7 Key Elements Of A Successful Cloud Migration Strategy

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Cloud technology can seem as intangible and mercurial as its namesake. But with a solid strategy and the right guidance, businesses can confidently move forward: making sound business decisions, charting a direct course through migration, and reaping the many benefits the cloud offers. But what are the key elements of a successful cloud migration strategy? Forgetting for a moment the over-hyped assertions that “everyone is moving to the cloud” and “the cloud is the right decision for every business,” how will you determine if the cloud is the single best solution for your organization, or is just part of a more complex composite solution? A solid strategy requires depth of understanding. No … Read more

Colocation? Managed Hosting? Public Cloud? Which Is Best For Me?

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Managed hosting, colocation and public cloud computing all have the same goal: getting the greatest business value out of scarce IT resources and limited IT budgets. Given the time and resources, IT can make important contributions to the success of a business. It has been demonstrated time and again that IT can help companies cut costs by careful monitoring of operations, increase sales with the use of sophisticated database functions like predictive analytics, and provide senior managers with real-time decision support through dashboards they can consult from their smart phones. Unfortunately, most IT departments don't spend much time on developing and implementing these sorts of … Read more

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

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

Not Ready For Six Sigma? Try These 3 Steps First For Successful Business Transformation

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Six Sigma may seem excessive, yet you know you need to determine a new business transformation process to meet the demands of a digital marketplace and better respond to the the rapidly changing needs of customers today Before you dive in, consider a simple analogy. Have you ever opened up the package of a seemingly “easy to assemble” new toy for your child, and think to yourself, “This seems pretty easy. I see the picture on the box and there aren’t too many pieces. I don’t need the instructions.” However, when you get halfway through it, you realize that while you’ve been putting things in the right places, you’ve done so out of sequence. You have to disassemble the toy and start over, … 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