The Top 3 Reasons Cloud Computing Implementations Fail

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The ladder to the cloud is missing a few rungs. At least, that is the conclusion of 276 IT professionals recently polled in a survey commissioned by Sungard Availability Services*. In the survey, the top three reasons indicated for why cloud computing implementations fail were: lack of understanding of cloud security and compliance (indicated by 56% of respondents) lack of clearly-identified business objectives for migrating to the cloud (55%) lack of planning (42%) Those are three gaping holes in the ladder to a successful cloud implementation, and I believe that mistaken beliefs are at the core of each one. Mistake #1: The cloud is different from other information technology. … Read more

Elevating Business Continuity To The Next Level: Sungard AS Takes Center Stage At DRJ Spring World 2015

Business Continuity

A few more days till the Disaster Recovery Journal (DRJ) Spring World 2015! I am looking forward to a great conference and, of course, connecting with our clients – both old and new. This year’s conference theme “Elevating Business Continuity to the Next Level” is apt and timely. Our community is pushing us and together we are challenging the status quo and asking the hard questions such as “what if we stopped doing a big-bang BIA?” Or “how does one really do continuity in an environment which undergoes 400 changes a week!” Expect as always to be provoked a bit in the Sungard AS sessions at the event. Agile application deployment and cloud are driving an unprecedented disruption and our wor … Read more

Clearing Up The Confusion About Disaster Recovery In The Cloud

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If I ever had any question that confusion still exists about the benefits and drivers for disaster recovery in the cloud, the results of a recent survey commissioned by Sungard Availability Services* have settled that. There is clearly confusion – a lot of confusion. The results of the survey are interesting in that there is little consensus among the responders: 40% said that a faster recovery time objective (RTO) was a great benefit of cloud disaster recovery. BUT 27% said a major downfall was slower recovery times. Well, is Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) faster or slower? 13% of respondents said that a key benefit was increased security. BUT, almost 39% complained that one of … Read more

When Should You Put Applications In The Cloud?

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In theory, cloud computing as offered by public cloud providers is an ideal IT solution for midsize businesses. The reality of when to put applications in the cloud is more complicated. While some applications in the cloud can be migrated with relative ease, others require significant work, and some won't work in the cloud at all. This is not to say that cloud computing is a poor strategy. On the contrary, no other approach offers as many capabilities and benefits. But migrating to the cloud is not the proverbial "slam dunk" indicated by the hype. To begin with, applications almost always need to be modified to fit into any given cloud, which necessitates the writing of new code. … Read more

What Is The Real Use Of Big Data Technology In Our Society?

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Did you ever wonder about the use of big data technology in our society? Think about all that big data really is: BIG DATA ... It's the collection of bits and bytes that are stored in the cloud and on our computers, tablets, and smartphones. BIG DATA … Retailers, advertisers, doctors, scientists, governments, service providers, and employers use it to analyze who we “are” and to glean actionable (useful) information, which they can use to help us… or maybe to hurt us. BIG DATA … Pretty soon, the word “big” won’t be big enough. With the advent of “The Internet of Things” the sources of data are spreading well beyond our computing devices – new information is being fed into the cloud from y … Read more

New Survey Reveals The Top Issue CIOs Overlook In The IT Industry (The Answer May Surprise You)

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If you ask a CIO what is keeping him or her up at night, you will probably hear things like cyber security, cloud migrations, and shadow IT. Talent acquisition would likely not make even the top 10. And that may be a problem, because perhaps it should be causing some CIO insomnia. In fact, according to a recent survey commissioned by Sungard Availability Services*, 50% of the 276 respondents said they believe talent acquisition is overlooked in the IT industry. There are several reasons why CIOs might not be giving appropriate priority to talent acquisition. First, they might figure that bringing in new talent is simple and straightforward: “What’s the beef? If we need someone, we’ll hire s … Read more

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

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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

If The IT Industry Gave Out Academy Awards, What Would Be The Categories?

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Ah, yes, the Oscars. The drama, the exhilaration, the disappointment, the fashion statements! All of it wrapped up in a single adrenaline-filled evening. But what if the IT industry gave out Academy Awards? What would the categories be? Add some spice to your day by considering whom you would nominate for each of the following Oscars (we’ve included some “spoof” categories, as well) … and which awards you might be nominated for! Roll out the red carpet and let the excitement begin! Best CIO He or she is a tech savant and a leader extraordinaire. Forget “keeping the lights on” – the Best CIO pioneers new ways to make the business successful, keeping in touch with every department and every e … Read more