Leading Milling and Manufacturing Company uses eG Enterprise for Unified IT Infrastructure Performance Management


Claymark  Case StudyClaymark is a timber processing company that specialises in sawmilling, remanufacturing and distributing high quality timber products throughout New Zealand, United States, Australia and Europe. Claymark’s IT operation is located in New Zealand and Citrix XenApp is used to centralize application and desktop access for users worldwide. Timbermart clients run on Citrix XenApp and access a Microsoft SQL database backend. Users also have access to Microsoft Office, IMS Payroll, Microsoft Dynamics, IDT time and attendance and Internet banking applications.

Since Claymark relies on its IT infrastructure for its operations, any non-availability or slowdown of the key applications affects Claymark’s operations. For example, movement of inventory, procuring new raw material, shipping goods to process orders and invoicing clients must all be done at the precise time to maximize operational efficiency and revenue for the company. Any slowdown in IT performance that affects these operations is business critical.

 “Once eG Enterprise was deployed, we have been following a simple process. Any critical and major issue reported by eG Enterprise is investigated immediately and the problems resolved. Within weeks of initiating this process, the Citrix XenApp lock up issues have disappeared!” said Martin Savory, Group Systems Manager, Claymark.

 For more details, please see this new case study –  http://www.eginnovations.com/web/news/Claymark-Case-Study.pdf

Reduce Downtime and Slow-time in the Borderless Enterprise


nextgov-mediumThe era of the borderless enterprise is here!

Ensuring on-demand availability of apps, data and seamless collaboration via the cloud, across the web, virtual networks, servers and storage requires complete and total visibility across platforms, domains, time zones and geographies.

When apps and databases are unavailable or slow and unresponsive the downstream impact can be truly devastating. Customer loyalty suffers, industry reputations become damaged, and strategic partnerships dissolve, legal liabilities increase, stock values decrease and financial markets collapse.

Do you know how many man hours are affected by downtime and slow-time each year by just the Fortune 500?

Do you know the estimated compensation cost of downtime and slow-time compared to annual GDP?

Are you a CIO or IT Executive and want to know more?

Within our most recent Enterprise Solution Brief “Reducing Downtime and Slow-time in the Borderless Enterprise” you will discover the following;

  • 3 key benefits of eG Enterprise Universal Insight within the Borderless Enterprise
  • The REAL Cost of Downtime and Slow-time
  • Why “Universal Insight is Required”
  • How eG Enterprise Universal Insight is “Ready for the Future of the Borderless Enterprise”
  • How eG Enterprise Universal Insight is a “Force Multiplier for Enterprise IT”

Read the brief then let us show you the numerous ways that eG Enterprise Universal Insight can help you reduce downtime and slow-time, enhance IT service performance, increase operational efficiency, ensure IT effectiveness.

Email info@eginnovations.com

Call 866.526.6700

Enhance Healthcare IT and Improve Patient Care


innovationwordcloud400FACT: Preventable medical errors are the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States right behind heart disease and cancer. It doesn’t seem possible but according to “Death by Medical Mistakes Hits Record” in Healthcare IT News it’s true and the related financial costs may be as high as $1 trillion dollars.

Certainly many of the deaths are due to situations Healthcare IT has no influence over, but some are due to preventable problems such as inaccurate and missing records or systems which are completely down, experiencing application or database slow-time when doctors, clinicians and patients are in critical need.

According another Healthcare IT News article “The True Nature of Recovery: 5 Ways to Mitigate Downtime, Data Loss” there are a number of things that Healthcare CIOs and IT managers can do to mitigate the risks to both patients and the bottom line of healthcare organizations. Though the article is focused on disaster recovery it is very quick to point out that knowing your systems, avoiding points of failure and ensuring that you have the data necessary to right-size, avoid cost over runs and prepare for emerging technologies are highly important.

What Healthcare IT organizations need is a solution that helps reduce IT complexity, increases performance, tracks app adoption, offers role based reporting and grants CIOs, Managers and admins “universal insight” across the solution stack as well as all other interdependent physical and virtual layers; and they need the ability to do it all from just a single interface instead of multiple silo-centric tools.

Within our most recent Enterprise Solution Brief specifically for Healthcare IT you will discover

  • 4 key benefits that improve Healthcare IT efficiency and result in enhanced patient care
  • What factors are driving “Healthcare IT Transformation
  • How to “Enable Successful Healthcare IT Transformation
  • How eG Enterprise Universal Insight is “Ready for the Future of Healthcare IT”
  • How eG Enterprise Universal Insight is a “Force Multiplier for Healthcare IT”

Read the brief then let us show you the many ways that eG Enterprise Universal Insight can enhance your Healthcare IT department, improve patient care and save lives.

Email info@eginnovations.com

Call 866.526.6700

In 2015 CIOs Will Need Universal Insight Across the Enterprise


Imagekid Silo-centric monitoring and management tools are fine for supporting a confined infrastructure with very limited interdependencies but for CIOs seeking to prevent drains on CAPEX and ensure they are contributing to OPINC they aren’t enough.

Resolving IT pain and avoiding unscheduled downtime is the traditional focus of APM and NPM solutions and it will continue to be important in 2015 but emerging technologies like Cloud, mobility and XaaS are reinventing the role of the modern CIO.

Those who virtualized and consolidate their data center servers over the last ten years are now extending virtualization across the enterprise to include networking, storage, cloud and mobility deployments.

With the new era of the borderless enterprise upon them CIOs are keenly aware of the need to research and adopt solutions that both resolve traditional IT pain while giving them universal insight across the enterprise so they can ensure emerging technologies deliver greater value to the business.

Below are some of the predictions for 2015 that will shape the need for CIOs to have universal insight across the enterprise…

Enable workspace flexibility. IT executives are being challenged to adopt and integrate mobile solutions at a blinding pace but 70% of end user devices cannot pass basic compliance and security tests, so introducing foreign devices on the corporate network poses serious risks. CIOs will need to ensure availability while managing access, device and user compliance and security, having universal insight across user and device profiles, approved and blacklisted apps, databases and domains will be critical to success.

XaaS becomes the new IT stack for Hybrid Cloud. The era of everything as a service has arrived. The development of virtual cloud and mobility apps are driving IT innovation and the consolidation of intellectual properties at a blinding pace. To maintain market share and demonstrate thought leadership traditional product centric companies will accelerate efforts to bring new XaaS offerings to market. The rollout and adoption of new service offerings like vDaaS, DRaaS, IaaS, MWaaS, PaaS, and WPaaS with grow and mature in 2015 and throughout the remainder of the decade.

The borderless enterprise explosion will usher in a new era of compliance and security. The gaps and interdependencies between cloud, mobility, virtual and shared infrastructures, social media platforms and SaaS will inspire a renewed focus on compliance and security the way email, malware and network security have before. APM providers will be faced with some interesting choices; either acquire or develop additional internal compliance and security expertise, partner with an existing security provider or remain focused on their existing silo niche. CIOs will be left with deciding to go all-in with a security provider, purchase silo-centric solutions that provide limited compliance and security visibility, or evaluate and choose an APM NPM solution that meets most of their needs now as APM NPM compliance and security maturity continues to grow.

Containerization remains a test and development play, for now. Game changer, disruptive and death knell are all phrases tossed about when containerization solutions are discussed as an alternative to traditional virtualization but the reality is much less dramatic. Container solutions are well suited for accelerating Linux app portability and reducing associated overhead, Google and Facebook have deployed containers very successfully but their demands for rapid deployment and scale are different from most corporate customers. Until container solutions are cross compatible, offer mature management options and enhanced security capabilities expect containers to remain a solution for Linux test and development environments while traditional VMs meet the majority of data center production demands.

Data is the new natural resource and almost as important as air and water. Ensuring on-demand availability of data and seamless collaboration via the cloud, across virtual networks, servers and storage will require that CIOs have complete and total visibility across platforms, domains, time zones and geographies in 2015. Ensuring maximum uptime, preventing downtime and performing root-cause analysis are now IT table stakes. Whereas having universal insight across the enterprise, providing a seamless user experience, preventing slow-time and increasing productivity via the borderless enterprise are the new business goals CIOs must be aligned with and focused on.

Ensure IT effectiveness and business alignment. CIOs must align IT initiatives with desired business outcomes for productivity, growth and profit. APM historical performance reports provide the empirical data they need to help them balance workloads, right-size the enterprise and eliminate cost overruns so capacity planning meets the business needs of today while preparing for the emerging technologies of tomorrow.

Deliver a positive user experience through enhanced service performance. End users judge their experience relative to their ability to be productive and complete an end goal. Whether end users are employees and partners seeking to work seamlessly between the office and a mobile device as they move across domains or customers accessing a web cart, they all expect apps and databases to be available, accessible and responsive. CIOs will rely heavily on APM solutions to provide KPI for user logons, average response time, page loads, app adoption, abandonment rates and other metrics to ensure that end users are happy and productive.

Expanded use of KPI metrics. What started with call center, helpdesk and customer service metrics is expanding rapidly. APM solutions that can be adapted to collect KPIs for industry and role specific applications are influencing the decision making of CEOs, CFOs and other executives. APM solutions will be used to measure and determine the viability of pilot programs, industrial expansion and even the purchase of competing intellectual properties.

Improve operational efficiency. Reliance on command line interfaces and technology trees is functional but outdated. CIOs will arm and empower IT managers, admins and specialists with APM solutions that are customizable, intuitive, integrate easily with existing NOC tools and provide a unified view of the enterprise. The end goal will be to accelerate time to resolution, eliminate guesswork, reduce dependency on multiple silo-centric tools with limited visibility and mitigate the impact that natural attrition has on tribal knowledge.

For CIOs to achieve these goals and remain future ready they will need universal insight across the enterprise and timely, correlated information that enables data driven decision making. 2015 will be a very interesting year as CIO thought leaders seek to improve the end user experience and enhance productivity within the enterprise.

About eG Innovations eG Innovations is dedicated to helping businesses across the globe transform IT service delivery into a competitive advantage and a center for productivity, growth and profit. Many of the world’s largest businesses use eG Enterprise Universal Insight technology to enhance IT service performance, increase operational efficiency and ensure IT effectiveness. Visit here for more information.

Universal Insight for Citrix XenMobile


MDM devicesAccording to the Gartner study “Bring Your Own Device: The Facts and the Future” by the year 2017 half of all businesses will require employees to bring their own device. It saves the business money, users are more productive while on-the-go and they may even receive reimbursement for part or all of their device contract.

However, as this article in SC Magazine reveals when it comes to BYOD and MDM a vast majority of employee devices cannot pass a basic security scan or compliance review. That in and of itself poses a major threat to business continuity and user productivity. All it takes is one blacklisted program on a non-compliant device for resources to become hijacked, productivity to decline and data integrity to be compromised.

Add to that all the things that businesses need to consider such as everyday productivity, common access, separation of user and business applications, interoperability and scalability and it is easy to understand why implementing Citrix XenMobile and then maintaining continuity can be challenging.

What businesses need is a solution that helps reduce IT complexity, increases performance, tracks app adoption, offers role based reporting and grants admins “Universal Insight” across the solution stack as well as all other interdependent physical and virtual layers; and they need the ability to do it all from just a single interface instead of multiple silo-centric tools.

Within our most recent eG Enterprise solution brief for Citrix XenMobile you will discover

  • 6 key benefits of having the right solution for Citrix XenMobile
  • “Why Universal Insight Matters
  • Root-Cause in a Single Click”
  • “Enhanced capabilities for XenMobile” such as virtualization-aware technology

Whether you are Citrix customer researching XenMobile as your BYOD solution or have already embraced it and want to know more about how “Universal Insight” can turn your XenMobile deployment into a competitive advantage read the brief and then email us info@eginnovations.com or call 866.526.6700

eG Innovations Announces Release of eG Enterprise v6 Performance Monitoring Solution


servicetopeG Innovations today announced a major new release of eG Enterprise for performance monitoring, diagnosis and reporting of business-critical IT infrastructures. The v6 release features a sleek new user interface, new customizable dashboards, advanced reports, a mobile application, and broader and deeper monitoring of applications, virtualization platforms and storage.

eG Enterprise v6 introduces new capabilities that make it faster and easier for customers to diagnose problems and manage their IT environment. eG Innovations will be demonstrating eG Enterprise v6 for the first time at VMworld in San Francisco in Booth # 2047 (come to the booth and see us).

“Monitoring IT performance across increasingly complex layers of infrastructure, then gaining visibility of the end-user experience of that performance remains a vexing challenge for enterprise IT,” said Dennis Callaghan, Senior Analyst at 451 Research. “The new features in eG Enterprise V6 are designed to meet this challenge head on.”

“Enterprise customers are looking for intuitive, total performance visibility across every layer and every tier,” adds Bala Vaidhinathan, CTO, eG Innovations. “To achieve this, they often have to use multiple diverse tools to monitor, diagnose and report on the entire infrastructure. eG Enterprise v6 provides different stakeholders customized dashboards and drilldowns that offer deeper and broader visibility end-to-end, across every layer and every tier of the service infrastructure. This allows enterprises to minimize the number of tools they have to use to determine the root-cause of problems. eG Enterprise v6 enables organizations to reduce operations costs, improve IT productivity and enhance end-user productivity and satisfaction.”

New in eG Enterprise v6:

  • One-View Dashboards: With the one-view dashboards, administrators do not have to traverse across multiple screens or tools. They can now get a simplified, aggregated overview of IT services through a single dashboard. The one view dashboards are fully customizable and provide custom views for the different stakeholders in an organization. Executives can view service demand and popularity, while IT managers can get a quick overview of the key service performance metrics. Service demand, resource consumption and service quality are all presented in the same dashboard so IT managers can make intelligent decisions and pre-empt issues that can impact the user experience.
  • Next-Gen User Interface: eG Enterprise v6 delivers a modern Web 2.0 interface providing enhanced ease-of-use, accessibility and personalization of the management console. This seamless interface allows administrators to manage their entire IT environment, whether it utilizes physical or virtual servers and private, hybrid or public clouds.
  • eG Mobile App: eG Enterprise v6 introduces a mobile app for iOS and Android devices. Administrators can now track the performance of their key IT services from anywhere, at any time using their mobile and tablet.
  • AnyCloud Technology: eG Enterprise now delivers a consolidated way to manage the entire IT infrastructure, applications and users irrespective of the means and location of the delivery. The universal agent architecture and one-view dashboard provide a unified platform to manage a myriad set of cloud based services and technologies. Administrators have a clear way to demarcate between services delivered to the customer/user and the different types of infrastructure used to deliver it. They can easily keep track of the performance of their dynamically changing environments and the impact on service delivery, SLAs and user experience.
  • VDI Console for End-User Self-Service: With eG Enterprise v6, VDI administrators can configure and publish a console with virtual desktop session usage and performance metrics. This console empowers end-users, providing them the ability to perform basic diagnosis to determine what may be causing a slowdown during virtual desktop access – e.g., their network connectivity, bandwidth usage within their session, system resources used by the session, etc. This self-service console helps reduce user complaints to the help desk and thereby reduces support costs and enhances IT productivity.
  • Enhanced Desktop and Server Virtualization Monitoring: eG Enterprise includes enhanced Citrix XenServer and Microsoft Hyper-V monitoring capabilities. V6 also extends eG Enterprise’s patented In-N-Out monitoring technology for servers using the Linux KVM hypervisor. For application virtualization and virtual desktop environments, eG Enterprise now includes powerful, new browser monitoring capabilities. Deeper visibility into user logons release to allow administrators to quickly identify and solve slow login issues is also part of the enhancements in this release.

Take a first look at eG Enterprise v6 here.

Visit us at VMworld today – booth 2047 – and see the new eG Enterprise v6 live in action!

New Webinar: Virtualization and Cloud Performance


cloud-performanceWhether you are virtualizing your IT environment or moving applications to the cloud, the dynamics and complexities of these IT transformations can cause significant performance and user experience issues that diminish the benefits of new IT service models and risk interruption of critical business processes.

Join us on Wednesday, March 12 at 2pm ET / 11am PT for the webinar Virtualized and Cloud Apps – Why a Process Oriented Approach Delivers Maximum Performance to explore how to create service improvement initiatives based on end-to-end services and achieve true IT Service Management, i.e. managing services instead of just processes or components.

Register now: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/800828335

Performance management experts John Worthington (Director of Consulting, Third Sky) and Bala Vaidhinathan (CTO, eG Innovations) will discuss:

  • The importance of performance management in virtualized, private/public cloud environments
  • Integrating Event Management with the Service Lifecycle to accelerate business value
  • The benefits of a process approach to performance management
  • The importance of end-to-end IT service visibility for enabling IT transformation

We look forward to seeing you online!