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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.
The Transformative Power of Enterprise Architecture
February 27, 2012
Last month's Open Group Conference in San Francisco focused on how IT and enterprise architecture support enterprise transformation. Speakers in conference events also explored the latest in service oriented architecture, cloud computing and security. We're now joined by one of the main speakers, Jeanne Ross, director and principal research scientist at the MIT Center for Information Systems Research.
When in the Cloud, Trust - but Verify
February 22, 2012
Quite a lot has been written about the importance of due-diligence in a cloud environment. Sometimes the importance of security and compliance-related vetting in the cloud is easy to justify, like when you're evaluating an off-premises public cloud hosted at a new service provider. Other times, executives might take some convincing.
Building the Data Center on Small Victories
February 06, 2012
You don't need to go very far in IT nowadays to find people who are diligently working to do more with less, even as they're working to transform and modernize their environments. One way to keep the interest high and those operating and investment budgets in place is to show fast results, and then use that to prime the pump for even more improvement -- and even more funding -- with perhaps even growing budgets.
A Strategy for Post-Virtualization Security
January 24, 2012
Virtualization has been one of the most rapidly and widely adopted technologies in recent memory. It's huge, and it's here to stay. And as security professionals know, setting up a virtual environment securely isn't easy. Significant effort goes into tasks like evaluating off-premise service providers, ensuring regulatory compliance, and standing up technical controls like monitoring and encryption.
Virtualization and the Always-On Education Environment
January 23, 2012
Educators are using desktop virtualization in innovative new ways to enable "bring your own device" benefits for faculty and students. Let's look at how one IT organization has made the leap to allowing young users to choose their own client devices to gain access to all the work or learning applications and data they need -- safely, securely, and with high performance.
Kundra Casts His Lot With Salesforce.com
January 17, 2012
Salesforce.com has snagged a marquee name for its executive ranks: the former chief information officer of the United States, Vivek Kundra. Kundra, who left his post with the Obama administration last year, is joining Salesforce.com as executive vice president of emerging markets.
Limbering Up for a Data Center Makeover
January 16, 2012
Let's focus in on two major pillars of proper and successful data center transformation projects and some proven methods that have aided productive and cost-efficient projects to reshape and modernize enterprise data centers. Specific trends are buttressing the need for DCT.
Ballmer Phones In Final CES Keynote
January 10, 2012
Microsoft's Steve Ballmer delivered his final Consumer Electronics Show keynote in Las Vegas on Tuesday. Ballmer talked up Windows 8 and discussed additions to the Xbox platform and new Windows-based Nokia devices. The presentation, which featured "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest, kicked off the annual show.
Identity and Access Management: A New, Less Excruciating Approach
January 10, 2012
As essential as open systems and mobile applications are for doing business, they also put significant strain on an organization's security systems and, in particular, the key line of defense: identity and access management systems.
PayPal's Thompson to Fill Yahoo's Leadership Vacuum
January 04, 2012
Yahoo finally gets a leader. The company announced Wednesday the appointment of Scott Thompson as CEO, effective Jan. 9. Thompson was also appointed to the board of directors. Interim CEO Tim Morse will resume his role as chief financial officer. Yahoo fired former CEO Carol Bartz four months ago for failing to turn the company around.
One Year Later: MS Exchange Practices Most Companies Should Still Shun
January 04, 2012
Over a year ago, we presented a list of the top 10 worst practices that you should avoid if you want to maintain the performance and uptime of your Microsoft Exchange email system. Since then, some things have changed, while others have not. So here's a revised Top 10 List of "Don'ts" to point out which practices still hold true and which do not.
How to Orchestrate a Successful CEO Succession
January 03, 2012
Say this about 2011 -- along with any number of natural and unnatural disasters, the year featured more than its fair share of technology industry melodrama from the highly public wrangling between Oracle and HP to the passing of singular characters, including Apple's Steve Jobs. Both of these events also highlighted the importance of a topic mainly of interest to financial analysts and institutional investors: executive succession.
10 Things to Remember When Reaching for the Cloud
January 03, 2012
Cloud computing represents a powerful shift in how your company deploys applications, stores data, implements security and adheres to industry regulations. Cloud architectures can give your company the flexibility to scale resources as the business requires. And you can do so without incurring unnecessary capital expenses.
The 5 KPIs of PMO Proof
December 29, 2011
For many companies, the role of the PMO seems like an enigma. Sure, everyone knows that PMOs exist to streamline project operations so time and money aren't wasted, but what do they actually do? Failure to answer this question has led many companies to question the value of the PMO in the years after its establishment. However, the burden of proof is on the PMO -- not the executives.
Shall We Dance? A Tale of Executives and PMOs
December 28, 2011
"It takes two to tango." Ronald Reagan said this of the contentious relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union in the final stages of the Cold War. Unfortunately, this also applies to executives and project management offices. At times, it seems they are destined to face off against each other, but this should not be the case.
The Scalable, Available Cloud
December 27, 2011
With the evolution and proliferation of cloud computing, as more and more applications are being migrated to the cloud, many organizations are considering moving their database to the cloud as well. Two main concerns on users' minds are database scalability and availability.

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