Feeds

The tools of the trade: Cutting edge or a bit embarrassing?

Get your skills on

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

3 Big data security analytics techniques

Workshop Do the phrases ‘cutting edge’ and ‘your IT shop’ constitute a contradiction in terms, or do you work in a sleek and streamlined vision of sci-fi IT?

When we asked you about this last year we got the impression that for most organisations it was more the former than the latter. That’s not to say you told us things were falling around your ears, just that it takes quite a lot of effort to keep your IT systems on the straight and narrow.

What came across loud and clear from the research was that it wasn’t so much the tools you used that were causing things to be less than optimal, but the gaps between them. Where the tools and skills exist everything tends to run smoothly.

However, it doesn’t matter how good the individual widgets are when it’s the view across the infrastructure that really matters – particularly if we’re trying to manage the capabilities we provide to the business as ‘services’. I say ‘if’, because the levels of fragmentation we currently work with don’t make it easy to get that ‘end to end view’ of a service. So maybe it’s a moot point, today at least.

Fig 1

Some unexpected findings emerged when we explored this idea of fragmentation further. The difference in the level of burden experienced by IT departments that consider their IT management environments to be highly co-ordinated, versus those that do not, isn’t nearly as clear cut as we might have thought. We also found that some organisations were still suffering despite having made efforts to the contrary.

The bottom line, we found, was that regardless of the approach taken to IT management, many organisations are not well placed to address new demands placed on IT. This is linked as much to the overall shortcomings of the IT management tools and solutions in place, as much as it is to individual strategies and buying criteria followed over time.

We’re not sure there are any easy answers when it comes to filling in the gaps. Theorists talk about maturity, and to be sure there is always further an organisation can go, but such models don’t really capture the complexities of managing the IT jungle, which is as much about staving off the encroaching chaos as moving things forward. One of the things we’d like to hear from you about is how you manage to strike a balance, and the efforts you find yourselves having to go to in order to achieve this.

The bottom line: is investment to improve ‘service management’ seen as a strategic priority in your organisation or are you reliant on coming up with your own tactical work-arounds, in a more reactive manner? Are you big on process, or getting the tools you need – particularly in the Current Economic Climate (TM)? For example, one of the Register readers told us he was using free tools from Spiceworks for his asset management requirements.

We know that free stuff and personal favourites have always been part and parcel of the IT practitioner’s toolbox. Are they now a prerequisite in the absence of real investment or are they actually pretty good? As usual, we’d love to hear from you. ®

SANS - Survey on application security programs

More from The Register

next story
Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders
Veep testifies for Samsung during Apple patent trial
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS
Admins dab straining server brows in advance of Trusty Tahr's long-term support landing
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Half of Twitter's 'active users' are SILENT STALKERS
Nearly 50% have NEVER tweeted a word
Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?
NoSQL taste great at first but lacks proper nutrients, says startup cloud whiz
Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE
Pre-Update versions of new Windows version will no longer support patches
Microsoft TIER SMEAR changes app prices whether devs ask or not
Some go up, some go down, Redmond goes silent
Red Hat to ship RHEL 7 release candidate with a taste of container tech
Grab 'near-final' version of next Enterprise Linux next week
Ditch the sync, paddle in the Streem: Upstart offers syncless sharing
Upload, delete and carry on sharing afterwards?
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a defence for mobile apps
In this whitepaper learn the various considerations for defending mobile applications; from the mobile application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies needed to properly assess mobile applications risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.