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

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

9 Cyber Security Buzzwords And Jargon Definitions We Can All Understand

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Hybrid cloud. BYOD. Big Data. Internet of Things. These are terms that have become part of the daily lexicon, not only within the information technology (IT) and cyber security world but also in the main stream. Jargon is integral to IT. They make complicated terms more accessible to the non-technical person, even if they aren’t easier to understand. Buzzwords are commonplace in IT security, as well, but are they truly understood? As Frank Ohlhorst writes in Tech Republic, “it seems that IT security managers are giving too much power to terms and buzzwords, letting them dictate security best practices.” Ohlhorst goes on to point out that while BYOD is just an acronym that means, simply, Brin … 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

Are You Prepared To Cope With Tougher PCI Compliance Standards?

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On January 1, 2015, version 3.0 of the PCI (Payment Card Industry) Data Security Standards replaced version 2.0 as the standard. In other words, what some financial institutions, merchants, and other credit card payments industry members already saw as an onerous process—complying with PCI standards and possibly being audited—is about to get even harder. While I can’t take the blood, sweat and tears out of PCI compliance, as an experienced Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) I can give you some context for why PCI is issuing a new version of its standards, and why 3.0 is a good thing for your business in the end. Why PCI 3.0? So, why is PCI issuing new standards? PCI’s self-stated mission i … 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