1. Articles in category: IT Infrastructure

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    1. IT Is in the Midst of a Fundamental Shift

      IT is being driven by business needs, demands and requirements in today’s digital, online and on-demand world. Are you prepared? IT is undergoing a fundamental transformation, and during this change CIOs are expected to implement mobility, cloud and BYOD initiatives while shoring up their organization’s security. IT departments are now being driven by growing business needs, and the CIO’s seat at the executive round table has never been so critical to a company’s success.

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    2. Clouds ahead: What an IT career will look like five years out

      IT pros who don't take the time to lift their heads and assess the likely IT landscape five years out may be asking for career trouble. Because one fact is clear: Organizations of all stripes are increasingly moving IT infrastructure to the cloud. In fact, most IT pros who've pulled all- nighters, swapping in hard drives or upgrading systems while co-workers slept, probably won't recognize their offices' IT architecture - or the lack thereof - in five years.

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    3. Data warehousing in the cloud — it’s more than logical

      It has been estimated that more than 30 billion connected devices will exist by 2020. If a business isn’t capturing and analyzing all the ‘born on the cloud’ data in this emerging Internet of Things, then they are not getting a 360-degree view of their customers — in fact, they are not even getting a 180-degree of their customers.

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    4. Dropbox's head of enterprise says collaboration will set it apart

      Ross Piper has his work cut out for him. Hired by Dropbox in 2013 to help it attract business customers, the former Salesforce executive will now play a key role in the company's efforts to live up to its recent $10 billion valuation - the subject of much industry skepticism. "Enterprises are critical for us," said Piper, Dropbox's vice president of enterprise, in an interview. "They're the ones that help drive best practices." Meanwhile, there's competition from the likes of Google, Microsoft, Apple and Box. "It has always been a competitive market," he said.

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    5. How Salesforce & Box are changing the landscape in regulated industries

      With an aim to encourage the adoption of cloud CRM solutions in regulated industries, Salesforce recently announced the launch of a new platform called Salesforce Shield, which came shortly after Box introduced the general availability of Box Governance. Like Shield, it also focuses on ensuring cloud customers meet legal, regulatory and business policies regarding data storage and transfer. Both Salesforce Shield and Box Governance may bring the highly sought after flexibility to cloud services without disrupting the organizations’ security requirements.

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    6. Shadow BYOD runs rampant in federal government

      Government CIOs have been struggling mightily with developing prudent policies to enable employees to use their personal mobile devices for work without putting sensitive information at risk or otherwise compromising the security of agency systems. As it turns out, many federal employees haven't been waiting for those policies to take effect before introducing their devices into the workplace.

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    7. Application modernisation remains a top CIO priority

      Targeting legacy is a key focus for IT departments as they shift more applications onto the cloud. Modernising core business applications is among the top five priorities for IT departments, a recent study from Gartner has found. The analyst reported that modernisation and digital transformation projects would help fuel a 7.5% growth in enterprise application spending. "The majority of spending is going towards modernising, functionally expanding or substituting long-standing business and office applications with cloud-based software-as-a-service," said Bianca Granetto, research director at Gartner.

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    8. Technology, the law and you: Open source software

      Fully free and open-source software companies – with their LibreOffices and Hadoops and ClamAVs – give off a distinct whiff of technological savvy. After all, they’re skillful enough to not have to pay software licensing costs. But “free as in beer” isn’t really the point – huge numbers of corporate open-source users opt for paid commercial versions of open-source projects, for simplicity and support. And then there are all those various licenses that protect the openness of the software – GPL, Apache, Eclipse. But the good news is that, with very few exceptions, there aren’t many legal issues for the average ...

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    9. Think you're agile? You're probably wrong

      Businesses worldwide overestimate their agility and need to educate themselves on the benefits of platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings, according to the Oracle Cloud Agility study released today by Oracle. "This study shows there is something of a disconnect between the respondents' perception of the business in general and the actual reality of their IT infrastructure," says Robert Shimp, group vice president, Oracle. While a majority of businesses believe they are agile, many organizations cannot flexibly manage workloads or rapidly develop, test and launch new applications, leaving them poorly prepared to deal with competitive threats.

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    10. In a few years, Gartner predicts most businesses will do more building than buying of apps

      In a report released today, Gartner said it believes that by 2020, 75 percent of application purchases by businesses will be related to building apps, rather than buying them. The report covered a very wide range of trends around enterprise software and services, including predictions around the shift to cloud services. In addition to the trend toward custom development, much of Gartner's research showed a significant shift away from on-premises software to new models including cloud services. In fact, it pegged 2020 as a cloud tipping point.

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    11. A Necessary Evil with Bankable Benefits

      Although not as glitzy as big data and IoT, application modernization is a high-priority initiative for organizations across all industry lines, according to the recent CIO Survey. It’s especially significant for financial institutions, for which 73 percent of the respondents see this seemingly tactical maneuver as a must-do over the next 12 months. Why? Because in this digital economy, every bank has to keep up with the “Joneses” within reasonable operating margins and despite regulatory pressure.

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    12. How Georgia successfully overhauled IT

      Through a series of competitive bidding processes, the GTA (Georgia Technology Authority) settled on IBM to handle its infrastructure computing and AT&T to oversee its managed network services, and has awarded many smaller contracts to other IT providers in the time since. The state's IT privatization initiative, known as Georgia Enterprise Technology Services, or GETS, is projected to save the state $181 million in costs over the 10-year life of the IBM and AT&T contracts, but Dean Johnson views those cost reductions almost as an incidental benefit. "Our goal was not to save money -- our goal was ...

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    13. What CIOs need to know about digital payments

      Paper checks are so last-century. According to a survey by Blackhawk Network Shopper, digital payments are on the rise and consumers are frustrated when their money does not move at the speed they want. And the impending move to chip-and-pin credit cards by retailers nationwide – which is sure to cause confusion and frustration and longer lines at stores – could give an even bigger boost to so-called mobile wallet systems like Apple Pay, Google Pay and others.

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    14. Let the Third Time Be the Charm

      As expectations and business models continue to evolve, so too must the CIO’s approach to IT. Most organizations have landed in a virtual pressure cooker of IT demands, with business units clamoring for services from an infinite number of locations and mission-critical workloads moving to numerous places—all with an ever-sharp focus on innovation and time to value. Today, more than ever, the CIO’s job is to contain that pressure cooker and avoid costly fragmentation while delivering on the urgent needs of the business. One way CIOs can alleviate the pressure is to transition to what IDC has ...

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    15. Data security, the achilles heel of DevOps

      Survey finds speed and quality in software delivery are the name of the game in DevOps. But does data get put at risk? There has been overwhelming momentum to the practice of DevOps in recent years, and for good reason.  However, it takes data to test and ensure that everything is running properly, and all too often that data comes out of live production systems. Once data leaves the data center, there's less assurance that it is being managed in a secure way. 

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    16. Netflix shuts down final datacentre to go all-in on public cloud

      Netflix is gearing up for the closure of its final data center, as it makes good on its earlier pledge to move more of its IT infrastructure to the public cloud. “For our streaming business, we’ve been 100% cloud-based for customer-facing systems for some time now, and are planning to completely retire our data centers later this summer,” Netflix said in an email.

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    17. Alibaba may stoke US paranoia with cloud move

      US disdain for Huawei over cyberspying allegations hasn't been extended to fellow Chinese peer Alibaba, but will the latter stir up similar concerns as it makes aggressive moves into the cloud? Speaking in a tone that presumed Huawei's involvement in cyberspying activities, US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice noted that after China's plans to use Huawei as a Trojan Horse for espionage failed, it learnt the error of its ways and changed its approach, resulting in the success of Alibaba's global operations.

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    18. Subscription services suit modern businesses

      Subscriptions are fast becoming the purchasing solution for the modern business world, with faster access and less on-premise cost a major draw card, according to Robert Enslin president of global customer operations at SAP. Enslin told ZDNet that whilst hesitation for businesses to move to the cloud is still occurring, a subscription-based cloud adoption is proving an effective model for users. "A significant part of our business now is based on the cloud, and we've seen that shift to subscription growing very dramatically. If you look at our software as an on-premise solution, that part is basically flat, if ...

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    19. Automation and acceleration the Asian aspiration

      ASEAN organizations are adopting storage infrastructures that are faster, more efficient, automated and centralized, as they seek better performance or return on investment. In particular, technologies such as hybrid flash arrays are growing in popularity, as is flash cache on servers, software-defined storage and storage automation, says Sandeep Bazaz, industry analyst for ICT at Frost & Sullivan Apac.

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    20. Google-Alphabet may signal an end to the cloud price wars

      Google boldly goes where no tech giant has gone before. The company’s stunning restructuring from Google to Alphabet signals a profound transformation in how the company will operate. The Alphabet structure should enable Google to continue growing its core ad business (which gushes cash) and provide multiple paths for top talent to run their own businesses. But what does it mean for Silicon Valley’s startup scene? In the short term, probably an end to the artificially low-priced cloud services Google has been pushing.

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    21. IT budgets squashed by 20% currency price hike

      Analyst Gartner has urged CIOs to reassess their budget plans to take account of a 20% increase in the price of dollar-based IT products for 2015 and beyond. With CIOs preparing to plan their 2016 IT budgets, Gartner warned that prices of servers and software from US suppliers would rise in line with the strong US dollar. The price hike could curb IT strategies that require spending money with US IT suppliers. In fact, Gartner has recommended CIOs to cut back such spending by a quarter.

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    22. A new tool for pricing used IT equipment

      An electronics recycler has created an IT products database representing 9,000 manufacturers and 11 million equipment models. The products range from consumer to business equipment, such as network storage devices, routers, switches, as well as servers, PCs and office machines. The database, called the Sage BlueBook, was launched this week in beta and will remain free to use. It will give prices based on condition, including non-working.

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