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Business Issues, CIO Leadership, Technology, Cloud

An apples-to-apples comparison of traditional provisioning vs. cloud

Here’s why you must examine both cost savings and IT performance when comparing cloud vs. traditional provisioning

Blog-post by,
HP Blogger
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Keith Macbeath

Cost savings and near-instant IT service delivery are well-known benefits of the cloud. Cloud computing allows organizations to provision resources in minutes or even seconds. Cloud boosts productivity in operations, which are typically 60 percent to 70 percent of overall IT costs.

But cloud often means a loss of control over IT performance. For some businesses, the improved time to market is irresistible, so they are moving to the cloud without sufficient visibility into their IT environments. Others are delaying adoption, and missing out on cloud benefits altogether.


CIO Leadership, IT Performance

Human Reliability and its Role in IT Maintenance

Blog-post by,
Grant Davis

Human Reliability and its Role in IT Maintenance

 

Grant Davis is a Data Modeler by day who writes by night. His passion for computers started when he discovered instant messaging in junior high school. When Grant isn't trying to climb through the computer screen he writes for BMC, a leading job scheduling software provider.

 


Technology, Converged Infrastructure

What’s in store(age) for 2013?

Blog-post by,
HP Blogger
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It’s that time of year – time to take a minute to look ahead and see what might be coming down the road in 2013.  We talked with some of our storage gurus about their predictions for the coming year. . . and beyond.

Here’s what they think about some of the hot storage topics out there.  Some observations you might expect. Others you might not. See what our experts have to say—and let us know what you think is heading our way this new year.

1.  Software-defined storage

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CIO Leadership, IT Performance

How CIOs can help industries weather disruption

Community Video by,
Community Manager
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Many industries in the past few years have been roiled by change, changing business models and savage competition. CIOs can help weather this change, says Enterprise CIO Forum community manager John Dodge.

 

Follow John Dodge on Twitter.


Business Issues, Cloud

Is moving to cloud ERP worth the risk?

Keep your eye on cloud ERP

Blog-post by,
Community Manager
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jdodge

Are big companies ready for cloud ERP? And is the risk worth making the big move?

Those are great questions (the first question is a headline on a Chris Murphy column at InformationWeek.com). ERP is the application most often cited as the last domino to fall to the cloud, but it won't happen for years, most CIOs say. Bear in mind that predicting the future of technology tends to be wildly inaccurate.

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Technology, IT Performance

Why Sticking with Windows XP is a Bad Idea

Blog-post by,
Joanne_Thomson

Prepared by IDC, this whitepaper takes a deep look at the operational cost of Windows XP at large organizations and compares and contrasts those costs against operation costs associated with Windows 7.

What this whitepaper does not mention is that, along with Windows XP, Microsoft is also ending support for Office 2003.

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CIO Leadership, Applications

Enable business functions that matter with the right applications

Applications Rationalization is an engine continously driven by business priorities

Blog-post by,
HP Blogger
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IDG Research recently shared their findings from a survey of IT priorities for 2013 in a research paper. They interviewed me as well. One of their key findings was a paradox: CIOs don't have time for innovation, but CIOs must constantly innovate to add business value — hopefully by delivering cost-effective IT services. So the question remains: What steps can CIOs take to make more time for innovation?

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Business Issues, Applications

6 secrets to a successful BYOD rollout, IT blocking and tackling

MDM should always support multiple OSes

Quick Post by,
Community Manager
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jdodge

This article with such a promising headline proves is that there is no magic BYOD bullet. It's IT blocking and tackling.


Business Issues, IT Performance

Is change management your biggest headache?

Community Video by,
Community Manager
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CIOs say change management is a tough nut to crack. How to you deal with change? asks Enterprise CIO Community manager John Dodge.

Follow John Dodge on Twitter.


Business Issues, IT Performance

Why do MDM Projects Go Wrong – Tackling the Issues

Blog-post by,
YMontcheuil

Like so many other major IT and business initiatives, Master data management (MDM) projects have been a hit or miss proposition. If we take the key goal as being  the creation a consolidated accurate view of enterprise data and using that  to drive enhanced business decision-making, leading to

improved business performance and increased business agility, then some projects are wildly successful. Others are yet to prove business value. While the potential benefits of MDM are clear, actual success depends on a number of factors.