Lessons Learned … Again

With continuing concern surrounding the damaged nuclear plants, the global community continues to watch the turmoil unfolding in Japan. In the twenty days since the Sendai earthquake and the resulting tsunami brought unimagined devastation to the Japanese nation, we are seeing just how small planet earth really is. Global Dependencies are Felt Locally Moving beyond the destructive impact on whole communities and the human toll too quickly seems to trivialize the impact, but at the same time, it is important that organizations on a global level recognize our interdependence. These dependencies can be seen clearly in the examination of global supply chains. Companies such as Boeing, Sony, … Read more

New Measurements for Cloud ROI

Even though Cloud may be a relatively new phenomenon for your company, you can still begin to measure your return on investment (ROI) if not in real numbe, at least in the ways it is changing your organization.  Here are a few examples. New Opportunities More new opportunities become viable.  First and foremost, the IT investment to support a new product is greatly reduced.  IT resources can flex with a project—robust during development, then reduced, then scaled up as a product takes off.  From a business plan perspective, this means the  Number-of-Sales-to-Breakeven  is lower, and the  Time-To-Breakeven is sooner.  Better Planning Likewise, lower IT costs mean your Pricing Structure ca … Read more

Are you Ready for Cloud?

Solutions Marketing Manager Janel Ryan discusses how to evaluate your organization's readiness for cloud -  Carl M As companies evaluate cloud computing as part of an overall business delivery model, deciding which applications are candidates to move to cloud and which need to remain in legacy environments is part of the planning process.  Identifying business requirements up front creates the right basis for planning cloud projects, timelines, and resources. The demand for consulting services designed around cloud readiness is being driven by customers looking for solutions that can get cloud technologies and legacy technologies – dedicated hosting or on-premise – to work together … Read more

What’s in a Private Cloud?

Today we hear from Gregory Smith, Senior Product Architect, Cloud Computing Many companies have a virtualized infrastructure, but in reality, a virtualized data center is not the same as a private cloud. Most virtualized data centers lack the automation and processes to manage them as private clouds. In the ‘90s when Fortune 500 companies implemented VMware’s virtual infrastructures, their equipment became more efficient and cost-effective, but because most companies kept the same practices, policies, procedures and methods in place, IT’s ability to respond to user needs did not change much.  For example, provisioning did not get simplified or faster. For most it still involves a string of … Read more

What distinguishes an Enterprise Cloud from other clouds?

Today we hear from Nik Weidenbacher, Product Engineering at SunGardAS  - Carl M. Most people have a general understanding of public and private clouds and the differences between the two offerings.  When talking about Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), typically a private cloud is in a company's data center while a public cloud is operated by a provider and shared by multiple companies.  That is a good start, but neither definition explains what an Enterprise Cloud is. An Enterprise Cloud offers a virtualized, multi-tenant infrastructure that can provide many of the same benefits as running a private cloud for your company, without requiring the same up-front investment.  Unlike most publ … Read more

Cloud Connect 2011

Satish Hemachandran just returned from Cloud Connect 2011 This week's Cloud Connect 2011 was the place to be to discuss all things Cloud. I spent two days at a packed convention center where the session topics conveyed the attendees' interest in deciphering the challenges faced by enterprises in Cloud adoption. The consistent theme for this year's event was about how Cloud for the enterprise needs to be built with availability, manageability, and security in mind - an area that we within SunGard are most passionate about.  I had the opportunity to present SunGard's vision of the Enterprise Cloud on Tuesday - this session was focused on the risks that IT departments face as they embark on th … Read more

Fitness Training and Resilience

The more physically fit we are, the more resilient our muscles and bodies are to stress and strain. The same can be said for organizational resilience programs. They may need a “trainer” to help us get them in shape, but even without that expert resource, they certainly need regular exercises. The risks companies face today are varied, and much like exercising different muscle groups, they call for different activities to examine and strengthen against these threats. In 2010, natural disasters had an estimated $109 billion impact, more than triple the previous year; that number doubles when you add the costs of man-made disasters, such as the Gulf Oil Spill, and we quickly see the cost ju … Read more