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CIO Leadership, IT Performance

Assessing the Small IT Shop

(small IT governance)

Blog-post by Don Curt, Thu, 07/25/2013 - 22:01

How many small inefficient IT shops are out there?  Does it really matter? 

The problem often faced is that a company is small (usually a couple hundred people max) and IT has been pretty much left to run itself via a few IT equipment junkies, or software hackers.  But, that may not be good enough anymore given that application and infrastructure needs, previously exclusive to large companies, have become business necessities in current domains of communications, inbound marketing, mobile management, logistics and virtually all small business back office processes.

CIO Leadership, Mobility

Laurence Hart, CIO of AIIM Sits Down for 5 Questions on Enterprise Mobile Apps

Enterprise Mobility Bad Boy, Dan DiMassa, interviews top CIO Laurence Hart (, to discuss Enterprise Mobile Apps

Blog-post by Daniel DiMassa, Thu, 07/25/2013 - 17:36

Some CIOs have it tougher then others in my opinion. Imagine being a CIO for an entire organization of IT experts. That cant be easy. I recently chatted it up with Laurence Hart, CIO of AIIM, for a few questions on enterprise apps.


1) In 2013, what will be hotter internal employee facing apps OR external (market) consumer facing apps?

CIO Leadership, Cloud

Hype Cycle for Cloud Computing from Gartner: SaaS Most Promising Technology

Gartner Hype Cycle methodology is very popular among businesses because it offers details on how technologies will evolve over time.

Blog-post by Rick Blaisdell, Thu, 07/25/2013 - 12:50

Gartner Hype Cycle methodology is very popular among businesses because it offers details on how technologies will evolve over time. It is also extremely important because it provides insights useful to accelerate business performance.

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Business Issues, IT Performance

The future of IT: Web, cloud, big data, sensors and the Net

“Enterprise will be ready to jeopardize their base premises or they will become exhibits in the museum of corporate dinosaurs.” Toffler

Blog-post by Christian Verstraete,
HP Blogger
, Wed, 07/24/2013 - 18:09

A couple days ago I was asked to prepare a presentation for a customer meeting. The subject, well simply put, what is the future of IT over the next 10 years. Unfortunately, I just finished the preparing the presentation using excellent material from my friend John Manley, when I heard the meeting was canceled. Well these things happen. But on the positive side, now I have material for one or a couple blog posts.

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CIO Leadership, Cloud

HP CloudSystem Matrix: Build and manage your laaS

Learn more about this offering that includes a self-service infrastructure portal for quick auto-provisioning, along with built-in infrastructure lifecycle management to optimize infrastructure, manage the resource pools, and help ensure uptime. CloudSystem Matrix is integrated by design with broad support of heterogeneous environments, including VMware, Microsoft® Hyper-V, and KVM through OpenStack as an enabling technology that manages and provisions virtual machines to the Red Hat KVM hosts.

CIO Leadership, IT Infrastructure

Conquering the challenges of data center complexity

Purchasing hardware and software separately provides flexibility and cost saving, but it also means you’re dealing with multiple entities if something goes wrong. So how can you handle the complexity caused by this and other challenges? Access this white paper for strategies to overcome data center complexity and discover support tools and services that can help.

Technology, Mobility

Smart phones to become "mini engines" in new age of wearable tech

What servers were to PCs is what smart phones are to wearables.

Blog-post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Tue, 07/23/2013 - 20:56

Will iWatches, for lack of a better term, signal the new era of wearable technology? Regardless, wearables will likely cement the smart phone's status as THE centerpeice device in our digital lives.  

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Technology, IT Infrastructure

What CIOs Need to Know About Software-Defined Networking

"The last frontier of physical devices..."

Quick Post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Tue, 07/23/2013 - 18:07

This primer introduces the relatively new concept of Software-Defined Networking (SDN). In a sentence, SDN removes the need to configure hardware to create new networks. As you may have guessed or already know, network configuration is done in software. It's conceptually the same as desktop virtualization, except virtualization is done for a network.

Check out these ECF posts on the topic: 

CIO Leadership, IT Performance

The secret to project cost reduction?

Major manufacturer sees Executive Scorecard as enabling it

Blog-post by Myles Suer, Tue, 07/23/2013 - 16:03

For several years, I have been sharing HP Executive Scorecard with our customers. Usually, discussions with customers focus on continual improvement, creating improved IT predictability or, even better, business transformation. During a recent customer visit, the discussion covered those topics, but for the first time, the conversation also focused on direct cost reduction for the company’s project management office.

The customer was looking to reduce PMO costs for two reasons. First, the customer had recently moved from a divisional PMO to a global PMO model.

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CIO Leadership, Cloud

Server Migration to the Cloud

Blog-post by Rick Blaisdell, Tue, 07/23/2013 - 13:09

Even though the risks of moving to a cloud environment seem too dangerous, more and more companies are migrating from traditional servers to virtual servers in the cloud. The main difference between cloud and traditional servers is that servers become multi-tenant allowing them to be more energy efficient, redundant, scalable and easier to manage and in some cases more secure than traditional servers.

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