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Could the Cloud’s Worst Enemy be the Cloud?

Blog-post by John Hawkins, Mon, 02/02/2015 - 21:53

The cloud is showing a much darker and drearier side. At least this is one conclusion I came to after reading a recent study by 451 Research.

The research study, “Voice of the Enterprise: Cloud Computing Preview“, which was conducted in late 2014, interviewed approximately 800 IT professionals to get their view of cloud. One of the takeaways for me is that the ease of setting-up and consuming cloud applications might be part of the Clouds problem, largely because Cloud provides an easy way to spin up and consume cloud applications.

CIO Leadership, Cloud

Cloud starts getting Uncle Sam's attention

Nearly 20% of federal agencies now deliver IT services via the cloud despite lingering worries, tech implementation concerns among IT managers.

Blog-post by Charles Cooper, Mon, 02/02/2015 - 14:07

Uncle Sam as early tech adoptor?

Save the wisecracks - talk about easy targets! -- but new survey data suggests that when it comes to cloud computing some very forward-thinking IT managers work for the government.


CIO Leadership, IT Performance

When CIOs fail to communicate

“People don’t remember what we think is important; they remember what they think is important.” – John C. Maxwell

Blog-post by Joel Dobbs, , Sun, 02/01/2015 - 21:09

Everyone knows that good communication is important.  We all know that one of the most important skills for any leader is communicating effectively.  Why is it then that so many CIOs are such poor communicators, especially when speaking with individuals and groups outside of the world of IT?

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Business Issues, Cloud

Do you believe that signing on with a cloud provider means vendor lock in at some level?

Polls by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Sun, 02/01/2015 - 17:19
Do you believe that signing on with a cloud provider means vendor lock in at some level?

CIO Leadership, Security

Are CIOs losing control?

Blog-post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Fri, 01/30/2015 - 17:42

The top three things that keep CIOs awake at night are security breaches, downtime and talent acquisition in that order, according to a survey by Sungard Availability Services.

Are CIOs losing control of IT?

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Technology, Applications

Leverage Google Webmaster Tools to Track and Improve Your Mobile App Performance in SERP

Blog-post by Sophina Dillard, Fri, 01/30/2015 - 13:12

Only having a mobile app for your business is not sufficient. Its awareness among the users is the second most important task to get worth of your mobile app. There are various ways and channels you can market and promote your mobile app through. The latest one is through search engines which you can include in your other marketing activities. Google has already started indexing Apps as like websites to display them in SERP results.

Technology, Cloud, IT Performance, Services

Cloud Adoption - The Hype Versus Adoption

Blog-post , Thu, 01/29/2015 - 22:04

Pinned to the wall of my office is a printout of the Technology Adoption Curve, the bell curve made famous by Geoffrey Moore in his book “Crossing the Chasm,” first published in 1991.  On that curve I’ve placed a green star next to where I think businesses are today with respect to the adoption of cloud computing (see below)  

Business Issues, Big Data

Big Data: Does Data Quality Matter?

Blog-post by Myles Suer, Wed, 01/28/2015 - 23:19

Recently, I was reading a post by Michele Goetz of Forrester entitled “The Theory of Data Trust Relativity”. In the post, Michele shared a fight that she sees going on between data scientists and those that argue for data quality, mostly business stakeholders. This got me thinking. In my interviews of CIOs and CFOs, data trustworthiness was an area of common ground between them and extremely high priority on both of their lists.

Technology, Cloud, Services

At the end of every cloud is a data center

How the data center landscape is evolving as businesses are going to cloud

Blog-post by Laura Cunningham, Wed, 01/28/2015 - 16:18

While the data center market is expected to increase in growth, the mix of internal vs external data centers is shifting.  More often companies are considering moving a portion of their in-house operations to data center service providers, ranging from Colocation, Managed Service, and Cloud.

Business Issues, Security

Technology risk assessment #CIOchat this week

They do it for blizzards and the Super Bowl.

Blog-post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Wed, 01/28/2015 - 14:44

How do you assess technology risk? When do you assess it? There's plenty of methodologies that do this and I've linked to a several documents below, one a risk assessment toolkit authored by the State of California CIO Michele Robinson and another NIST guidelines for assessing technology risk.

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