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With $13 billion expected to be spent by American businesses alone in 2014, the cloud should no longer be considered an alternative IT model. The demand for hardware to run traditional infrastructures is in a nosedive. IBM is spending $1 billion this year, matching the amount it spent ...
Many businesses are realizing the advantages of moving essential business services to cloud-based models, including communications, voice, and CRM. The associated advantages of the cloud have allowed businesses to be more flexible, scalable and enjoy higher cost savings. However, these...
This BriefingsDirect discussion explores the role and impact of business networks, the often virtual assemblages of interrelated business services, processes, and data that are transforming how companies and consumers conduct commerce. New business networks are unlocking the ability f...
There is no arguing the cloud is hot. In a recent blog post The Cloud – Is it your actual destination? I raise the point that the cloud itself is not the destination. It’s a vehicle, a conduit that can help you solve challenges and provide value back to the business. It is a powerful ...
While change definitely can bring unprecedented opportunity to drive topline revenue and improved efficiency, it can also bring obstruction and more challenges for core business operations and infrastructure if not dealt with properly. More specifically, change can come in many differe...
Shadow IT, aka Rogue IT, has a bad rep. And it probably should. It can compromise security, increase IT costs, result in dangerous leakage of data and IP, and get people fired. It also generates friction and thus expands the already too wide rift between developers and IT. In a nutshe...
Enterprise cloud adoption rates have climbed in leaps and bounds over the past several years and 72 percent of companies are expected to pursue a hybrid cloud implementation strategy by 2015.[1] But cloud technology’s value proposition has transformed as business needs have evolved. Wh...
The shift to the cloud is in full swing. More and more organizations are adopting Software-as-a-Service(SaaS), forcing IT organizations to develop new strategies to secure the onslaught of data created and stored in cloud applications. Failure to develop strategies to close security g...
The race to hire is on. By 2029, the U.S. Census Bureau notes that the entire baby boomer generation will be over the age of 65. But even now, boomers are leaving the workforce in considerable numbers, and finding replacements will be stiff competition among organizations looking to at...
Cloud has become an extension of today’s enterprise and the traditional perimeter has long disappeared. Increasing business requirements for agility and flexibility make the cloud-extended enterprise ideal for a workforce that works anywhere, anytime and any place. This is especially t...
When something as simple as an API can integrate massive amounts of data into, and through, a wide variety of applications, any company can be a digital enterprise. There is a perception that some industries are using technology to innovate, while others languish in antiquated ways of ...
Comparing cloud providers is complicated. With constant price drops and the frequent introduction of new instance types, no matter what answer you come up with today it is sure to change in three months. Taking into account differences in performance, it gets even more confusing when y...
This past year has continued to see rising enterprise cloud adoption, and with it efforts from tech giants to control the cloud through price wars. Like most things, the path we’ve taken to this point will certainly impact where the road ahead will lead. If 2014 was the continued bat...
Large technology manufacturers that focus on channel sales through distributors and resellers have traditionally operated with informal processes, using tools like spreadsheets and information driven by anecdotal stories from channel partners, unstructured data, and the "gut instinct" ...
SaaS and cloud computing continue to gain real traction in the enterprise – and that trend is sure to continue for a long time to come. But the reality is that, to date, those gaining real benefit from cloud at the enterprise level have been limited largely to isolated pockets; e.g., s...
Hybrid cloud has taken over from public and private cloud to become the fastest growing cloud solution among enterprises. This was one of the critical findings in a new survey report released by Wakefield Research that conducted the study on behalf of Avanade Inc. The study, released d...
Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, has published the results of a survey conducted at the beginning of 2014, on ICT usage in enterprises with a special focus on the use of cloud computing services in the EU Member States. Eurostat’s “finding” centered on the “fact...
This BriefingsDirect innovator case study interview explores how a Texas healthcare provider has adopted cloud computing, and in doing so has both saved money and improved the quality of its many services. Creative Solutions in HealthCare is the largest independent owner and operator ...
Now that cloud services have become part of IT’s “new normal,” commonly referred to as “hybrid,” it seems obvious that the approaches and tools we use to manage IT would also evolve and mature, though the pace of evolution varies amongst companies, of course. According to a Website Mag...
Docker has been quickly adopted by nearly everyone and incorporated into everything from cloud technologies, to continuous integration and build systems, to solo developers working exclusively on their laptop. Heck, even Microsoft is getting in on this! It was born in PaaS (dotCloud) a...
The IT infrastructure of modern businesses require a number of seemingly never-ending cycles to track assets. As these assets go through different stages of usefulness or functionality, IT teams must constantly manage the process, which takes them away from other more important tasks a...
The cloud has made many things simpler by allowing us to achieve economies of scale, eliminating the software installation process and enabling access of information from virtually anywhere. The list of benefits goes on, but contrary to popular belief, moving to the cloud will not make...
HP charts a better path to simplified, just-in-time, and pan-IT support improvements -- despite dynamic and complex IT environments. Much of the attention to coping with mega IT challenges such as cloud, bring your own device (BYOD), mobile applications, and big data focuses on adopti...
A BriefingsDirect discussion centers on learning new best practices for managing the rapidly changing needs around identity and access management. Any modern business has been dealing with identity and access management (IAM) from day one. But now, with more critical elements of busin...
When was the last time you went to your favorite office superstore to buy a piece of packaged software? Software as a Service (SaaS) and cloud storage have completely changed the consumer computing market. Other than Microsoft Office and a few resource-intensive applications for phot...
It had always been a dream to start a company with my childhood best friend, Rian Gauvreau, but we hadn't been able to truly find a business model that worked for us. In 2007, cloud computing was just beginning to make waves, and while many recognized the opportunities that the cloud p...
Vichara Technologies in Hoboken, New Jersey is expanding its capabilities in big data from origins on Wall Street into other areas, and thereby demonstrating the growing marketplace for advanced big-data analytics services. The next BriefingsDirect deep-dive big data benefits case stu...
The rise of cloud computing has ushered in an era of unprecedented productivity for developers over the past several years. For those who have embraced this new world order, gone are the days of long lead times for hardware procurement and installation, architecture defined by slow-mov...
It’s a clear message being heard across the industry - widespread adoption of cloud applications is only a matter of time. However, the tricky part for many is, how much time do organizations actually have to hold out? And why should they switch? For starters – the cost savings are cl...
The adoption of cloud services such as storage, CRM, etc., are a given at this point. One of the faster growing sectors, though, is in human resources management (HRM), sometimes known as human capital management, which is an approach to employee staffing where people are looked at as ...
Recent studies have shown that over two thirds of CIOs have difficulty balancing the time and resources needed in order to drive both business innovation and operational excellence. IT services teams in mid-sized organizations have so much to do that it’s difficult to prioritize. Maint...
The Amazon Web Services public infrastructure cloud is seeing massive adoption, and for good reason. Using AWS arms companies with advanced infrastructure that, in most cases, they could not possibly achieve in their own datacenters. In fact, According to Gartner, AWS has 5 times more ...
A new wave of ITSM technologies and methods allow for a more rapid ITSM adoption -- and that means better rapid support of agile business processes. Businesses of all stripes rate the need to move faster as a top priority, and many times, that translates into the need for better and f...
Machine-to-machine (M2M) technology and the resulting Internet of Things are leading us inexorably toward everything-as-a-service (XaaS). As more things get connected, the range of service opportunities expands. And as those services are presented online, they become available for use,...
I just read through “The New Kingmakers,” a thought-provoking book by Stephen O'Grady of the small, but influential, analyst firm Redmonk. The thesis of the book is straightforward: technology changes have moved developers, previously of little importance within the world of IT, to a c...
Enterprise applications are increasing in complexity, with multi-tier and distributed applications being the new standards for dealing with high-volume, high-scale requirements. In many development environments, the ideal scenario is to enable DevOps teams to manage dev/test environmen...
Target. Home Depot. Community Health Systems. Nieman Marcus. Their names have been all in the news over the past year, though probably not in a way they would like. All have had very public data breaches affecting anywhere from 350,000 (Nieman Marcus) to 4.5 million (Community Health S...
Thinking about venturing into the cloud? Where would you start? What you should absolutely not do is approach your transition to the cloud the same way you planned your traditional storage. You should start with understanding the value of your data; take a ‘data centric’ approach. Wit...
For the last hundred years, the desk phone has been a staple of every business. The landline has been a lifeline to customers and colleagues as the primary means of communication – even as email threatened to render the telephone obsolete. For some purposes, like conference calling, th...
In 2013, there was increasing demand for cloud computing, with enterprise after enterprise committing to a rapid and vigorous redeployment of resources toward cloud-based solutions. Gigaom Research conducted surveys of both mainstream and leading-edge users in the second quarter of 201...