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Log and Event Management

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Log and event management has been variously referred to as “business intelligence for IT” and “clarity for IT” and has been described as “what business intelligence is to the CFO, log and event management is for the CIO”. We would actually go further than that because log and event management is also business intelligence for security and compliance officers as well as, in some cases (depending on your organisational structure), for risk managers.

In this paper we will discuss what events and logs are, when you should care about them, why you should care about them, and the sort of features (at a high level) that you should be looking for in potential solutions. We will also briefly discuss the state of the market for log and event management platforms, as this is somewhat confused at present.

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