Which Vendor Type Do Professionals In The IT Industry Consider Most Undervalued?

IT Vendor, IT Industry

Disaster recovery (DR) has always been the red-headed stepchild of the IT industry. It’s the last to get funding and the first to lose it in the budgeting cycle. It is the most poorly staffed, yet it can have a huge impact on an organization. A recent survey of 276 IT professionals, commissioned by Sungard Availability Services*, captured this truth precisely: 42% of respondents stated that disaster recovery testing should be the last thing to receive budget cuts, yet when asked which type of vendor was most undervalued by their organizations, DR vendors were the #1 response. This, despite the fact that companies spend an average of $686,000 per hour when experiencing downtime. Why is there … Read more

Why Information Technology (IT) Professionals Have Been Thinking About Their Jobs The Wrong Way

Information Technology Professionals

Over the years, I’ve provided training to entry and mid-level information technology (IT) colleagues. In the process, I evaluate how they regard IT’s role in business. Within each person, I typically find a noble allegiance to their area of specialty, be it storage, network, server, software development, service management, backup, business continuity, etc. However, as I followed these IT professionals over time, I would see a change. As they gained experience outside their point of reference, they realized they had been thinking about their jobs the wrong way. Their understanding evolved to see the deep interdependency of all aspects of business. I describe this interdependency in terms of … Read more

Why There Are More Than 50 Shades Of Grey In Cloud Computing Services

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Thought you were going to read about erotica in the cloud? Sorry to disappoint! But there are indeed 50 shades of grey and more when it comes to selecting cloud computing services. So if you are thinking about migrating to the cloud or if you want to improve your ROI in the cloud, here are the shades of “grey” you’ll need to be defining: Shades of Grey in Business Objectives – Identifying Why You Are Moving Into The Cloud There are as many business objectives for the cloud as there are shades of grey, such as capex to opex budgeting, flexibility, agility, high availability, etc. Why do you want to move to the cloud? Saying that your o … Read more

5 Reasons The Chief Information Officer (CIO) Matters More Than Ever

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The fact that some Chief Information Officers (CIO) are poor executives has been misinterpreted to mean that the entire genus is suspect. It is true that ongoing longitudinal research associated with the CIO Solutions Gallery Program hosted by the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University indicates that 61% of CIOs in the Global 2000 are labelled by their C-Suite peers as being “too inwardly focused,” perceived as “being in the way” versus pointing the way, and seen as being “too slow,” “too expensive,” and “not innovative enough.” But in my view – from having worked closely with countless CIOs – this executive position is here to stay … and that’s a good thing. Here are five reason … Read more

When It Comes To The Cloud And Technology, CIOs Should Understand What Got You Here, Will Get You There

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Marshall Goldsmith, an executive coach to the corporate elite, is the author of the very popular book called What Got You Here Won’t Get You There. And while the title may be true as it relates to your individual career path, I have news for C-suite executives everywhere: it is not true when it comes to adopting the cloud and technology. In fact, what got you here – to your current state of success – is precisely what will get you to the next level. The problem is, as CIOs and IT professionals, we sometimes allow ourselves to be pressured into acting contrary to what we know is the right thing to do. Here’s what happens. A CEO approaches a CIO and says (in a nutshell), “What’s our cloud stra … Read more

Stronger Disaster Recovery And Business Continuity Is Just What The Doctor Ordered For Healthcare

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Healthcare organizations are and always have been slow to adopt leading edge technology, but thanks to compulsory legislation and regulatory requirements (HIPAA and HITECH, for example,) awareness of disaster recovery strategies is growing. This is no real surprise when you consider the penalties possible for lack of compliance, ranging from fines of millions of dollars to loss of revenue if provider status were to be revoked for failures under the Affordable Care Act. At the heart of healthcare disaster recovery is the quantum shift the industry has experienced, where everything is online and digitally stored and paper-based storage is diminished. Electronic medical records and associated … Read more

Backup Your Life With These Tips For Personal Information Technology (IT) Resiliency Planning

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We talk about business continuity, disaster recovery, and overall resiliency for organizations of every size. But what about for you and me … as individuals? I don’t know about you, but I would be less than happy if my smartphone was stolen, my laptop stalled, my computer hacked, or my iPod drowned. Not because I have anything particularly earthshaking on these devices (if an outsider were to assess them), but because they have data and files that are important to me. My contacts. My photos. My files. My interests. The regular stuff that makes up my life. As a result, I’ve spent some time and thought putting together a personal IT resiliency plan with 5 key components. The good news is, t … Read more

Keeping Disaster Recovery In Step With Business

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You’ve taken the time to implement a disaster recovery (DR) plan for your company – you’re prepared for anything! You’ve covered all the milestones: You initiated a Business Impact Analysis (BIA) to determine the recovery times you’ll need for your applications. You tiered your applications and documented their interdependencies so you’ll know which order your servers should be restored in. You found a geographically-diverse data center for your recovery infrastructure. You put together a recovery playbook and tested each and every step. Bring on the storms … the floods … the power outages … you’re ready! Everything may sound foolproof, but here’s the catch: your applications and IT env … Read more