenges such as outages to performance and availability problems to incidents and headline grabbing failures. With the accelerating increase in the amount of Data,  IT operation’s challenges have reached the breaking point where it is now literally impossible for many […]

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SMA Solutions Expands Technology Footprint and Enters Hot Business Intelligence and Analytics Platform Market with Unique Offering

SMA Solutions Expands Technology Footprint and Enters Hot Business Intelligence and Analytics Platform Market with Unique Offering

| October 30, 2014

In a followup to the eDSG Executive Interview that I published on September 23, 2014 with Michael Taylor, the CEO of SMA Solutions titled, “Michael Taylor Sees Big Opportunities for SMA Solutions to Expand Support for Automating The Enterprise“, this article dives deeper into Mr. Taylor’s comments about SMA Solution’s technology road map.   Mr. […]

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BMC sues ServiceNow for patent infringement

BMC sues ServiceNow for patent infringement

| October 14, 2014

BMC said on Tuesday September 23, 2014 that it  sued ServiceNow, a fast-growing IT management rival, for patent infringement. The complaint argues that ServiceNow has built its business on BMC’s patents covering IT management. BMC said incident management, analytics, configuration, discovery, orchestration and change management patents are being violated. ServiceNow got its start as cloud-based way […]

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IT Automation Software in 2014 Should Provide Unified Control of All Enterprise Systems From A Single Centralized Platform

IT Automation Software in 2014 Should Provide Unified Control of All Enterprise Systems From A Single Centralized Platform

| October 14, 2014

On October 13,2014 Chloe Green posted an article on The Information Age Website titled, “Automation software: the ‘universal remote’ for enterprise IT“.    In this article, Ms. Green contends, “ The right automation software is the key to managing the siloed processes of enterprise IT, saving organisations time and money.” It is amazing to me that in […]

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Microsoft to Acquire Equivio

Microsoft to Acquire Equivio

| October 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

TEL AVIV— Microsoft Corp. MSFT +0.44% has signed a letter of intent to buy Israel-based text analysis startup Equivio Ltd., a deal that could be worth around $200 million, according to a person familiar with the matter. The deal could still fall through. Neither Equivio nor Microsoft would comment. Equivio develops text analysis software that can group together relevant texts […]

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IBM Tivoli, BMC and SMA Solutions Top Poll on IT Automation Software

IBM Tivoli, BMC and SMA Solutions Top Poll on IT Automation Software

| September 29, 2014

The results are in for the eDiscoveryTimes poll that ran the past two weeks asking “Which IT Automation Software are you currently running or planning to run in the next 12 months?”.  Finishing first with 28% of the vote was IBM’s Tivoli Workload Scheduler.  Finishing second with 23% of the vote was BMC’s Control-M Workload […]

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Michael Taylor Sees Big Opportunities for SMA Solutions to Expand Support for Automating The Enterprise

Michael Taylor Sees Big Opportunities for SMA Solutions to Expand Support for Automating The Enterprise

| September 23, 2014

In my continuing efforts to expand the coverage of eDiscoveryTimes, I have expanded my executive interview series to include executives from the IT Automation market.  My first interview is with Michael Taylor, CEO of SMA Solutions.  Founded in 1980 in Houston, Texas by experts from NASA, SMA Solutions is a pioneer in the scheduling and workload automation […]

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Inforum 2014 Update and Final Wrap

Inforum 2014 Update and Final Wrap

| September 18, 2014

Infor is one of the most exciting software vendors emerging onto the global IT market in years. As part of my analysis of the IT Automation market, I have decided to start following and reporting on Infor. This initial post includes an overview of their global user conference from 2013 and a wrap video from their 2014 user conference. I would recommend that you take a look and see what they are up to. It’s very impressive.

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Baylor College of Medicine Automates Cross Platform IT Operations and Goes “Lights Out” with OpCon

Baylor College of Medicine Automates Cross Platform IT Operations and Goes “Lights Out” with OpCon

| September 17, 2014

Automating migration from a legacy mainframe to current server platforms and then automating the new environment may seem a bit dry and boring. However, even though automating IT operations at Baylor College of Medicine may not be glitzy and glamorous, it is fundamental to ensure 99.99% up-time and provide the most efficient and cost effective “lights out” computing environment available for doctors that are relying on these systems to save lives. Although I haven’t yet investigated what other hospitals and associated health organizations are utilizing, I would be surprised it they weren’t using products or a variety of product that are very similar. In the end, I think the “take away” with OpCon is that it enables large organizations to control all of their systems from a single platform. This is impressive and the inefficiencies and cost savings to clients is obvious.

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