The 4 Most Difficult Changes To Make In Information Technology (IT)

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As an information technology (IT) leader dealing with the intricacies and complexities of enterprise technology every day, I can tell you this: it’s not the technology that is the toughest thing to change in IT. It’s the people. Here’s my personal take on 4 of the hardest IT transformations to implement – and how people make or break those changes. 1. Going global There’s no question that transforming your company from regional-based systems to global systems is a big job. Global applications, global processes, global networks … that takes tech expertise to the nth degree. You need to talk with the regions, departments, and teams to ensure that you have all the business requirements clear … Read more

A Diet For Big Data Growth: Cloud Disaster Recovery Emerges

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The staggering amount of electronic information your datacenter handles on a daily basis is overwhelming. In fact, from now until 2020, the digital universe is expected to practically double every two years, according to a study sponsored by EMC. That’s the equivalent of more than 5,200 gigabytes of data for every man, woman, and child in 2020*. No wonder the majority of organizations are moving to the cloud, to keep up with data from mobile workers and to help cut costs. The natural next step is cloud recovery services, to help companies ensure their data is available when they need it. IDG Research Services recently surveyed more than one hundred IT leaders to understand their o … Read more

What Is Auto-Scaling or Cloud Bursting, Anyway?

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In your IT position, you have been asked to replace an aging, but critical, application that is no longer able to meet the needs of the business. You have spent months working through the requirements for the new application, including application functionality, security and compliance, resiliency, and scalability. You have already chosen an application provider that has demonstrated that they can meet all of the application requirements. Your next step is to determine where to host the new application. Like many other companies today, your organization wants to move away from traditional physical hardware solutions that are capital intensive, and instead move to a cloud-based … Read more

The Best IT Blogs Of The Week: 12-3-14

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In the weeks after Thanksgiving, we scramble to set up decorations, buy gifts, and prepare for the upcoming holidays and the New Year. With 2014 coming to a close (in just a month!) you should gear up for 2015 by staying informed of what’s to come in the future. Here’s a sneak peek: Cloud Is Bigger, Better, Stronger What does cloud mean for your job? Quentin Hardy of The New York Times advises us to look back on how technology replaced and condensed departments to anticipate how cloud will affect workplaces. Now we see unconventional work structures based on changing business models (like Google and Amazon Web Services), and cloud could certainly create that shift in more and more com … Read more

Hybrids (The Cloud Services Variety) And Network Strategies For CIOs In The Internet Of Everything Era, According to Cisco Executive Rob Lloyd

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As President of Development and Sales at Cisco, Rob Lloyd travels the world talking to customers and industry aficionados these days about the evolving challenges and opportunities brought by the Internet of Everything. That includes looking at current and future network platforms, software, architectures, applications, and strategies. With the number of devices accessing network resources growing dramatically—along with security concerns, operational complexity, costs, and customer expectations—how does an enterprise create the right network strategy for today and tomorrow? Sungard Availability Services spoke with Lloyd to get his insights. The Hybrid Cloud is Hot Lloyd believes that clo … Read more

The Best IT Blogs: 6-25-14 Weekly Roundup

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Today, for almost every decision we make, from choosing a car to choosing a home, safety and security is always one of the most important considerations. The same goes for businesses navigating the cyber world. This week’s roundup proves that keeping data protected from intruders should be your company’s first priority. Here’s why: The New York Times recently published an article on how hackers are getting smarter by the minute. A new strategy, ransomware, essentially steals your data and holds it hostage until a fee is paid. But ways to fight back (without illegally entering another network) can save your business time and money. Options like using tags to monitor valuable information or im … Read more

Why The Cloud Is A Safe Deposit Box For Your Data

Having trouble wrapping your head around the cloud? Think of it as a safe deposit box for your data!

Skeptical about storing your data in the cloud? If so, you’re not alone. The very term “cloud” seems nebulous … it’s hard to wrap your brain around. To make the cloud more tangible, think of it as a safe deposit locker for your data, using these six key points as a reference: Security Imagine for a moment that you have some very expensive jewelry you want to protect. You could keep it at home, install a state-of-the-art security system, and hire the services of a night watchman. But, despite all your precautions, you still might have security gaps (just think of all the people who go in and out of your home, and how many entrances and exits there are). Alternatively, you could take your jew … Read more

How To Navigate The Minefield Of Cloud-Based Computing

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The cloud is like the shiny “new” toy of IT – everyone’s talking about it. But there are still a lot of unknowns regarding cloud-based computing, making it a veritable minefield for those looking to get involved. Fortunately, it’s completely possible to march onward through the minefield without blowing up your infrastructure. Knowledge is power, after all. Studies have shown that more and more companies are embracing cloud computing. In fact, according to a study by TheInfoPro published in September, the worldwide cloud computing market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 36% through 2016. Organizations are recognizing the many benefits of cloud-based computing, as evid … Read more