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Making IT Problems Solve Themselves
July 09, 2012
IT must do whatever it takes to make businesses lean, agile and intelligent. Modern support services, then, also need to be able to empower workers and IT personnel to maintain peak control of systems and to keep the applications, data and processes performing reliably at lowest cost.
Now You See It, Now You Don't: The Challenges of a Disappearing Network Perimeter
July 06, 2012
It may seem like Houdini is inside the network, because the perimeter as we have known it is disappearing. Conceptually, firewalls used to sit between the public Internet and the internal network with its servers, desktops and applications. There was a clear network perimeter separating internal resources from the outside world.
TOGAF and DoDAF: Enterprise Architecture's Power Couple
July 02, 2012
How are governments using various frameworks to improve their architectural planning and IT implementations? Chris Armstrong, president of Armstrong Process Group, is here to help examine this question. He'll be one of the main speakers at The Open Group Conference in Washington, D.C., which begins July 16 and will focus on enterprise architecture, enterprise transformation and securing global supply chains.
The Supply Chain's Weak Cybersecurity Links
June 25, 2012
Joel Brenner is the author of America the Vulnerable: Inside the New Threat Matrix of Digital Espionage, Crime and Warfare. He's also one of the main speakers at The Open Group Conference in Washington, D.C., which begins July 16. Joel is a former senior counsel at the National Security Agency, where he advised on legal and policy issues relating to network security.
Process Maturity and the Fine Art of Control
June 19, 2012
If you're in IT and your job involves securing your organizations' infrastructure, you've probably spent a good deal of time thinking through control selection -- in other words, picking the controls that most directly help you accomplish the goal of securing your environment.
The Infinitely Agile Cloud
June 18, 2012
Seven Corners, a travel insurance provider in Indiana, has created and implemented an agile and revenue-generating approach to cloud services. Seven Corners went beyond the typical efficiency and cost conservation benefits of cloud to build innovative business services that generate whole new revenue streams.
Microsoft Sends In the Clouds at TechEd 2012
June 12, 2012
Microsoft put its updated cloud offerings and business tools in the spotlight Monday for the start of its annual TechEd Conference. In the keynote address kicking off the confab, Satya Nadella, president of Microsoft server and tools business, discussed Microsoft's focus on helping consumers transition to cloud computing.
Keeping Your Head Above Churning IT Waters
May 29, 2012
The upcoming HP Discover 2012 conference in Las Vegas is both an exclamation point on the current enterprise IT climate of change as well as a neon signpost for HP's strategy and direction. Why is IT is at a crossroads? How is the very nature of IT being redefined as a result of large and global trends?
Isolated Systems Need Love Too
May 22, 2012
Information security has changed a lot over the years. Way back in the dinosaur days, life was simple. Companies set up a firewall at the border and life was good. Bad guys stayed on one side of the fancy flashing box, and our personnel lived in the pristine, attacker-free paradise on the inside. Well, that's how it was supposed to work, at least. Over the years, the model changed.
Security and the Cloud: The Great Reconciliation
May 14, 2012
It now falls to CIOs not only to rapidly adapt to cloud computing, but also to find the ways to protect their employees and customers as they adopt cloud models, even as security threats grow. This is a serious -- but not insurmountable -- challenge. Cloud computing has clearly sparked the imagination of business leaders, who see it as a powerful new way to be innovative and gain first-mover advantages.
Getting What You Want From ERP in the Cloud
May 07, 2012
Through the Ariba Network, Cox Enterprises manages multiple ERP systems for an improved e-procurement strategy. The $15 billion communications, media, and automotive services company has moved toward more efficient indirect spend efforts to improve ongoing operations and drive future growth across more than 50,000 employees.
Disaster Recovery: It's Not Just for Catastrophes Anymore
April 30, 2012
Business standards and compliance services provider SAI Global is benefiting from a strategic view of IT-enabled disaster recovery. SAI Global has brought advanced backup and DR best practices into play for its users and customers. This has not only provided business continuity assurance, but it has also provided beneficial data lifecycle management and virtualization efficiency improvement.
The Lighter Side of IT Consumerization
April 24, 2012
You've probably heard the term "consumerization of IT." Some of the network and security pros reading this probably think this is yet another meaningless industry buzzword with little or no value. However, to dismiss it as such is to potentially miss out on what is both a very powerful concept ... and one that information security practitioners ignore at their peril.
Disaster Recovery: Learning From Painful Experience
April 23, 2012
When Hurricane Ike struck Texas in 2008, it became the second-costliest hurricane ever to make landfall in the U.S. It was also a wake-up call for Houston-based insurance wholesaler Myron Steves & Co., which was not struck directly but nonetheless realized its IT disaster recovery approach was woefully inadequate.
Big Data, Tough Questions
April 20, 2012
If you work with SIEM, you've been spending more than a couple of years, dealing with "Big Data" -- more lines of logs than any one person, or even a reasonable-sized team of people, could ever hope to keep up with reading through. Our data is plenty big enough already. So why is everyone so hyped over Big Data now?
Burning Rubber on the Road to Virtualization
April 16, 2012
High-performance motorcycle designer and manufacturer Ducati Motor Holding has greatly expanded its use of virtualization and is speeding toward increased private cloud architectures. With a server virtualization rate approaching 100 percent, Ducati has embraced virtualization rapidly in just the past few years, with resulting benefits of application flexibility and reduced capital costs.
The Cloud's Booming Potential for the Networked Economy
April 09, 2012
It's impossible to factor the implications of cloud computing without examining the context of all the other major business and technology trends in play today. To gauge the potential business benefits -- and threats -- from cloud, we also need to examine the confluence of these developments and how together they change businesses and business ecosystems.
Building a Private-Cloud Home for Complex Ops
April 02, 2012
Worldwide enterprise applications leader SAP has designed and implemented a private cloud infrastructure model that supports an internal consulting and training program. By standardizing on a VMware cloud platform, SAP has been able to slash provisioning times for multiple instances of its flagship application suite in the training setting, as well as set the stage for wider adoption of cloud models.
The Proper Care and Feeding of Highly Virtualized Environments
March 26, 2012
Advanced and pervasive virtualization and cloud computing trends are driving the need for a better, holistic approach to IT support and remediation. And while the technology to support and fix virtualized environments is essential, it's the people, skills and knowledge to manage these systems that provide the most decisive determinants of ongoing performance success.
Iceland Has the Hots for FOSS
March 26, 2012
The government of Iceland recently launched a one-year migration project for all its public institutions in what appears to be an acceleration of its movement toward free and open source software and away from proprietary systems. The project will apparently lay the foundation for the migration with a common infrastructure.
Does Your IaaS Environment Have Sleeper Cells?
March 21, 2012
As many active users of IaaS can tell you, IaaS, whether implemented by an external service provider or provided by an internal service provider team, arguably grants you much more control of the underlying technology "substrate" than other cloud deployment models. In some cases, this is a good thing.
The Software Distribution Generation Gap
March 19, 2012
There's a huge productivity gap between modern software and the aging manner in which most enterprises still distribute and manage applications on personal computers. At a time when business models and whole industries are being upended by improved use of software, IT providers inside of enterprises are still painstakingly provisioning and maintaining PC applications in much the same way they did in the 1990s.
Enterprise Architecture and Transformation at the Crossroads
March 12, 2012
For some, if you want enterprise transformation, you really need the organizing benefits of enterprise architecture to succeed. For others, the elevation of enterprise architecture as an essential ingredient to enterprise transformation improperly conflates the role of enterprise architecture and waters it down while risking its powerful contribution.
Cloud Computing: Revolution vs. Evolution
March 03, 2012
Andy Mulholland is the global chief technology officer and corporate vice president at Capgemini. In 2009, Andy was voted one of the top 25 most influential CTOs in the world by InfoWorld. And in 2010, his CTO Blog was voted best blog for business managers and CIOs for the third year running by Computer Weekly.

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