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CIO Leadership, IT Infrastructure

CapEx vs. OpEx - A Primer from Middle-Aged Man

Having to learn what “CapEx” and “OpEx” are doesn’t automatically mean you’ll become Middle-Aged Person. But it may mean the difference between being able to effectively chart a strategic, sustainable spending plan for your department, area, or business – and leaving money on the table, or – worse – squandering opportunity.

Blog-post by David Hinson, Fri, 02/20/2015 - 13:38

Back in the day, there were a series of skits on Saturday Night Live called “Middle-Aged Man.” It featured Mike Meyers, as a middle-aged dude who’s superpowers were things like understanding how to jump start a car, knowing where all of his appliance warranties were, and understanding what “Escrow” actually meant.

CIO Leadership, Technology, Cloud, IT Infrastructure, IT Performance

Hybrid Data Center Strategy

Hybrid data center strategy is the fastest path to operational efficiency and extracting more value from their data assets.

Blog-post by Gabriel Lowy, Thu, 02/19/2015 - 21:59

Rapidly changing market dynamics and increased GRC (governance, regulatory and compliance) requirements are pressuring more IT departments to evolve toward a hybrid data center strategy.  A hybrid data center approach lets organizations retain and fully amortize legacy infrastructure, while curbing capital expenditures on new data centers.  It also provides the opportunity to reduce application purchase and maintenance costs, speed the adoption of DevOps practices and facilitate data movement between private and public clouds.

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CIO Leadership, Services

A "resounding no" to funding CIO innovation

Why is innovation within an organization to be limited solely to the span of control of the CIO? Or for that matter, any single business unit?

Blog-post by David Hinson, Thu, 02/19/2015 - 16:55

Why is innovation within an organization to be limited solely to the span of control of the CIO? Or for that matter, any single business unit?

I have the same problem with the funding of a single area of an enterprise tasked with the purpose of innovation, that I have with having a single Chief Innovation Officer, that’s somehow supposed to magically transform an entire organization.

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Tags: CIO Innovation

Technology, Big Data

2015 storage predictions: Big Data, object storage, flat backup

Part II of II.

Blog-post by Craig Nunes, Wed, 02/18/2015 - 20:27

1. Big Data Continues to Challenge Storage System Vendors. Why? Data-aware storage combined with an integrated, big data-like search function can address the pain of unstructured data growth and management.

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CIO Leadership, IT Performance

McKinsey report: "fading confidence in IT’s ability to support key business activities."

#CIOchat asks if CIOs have made jump to business strategy partner.

Blog-post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Wed, 02/18/2015 - 13:12

A McKinsey survey of 363 IT executives and 350 non-IT executives reveals faith in IT is slipping fast.

Indeed, a 2012 McKinsey survey found that 57% of the survey respondents said IT could help facilitate entry into new markets. That figure has since declined to 35%, the latest survey shows.

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CIO Leadership, Security

Information Governance Success: 10 IG Principles

A Blueprint for IG Success

Blog-post by Robert Smallwood, Tue, 02/17/2015 - 21:40

Information Governance (IG) is a nascent and developing field that is still forming and being defined. So there are varied definitions of IG and some verbose ones but a practical definition our firm uses is that IG is:

Policy-based control of information to maximize value and meet legal, regulatory, risk, and business demands.”

Or, in short, “security, control, and optimization of information.”

CIO Leadership, IT Infrastructure

An insider's top 2015 storage technology predictions, part I

Part II looks at implications of Big Data, object storage and flat backup on storage.

Blog-post by Craig Nunes, Tue, 02/17/2015 - 19:35

1. The Death of 10K RPM Drives. Why? The cost per usable GB of flash will match 10K rpm SAS drives this year.

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Tags: CIO IT storage

Technology, Cloud

Post-NSA: Can tech firms reclaim confidence in the cloud?

The adoption of a new standard for protecting data in the cloud follows in the aftermath of revelations about NSA's surveillance capabilities.

Blog-post by Charles Cooper, Tue, 02/17/2015 - 19:32

In the aftermath of the revelations about the extent of the National Security Agency's surveillance activities, privacy advocates criticized technology companies for failing to more aggressively protect user information stored on their cloud services.


CIO Leadership, Cloud

Best Practices on Developing a Successful Cloud Strategy

Blog-post by Terence Ngai,
HP Blogger
, Tue, 02/17/2015 - 17:13

I have been fortunate in having many opportunities to work with different types of clients in various vertical industries.  While not every organization has the same challenges when moving to the cloud, I do see one common theme that, while many of them understand the benefits of cloud, they don’t know how to get there. Many of them believe that if they virtualize everything, they will be in the cloud. And that is simply not the case.

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