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  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Windows 10 Finally Delivers On Microsoft's Security Promises

    A Guide For Taking Full Advantage Of Windows 10 Security And Privacy Features

    October 20, 2017 Chris Sherman, Heidi Shey, Salvatore Schiano

    Microsoft Windows 10 offers many new native security and privacy capabilities that potentially reduce organizations' reliance on third-party endpoint security solutions. When taken together, these capabilities improve the risk posture of your endpoint environment and significantly reduce exposure to OS- and application-level exploits. This report explains to risk and security professionals the best ways to utilize the new Windows 10 security features while keeping users' privacy intact.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: The Forrester Wave™: Configuration Management Software For Infrastructure Automation, Q4 2017

    Tools And Technology: The Infrastructure Transformation Playbook

    October 11, 2017 Chris Gardner, Robert Stroud

    In our 25-criteria evaluation of configuration management providers, we identified the 14 most significant solutions — Ansible, Ansible Tower, CFEngine Community Edition, CFEngine Enterprise, Chef, Chef Automate, Microsoft Azure Automation, Microsoft Powershell DSC, Normation Professional Services, Open Source Puppet, Puppet Enterprise, Rudder, Salt, and SaltStack Enterprise — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. We focused on core features, including deployment, configuration modeling, monitoring and governance, and community support as well as on the vendors' ability to match a strategy to these features. This report helps infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals make the right choice when looking for configuration management solutions for their development and operations (DevOps) and infrastructure-as-code (IaC) automation.

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    REPORT: Vendor Landscape: Blockchain Technology Providers In Asia Pacific

    October 2, 2017 Charlie Dai

    While blockchain technology is still in its early stages, its synergistic use of multiple technology building blocks opens doors to new business models and opportunities. To leverage blockchain for digital innovation in Asia Pacific (AP), CIOs and enterprise architecture (EA) professionals must have a holistic view of the blockchain ecosystem in the region. This report presents the landscape of blockchain vendors, their early success in various countries, and the regulatory environments and major alliances in each region.

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    REPORT: The Forrester Wave™: Unified Communications And Collaboration, Q3 2017

    Evaluating The Leading UC&C Vendors That Can Provide A Diversity Of Deployment Options, Including UCaaS, Hosted, Hybrid, And On-Premises

    September 27, 2017 Art Schoeller

    In our 29-criteria evaluation of unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) providers, we identified eight of the most significant ones — Alcatel-Lucent (ALE), Avaya, Cisco, Microsoft, Mitel, NEC, ShoreTel, and Unify — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals make the right choice.

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    REPORT: The Forrester Wave™: Continuous Integration Tools, Q3 2017

    Tools And Technology: The Modern Application Delivery Playbook

    September 27, 2017 Christopher Condo, Amanda LeClair

    In our 25-criteria evaluation of continuous integration (CI) tool providers, we identified the 10 most significant ones — Atlassian Bamboo, AWS CodeBuild, CircleCI, CloudBees Jenkins, Codeship, GitLab CI, IBM UrbanCode Build, JetBrains TeamCity, Microsoft VSTS, and Travis CI — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals make the right choice.

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