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Setting up PowerShell discoveries with TADDM

With the release of TADDM 7.3.0.2 came the ability to perform Windows discoveries with PowerShell instead of WMI. In comparison with WMI a PowerShell session sends fewer requests to access target systems, which in turn reduces the number of events that are logged. In addition if you use SSL it should also be more secure. […]

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Is your company ready for GDPR?

Time to GDPRCountdown Data protection has become a big issue over the last few years and as a result the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is becoming increasingly aggressive with its fines for DPA related offences. In 2010 there were just 2 fines totalling £160,000 but so far this year (up to August 2017) there […]

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How Basic Endpoint Patching Helps Protect Against Ransomware and Other Attacks

By George Mina On Friday, a group of unknown threat actors carried out one of the largest cyberattacks of its kind, which infected hundreds of thousands of computers in 150 countries. The ransomware, known as WannaCry, exploits a Microsoft Windows OS vulnerability that was patched in Microsoft’s Security Bulletin two months ago. The universal advice […]

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10 Reasons why you should be using Predictive Insights

BM have designed and developed Predictive Insights from the ground-up and because of that it has been able to respond to customer demands and requirements for a real-time performance analysis tool. But why should your company consider using Predictive Insights? Here are 10 reasons why Predictive Insights can quickly help you improve the quality of your enterprise monitoring, reduce incidents and save money.

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How to integrate Nagios with ServiceNow Incident Management

I was recently asked by a customer to integrate Nagios with Service-Now and after looking into existing options I came across only one and which was a deprecated tool. So I decided to write an integration for the customer and wanted to share what was achieved. I am starting off with a Nagios XI instance, […]

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Discovering your devices before moving to the cloud or consolidating data centers

We have been asked by a few companies if they can use Tivoli Application Dependency Discovery Manger (TADDM) to quickly discover what devices they have in a data center before either moving to the cloud or closing data centers due to consolidation. In addition Managed Service Providers (MSP) have requested the ability to discover the […]

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Building Business Service Topology views with ServiceNow, Omnibus, Impact and DASH

In this blog I will take a look at how you can bring data from your ServiceNow CMDB to your OMNIbus events and use the Dashboard Application Service Hub (DASH) topology view to visualise the service component hierarchy and the impact of those events.

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Creating Custom Database Views to Simplify TADDM Reporting

This four-part video presentation demonstrates how you can use the out-of-the-box tools provided with TADDM to create custom database views to simplify TADDM reporting.    

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Job Opportunity – Graduate / Trainee

Graduate Systems Management Consultant Company Website: Orb Data Ltd Location: Green Park, Reading Download PDF: Graduate Systems Management Consultant Job Description This job is suitable for an ambitious IT graduate to join our expanding Managed Services team.  Orb Data are the premier IBM partner in the UK for Enterprise Systems Management and you will be joining a team […]

Netcool Operations Insight – What exactly is it and how can I get it?

Only a few years ago when we were installing monitoring tools (and more specifically Data Warehouses) a common limiting factor was the storage capacity needed. However over the last few years and with the advent of cloud and very cheap storage the problem has shifted. The issue now is how companies can make sense of […]

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