Takeaway from Gartner IT Symposium

Just having returned from the Gartner IT Symposium, Jim Grogan, senior director at SunGardAS, offered to share  a few key points from the conference...CM IT Management Shifting Viewpoint: from “Output” to “Outcome” Gartner’s Andrea DiMaio and Mark McDonald pointed to a shift from “output” to “outcome” in how we need to make IT decisions for the future.  The real value rests in the outcome, and this is a better way to measure any IT investment. When struggling to demonstrate clear measures of project success, this offers a new opportunity to speak to business leaders and differentiate performance. Datacenter Expansion: “Buy” or “Build” Analyst Eric Knipp projected that by 2015, more than h … Read more

The Role of IT in the Cloud Environment

I've asked SunGard's Chip Childeres to weigh in on the role of IT in the cloud.   Chip is a  product architect for SunGard's Enterprise Cloud Services and partners with our product management and product engineering teams to drive the overall solution design of the service...CM The Role of IT in the Cloud Environment I find there are three shifts in thinking that CTOs move through when considering a move to the cloud.  The first is the way they think about the technical components in the cloud, the second is the way they consume IT services, and the third is the way their business focus can change. Align IT Technical Components  First and foremost, a CTO has to be satisfied that the clou … Read more

Business is Risky

Having just returned from the Gartner IT Symposium, there were several excellent themes that are crossing my mind. In response to multiple sessions on risk and security, I’d offer the following as food for thought: every business decision is about risk management. GRC and IT Security We can define programs for Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) and make sure that all related policies have executive support. We can (and must) do the same for information security. A colleague at the Symposium posed a question to me: how do you convince corporate executives of the need for risk management and IT security program funding? The simple answer: remind business leaders that everything they do is r … Read more

Top Five Reasons to Move to the Cloud

As director of product management at SunGard Availability Service, Satish Hemachandran focuses on the strategy and direction of the core platform for SunGard’s Enterprise Cloud Services...CM As more and more businesses look to rise to the cloud, there is a lot of talk not just about the “how” but the “why”.  While the cost-savings is definitely a major driver, most organizations see business and technical advantages as well.  This list looks at some of the main reasons for cloud adoption. Cost Savings, of course Cost Savings.  Without a doubt, cost-savings is the number one driver of cloud adoption.  Organizations see it as a way to get an enterprise-grade infrastructure without the top-do … Read more

SunGard Outlines Cloud Plans: Q&A with SunGard CEO Andy Stern

This month, SunGardAS' new CEO Andy Stern sat down with Jason Stamper of the UK's Computer Business Review to talk about SunGard's cloud plans. Within the Q&A, Andy discusses how enterprise-level cloud computing services must support serious, mission-critical applications and that enterprise-level environments require greater compliance and more auditability, security, change control, and certification.  Click here to read the article   CM           … Read more

Developing the Right Cloud Strategy for Your Organization

I invited Janel Ryan, a Solutions Marketing Manager at SunGard Availability Services, to blog about determining the right could solution for your company.  Janel has an interesting perspective on business requirements dictating the right cloud or cloud mix for an organization...CM The “right” cloud computing strategy involves a mix of dedicated and shared resources inside and outside the company.   Before you talk with vendors, you need to develop a clear set of business requirements and assess your company’s readiness for cloud.   Then you can focus on the vendor(s) who has the range of services you need.    Define Your Needs Your business requirements should define cost savings, IT effic … Read more

IaaS: What it means – how it differs from PaaS and SaaS

Joining in the cloud discussion today is Matt Carey, senior director, product marketing, at SunGard Availability Services and one of the Enterprise Cloud team members.  Users  in the marketplace seem to be getting a clearer understanding about the different kinds of cloud deployments (private, community, public and hybrid), but one area where I still see peers, customers and industry experts tripping up surrounds the definition of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).  What IS IaaS? IaaS includes all the system services that make up the foundation layer of a cloud—the server, computing, operating system, storage, data back-up and networking services.   IaaS supports the Platform … Read more

When to Activate Your Continuity Plan: Are You Sure?

How often do we take action on our PC which requires us to answer the "Are you sure" question? The simple reason for that verification: it's a well-known fact that user errors can cause system, application or data problems. This message should serve as a constant reminder to think about resilience and continuity from the people perspective. Staff Training and Effective Continuity It cannot be stated often enough that we need to integrate staff training to achieve effective continuity programs. The October issue of CSO magazine included an interesting recap of Malcom Harkins’ thoughts. Harkins is the CISO at Intel, and he was speaking recently at the Forrester Security Forum. Misperception a … Read more