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

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

50 Questions You Must Ask Before Engaging In Cloud Computing Services

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If you are selecting cloud computing services or if you want to improve your ROI in the cloud, here are 50 questions you’ll want to ask! Business Objectives – Identifying Why You Are Moving Into The Cloud There are as many business objectives for the cloud as there are shades of any color, such as capex to opex budgeting, flexibility, agility, high availability, etc. Why do you want to move to the cloud? Saying that your objectives are important isn’t enough. How important are these outcomes to the success of your business? Are they all equally important, or can you rank them? The real test of importance i … Read more

How Frederick’s Of Hollywood Used Migration To The Cloud To Spice “IT” Up

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When Frederick Mellinger founded Frederick's of Hollywood in 1946, he believed that incredible lingerie could make a woman feel beautiful from the inside out. Little did he know that a legend was born. Founded in Hollywood and based there today, Frederick’s of Hollywood is a multi-channel brand with 96 stores across the U.S., as well as a digital flagship, fredericks.com. In 2011, Frederick’s of Hollywood decided to migrate to the cloud to enhance the scalability, resiliency, and flexibility of its IT infrastructure while elevating the ability to address company-wide business objectives. The company was facing a myriad of challenges: a shifting retail landscape a change in their bus … 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

The Top 5 Traits of Successful Digital Enterprises

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Ecommerce is expanding significantly, with U.S. online sales expected to grow from $263 billion in 2013 to $414 billion in 2018, a compound annual growth rate of 9.5 percent, according to Forrester research. This is pushing the need for businesses to continue to transform their business processes, technologies and even organizational structures, and to become “digital enterprises.” Digital enterprises are those organizations who integrate new technology and business models that engage digital customers at every point in the customer experience lifecycle. Now, it’s becoming essential that organizations embrace digital changes to stay competitive. “For businesses to be competitive durin … Read more

Digital Transformation Delays Stall Business Growth

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A digital transformation is underway. It is revolutionizing the way companies conduct business through every stage of a customer interaction, as well as every business unit and associated process in an organization. This digital transformation is “the realignment of, or new investment in, technology and business models to more effectively engage digital customers at every touchpoint in the customer experience lifecycle,” says the Altimeter Group. This is, of course, a broad definition that encompasses an extensive swath of organizational processes. It’s about fundamentally restructuring an organization based on new and emerging technologies – especially cloud technologies. Delays to Digita … Read more

The CMO (Not The CIO) Leads Digital Transformation

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The concept of digital transformation is not a new one, as technology has been used to augment business functions since the dawn of the computer age. However, these days, digital transformation means different things to different companies, requiring each company to tailor their integration of technology in a way that increases productivity and improves communication with internal and external parties. Personally, I like the Altimeter Group’s definition of digital transformation, since it is the most appropriate for modern market-focused usage: “The realignment of, or new investment in, technology and business models to more effectively engage digital customers at every touch-point in the cu … Read more