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Disruptive innovation is all very fine and good, but legacy technology and disruption don’t mix. That old gear is just too brittle and important to mess with, right? That’s when it hits you: it’s time to go rogue. Adjectives like "swashbuckling" and "romantic" rarely if ever apply to...
When focusing on one element of a SaaS provider to evaluate, it should not be the technology it is providing today but its commitment to finding new ways to succeed in the future. This kind of agility that goes beyond technology is why SaaS is so loaded with potential for entrepreneurs...
Developers are continually upping the ante by creating better, smarter and more valuable apps. However, these apps also have increasingly sophisticated data requirements, and the ability to take them to the next level may be stymied by an archaic approach to databases in which develope...
I was asked by Mr. Peter Hastings (NH DoIT Commissioner) to document the benefits and activities behind the Standardization and Centralization Initiative (SACI). This initiative concerns the standardization of the software configuration management tool, defect tracking tool and standar...
This article explores how to detect fraud among online banking customers in real-time by running an ensemble of statistical and machine learning algorithms on a dataset of customer transactions and demographic data. The algorithms, namely Logistic Regression, Self-Organizing Maps and S...
ServiceNow this week launched its Eureka version of its online service management suite with new features aimed at letting non-technical folks build custom applications and process flows. IT service management (ITSM) has long been a huge benefit to complex and exception-rich IT operat...
In many industries, cloud computing is now vital to remaining competitive. The cloud typically offers superior flexibility, scalability, accessibility, and high availability, enabling businesses to grow more agile and responsive. Regulatory compliance concerns often make banks and othe...
While on-premise deployments are still the default for many enterprise applications today, most everyone agrees that SaaS and Cloud are the future. The question from the CXO is no longer, “Should we consider putting this application in the cloud?” It is, “Why wouldn’t we deploy this in...
Big Data is big - but just how big may surprise you. According to a new QuinStreet survey, 77 percent of respondents consider Big Data analytics a priority. Another 72 percent cite enhancing the speed and accuracy of business decisions as a top benefit of big-data analytics. And 71 pe...
In 2013, the total cost of natural disasters reached $192 billion, according to recent research from Impact Forecasting, a division of reinsurance company Aon Benfield, who conducts these reports each year. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy topped 2013’s most costly natural disaster. With dam...
The private cloud is misunderstood. At this stage, vendors can be forgiven for not having a firm idea of what the private cloud is and how it can uniquely improve their processes. Too many service providers have branded legacy technologies as "cloud-based," warping buyers' expectations...
It used to be that only application developers knew what APIs were, but things have changed to the point where there are entire conferences dedicated to APIs, websites track them, and people can make a living from doing API reviews. CEOs tout their own APIs in keynote speeches, and CMO...
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...
It is said that 95% of all supercomputers run Linux, so why do they still not get an invitation to the party? If you look at any cloud storage review, you will quickly notice that Linux users are often times left as an afterthought. So what do cloud storage providers have to offer Linu...
It’s a logical suggestion after all, i.e., that the mission-critical enterprise is getting wider. In truth, the mission-critical enterprise is getting wider, deeper, longer, broader and altogether bigger. But what does that mean? In practical terms we are stating that the “granular ...
Static data structures have been at the heart of data processing tools since the dawn of computing, but they have always limited the flexibility of the organization leveraging the data. Recently, the rise of flexible formats like JSON have led to schemaless data as an attempt to increa...
Enterprise collaboration and document management are being transformed by new cloud and mobile requirements, deeply impacting one of the most broadly deployed collaboration platforms, Microsoft SharePoint. Delivering information as an actionable asset in a widely collaborative and inc...
The cloud wars battle rages on. Gartner predicts that one in four cloud providers will be gone by 2015, making this a very high stakes battle for all concerned. The 800lb gorillas, AWS, IBM, Google, Microsoft, et al. continue their efforts for dominance. The latest salvo has been a pri...
Whether they admit it or not, the emergence of public cloud providers has dramatically altered the playing field for hardware vendors of every type. Amazon Web Services (AWS) and its competitors opened Pandora’s box by introducing the world to a completely programmatic, scalable, evolv...
Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service are technologies that are fast becoming integrated, and this is good news for enterprises looking to implement private, public or hybrid clouds. The availability of resources on-demand through companies like Amazon and Google has ...
To help maintain control and remain ever-ready for improvements, healthcare SaaS application developer PointClickCare recently adopted a cloud-based IT service management solution. Whether it's monitoring medication management in a closed-loop integration with pharmacies, or managing ...
Service Level Agreements (SLAs) offered by cloud providers are too often about Specification and not Service. It should come as no surprise that vanity metrics, like Availability, are used instead of business metrics because they are simple to measure and easy to misconstrue. Metrics t...
David Rubinstein's post "Industry Watch: Be resilient as you PaaS" makes a very good point about underutilized hardware in IT data-centers. Millions of enterprise workloads remain in data centers, where servers are 30% to 40% underutilized, and that's if they're virtualized. If not, t...
Arlington Computer Products improved their financial processes and operations using the new AribaPay cloud-based B2B payment service. Agile business services are entering into a new era, an integrated and on-demand approach to ordering, billing, and settlement processes between buyers...
Enterprises are moving more and more applications to the cloud. Gartner predicts that the bulk of new IT spending by 2016 will be for cloud computing platforms and applications and that nearly half of large enterprises will have cloud deployments by the end of 2017.1 The far-reaching...
Cloud computing security can be a conundrum. The point of using the public cloud is to outsource certain infrastructure and application needs to third party providers, after all. How can you secure your data once it leaves your perimeter and your control? As puzzling as it may seem, th...
Setting up a deployment process on the cloud means a variety of choices. Most likely you’re prepared to make some tradeoffs. But getting a view across these potential tradeoffs can be difficult. Here are six popular deployments and advice for making the best choice for your organizatio...
The proliferation of cloud-based applications for the enterprise grows each day, and more and more professionals have grown dependent on these apps as the consumerization of IT flourishes in today’s mobile enterprise. With the consumerization of IT, employees have become their own IT e...
To some in the industry and media, cloud based services are the greatest thing since the dawn of trading in stock in the coffee shops of London back in the 1600s. However, just like those early trades, the cloud does have its issues. Yes, it can help a business to grow, and help with t...
While technology changes on a regular basis, IT teams have had a standard approach to administration. In recent years, however, there has been a drastic shift in data center administration. One of the biggest shifts is the adoption of private and public clouds. In part two of this seri...
I believe the trends away from mainframes to the Cloud will have a large impact on enterprise mobility architecture. If we believe that going forward, enterprise mobility architectures will be closely tied to the Cloud, then we need to take a serious look at architectural design. I ha...
It's now clear that we are entering into a very diverse and even unprecedented work environment -- something the world perhaps has never known. Companies need to prepare for it now. But how do enterprises prepare, and how do they create the means to analyze and manage the transiti...
A recent Forbes article by Andrew Dailey at MGi Research reinforces the importance of “agile billing” to businesses that are serious about creating new revenue streams, meeting customers’ needs and doing it fast and well. The term agile is a good description of what businesses need fr...
Enterprise organizations are looking for service providers to be a trusted partner with them throughout the entire transition through steady state process. The key for cloud providers is to develop ongoing relationships with their customers using hands-on engagement processes from begi...
Auto racing powerhouse NASCAR has engineered a way to learn more about its many fans -- and their likes and dislikes -- using big-data analysis. The result is they can rapidly adjust services and responses to keep connected best to those fans across all media and social networks. It's...
Businesses have IT because apps deliver value to their customers. This can be direct value - a user-facing app. Or it can be indirect - an internal app for managing sales, marketing, or even HR transactions. Either way, the idea is that the app will make the business more efficient and...
For years, the benefits of moving to the cloud – including lowered costs, flexibility and faster time-to-market – have been espoused. But among IT professionals, there remains widespread reticence about migrating mission-critical applications over, due in large part to performance conc...
And the race is on. The cloud industry is abuzz with recent M&A and product news pointing towards what appears to be the Holy Grail for helping large companies move to the cloud with confidence. Both private and public cloud vendors are vying for a spot in the relatively new and rapidl...
There’s been plenty written and predicted about the future of cloud and Software-as-a-Service, and it’s hard to argue with its benefits – for both organizations and users. If our cloud-based future is to come true though, we must pay closer attention to the service levels users are get...
HP experts explain how enterprise IT operators and planners can keep their data centers from spinning out of control despite new requirements, leverage the best of converged systems, and improve efficiency. As software-driven data centers have matured and advanced to support unpredict...