When we first launched the Women In Alternative Investments Report (WAI Report) in 2001, we were among the few voices talking about women’s advancement in alternative investments. It was a delicate conversation and one that few people were comfortable having. But now, eight years later, the conversation has shifted. The issues have moved mainstream, the dialogue has broadened, and the voices are many, but change is afoot. Investors are pressuring Alternative Investment Firms to increase gender diversity at the funds and portfolios they invest in. Read the KPMG report to understand why achieving gender diversity is a business imperative.
The alternative investment industry is increasingly feeling the impact of digital technologies, but are hedge funds and private equity firms moving quickly enough to adapt to the digital world? Read now KPMG's report Alternative investments 3.0 and understand how the alternative investment industry can embrace disruption and accelerate digital innovation.
"ESG compared Google BigQuery’s serverless Enterprise data warehouses (EDW) solution with some alternative EDW services offered by AWS, Microsoft, and Snowflake. While all of these offerings provide significant cost savings, reduction in complexity, and increased business agility when compared with an on-premises EDW solution, there are some significant differences between the offerings.
Read The Economic Advantages of Google BigQuery versus Alternative Cloud-based EDW Solutions to learn more.
Published By: Intralinks
Published Date: Nov 04, 2019
When it comes to tailoring your investment products for 2020, it’s important to
gain an understanding of how LPs are thinking about their alternative allocation
programs – from GP selection criteria to investment vehicle preferences. How will
the industry shape up in 2020?
Here is a brief recap of Intralinks survey predictions from last year:
• Preferred GP size: USD 100 to USD 500 million AUM range
• Most favorable investment method: direct investing
• Highest confidence: private equity
In conjunction with Private Equity Wire, Intralinks reached out to over 180 LPs
across the globe. We asked for their thoughts on a variety of topics including
where they’re looking to invest capital over the next 12 months. Their answers
helped us craft our thoughts on the forthcoming fundraising environment. Now,
what follows is Intralinks’ 2020 forecast.
Enterprise content is growing at an average rate of 200% per year-and the risks of noncompliance are growing even faster. This paper examines the business and technical difficulties of managing content from disparate systems and presents the most viable alternatives for addressing these challenges.
Application modernization is a powerful method for extending the life and improving the business value of a company's critical application assets. It provides an attractive and cost effective alternative to application development, enabling companies to defer investment in replacement initiatives without compromising business support.
Over the last several years, DigitalOcean has built out its feature set in a way that has taken it from a provider of cheap and simple virtual machines (VMs) to a legitimate public cloud alternative, most recently adding support for Redis and MySQL to its managed database services. As its services evolve, it continues to experience healthy growth and maintain popularity among the independent developer audience. Over the past two years, DigitalOcean has accelerated the velocity of its feature development, looking to better meet the needs of a business audience. By emphasizing a simplified feature set, pricing structure and user experience, even as it expands its competitive footprint in the shadow of public cloud vendors such as Amazon Web Service (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Digital Ocean continues to help define what it means to be an alternative public cloud in a market dominated and largely defined by hyperscalers.
Microsoft Exchange Server has been a crucial technological breakthrough in advanced corporate communication systems. Companies who utilize an enterprise-class email server like Exchange believe that email is mission critical, and value the productivity it enables. But an in-house migration to Exchange 2007 from an earlier version of Exchange or another email program will not be an easy task. Complexity, time and cost issues loom large over the IT department and are causing IT directors to search for an alternative solution.
Houston businesses are as unique as Houston itself. But not every business looks at healthcare the same. See what other Houston businesses are choosing to offer their employees, how satisfied they are with their choices, and what other cost-reducing options are available.
• Learn what % of employees live in Houston, and how that impacts health care costs
• See how happy businesses are with current carriers and what that means at renewal time
• Find out what alternative options smart businesses are looking at
In Forrester’s 40-criteria evaluation of subscription billing platform solutions, we identified the eight most significant vendors in the category — Apttus, Aria Systems, Digital River,
goTransverse, Recurly, SAP hybris, Vindicia, and Zuora — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report details our findings about how well each vendor fulfills our criteria and where they stand in relation to each other to help eBusiness professionals select the right partner as they seek to develop and support alternative business models for both existing and new
products and services.
Contact center infrastructure vendors continue to expand their solution offerings to include broader feature sets, including omnichannel routing, and alternative delivery models. Companies should evaluate vendors' technology and ability to deliver in relevant regions.
Published By: Commvault
Published Date: Jul 06, 2016
Enterprises today increasingly turn to array-based snapshots and replication to augment or replace legacy data protection solutions that have been overwhelmed by data growth. The challenge is that native array snapshot tools – and alternative 3rd party solutions – have varying degrees of functionality, automation, scripting requirements, hardware support and application awareness. These approaches can add risk as well as administrative complexity and make it more difficult to realize the full potential of snapshots – whether in single disk vendor estates or in heterogeneous storage environments.
This checklist will enable you to build a shortlist of the 'must have' features needed for snapshots to deliver exactly what you require in your application environment or Private Cloud.
This paper contrasts the features of medium voltage fixed circuit breaker switchgear (FCBS) and existing withdrawable circuit breaker switgear (WCBS) designs. Modern FCBS design elements that are discussed include an internal disconnect for isolation and grounding of circuits and interlocked operation among disconnect, breaker, and grounding switch for improved safety. Furthermore, features such as lower maintenance,
smaller footprint, and reduced life cycle costs that result from its simpler design will be explored. By comparing the traditional ANSI WCBS technology to that of the FCBS, this paper will demonstrate that the fixed design, which has gained widespread acceptance in global markets outside the United States, is a viable alternative to the withdrawable designs.
This on demand webinar contrasts the features of medium voltage fixed circuit breaker switchgear (FCBS) and existing withdrawable circuit breaker switgear (WCBS) designs. Modern FCBS design elements that are
discussed include an internal disconnect for isolation and grounding of circuits and interlocked operation among
disconnect, breaker, and grounding switch for improved safety. Furthermore, features such as lower maintenance,
smaller footprint, and reduced life cycle costs that result from its simpler design will be explored. By comparing
the traditional ANSI WCBS technology to that of the FCBS, this paper will demonstrate that the fixed design, which
has gained widespread acceptance in global markets outside the United States, is a viable alternative to the
Case management frameworks built on business process management platforms help IT solutions architects deploy case-handling applications and offer an alternative to specialized case management applications and custom coding. According to Gartner, the complex architecture required to support case management has relegated it to the status of a niche application, typically addressed by specialist, commercial off-the-shelf application providers and system integrators. Case management as a process style is being applied in many sectors beyond government, legal and insurance, including healthcare, banking, higher education and retail. Industry and cross-industry case management frameworks are now available. "Adaptive case management" hype exceeds the reality of what buyers need. Gartner evaluated 12 vendors including Pegasystems against nine critical capabilities in four use cases.
Download this Gartner analysis and gain a better understanding of the case management frameworks solutions offe
Published By: Broadsoft
Published Date: Jun 14, 2017
Many premises-based phone system (PBX) manufacturers claim that the five year costs of their systems are lower than an equivalent cloud alternative. What the premises guys don’t tell you about is all the extra little hidden costs that come as a result of the limitations of the hardware and software in their systems. This guide will provide you with useful questions to ask your PBX manufacturer to ensure that you're getting the full picture on the cost of their system.
Questions to Ask During an Evaluation:
• Have you sized this system for my peak demand?
• Have you factored in the cost of site redundancy?
• How many hours of call recording are included?
• How is mobility supported? Do calls route in an out of the PBX for call treatment?
• What are the annual maintenance costs of the hardware and software in this system?
• Which third party systems have you integrated this PBX with?
Published By: Oracle CX
Published Date: Oct 20, 2017
This whitepaper explores the new SPARC S7 server features and then compares this
offering to a similar x86 offering.
The key characteristics of the SPARC S7 to be highlighted are:
? Designed for scale-out and cloud infrastructures
? SPARC S7 processor with greater core performance than the latest Intel Xeon E5
? Software in Silicon which offers hardware-based features such as data acceleration
The SPARC S7 is then compared to a similar x86 solution from three different
perspectives, namely performance, risk and cost.
Performance matters as business markets are
driving IT to provide an environment that:
? Continuously provides real-time results.
? Processes more complex workload stacks.
? Optimizes usage of per-core software licenses.
Risk matters today and into the foreseeable future,
as challenges to secure systems and data are
becoming more frequent and invasive from within
and from outside. Oracle SPARC systems approach
risk management from multiple perspectiv
There are a number of factors contributing to the growing popularity of streaming live events or offering content on demand, from anywhere, any time, on any device. Live streaming major sporting events such as the Superbowl or the Olympics is now a viable alternative to broadcast TV. And as Limelight’s 2017 State of Online Video report reveals, the average number of online viewing hours is almost six per week. However, as viewer expectations continue to rise, keeping audiences happy and engaged isn’t easy.
In this white paper we discuss current trends and what to expect in 2018. We examine the role Content Delivery Networks (CDN) can play in optimizing the delivery of online video content at global scale, and the technologies available to ensure the lowest latency delivery possible.
Why sports leagues are enthusiastic about live streaming their events
How content distributers can differentiate their services
The apparent challenges of delivering live and on demand v
The term “Cloud First” was initially popularized by Vivek Kundra, who formerly held the post of White House CIO and launched this strategy for U.S. federal government IT modernization at the Cloud Security Alliance Summit 2011. The underlying philosophy of the cloud-first strategy is that organizations must initially evaluate the suitability of cloud computing to address emergent business requirements before other alternatives are considered.
This paper offers guidance to help organizations establish a systematic and repeatable process for implementing a cloud-first strategy. It offers a high-level framework for identifying the right
stakeholders and engaging with them at the right time to reduce the risk, liabilities, and inefficiencies that organizations can experience as a result of adhoc cloud decisions. The goal of this guidance is to help ensure that any new cloud program is secure,
compliant, efficient, and successfully implements the organization’s key business initiatives.
Published By: Preempt
Published Date: Nov 02, 2018
In our 2018 Trends in Information Security report, we outlined a concept we referred to as the ‘identity-aware perimeter.’ The essential idea is that as new architectures such as cloud, containers, mobility and IoT take hold, controlling access to resources will increasingly need to rely on identity as an alternative to purely network-based approaches focused more on ‘where’ you are than ‘who’ you are. By combining identity with user and entity behavior and risk scoring to gate access, Preempt fits squarely within this trend, which we think could be one of the most interesting and powerful to hit the infosec market in years. Preempt has few direct competitors, and its initial challenge will be finding ways to distinguish itself from vendors in adjacent categories such as adaptive multi-factor authentication (MFA), advanced threat protection, user and entity behavior analytics (UEBA) and cloud access security brokers (CASB), to name a few. Forging a new security category is never easy,
Published By: Salesforce
Published Date: Oct 10, 2019
While great products are great, having a great product is no longer enough.
Products alone simply don’t win anymore. Say you’ve just launched a brilliant product or service. A myriad of near-identical alternatives from competitors will likely flood the market almost immediately. Differentiating yours from theirs has become a lot more difficult.
Not to mention that technology has made it easier than ever for customers to shop around. From gathering information, to interacting with brands and purchasing products, it’s never been simpler to find the cheapest, fastest, smartest alternative, anywhere in the world.
Since the late 1990s, offshoring has become a deeply entrenched practice at many North American organizations. However, changing economic factors and the emergence of formerly hidden problems with offshoring have led Gartner to look at compelling alternatives, notably domestic rural sourcing.
Published By: Dell EMC
Published Date: Aug 17, 2017
If your business uses a three-tier architecture with disaggregated servers, storage, and SAN to run applications, you might be considering upgrading to an integrated solution to streamline your business. However, implementing a hyperconverged Dell EMC XC Series cluster powered by Nutanix software is an even more attractive option that can provide over 73 percent greater database performance - an advantage that translates to 50 percent greater database performance per dollar than a traditional integrated solution.
IDC’s research has shown the movement of most IT workloads to the cloud in the coming years. Yet, with all the talk about enterprises moving to the cloud, some of them still wonder if such a move is really cost effective and what business benefits may result. While the answers to such questions vary from workload to workload, one area attracting particular attention is that of the data warehouse.
Many enterprises have substantial investments in data warehousing, with an ongoing cost to managing that resource in terms of software licensing, maintenance fees, operational costs, and hardware. Can it make sense to move to a cloud-based alternative? What are the costs and benefits? How soon can such a move pay itself off?
Download now to find out more.
This document consolidates the enterprise campus network design and deployment guidelines with various best practices from multiple deeply focused Cisco Validated Design Guides. The best practices conclusions are derived from thorough solution-level end-to-end characterization of various levels of system types, network design
alternatives, and enterprise applications.