Enterprise CIO Forum - Thriving in a technology-enabled world http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/ContentVault en Better Or Worse: The Enterprise Cloud, Uncovered http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/stevelyerly/better-or-worse-enterprise-cloud-uncover <p>Once a haven of early adopters and mavericks, public clouds are now a viable enterprise platform; according to research firm <a href="http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2562415" rel="nofollow">Gartner</a>, the market will reach $180 billion by 2015. Combined with established private cloud services and growing hybrid deployments, the future looks bright for enterprise cloud computing.</p><p>Yet some CIOs hold back. It might be security or accessibility. It could be compliance or the fear of a severely reduced internal IT budget. But whatever the reason, there's concern over this technology's <em>real </em>impact: in the cloud, are enterprises better off — or worse?</p><p><strong>Design for Failure</strong></p><p>Despite CIO misgivings, the bulk of what cloud brings to the IT table is positive, and it starts with the notion of streamlining server use. As noted by <a href="http://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/news/2372339/no-more-snowflakes-why-enterprise-application-design-needs-to-change-in-the-age-of-cloud" rel="nofollow">Computing</a>, there's a move underway from “pets to cattle,” at least according to Bill Baker of Microsoft. While enterprises have historically purchased servers on an as-needed basis and done everything possible to prevent them from failing, the cloud allows a broader approach: leverage as much technology as required to keep systems up and running, even if servers start to fail. In other words, skip the vet and adopt more of an “only the strong” survive mentality. It's cheaper, more efficient and minimizes IT spend on hardware repair.</p><p>Bottom line? The cloud offers a better enterprise alternative: design for failure, and standards like five nines availability start to become cost effective.</p><p><strong>Not Your Father's App</strong></p><p>There's another facet to this farm-like cloud server mentality, and that's application development. Common practice when designing an app is to build everything from the ground up, since it lets enterprises built exactly what they want, using on the technology they prefer. But the result, says technology expert Rory Barr, is “unique, fragile and impossible to reproduce,” not to mention <em>costly.</em></p><p>As a result, every time an enterprise goes to design another application — even one functionally similar to the first — they start from square one. Not so with the cloud. Build using cloud infrastructure and specific processes become standardized and easy to replicate, providing a simple, secure starting point.</p><p><strong>Targeted Marketing</strong></p><p>No discussion of enterprise cloud benefits would be complete without a mention of marketing. Here's why it matters for enterprises: it's now possible to create real-time promotions that target consumers based on where they are, who they are, and what kind of businesses are located nearby. According to <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/blog/2014/sep/29/how-the-mobile-and-cloud-dream-team-is-reshaping-sport-and-enterprise" rel="nofollow">The Guardian</a>, the NBA is testing a precision mobile marketing service to bump up local food sales. The results are promising, with an 8.4 percent jump in sales after games where mobile marketing is used. The service speaks to the new power of cloud-based analytics: on-demand, in real time and integrated with mobile.</p><p><strong>Disaster Recovery</strong></p><p>Of course, no service ever works perfectly — not even the cloud. But unlike local servers, failure in the cloud doesn't have to mean extended downtime.</p><p>Enterprises have several options when it comes to distributed disaster recovery. First is local storage with a cloud-based backup that's effectively a mirror image of critical applications and data. If local stacks go down, the cloud spins up and there's no service interruption. Another option is going all-cloud. This allows data to be persistent in multiple locations, effectively providing a series of redundant DR backups.</p><p><strong>Join the Community</strong></p><p>Another way cloud is better for enterprises? The “community cloud.” <a href="http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2014/10/13/explaining-community-cloud/" rel="nofollow">Data Center Knowledge</a> describes this emerging idea as a “public cloud environment, but with set levels of security, privacy, and even regulatory compliance of a private cloud.” In other words, it is the best of both worlds. The idea here is to find a set of like-minded enterprises with the same security and compliance needs, then share a cloud space. The result is easy access to resources without some of the data-use risks posed by large public clouds.</p><p>So is the cloud better or worse for enterprises? With the ability to streamline service, design resilient apps, reach customers more easily, stand up to disasters and improve security all with potential for lower IT spend — enterprises come out ahead.</p><p><strong><em>Author Bio:</em></strong></p><p><em>Steve Lyerly is the Vice President of Business Development at <a href="http://velocity.cc" rel="nofollow">Velocity Technology Solutions</a>. Velocity is the premier provider of enterprise solutions, specializing in cloud application hosting and business processing services.</em></p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/stevelyerly/better-or-worse-enterprise-cloud-uncover#comments Business Issues Technology Big Data Cloud Blog-post enterprise cloud Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:27:46 +0000 SteveLyerly 10491 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com IT is all about data! http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/mylessuer/it-all-about-data <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4 areas to make sure your data up to snuff </div> </div> </div> <p>Is this how you think about IT? Or do you think of IT in terms of the technology it deploys instead? I recently was interviewing a CIO at Fortune 50 Company about the changing role of CIOs. When I asked him about which technology issues were most important, this CIO said something that surprised me. He said, “IT is all about data. Think about it. What we do in IT is all about the intake of data, the processing of data, the store of data, and the analyzing of data. And we need, from data, to increasingly provide the intelligence to make better decisions”.&nbsp;</p><h2>How many view the function of the IT organization with such clarity?</h2><p>This was the question that I had after hearing this CIO. And how many IT organizations view IT as really a data system? It must not be very many. <a href="http://mitsloan.mit.edu/faculty/spotlight/ross.php" rel="nofollow">Jeanne Ross</a> from MIT CISR contends in her book that company data “one of its most important assets, is patchy, error-prone, and not up-to-date” (<a href="http://books.google.com/books/about/Enterprise_Architecture_As_Strategy.html?id=7ToAqRXVjQwC" rel="nofollow">Enterprise Architecture as Strategy</a>, Jeanne Ross, page 7). Jeanne contends as well that companies having a data centric view “have higher profitability, experience faster time to market, and get more value from their IT investments” (<a href="http://books.google.com/books/about/Enterprise_Architecture_As_Strategy.html?id=7ToAqRXVjQwC" rel="nofollow">Enterprise Architecture as Strategy</a>, Jeanne Ross, page 2).</p><h2>What then do you need to do to get your data house in order?</h2><p>What then should IT organizations do to move their data from something that is “patchy, error-prone, and not up-to-date” to something that is trustworthy and timely? I would contend our CIO friend had it right. We need to manage all four elements of our data process better.</p><h2>1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Inputting Data Correctly</h2><p>You need start by making sure that the data you produced is done so consistently and correctly.&nbsp; I liken the need here to a problem that I had with my electronic bill pay a few years ago. My bank when it changed bill payment service providers started sending my payments to a set of out of date payee addresses. This caused me to receive late fees and for my credit score to actually go down. The same kind of thing can happen to a business when there are duplicate customers or customer addresses are entered incorrectly. So much of marketing today is about increasing customer intimacy. It is hard to improve customer intimacy when you bug the same customer too much or never connect with a customer because you had a bad address for them.</p><h2>2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Process Data to Produce Meaningful Results</h2><p>You need to collect and manipulate data to derive meaningful information. This is largely about processing data so it results produce meaningful analysis. To do this well, you need to take out the <a href="http://www.informatica.com/us/solutions/enterprise-data-integration-and-management/data-quality/#fbid=Qd0UNgk9XHz" rel="nofollow">data quality issues</a> from the data that is produced. We want, in this step, to make data is “trustworthy” to business users.</p><p>With this, data can be consolidated into a <a href="http://www.informatica.com/us/solutions/enterprise-data-integration-and-management/master-data-management/#fbid=Qd0UNgk9XHz" rel="nofollow">single view of customer, financial account, etc</a>. A CFO explained the importance of this step by saying the following:</p><p><em>“We often have redundancies in each system and within the chart of accounts the names and numbers can differ from system to system. And as you establish a bigger and bigger set of systems, you need to, in accounting parlance, to roll-up the charter of accounts”. </em></p><p>Once <a href="http://www.informatica.com/us/solutions/enterprise-data-integration-and-management/master-data-management/#fbid=Qd0UNgk9XHz" rel="nofollow">data is consistently put together</a>, then you need to consolidate it so that it can be used by business users. This means that aggregates need to be created for business analysis. These should support dimensional analysis so that business users can truly answer why something happened. For finance organizations, timely aggregated data with supporting dimensional analysis enables them to establish themselves as “a business person versus a bean counting historically oriented CPA”. Having this data answers questions like the following:</p><ul><li>Why are sales not being achieved? Which regions or products are failing to be delivered?</li><li>Or why is the projected income statement not in conformance with plan? Which expense categories should be we cut in order to ensure the income statement is in line with business expectation?</li></ul><h2>3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Storing Data Where it is Most Appropriate</h2><p>Data storage needs to be able to occur today in many ways. It can be in applications, a data warehouse, or even, a Hadoop cluster. You need here to have an overriding data architecture that considers the entire lifecycle of data. A key element of doing this well involves <a href="http://www.informatica.com/us/solutions/application-information-lifecycle-management/database-archiving/#fbid=Qd0UNgk9XHz" rel="nofollow">archiving</a> data as it becomes inactive and <a href="http://www.informatica.com/us/products/data-masking/#fbid=Qd0UNgk9XHz" rel="nofollow">protecting data</a> across its entire lifecycle. The former can involve as well the disposing of information. And the latter requires the ability to audit, block, and dynamically mask sensitive production data to prevent unauthorized access.</p><h2>4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Enable analysis including the discovery, testing, and putting of data together</h2><p>Analysis today is not just about the analysis tools. It is about enabling users to discover, test, and put data together. CFOs that we have talked to say they want analysis to expose earlier potential business problems. They want, for example, to know about metrics like average selling price and gross margins by account or by product. They want as well to see when they have seasonality affects.</p><p>Increasingly, CFOs need to use this information to help predict what the future of their business will look like. CFOs say that they want at the same time to help their businesses make better decisions from data. Limiting them today from doing this are disparate systems that cannot talk to each other. CFOs complain about their enterprise hodgepodge of systems that do not talk to one another. And yet to report, CFOs need to traverse between front office to back office systems.</p><p>One CIO said to us that the end of any analysis layer should be the ability to trust data and make dependable business decisions. And once dependable data exists, business users say that they want <em>“access to data when they need it. They want to get data when and where you need it”. </em>One CIO likened what is need here to orchestration when he said:</p><p><em>“Users want to be able to self-service. They want to be able to assembly data and put it together and do it from </em><a href="http://www.informatica.com/us/vision/intelligent-data-platform/intelligent-data-platform-in-action/#fbid=Qd0UNgk9XHz" rel="nofollow"><em>different sources at different times</em></a><em>. I want them to be able to have no preconceived process. I want them to be able discover data across all sources”.</em></p><h2>Parting thoughts</h2><p>So as we said at the beginning of this post, IT is all about the data. And with <a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/cio/2012/06/21/geoffrey-moore-the-next-decade-will-be-about-systems-of-engagement/" rel="nofollow">mobile systems of engagement</a>, IT’s customers are wanting increasingly their data at their fingertips. &nbsp;This means that business users need to be able to trust that the data they use for business analysis is timely and accurate. This demands that IT organizations get better at managing their core function—data.</p><p><strong>Solution Brief</strong>: <a href="http://www.informatica.com/us/vision/intelligent-data-platform/#fbid=6HpVUXgm3ow" rel="nofollow">The Intelligent Data Platform</a></p><p><a href="http://www.slideshare.net/informaticacorp/data-integration-for-dummies?qid=b93e5f9f-c3d0-4070-8da3-e880ec01eeb2&amp;v=default&amp;b=&amp;from_search=1" rel="nofollow">Great Data by Design</a></p><p><a href="http://now.informatica.com/en_new-data-dynamics_book_2652.html?uid=12-27408#fbid=f9tzyZYapzi" rel="nofollow">The Power of a Data Centric Mindset</a></p><p><a href="http://now.informatica.com/en_research-data-drives-profit_book_2651.html?uid=12-27330#fbid=f9tzyZYapzi" rel="nofollow">Data is it your competitive advantage?</a></p><p><strong>Related Blogs</strong></p><p><a href="http://blogs.informatica.com/perspectives/2014/08/22/competing-on-analytics-a-follow-up-to-thomas-h-davenports-post-in-hbr/#fbid=nL6vd61grIg" rel="nofollow">Competing on Analytics</a></p><p><a href="http://blogs.informatica.com/perspectives/2014/09/03/the-cfo-viewpoint-upon-data/#fbid=nL6vd61grIg" rel="nofollow">The CFO Viewpoint of Data</a></p><p><a href="http://blogs.informatica.com/perspectives/2014/07/31/is-big-data-destined-to-become-small-and-vertical/" rel="nofollow">Is Big Data Destined To Become Small And Vertical?</a></p><p><a href="http://blogs.informatica.com/perspectives/2014/07/23/big-data-why/" rel="nofollow">Big Data Why?</a></p><p><a href="http://blogs.informatica.com/perspectives/2014/06/25/the-business-case-for-better-data-connectivity/" rel="nofollow">The Business Case for Better Data Connectivity</a></p><p><a href="http://blogs.informatica.com/perspectives/2014/05/27/what-is-big-data-and-why-should-your-business-care/" rel="nofollow">What is big data and why should your business care?</a></p><p><strong>Twitter</strong>: <a href="https://twitter.com/MylesSuer" rel="nofollow">@MylesSuer</a><strong></strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/mylessuer/it-all-about-data#comments CIO Leadership Big Data Blog-post CFO CIO data data analysis data storage IT Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:29:09 +0000 myles.suer 10486 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Why the infrastructure teams should not lead cloud charge http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/christian/why-infrastructure-teams-should-not-lead <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Think longer term when migrating to cloud instead of one and done. </div> </div> </div> <div class="lia-message-body"><div class="lia-message-body lia-component-body"><div class="lia-message-body-content"><p>Infrastructure teams tend to think shorter term and as a consequence are often ill-suited to lead cloud migrations. How do I know? I've had contact with three customers recently where the marching orders were to&nbsp;move quickly and invest as little as possible in the migration. The goal was to reduce costs move by shuttering data centers and manage multiple suppliers. This short term approach can overlook longer term cloud benefits and its overall impact on the enterprise. &nbsp;</p><p><strong>Ultimately, what is expected from the transition to the Cloud?</strong></p><p>A number of months ago, a customer asked us to quickly migrate onto <a href="http://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-news/press-release.html?id=1749385&amp;jumpid=reg_r1002_usen_c-001_title_r0003#.VEEmxfldWFU" rel="nofollow">our Virtual Private Cloud</a> because they needed to close their datacenters. Planning with them the transition, we ensured all applications ran smoothly in the new environment. In fact, we used cloud as an environment to provision infrastructure quickly. And then we used “physical to virtual” and “virtual to virtual” migration tools (in this case, a tool named PlateSpin) to run the original environments in the provisioned servers as speed was of the essence. The tool did its job and the application ran in the cloud environment and the datacenter could be closed.</p><p>But now, several months later, the CIO has returned, saying, “You told me about cloud and all the good things I would have access to by running in the cloud. I don’t see any changes. How do I take advantage of cloud?” Well, our reply was: because of the nature of your short term solution, you don’t.</p><p>What has happened here, was that the infrastructure team had a problem and did resolve its problem quickly and efficiently. But did they think beyond the short term? No. Did they think of where to take the environment in the long run? No again. Did they think about the lifecycle management of the applications? Another time, no! And that is why they ended up with an approach that did not give them the opportunity to take full advantage of the environment they acquired.</p><p>Fundamentally they looked at an infrastructure problem and addressed the infrastructure issue. But an enterprise must ask themselves the following: How will we now evolve our applications when the business requires new functionality? The application is embedded in a VM, how do we recreate one with the updated application? We don’t have the old environment anymore-so, at that moment in time we will have to migrate the application… why not do it immediately?</p><p><strong>From technology to service focus</strong></p><p>Moving to the cloud brings with it a fundamental change that many companies and departments overlook. In a cloud approach, you are no longer concerned with technology and infrastructure, you care about the delivery of a service. And that service addresses a business need. Yes, if you are implementing a private cloud in your datacenter, you will need people that develop, manage and maintain the cloud platform. But they will have to work across technologies to ensure all technologies work together. The rest of the team will focus on delivering services to users.</p><p>This leads to creating a plan with the end in mind... What business process steps need to be supported by services? What application deliver the service functionality? And finally what infrastructure requirements does that application have? Obviously the data sources and movements have to be looked at also. The natural starting point is the business process and the underlying services. This provides us with an understanding of what is expected from the application and the cloud environment, and opens up the discussion for how this might evolve.</p><p><strong>Don’t forget the lifecycle</strong></p><p>In their quest to quickly address the needs for change, an infrastructure team often has a tendency to address their immediate needs, get out of a datacenter, decommission some obsolete hardware or reduce cost, but all while failing to take the full lifecycle of applications into account. Herein lies the issue. This filtered perspective demonstrates once more that migrating to cloud also implies a fundamental shift in the way organizations work. We can no longer having teams focusing on technologies without looking at the overall implications, at the end-to-end service lifecycle.</p><p>As shown above, migrating to cloud often implies fundamentally rethinking how the IT organization is working. In a nutshell, I tend to present this as a move from technology-focused-thinking to a service-oriented perspective. When talking to people about this, they tend to agree, but the devil is in the details. What does it mean for us to move to a service thinking? It is no longer about maintaining a specific technology up and running, but about delivering a service to the user. To deliver the service, all components required need to be up and running and maintained in sync. And this has to be done over the lifecycle of the service, not just on the instance.</p><p>Many tools proposed by infrastructure teams allow an enterprise to migrate the binary environment on a new platform quickly and cheaply. So, in a first instance it seems a great deal, but as soon as a change is required to the service or its supporting application, the deal transforms itself in a nightmare. Sure, you no longer have the original environment and the application does not run natively on the new one. You cannot just compile and reinstall the changed software. In fact, you now need to do the migration you avoided in the first place. The binary migration may be a great interim step if you are in a hurry, or if you have a frozen application, but make sure you go in there with your eyes wide open. Consider the implications before making your choice, don’t limit yourself to get off a specific infrastructure quickly</p><p><strong>Think through the implications of going to a more standardized environment</strong></p><p>Another consideration to keep in mind: going to cloud means you go to an environment you do not fully control anymore. That environment is standardized. Particularly when your target is a multi-tenant platform, such as a virtual private or a public cloud, you no longer have control over many infrastructure components. But the infrastructure teams have their security and operations norms and often require specific software components to be available. Most often this can be accommodated in Virtual Private Clouds, but will involve additional costs and may duplicate functionality available by default on the platform. In public clouds it is often much more difficult.</p><p>Migrating to cloud means you buy a service, often an infrastructure service that has some characteristics. Understand these and decide whether you trust the provider or not. If you don’t, a suggestion would be to consider running an audit. But don’t try to duplicate what you have, as it adds complexity and cost. Again, most important to remember is that migrating to cloud implies changes in your behavior. The environment is standardized so that many clients can use it concurrently to the satisfaction of all. If you want to mimic your traditional environment, anything beyond a private cloud is not a good solution.</p><p>In the interim, you may end-up with different approaches in the cloud and traditional environments. What you want is a consistent dashboard, so make sure you get the appropriate information reported to you so you can display and compare it with the information of your legacy environment.</p><p>In a recent situation, the customer was asking for reporting- not just about the environment they had running in a virtual private cloud, but also about the underlying physical environment and the cloud management systems. They were surprised when a “no” answer came back. What I realize is that many companies do not understand that cloud computing is a paradigm shift. You consume services, in this case infrastructure services, from another supplier and are in no way involved with the running of the platform that delivers those services. When you buy energy, you are eligible to request reporting of availability, but you will not get the temperature of the vapor at the entry of the alternator, isn’t it?</p><p>Well, guess what, in cloud it’s exactly the same.</p><p><strong>Don’t let the infrastructure team stand in your way</strong></p><p>Discuss services, and what will be delivered to you. Don’t go in the weeds as far as infrastructure is concerned. I understand that might be rather frustrating for the infrastructure teams. Their roles are changing, they may become partner managers rather than people running large infrastructures. 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It’s tremendously useful, therefore, to look out to what trailblazers are doing with their business data. I was at a conference where I had a chance to hear Facebook CIO Tim Campos speak about how the social network approached Big Data. His insights were so compelling I wanted to share them with readers.&nbsp;</p><p>First, Facebook is truly grounded on Big Data. The company has a 200PB database and adds roughly 500TB every day. With this much data, it’s critically important to manage the data and harness its potential. With the right tools, it becomes immensely powerful.</p><p><strong>Speed and scale </strong></p><p>When it comes to data analysis, Facebook is aggressively pushing speed and scale. The company looks at revenue every day. But they also drill down the level of being able to track the performance of an individual advertisement.</p><p>As an HP Vertica customer, Facebook has been able to scale up the volume of data they analyse (going from one month of data to one year) as well as the speed. A refresh that used to take 24 hours is now down to one. The goal is to create data assets that drive next-generation insights that can be products in themselves.</p><p>Tim gave some very lucid advice to organisations who are grappling with Big Data. He had three pieces of advice, which bear repeating:</p><ul><li><strong>Focus on creating business value.</strong> Yes, big data has been seen as a buzzword, but turning business data to advantage is how enterprises are going to compete and win. Put the people and strategy in place. The goal is to create data assets that drive next-generation insights that can be products in themselves.</li><li><strong>Know the asset you have that’s unique.</strong> In Facebook’s case, they identified relationships as their core data asset. And this is what they focus on to drive the business. The Facebook database is a store of relationships. That is, the relationships of people with friends, of comments with the people who like them, of brands with their fans and of locations with check-ins.</li><li><strong>Build the systems.</strong> IT has always been stewards of this data. A new role for IT is to refine it and make it available.</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The time to start is now. Big Data has gone mainstream and the time to start is now. To learn more, <a href="https://my.vertica.com/evaluate/" rel="nofollow">try out a free version of HP Vertica</a>.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/michael-garrett/what-you-can-learn-about-big-data-facebo#comments Business Issues Big Data Blog-post Big Data CIO Facebook HP Software Professional Services IT value Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:32:56 +0000 Michael Garrett 10476 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Expert Android Training in Chennai http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/mathews123/expert-android-training-chennai <p>In recent years, the popularity of Android smartphones had increased tremendously all over the world. This mobile operating system is powered by Google Corporation, which is used in tablet devices and smartphones. This Linux kernel based operating system is highly demanding in this technological era. Then, this mobile operating system had loaded with various upgraded features which offer more usability and entertainment opportunity for smartphone users. As per recent survey on 2013, Android powered devices leads the sales by leaving Apple iPhones behind it. This proves that android has established a significant tolerance over the mobile market. Android has major customer support all over the world.</p><p>Android operating system is supported by large community of developers to upgrade the existing system with innovative features and delight the users. Android source code is published by Google and it’s the mishmash of open source and proprietary software. Compared to other mobile phones, Android smartphones are mostly preferred by the mobile community. Due to its numerous application, user experience, cheap, interactive and other incredible application. Unlike Apple product, Android allows you to download apps and other services from third party developers. You can download and install the application from Google Play Store or third part websites.</p><p>Android software has grown tremendously and is highly growing the demand of third party applications. In July 2014, Google Play Store features more than 1 million applications and 50% of them are installed by android community. User can take advantage of several applications like Calendar, Maps, Gmail, etc. &nbsp;Being an open source platform, Android is available for developers to create mobile applications without any license trial. You can make use of various open source development platform to start your own Android project. You can make use of Android Software Development Kit and Android Emulator to create a software application.</p><p>Developers can get the source code from Google or other third party website. As the sales of Android smartphones keep on hiking, it increases the demand of quality apps to explore the full functionality of Android powered smartphones and gadgets. 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Many pioneers are offering cloud environments. And they are all different. Often enterprises have difficulty deciding which one to choose. They do not all cover the same space, pricing is far from transparent and feature sets are difficult to compare. On top of that, <a href="http://www8.hp.com/us/en/business-solutions/solution.html?compURI=1545783&amp;jumpid=reg_r1002_usen_c-001_title_r0001#.VD_uSfldWFU" rel="nofollow">infrastructure-as=a-service</a> is quickly becoming a commodity where price becomes the only criteria. But today’s cheapest solution will most likely not be tomorrow’s. Unfortunately, moving from one provider to the other is far from easy due to their proprietary nature. I call the environments of the pioneers PropStack, so I do not need to refer to one in particular.</p><p>Then, arising as a recent option within the past couple years, is&nbsp;<a href="http://www8.hp.com/us/en/cloud/hphelion-openstack-overview.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">OpenStack</a>®. Its objective was to develop an open source cloud software suite that could be used by any service provider with the objective to create clouds that are interoperable. OpenStack describes itself as free open source (Apache license) software governed by a non-profit foundation (corporation) with a mission to produce the ubiquitous Open Source Cloud Computing platform that will meet the needs of public and private clouds regardless of size, by being simple to implement and massively scalable.</p><p>Being that each provider is positioned differently, PropStacks may not have the same features as OpenStack, and OpenStack may not have the same features as various PropStacks. Thus, CIOs have to ask themselves a fundamental question. Do they go for feature-rich PropStacks, locking them in with a particular vendor, or should they build on an open environment with OpenStack?? Before I offer my perspective, I suggest we go back in history… as in the computer industry, since history has a tendency to repeat itself.</p><p><strong>Remember UNIX and Linux</strong></p><p>I joined the computer industry in the late 70’s, and at that time, you bought a computer with an operating system. It was the days of MPE, RTE, VMS, OS/400 and many others who have all since disappeared. Sure, AT&amp;T had created something called UNIX, which had a number of implementations, including the Berkeley Software Distribution, but frankly, nobody in the business was taking that very seriously.</p><p>Fast forward 10 years. Many enterprises embarked on flavors of UNIX and application software vendors rushed to adapt their packages to those UNIX flavors. Yes, each one was different, but the differences were much smaller than having to port a package from one to another proprietary operating system. Computer companies differentiated themselves on the functionality they made available in their UNIX implementation, making it real-time, integrating kernel pre-emption etc.</p><p>The success of UNIX lead to the creation of a version of the software kernel by Linus Torvalds in 1991. Linus made this version available to the developer community, creating an open source software. He called it Linux.</p><p>In the 90’s not many enterprises believed in Linux. But again, remember that history repeats itself. Slowly but surely, as the versions became better, enterprises and software houses adopted them because it avoided to have to port the applications to multiple OS versions every time a change was performed. Today, most of the world is divided between Linux and Windows. Windows is a proprietary environment, but available on multiple hardware platforms and as such is seen by many as an environment that is not locking them in.</p><p><strong>PropStack means lock-in</strong></p><p>About a year ago, I was contacted by a US ISV. They had developed a successful product in the healthcare industry, and to make their life easy, they used a well-known proprietary <a href="http://www8.hp.com/us/en/business-solutions/solution.html?compURI=1145331&amp;jumpid=reg_r1002_usen_c-001_title_r0001#.VD_tk_ldWFU" rel="nofollow">PaaS environment</a>. They had managed to sell their application to the English Healthcare authorities. What they had not realized is that English healthcare data needs to remain on English soil. Unfortunately the PaaS provider did not have a datacenter in England. We do, so the company contacted us to see whether we could host their application. We looked at this in great detail, but realized that the application would have to be re-written to remove the dependencies on the PaaS environment. Welcome to PropStacks.</p><p><strong>PaaS is going the IaaS way</strong></p><p>Fortunately,&nbsp;<a href="http://cloudfoundry.org/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">CloudFoundry</a>, an open source PaaS environment is appearing on the horizon. It allows customers to build new applications using all the facilities of a PaaS environment while being able to choose the provider which service the user wants to consume. CloudFoundry is increasingly a complement of OpenStack, expanding the OpenStack functionality beyond IaaS. Supporting multiple languages it may become the de-facto OpenStack platform as a service.</p><p><strong>OpenStack distributions and compatibility</strong></p><p>OpenStack is an open source cloud IaaS platform. Enterprises do not typically implement the open source version of OpenStack, (downloadable off the website and not always that easy to install), but they instead use a commercial distribution. By the way, with Linux, exactly the same happened. Distributions build on the open source kernel of OpenStack and complement it with additional functions. Pay particular attention as there are multiple types of additions. Let me give you some examples.</p><ul><li>First, several distributions have been “hardened”, this means they are scanned for security vulnerabilities and those are corrected. Often the corrections are returned to the community for inclusion in the open source environment.</li><li>Second, some distributions add commercial plug-ins for specific hardware components. Here again, it’s a commercial strategy, but fundamentally it does not make your environment incompatible with other OpenStack implementations. You may not be able to access the hardware in question, but as OpenStack shields you of the hardware through the plug-in mechanism, your applications remain compatible.</li><li>Third, many distributions include functionality to facilitate the installation of OpenStack. Here again, no issues as it is ultimately the standard OpenStack functionality that is installed.</li><li>Fourth, some distributions include additional functionality, some of it open source, other close source. And here is where you should think twice. Sure some of that functionality may make your life easier, much easier, but if you decide for one or another reason to change distribution, will that functionality still be available in the new environment you are planning to use. Probably not. This will require you to migrate your applications by removing the calls to that functionality and replace them with whatever is available in your new target environment. It is definitely easier than migrating from one PropStack to another, but it will require some work.</li></ul><p>Use the OpenStack distributions if they facilitate your work, but make sure you stay as standard as possible. When you decide to use additional capabilities, understand what the implications are and document them clearly.</p><p><strong>A consistent hybrid cloud</strong></p><p>Today, OpenStack implementations cover private, managed and public cloud. So you can easily migrate applications from one cloud to another and address your needs for privacy, compliance and security quickly. You are not bound in any of the cloud models, you have the freedom to move. PropStacks do not have the breath of cloud types due to their proprietary nature. Some are delivering public clouds, while others private. But the concept of being able to migrate a workload from one environment to another is not easily implemented with PropStacks.</p><p>Most PropStacks also include a vast series of proprietary features limiting portability, which is where things can get complicated. Some providers of OpenStack package the environment with a large number of proprietary functionality, turning their OpenStack implementation in a PropStack.</p><p><strong>Stick to Open Source technology</strong>.</p><p>Think about where the cloud environment is currently. Operating Systems are fast becoming irrelevant as new software runs on Java, Python and other languages which don’t require a full OS. In fact, many new apps run from the hypervisor level as virtual appliances, etc. So, just as Java made the OS head for obsolescence, Cloud is also making the underlying hardware characteristics less important. The abstract, shared view of what the infrastructure is what is important. Being able to share that common base introduces a mechanism to do powerful things. Think Internet: simple concepts forming the base that generated an explosion in content and capability. Cloud IaaS is doing the same thing. As Cloud evolves through SaaS and BPaaS, we are going to see the next tidal wave of change. And proprietary stacks work against all of that.</p><p>I’ve called out the balance between benefits of OpenStack vs. benefits of PropStacks. For most organizations, it is that hybrid answer… for now. But they must leave the path to OpenStack wide open if they want to fully leverage Cloud in the future. Westinghouse, Tesla and Edison battled it out for distributing electricity and a common (commodity) delivery model emerged. At the end of the day, when I plug my power tools in, I rely on the commodity of fixed voltage, fixed cycle AC being delivered so I can “get work done” rather than worry about interfacing to the underlying infrastructure. That acceptance of a commoditized infrastructure has moved the focus “up the stack” so that differentiation happens closer to where the user interfaces with the system. At the same time, commoditized delivery allowed that underlying infrastructure to be hardened and made safer. Relying on open source allows you to focus on what is important for you, developing and/or running services while having the assurance you keep the freedom to move from one supplier to another.</p><p>Tags:&nbsp;<a href="http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/tag/Cloud/tg-p" rel="nofollow">Cloud</a>|&nbsp;<a href="http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/tag/Linux/tg-p" rel="nofollow">Linux</a>|&nbsp;<a href="http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/tag/open%20source/tg-p" rel="nofollow">open source</a>|&nbsp;<a href="http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/tag/%20OpenStack/tg-p" rel="nofollow">OpenStack</a>|&nbsp;<a href="http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/tag/proprietary/tg-p" rel="nofollow">proprietary</a>|&nbsp;<a href="http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/forums/tagdetailpage/tag-cloud-grouping/tag/tag-cloud-style/frequent/message-scope/single/message-uid/172816/user-scope/all/tag-scope/all/timerange/all/tag-visibility-scope/all" rel="nofollow">View All (6)</a>,&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/Cloud-Source-Blog/bg-p/cloud-source/label-name/cloud" rel="nofollow">cloud</a>|&nbsp;<a href="http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/Cloud-Source-Blog/bg-p/cloud-source/label-name/CloudSource" rel="nofollow">CloudSource</a></p><p>Labels:&nbsp;Labels:&nbsp;<a href="http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/Cloud-Source-Blog/bg-p/cloud-source/label-name/cloud" rel="nofollow">cloud</a>|&nbsp;<a href="http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/Cloud-Source-Blog/bg-p/cloud-source/label-name/CloudSource" rel="nofollow">CloudSource</a></p></div></div></div></div></div> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/christian/rationale-openstack-your-cloud-strategy#comments Business Issues Technology Cloud Blog-post CIO Cloud HP IaaS IT Linux openstack Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:03:28 +0000 Christian 10461 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Debate of the Decade: Backup vs. Archive http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/gregarnette/debate-decade-backup-vs-archive <p>The need for IT executives to implement storage within their companies is more apparent now than ever. The rise in legal investigations, government mandates and compliance challenges are forcing companies to reevaluate the storage plans they currently have in place. Most, if not all, companies rely on traditional backup tapes and disks, which can be used to restore files or systems if they become lost or damaged. However, this doesn’t offer the full support that archival storage provides.</p><p>For some, archive and backup are used interchangeably but they are hardly alike. While both support primary data storage, their similarities end there. When companies mistakenly believe that archive and backup are synonymous and implement the wrong solution, the ramifications can be very damaging—from losing an entire CRM database built over years, to breaching compliance regulations or losing millions in litigation fees. Backup and archive can be complementary but few companies have effectively and successfully integrated these two.</p><p><strong>You say backup, I say archive</strong></p><p>The single most important function for backup storage is to act as a safety net for valuable data should the system, or files, become lost or corrupted. Backups capture a copy of the current state of a system that can be used to restore individual files or entire systems if they suffer catastrophic failures. The key element here is speed—both to back up and to recover. Data integrity is also crucial and, as a short term disaster recovery tool, backup is intended to keep efficiencies high and costs low.</p><p>The best backup solutions today have user-friendly search functionality that can find a single document, for example, based on just one keyword among a sea of other information. Backup has become particularly critical in the era of cloud-based apps in the enterprise, as data can be deleted forever with a simple—and often accidental—click of a button. When servers go down, online backup systems can step in to provide immediate access to the most recent data so businesses do not miss a beat.</p><p>Archives, on the other hand, are an immutable historical reference of every email, file attachment, instant message and social media communication within an organization. It does not replace the need for backups, just as backups cannot serve as a substitute for archiving. However, backups simply do not have the immutable records or sophisticated research functions needed to find and retrieve business data as archival solutions offer.</p><p>Archiving solutions, which are used frequently to support e-Discovery requests and regulatory compliance, track who had access to emails and documents when, and who made which changes at what time. In short, they’re all about knowing where data has been and being able to prove it. When this comes down to sifting through hundreds of thousands of documents, for example, a good archiving solution can play a critical role in helping organize these details. Generally, companies will choose to archive their data to mitigate risk, protect intellectual property and address concerns about litigation.</p><p><strong>Identifying the better option</strong></p><p>In highly-regulated industries such financial services, health care and government, archiving is required because it often ensures compliance with the various mandates, laws and regulations imposed. Archiving tools help companies better manage and find information for compliance audits and discovery requests. They also ensure that the right data is retrieved when it’s needed and unnecessary data is deleted in a timely fashion.</p><p>With the need for archiving and the affordability and flexibility of the cloud, businesses that rely on traditional methods of backups are now viewed as antiquated and ineffective. While backups remain a fundamental and valuable data management practice, archiving presents some distinct advantages for businesses that are involved in litigation or are trying to comply with mounting regulations. No single solution will provide the answer for everything, but companies that are able to incorporate an archiving strategy will be in the best position to protect and preserve their intellectual property, speed audit response, onboard new employees and conduct investigations of all kinds.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/gregarnette/debate-decade-backup-vs-archive#comments Business Issues Technology Cloud Services Blog-post Backups cloud computing cloud storage data archiving Data Management Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:55:09 +0000 GregArnette 10456 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com How PPM questions can provide sourcing answers http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jason-waugh/how-ppm-questions-can-provide-sourcing-a <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Map people to projects more effectively by asking these 3 questions </div> </div> </div> <p>Are you getting the most out of your employees? It might sound like an easy question, but in the quest to become increasingly agile, making the best use of your staff is vital. I hear from customers who are unsure if their projects are properly staffed, and how to mete out resources as projects and priorities shift. You simply can’t map resources to project priorities without objective visibility into all of your available resources.&nbsp;</p><p>Avoiding resource gaps and making sure employees on a project are well-utilized is fairly easy.&nbsp; However, it’s trickier to manage resources consistently across a department or enterprise. At that level, resources must be shared among projects objectively and prioritized objectively, based on organizational goals.</p><p>To avoid squandering time and resources, let’s examine how some best practices associated with a <a href="http://www8.hp.com/us/en/software-solutions/project-portfolio-management-it-portfolio-management/index.html#.T-ILO8VASXF" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">project and portfolio management tool</a> can help you make the best use of people across your enterprise.</p><p><strong>Connecting project priorities to the right resources</strong></p><p>You’ll likely have scant information when implementing resource management processes in a system, so start by asking:</p><ul><li><strong>What skills do employees have?</strong> Once you answer this, you can create a supply model to determine how to most logically group these resources.</li><li><strong>What’s the best way for us to model demand?</strong> This demand comes from projects. You look at all the projects that the business wants each team to do. There are different levels of demand. From an enterprise planning perspective, you don’t want to be too detailed, but you also don't want to be too high-level.</li><li><strong>How will resource allocation influence the entire project portfolio?</strong> You want to make sure that you've got the project planning process in place so that you can implement resource management alongside it.</li></ul><p>You must ensure that resource management is a key part of the overall process, so you can handle new demands for projects as they arise. When you know the real priorities, you can attach resources to projects that will deliver the most value to the business, while deferring lower priority ones until you have the resources available.</p><p><strong>Don’t get bogged down during the planning process</strong></p><p>I often find that customers are tempted to over-engineer the resource planning process. They'll say, "To do project X we need everyone's skills. Tell me all the technologies that everyone knows and their proficiency level in each technology. We’ll input all that data, get our functional organization modeled, and then we're going to have our matrix cross-functional team modeled." It just gets too involved. Compiling and parsing all that data could offer insights for a highly mature organization, but it’s overkill for most businesses.</p><p>Instead, follow PPM best practices to avoid such errors. For example, when you set up the structure of your resource pools, you have a couple of options to pick from. In a functional organizational alignment, you have a manager and a hierarchy of teams. Imagine a simple work chart you might see in a PowerPoint deck.</p><p>You could also decide to pool all of your similar resources. Let's say Joe has a team of database administrators (DBAs), and Barb has a team of DBAs. Rather than having two DBA teams, they'll combine the two groups into one team and just call it the DBA team. To a customer, that might sound like six of one, half a dozen of the other. But this model can be challenging in the long run, as there isn't a clear alignment on pool ownership. Barb and Joe both own it, and that could become a point of contention. The best practice here: Don't combine resources owned by different teams into one pool.</p><p>To learn more, view my <a href="https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/8743/106001" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">webinar</a> about best practices for effective resource management, and visit <a href="http://hpsw.co/Ro97JzS" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">HP Software Professional Services</a>.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jason-waugh/how-ppm-questions-can-provide-sourcing-a#comments Business Issues IT Performance Blog-post HP Software Professional Services IT resources PPM Best Practices Project and Portfolio Management resource management Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:38:51 +0000 Jason Waugh 10451 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com The Top Ten Strategic CIO Issues http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/crbrowning/top-ten-strategic-cio-issues <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Biggest Challenges the CIO Faces and How to Best Address </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Today’s CIO continues to face a broad range of dynamic challenges. Based on the feedback of our readers, we have composed a list of the top ten articles on the Enterprise CIO Forum and by select contributors that address the major issues that today’s CIO is facing. &nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">Please feel free to add more in the comments below:</p><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/wh1t3rabbit/can-cio-do-cisos-job" rel="nofollow">Can the CIO do a CISO’s Job? &nbsp;(and would you want to?)</a></p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www8.hp.com/hpnext/posts/why-cio-needs-think-ceo#.VD8VEvl4pcR" rel="nofollow">Why the CIO needs to think like a CEO</a></p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/pearl/ready-set-go-cio%E2%80%99s-top-ten-challenges" rel="nofollow">Ready, Set, Go: CIO’s Top Ten Challenges</a></p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/mdavis10/what-are-characteristics-good-cio" rel="nofollow">What are the characteristics of a good CIO?</a></p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr"><a href="http://h30458.www3.hp.com/us/us/discover-performance/it-execs/2014/mar/CIO-confessions-5-key-traits-of-IT-leaders_1365052.html?jumpid=reg_r1002_usen_c-001_title_r0006" rel="nofollow">CIO ‘confessions’: 5 critical attributes of the best IT leaders</a></p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/cziems/predicting-role-cio-2020" rel="nofollow">Predicting the Role of the CIO of 2020</a></p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdobbs/seven-questions-cios-should-ask-candidat" rel="nofollow">Seven questions CIOs should ask candidates for leadership positions</a></p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/christian/whats-holding-cios-back-cloud-movers-and" rel="nofollow">What’s holding CIOs back on the cloud?</a></p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jerry/90-day-plan-starting-your-new-cio-job" rel="nofollow">90 Day Plan: Starting Your New CIO Job</a></p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr"><a href="http://h20195.www2.hp.com/v2/GetDocument.aspx?cc=us&amp;doclang=EN_US&amp;docname=4AA4-6696ENW&amp;doctype=white%20paper&amp;lc=en&amp;searchquery=&amp;jumpid=reg_r1002_usen_c-001_title_r0003" rel="nofollow">Becoming an Analytical CIO</a></p></li></ul><p>What do you think we missed? What external sources would you add (and why)? Please let us know in the comments below. </p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/crbrowning/top-ten-strategic-cio-issues#comments CIO Leadership IT Performance Blog-post CIO IT Leadership strategic IT Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:04:09 +0000 crbrowning 10446 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Emotional Wellness Tips by expert counsellors http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/cheerup/emotional-wellness-tips-expert-counsello <p>Even the strongest of characters at one time or another usually suffer occasional emotional breakdowns and the best gift one can give to them is to learn to pick up the pieces, heal and move on with life. Healing is a process and not an event and may take a long period, depending on the intensity of the situation and the emotional stability of the person. After acknowledging the presence of a crisis within self, the best way to solve the problem is to face it head-on rather than to try to escape the reality of the moment. It is during this period that people result to drug abuse and other obsessive habits in a bid to evade facing the problem, making the situation even more complex.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://cheerup.co.in/" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://www.beliefnet.com/~/media/E9A564D082734625828C04B0D8FEA83E.ashx?w=389&amp;h=289&amp;bg=00000000&amp;f=png&amp;c=1" alt="" height="200" width="250" /></a></p><p>For one to achieve emotional wellness, it is imperative to be ready to accept and accommodate changes. Remaining open-minded and not expecting too much from others also helps avoid frustration that could arise from the disappointments of feeling let down. It is also important to surround yourself with the right people who you feel warm around and those you can confide in during difficult moments. Sharing a problem and finding a shoulder to lean on in a friend helps a great deal in the gradual process of emerging from those dark moments, stronger than ever.</p><p>Happiness and contentment starts with oneself. Take charge of your life and pursue the course you have chosen while learning from the mistakes made during the journey. Congratulate yourself for the achievements made and avoid bashing your soul for the flaws in your actions. Take care of your body and learn to smile. Life isn’t that serious anyway!</p><p>Take the <a href="http://cheerup.co.in" rel="nofollow"><strong>Emotional Wellness Tips</strong></a> from our expert counsellors to live a Stress free life!</p><div class="field field-type-emvideo field-field-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-YTa6XeBxM </div> </div> </div> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/cheerup/emotional-wellness-tips-expert-counsello#comments Business Issues Services Blog-post Emotional Wellness Tips Free Psychology Counseling Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:38:05 +0000 cheerup 10441 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com This Festive Season, Invite Happiness with Same Day Gifts Delivery !!! http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/bookurgift/festive-season-invite-happiness-same-day <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Every festival is a memorable one in the Indian society and the value for personalized gifts is well known. </div> </div> </div> <p>Every festival is a memorable one in the Indian society and the value for personalized gifts is well known. Your members of friends and family often expert your expression of love through gifts which need not be highly priced all the time. If you are held up with work which is keeping you away from family, you might have to think of smarter options. Heard about <strong>Same Day Gifts Delivery</strong>? It is really the tending concept for Indians abroad and thanks to the online processing of orders facilitated by online gift portals.<br /><br /><a title="Same Day Flower Delivery India" href="http://www.bookurgift.com/" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://www.indianflora.com/modules/editorial/homepage_logo.jpg" alt="" height="345" width="828" /></a></p><p>You don’t have to limit your gestures to gifts, rather even think of adding flowers to the gift hamper you are planning for. Do we have <a href="http://www.bookurgift.com/" rel="nofollow"><strong>Same Day Flower Delivery India</strong></a> as an option too? It works similarly how the gift delivery works and many times you don’t have to approach two different vendors for the same, some of the digital portals are providing such easy options to select your gift and add your favorite flowers to the package.&nbsp; You would also acknowledge that there is no real fun sending festival gifts without your personal message to your friends or the dear ones you want to share your happiness with. Considering this aspect, you need to look for vendors who can deliver your gifts and flowers along with the option to share your message. Your festival season can become a fruitful experience when you don’t miss to keep any tradition from the past.</p><p>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bookurgift.com/" rel="nofollow"><strong>Click here</strong></a> to know more about online gifting in India.&nbsp;</p><div class="field field-type-emvideo field-field-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0vxa67lW60 </div> </div> </div> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/bookurgift/festive-season-invite-happiness-same-day#comments Business Issues Services Blog-post online flower delivery online flower delivery in India Same Day Flower Delivery India same day gifts delivery Send Flowers Online send gift to India send gifts online send gifts online to India Send Roses Online to India Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:15:26 +0000 Bookurgift 10436 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Coursework and Term paper Writing Services, Your Friend in Need http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/researchmasteressays/coursework-and-term-paper-writing-servic <p>&nbsp;</p><p>One thing you must admit about college life is you make friends. You have fun and entertainment together and even work as a team on class projects. There are, however, certain areas in study where you have to work on your own. Completing coursework is one such area where you are supposed to showcase your knowledge, skills, learning and analytical ability. That is how it goes but students do seek each other’s help in completing coursework.</p><p><a title="Coursework writing services" href="http://researchmasteressays.com/coursework.php" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://researchmasteressays.jigsy.com/files/resized/96188/400;240;7f8829cd5bb81a513e257c2815618956ecd6729d.jpg" alt="Coursework writing service" height="188" width="264" /></a></p><p>The trouble with getting help from friends is that they are, more or less, at the same level as you are in terms of language skills. At most what they can do is give you pointers but it is your responsibility to ensure your work is free of plagiarism, is original and shows your skills. In addition, you have to take care of language, grammar, punctuation and all that stuff that teachers expect you to be perfect in but which you are not.</p><p>Where friends cannot help <a href="http://researchmasteressays.com/coursework.php" rel="nofollow"><strong>coursework writing services</strong></a> can and do it better than any friend can. You cannot impose on friends and expect them to give priority to your work when they already have enough on their plate. Term paper writing services specializing in coursework have plenty of writers available at a moment’s notice to take your work on a priority basis and yet deliver finely crafted coursework that demonstrates your grasp of the topic and gets you good scores. If you want a friend always available and ready to lend a helping hand with your coursework, you know where to go.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>For more information visit us at:- <strong><a href="http://researchmasteressays.com/" rel="nofollow">http://researchmasteressays.com/</a></strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="field field-type-emvideo field-field-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYQTomqqb0c </div> </div> </div> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/researchmasteressays/coursework-and-term-paper-writing-servic#comments Technology Services Blog-post coursework writing services Term paper writing services Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:01:45 +0000 Researchmasteressays 10431 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Durable, Easy to Deploy, Reusable Roll up Banner Stands Perfect for Exhibitions http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/megaimaging/durable-easy-deploy-reusable-roll-banner <p>Toronto is a city of exhibitions and conferences. In October itself you can visit the Craft &amp; Artisan Show Billings Bridge, the Fall Mall Show Orangeville, The Core Energy Conference on power and renewables, the International Home Show and the Hiz and Herz Bridal and Wedding Show. This brief listing of the many ongoing conferences underlines the diversity and variety of trade shows and exhibitions in which roll up banner stands find use.</p><p><a title="Retractable Banner Stands Toronto" href="http://www.megaimaging.com/RetractableBannerStands.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://p.globalsources.com/IMAGES/PDT/B1069694899/Media-Screen-Double-Sided-Outdoor-Retractable-Banner-Stand.jpg" alt="Retractable Banner Stands Toronto" height="220" width="220" /></a><br />Without <a title="Retractable Banner Stands Toronto" href="http://www.megaimaging.com/RetractableBannerStands.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>retractable banner stands Toronto</strong></a> exhibitions would be a rather dull affair. The glitz and glamour that banner display stands bring to such conferences and exhibitions cannot be discounted and if you are one of the many participants you will need these stands to attract visitors. Portable, fully retractable and compact, these are easy to set up in minutes and hold the banner perfectly flat. You can use the same banner for several exhibitions or you can change the banner easily. In such cases you could get a roll up stand with a replaceable cassette that holds a different banner. You can select a retractable or a roll up stand, each precision engineered using lightweight aluminum alloy and machined components as well as moulded plastics that all fit in easily to make your job easy. Single sided ones are affordable but when you are planning to put them up at exhibitions it makes sense to go in for double sided retractable or roll up banner stands. It becomes a whole lot better when you get the banners and the stands from one reliable source, helping you focus more on business. For more information visit our website:- <a title="http://www.megaimaging.com/" href="http://www.megaimaging.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.megaimaging.com/</a><br /><br /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="field field-type-emvideo field-field-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zC41Y0S81E </div> </div> </div> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/megaimaging/durable-easy-deploy-reusable-roll-banner#comments Business Issues Services Blog-post Retractable Banner Stands Toronto Roll Up Banner Stands Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:47:53 +0000 Megaimaging 10426 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Explore the Possibilities Seminar Success http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/professionaladvantage/explore-possibilities-seminar-success <p>Throughout late August, Professional Advantage held seminars in Sydney, <a href="http://www.pa.com.au/contact/" rel="nofollow">Melbourne</a>, Brisbane and Perth encouraging businesses to take advantage of Microsoft Dynamics software in order to improve their business performance.</p><p>Microsoft Dynamics covers four Professional Advantage product solutions: Microsoft Dynamics AX, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics RMS and Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Microsoft Dynamics AX is a powerful enterprise resource planning solution. <a href="http://www.pa.com.au/products/microsoft-dynamics-gp/" rel="nofollow">Microsoft Dynamics GP</a> encompasses financial management, business intelligence, supply chain management, human resources, manufacturing and more, and is designed to turn business visions into reality. Microsoft Dynamics RMSis&nbsp;retail&nbsp;software that automates point-of-sale processes and store operations, providing centralised control for multi-stores or can be run as a standalone application for single stores. <a href="http://www.pa.com.au/products/microsoft-dynamics-crm/" rel="nofollow">Microsoft Dynamics CRM</a> is customer relationship management and analytics software.</p><p>These programs support businesses and give them room to grow and expand within their industry. By implementing Microsoft Dynamics systems and thereby increasing the level of efficiency with which procedures are carried out, businesses are able to uncover and clearly view their strengths and boost profitability.</p><p>Attendees at the seminar learnt how Microsoft Dynamics could help to reduce their year-end and month-end closing routines and how to get accurate budgeting forecasts at the click of a button. They also gained knowledge about accessing inbuilt Microsoft Dynamics reporting and analytics tools that could provide their businesses with greater business insights and learned how to increase system flexibility using the Cloud. Attendees eagerly listened as Professional Advantage experts explained how successful implementation and application of Microsoft Dynamics tools could help their organisations to achieve greater cost control and automate the procurement process. They finished by hearing some Microsoft Dynamics success stories and top industry tips on implementing new financial management solutions.</p><p>The seminars were successful for both Professional Advantage and attendees. If you are looking for a Microsoft Dynamics Gold Certified partner who can offer the support and expertise of skilled consultants in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth, Professional Advantage has the local presence to help. Contact us at 1800 126 499.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/professionaladvantage/explore-possibilities-seminar-success#comments Business Issues Services Blog-post Microsoft Dynamics AX Microsoft Dynamics CRM Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:33:34 +0000 Professionaladvantage 10421 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Global Custom Native Mobile Application Development & Solutions http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/myzealitsolution/global-custom-native-mobile-application <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Native Mobile Apps are better than Web Apps because native mobile apps run on various platforms including android, window, blackberry, iOS, iPhone, iPad and others. </div> </div> </div> <p>MYZEAL IT Solutions offer <strong>Native mobile application development for android, window, blackberry, ios, iphone and ipad</strong>. We offer different types of other solutions for mobile including Mobile Apps Porting &amp; Migration, Mobile Apps Testing &amp; QA, App Store Deployment, and Mobile App Maintenance. We start develop apps from analysis, design, development, test and then live.&nbsp; We develop different types of apps for industries such as <strong>educational apps, business apps, E-commerce, social networking apps, Travel and navigation apps, Chat &amp; Messenger App, Entertainment App, Entertainment App, Insurance Engine Apps mobile application development, Healthcare App</strong> and others. Serving the Foothills <strong>SINCE 2008! MYZEAL IT Solutions</strong> is conveniently located in the Chatsworth, California, USA. We are offering a results-oriented range of services including <strong><a href="http://www.myzealit.com/services/mobile-apps-solutions.aspx" rel="nofollow">Native Mobile Apps Development &amp; Solutions</a>, Mobile Apps Porting &amp; Migration, Mobile Apps Testing &amp; QA, Web App Development, Responsive Websites, E-Commerce Websites, CMS Based Websites, Enterprise Solutions, IT Consulting, Product Engineering, Design &amp; UI Solutions.</strong></p><p><strong><br /></strong></p><div class="field field-type-emvideo field-field-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQup0NpC-oQ </div> </div> </div> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/myzealitsolution/global-custom-native-mobile-application#comments Technology IT Performance Blog-post CMS Based Websites Design & UI Solutions E-Commerce Websites enterprise solutions IT Consulting Mobile Apps Development Mobile Apps Porting & Migration Mobile Apps Testing & QA Product Engineering Responsive Websites Web App Development Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:28:03 +0000 myzealitsolution 10416 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Ten Cyber Security Resources http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/ksenie/ten-cyber-security-resources <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cost per cyber attack rises dramatically. </div> </div> </div> <p>The results of the fifth annual&nbsp;<a href="https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/7477/125713" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Cost of Cyber Crime study</a>, conducted by the Ponemon Institute shows just how much cybercrime has spread from 2013 to 2014. Did you know that the average cost of a cyber attack is now around $12.7 million dollars—up from $11.6M last year? Or that the time to resolve these attacks has increased 41% to 45 days?</p><p>These are eye opening statistics.</p><p>October is&nbsp;<a href="http://www.staysafeonline.org/ncsam/about" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">National Cyber Security Awareness Month</a>&nbsp;(NCSAM), and I’ve researched and listed ten select security resources, be it a blog post, article or research brief. Take a look.&nbsp;And add your must read security articles in the comments below!</p><p>1.&nbsp;<a href="http://cloudtweaks.com/2014/10/security-think-like-thief-average-joe/" rel="nofollow">IT Security: Think Like A Thief – And An Average Joe, Too</a></p><p>2.&nbsp;<a href="http://h30499.www3.hp.com/t5/HP-Security-Products-Blog/What-is-the-cost-of-cyber-crime-Looking-past-the-headlines/ba-p/6636506#.VD6hAPldUXA" rel="nofollow">What is the cost of cyber crime? Looking past the headlines.</a></p><p>3.&nbsp;<a href="http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/08/why-so-many-card-breaches-a-qa/" rel="nofollow">Why So Many Card Breaches? A Q&amp;A</a></p><p>4.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hp.com/make-it-matter/us/en/cyber-security.html#play" rel="nofollow">Cyber Security, Make It Matter</a></p><p>5.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wired.com/2014/09/emv/" rel="nofollow">Why the Heyday of Credit Card Fraud Is Almost Over</a></p><p>6.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mitre.org/sites/default/files/publications/pr-13-1028-mitre-10-strategies-cyber-ops-center.pdf" rel="nofollow">Ten Strategies of a World-Class Cybersecurity Operations Center</a></p><p>7.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.proofpoint.com/downloads/proofpoint-analysis-cybercrime-infrastructure-20141007.pdf" rel="nofollow">Analysis of a Cybercrime Infrastructure</a></p><p>8.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/10/03/banks-are-struggling-with-cybersecurity-that-doesnt-bode-well-for-other-industries/" rel="nofollow">Banks are struggling with cybersecurity. That doesn’t bode well for other industries.</a></p><p>9.&nbsp;<a href="http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/Enterprise-Security-Trends-Blog/How-to-justify-a-bigger-security-budget-Part-1/ba-p/172122" rel="nofollow">How to justify a bigger security budget: Part 1</a></p><p>10.&nbsp;<a href="https://ctovision.com/2014/10/the-insight-from-red-teams-that-revolutionized-cyber-defense/" rel="nofollow">The Insight From Red Teams That Revolutionized Cyber Defense</a></p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/ksenie/ten-cyber-security-resources#comments Business Issues Security Blog-post CIO cyber crime IT Security security breaches Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:02:33 +0000 ksenie 10411 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com SIAM and a service catalog: IT’s recipe for success http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/markus-mueller/siam-and-service-catalog-it%E2%80%99s-recipe-suc <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Managing services is like running a top restaurant </div> </div> </div> <p>As a good number of our customers transform into services-driven IT organizations, they’re simultaneously trying to manage multiple service providers. If you can effectively manage various suppliers while becoming services-driven, you will be able to better respond to business needs and do so more efficiently. I’ve been helping customers in various industries map this journey using a <a href="https://ssl.www8.hp.com/us/en/leadgen/leadgen_preview.html?objid=4AA4-8212ENW&amp;siebelid=3301&amp;sectionid=pdf&amp;returnurl=%2fus%2fen%2fsecure%2fpdf%2f4aa4-8212enw.pdf&amp;formProvider=&amp;docTitle=Be%20an%20IT%20services%20broker&amp;simpletitle=hp%20service%20integration%25" rel="nofollow">service catalog</a> in tandem with service integration and management (SIAM).</p><p><strong>The service organization’s steering wheel</strong></p><p>The secret to whether you have the potential to become service-driven lies in the capability of how you manage your <a href="http://www8.hp.com/us/en/software-solutions/propel-IT-service-catalog/index.html?jumpid=va_R11374_us/en/large/eb/go_propel" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">service catalog</a>. Think of the service catalog as the steering wheel of the service organization. Simply offering a catalog is crucial to effective service delivery, but how well a catalog is designed can truly “tip the scales” as to its effect on IT’s efficiency and responsiveness. Unfortunately, the service catalog is perhaps one of the more undervalued investment areas for gaining benefits from service management. To understand why, think about what you need to create a successful service catalog:</p><ul><li>You must have a good service taxonomy. How are your services constructed and composed?</li><li>You must understand what a business service is and what an end user service is and how the two interrelate.</li><li>You must know how an IT service underpins a business service.</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>A service catalog must be designed with customer value in mind. Think of not only your customer, but down the value chain. Start with a set of services from the perspective of what is most important to your customer’s customer.</p><p>You must also understand the different viewpoints of potential catalog users. A business user wants a clear view of service offerings and options. IT has completely different requirements that are anything but homogeneous. For example, while infrastructure IT teams need to upgrade systems across all types of applications in the service landscape, application teams focus more the specific dependencies of their application to IT infrastructure services. Therefore both need a vastly different view into services. That is why service catalog design is truly the art of setting up service catalogs that satisfy different stakeholder viewpoints.</p><p>Dynamically modifying the interface based on a user’s orientation is not typically a viable option in current IT catalogs. However, to provide IT services effectively, services must be organized so that all stakeholders can find what they need, in the vocabulary that they understand. How well this is done can also determine how many errors users will make in selecting the right service and filling in the correct information.</p><p><strong>Sourcing, SIAM, and the service catalog</strong></p><p>The service catalog is also influenced by sourcing. How many services will you outsource? You can outsource entire value streams in your <a href="http://h30499.www3.hp.com/t5/Discover-Performance-Blog/Why-the-IT-Value-Chain-is-your-blueprint-for-strategically/ba-p/6298495#.U62rZrHLWsM" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">IT Value Chain</a>. The number of suppliers to coordinate is increasing significantly, as well as their type and variety. Customers ask me, “What we couldn’t handle with a single provider we are now trying to do with several providers. How will this work?”</p><p>Our answer is <a href="http://www8.hp.com/us/en/software-solutions/software.html?compURI=1172966&amp;jumpid=va_r11374_us/en/large/eb/go_siam#.U62r87HLWsM" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">HP Service Integration and Management (SIAM)</a>, which addresses the problem of managing multiple suppliers. Operational SIAM integrates with the service catalog so that you have different levels of granularity and flexibility. At the same time, SIAM shields the business from the complexity of managing suppliers so that IT appears as a coherent entity to the business.</p><p><strong>Managing services is like running a fine restaurant</strong></p><p>Think of successful service management as if it were an evening spent dining out. When you go to a restaurant, various elements influence your overall experience. At the core is certainly the food, because that is the core of dining at a restaurant. But the final determination of the restaurant’s worthiness will also include how well you were served. Was the music nice? Was the atmosphere good? It all adds up. That’s the moment of truth in service management.</p><p>Learn more by reading the white paper “<a href="https://ssl.www8.hp.com/us/en/leadgen/leadgen_preview.html?objid=4AA4-8212ENW&amp;siebelid=3301&amp;sectionid=pdf&amp;returnurl=%2fus%2fen%2fsecure%2fpdf%2f4aa4-8212enw.pdf&amp;formProvider=&amp;docTitle=Be%20an%20IT%20services%20broker&amp;simpletitle=hp%20service%20integration%20and%20management%20services&amp;subbu=tsg.software&amp;parentPageName=SSS%20-%20Software%202.0%20-%20Detail%20-%20Software&amp;fv=1.0&amp;parentUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww8.hp.com%2Fus%2Fen%2Fsoftware-solutions%2Fsoftware.html%3FcompURI%3D1172966%26jumpid%3Dva_r11374_us%2Fen%2Flarge%2Feb%2Fgo_siam%23.U62r87HLWsM&amp;metrics_asset_value=eb&amp;bu=tsg&amp;st=%2Fus%2Fen%2Fsoftware-solutions&amp;wsi=r11374&amp;cu=false" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Be an IT services broker</a>” and by visiting <a href="http://hpsw.co/Ro97JzS" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">HP Software Professional Services</a>.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/markus-mueller/siam-and-service-catalog-it%E2%80%99s-recipe-suc#comments Business Issues Services Blog-post business services HP Propel HP Software Professional Services IT maturity ITIL ITSM service catalog service integration and management SIAM Wed, 15 Oct 2014 21:14:45 +0000 Markus Mueller 10406 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com So You Have a Great App Idea…Now What? http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/scotthirsch/so-you-have-great-app-idea%E2%80%A6now-what <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Life moves pretty fast. If you don&#039;t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. - Ferris Bueller </div> </div> </div> <p>It seems like the fast-paced world of mobile technology would make it difficult to “stop and look around once in a while” but several recent milestones are worthy of our attention.</p><p>The growth of the mobile application industry over the last 36 months has been startling to say the least. The proliferation of app building templates marches in lockstep with that growth and in many ways has been a catalyst for that growth.</p><p>Because of this a new “appconomy” has evolved and fueled small business marketing expansion.</p><p>In fact, more has happened in the last ten years to help businesses both large and small market their products and services than happened in the hundred years before. With the advent of the internet, YouTube, Instagram and so many other sites, businesses could bring their products to the public directly selling and profiting from products and ideas.</p><p>Mobile app building and publishing is the next step in that evolution.</p><p>Previously, if you had a great idea for an app, be it for a local business, local band, or fantasy sports league, you were at the mercy of high-cost app developers.</p><p>The DIY app builder has democratized the mobile app industry, making it possible for anyone, regardless of their technological expertise, to design, create, and publish mobile apps.&nbsp; In a sense, these innovative app building templates have created an incubator where ideas are given a platform to exist in the mobile world.</p><p>Two facets of the app building model in particular have powered its rapid growth.</p><p>First, many companies have realized a free service is the only way to truly allow for the open exchange of ideas. Mobile apps were cost prohibitive for small businesses, independent content publishers, and hobbyists.&nbsp; So the free app maker was born.</p><p>Free to use, free to share, free to publish with no hidden fees.</p><p>The good companies also recognized early on the value of being device agnostic. Mobile apps built on a DIY platform should be optimized for use on iOS and Android platforms, with Blackberry and Windows phones.</p><p>Innovations within the innovative DIY app building community, including platforms that allow you to build mobile apps directly from your mobile device means ideas can be immediately adapted to the mobile space.</p><p>So you have your idea, found your desired online app building partner, and are ready to get into the nuts and bolts of development.</p><p>Point and click, drag and drop, and hit submit. It’s really that simple. You may be asked to upload a photo or logo, but if you have ever built a website through an online template or even customized your Facebook page, you can handle app building.</p><p>DIY app builders have varying degrees of customization. Some may offer simple calendars and links while the more advanced will let you post and monetize a published catalog of books, films, and music.</p><p>Investigate, explore, and expand your ideas to include mobile apps. Chances are there is a DIY app building platform that can help you adapt your idea to the mobile space.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Scott Hirsch is CEO of <a title="Appsbar" href="http://www.appsbar.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Appsbar</a>, a free mobile app building platform.&nbsp;</em></p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/scotthirsch/so-you-have-great-app-idea%E2%80%A6now-what#comments Technology Applications Blog-post Apps small business Technology Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:41:25 +0000 ScottHirsch 10401 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com How your IT shop can stack up to cloud vendors http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/erik-van-busschbach/how-your-it-shop-can-stack-cloud-vendors <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Following a services-centric model will have LOBs singing your praises </div> </div> </div> <p>Have any of the folks from the lines of business ever compared your central IT to a cloud vendor? Has anyone ever said, “I had no idea you could do things that cloud vendors do”? In the past, I’ve written about how <a href="http://hpsw.co/q3YFj56" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">central IT can once again own the service lifecycle</a>, innovate the business and please customers – and in this post, I’ll explore how IT can provide services that compete with cloud vendors. HP Software Professional Services leverages a concept known as the IT Value Chain as a blueprint to transform your IT. I concentrate my efforts with customers on an area known as <a href="http://hpsw.co/Ki9b5Q4" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">IT Services Strategy</a>. It’s an area at the top of the value chain, so by focusing your efforts there, improvements trickle down throughout IT operations.</p><p>Here’s how IT Services Strategy can help you transform into a services-centric organization that will have LOBs singing your praises.</p><p><strong>How to become services-centric </strong></p><p>I tell customers about these three vital steps of IT Services Strategy:</p><ul><li><strong>Turn your business services </strong><strong>into a bill of material:</strong> Internalizing what it means to be services-centric is the most fundamental change your IT strategy department can make. Start with what the business thinks of as a service, then break it down into a bill of material. What you’re trying to get is the decomposition from the thing that the business does, all the way down to the IT components involved: the application, the server, the database, the network, the storage and the data center.</li><li><strong>Understand cost and performance of your service components:</strong> Map cost and performance data to each item on your bill of material. This step is essential to being able to determine whether you can get a service cheaper or at better performance from a cloud vendor compared with providing it yourself. You need to know what you’re capable of before you move to the next step.</li><li><strong>Ask questions about potential business tradeoffs:</strong> Once you are able to attach cost and performance data to service components, you’re able to make considerations such as:</li></ul><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; * Do we need to do this ourselves because we’re unique and the only ones who can provide this?<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; * Should we do this ourselves for security or risk reasons?<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; * Could a third party do this at lower cost or higher performance?</p><p><strong><br /></strong></p><p><strong>Moving from projects to components boosts speed, efficiency</strong></p><p>I find the manufacturing concept known as engineer-to-order is a good way to illustrate the shift that’s required in doing this services-centric work. Engineer to order is project-centric, and it requires doing a one-off for a customer. At the other extreme is configure-to-order, which is centered on components. In a configure-to-order model, you take a standard component and plug it in.</p><p>This is a key part of the <a href="http://hpsw.co/Ki9b5Q4" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">IT Services Strategy</a>: You want to shift from engineer-to-order to configure-to-order. Doing projects makes you slow, unpredictable and costly. If you move to configure-to-order, it makes you very predictable and very fast albeit a bit less flexible. You must find your own balance. I might tell a customer, “If your ratio is 80 percent projects to 20 percent components, let’s shift that ratio. Let’s go 70/30, 60/40 or 50/50.”</p><p>When you understand these concepts, you can see how it all fits together; the best part is that you can make incremental changes without having to do it all at once. I might work with someone to help them cost their services or understand how their services break down into projects versus components, and I’ll show them how it all fits together under the overarching IT value chain. The exciting thing for me is that it takes a very short time to convey the ideas. So I can put the keys in customer’s hands, and it takes hours or days, rather than weeks or months.</p><p><a href="http://hpsw.co/x4FDs35" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Contact HP Software Professional Services</a> if you’re interested in learning more.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/erik-van-busschbach/how-your-it-shop-can-stack-cloud-vendors#comments Business Issues IT Performance Blog-post Cloud HP Software Professional Services IT Financial Management IT portfolio IT service lifecycle IT Value Chain Portfolio Planning Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:32:40 +0000 Erik van Busschbach 10396 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com CIO Focus Interview: Stuart Appley, Shorenstein http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/ben-stephenson/cio-focus-interview-stuart-appley-shoren <p>We’re starting a new CIO Focus Interview Series on the blog to get insights from some of the top thought leaders in the industry. For&nbsp;our first interview,&nbsp;I spoke with <a title="Stuart Appley LinkedIn" href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/stuartappley" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Stuart Appley</a>, CIO at San Francisco based Shorenstein, to pick his brain about the current and future IT landscape. You can hear more from Stuart on <a title="Stuart Appley Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/sappley" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Twitter</a>.</p><p><strong>Ben</strong>: Could you give me a little background on your company as well as your role as CIO within the organization?</p><p><strong>Stuart</strong>: Shorenstein is a real estate investment firm and owner and operators of commercial properties. Essentially, we act like a private equity firm by raising money from high net worth individuals. Instead of buying a company, we buy commercial buildings. We buy them and own and operate them for 10-15 years before selling them off and closing the fund. When we buy a building we typically manage it, so the other part of the business is being a property manager, investing in the property, doing redevelopment, etc. As CIO, I’m responsible for running the IT shop and IT’s long term strategic vision</p><p><strong>Ben</strong>: What sort of unique challenges do you face as the CIO at your organization?</p><p><strong>Stuart</strong>: A main challenge we face is that the company culture is a little older. This is something we are actively trying to change. We also have a diverse set of workers and a very distributed, mobile workforce. We have leasing agents out in the field, engineers checking equipment on the go, etc. Supporting the needs of this workforce is a challenge. I would say some of our users may not be as tech savvy as they are in other industries. We tend to hire a lot of senior level people, so our age base is a little higher than other companies. This makes it more difficult to get people to adopt technologies and bring them up to speed.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Ben</strong>: What was your main accomplishment in 2014 from an IT perspective?</p><p><strong>Stuart</strong>: We just completed a large cloud ERP project. Doing this has allowed us to reduce a lot of application sets. This was a huge accomplishment because of the large amount of data and apps we have been moving in the cloud. Overall, the project, which lasted a little over a year, went smoothly.</p><p><strong>Ben</strong>: How long have you been utilizing the cloud?</p><p><strong>Stuart</strong>: 4-5 years, maybe even a little longer. Right now, we have 70% of our applications in the cloud. This includes LOBs apps that are standard, like Salesforce, and industry specific ones like Intralinks.</p><p><strong>Ben</strong>: Did you have any pushback from the CEO, CFO or board of directors when you made the pitch to go cloud?</p><p><strong>Stuart</strong>: No, it really wasn’t an issue with them. I was able to make the case that we should outsource things that we do not have a core competency in, and they were completely on board. Buy vs. Build.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Ben</strong>: What are you looking to accomplish in 2015?</p><p><strong>Stuart</strong>: A main focus of ours is to rationalize cloud storage. We have a lot of content management systems right now – about 5-6. It’s time to rationalize that and get it down to 1-2. Another big focus we have is leveraging the beginning of a digital strategy we have been creating. For example, there are a lot of documents that need to be manually signed. We want to automate the signing of documents to save time and increase efficiency.</p><p><strong>Ben</strong>: Anything else?</p><p><strong>Stuart</strong>: We’re also going to review our data center and determine whether we want to move things to public clouds or private. We have listed out apps and services and plan to determine where each one would be the best fit. Finally, I want to continue to focus on mobility and try to push ease of access anywhere, anytime.</p><p><strong>Ben</strong>: Throughout your career, what concept or technology would you say has had the most drastic impact on IT?</p><p><strong>Stuart</strong>: I would say the idea of the consumerization of IT. This concept has transformed the whole industry. Users go home and use consumer apps and then carry those same expectations into the work place. In their mind, that ease of access should be available anywhere and everywhere across the board. To me, it’s a great thing for IT because it is forcing us to deliver. We have higher expectations and have a high bar to match.</p><p><strong>Ben</strong>: How do you view IT?</p><p><strong>Stuart</strong>: IT needs to be an advisor to the business. There is a lot of innovation that is happening with cloud vendors and we shouldn’t try to match that. The challenge is helping users understand that we support them going out and looking at other options. At the same time, we want them to come to us so we can let them know if there are any security concerns or if it will need to integrate with other apps that already exist in the environment. We need to be a consultant to the business and not a centralized just-say-no organization.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Are you a CIO/CTO interested in participating in our CIO Focus Interview series? Email me at <a title="Ben Stephenson" href="mailto:bstephenson@greenpages.com" rel="nofollow">bstephenson@greenpages.com</a> </em></p><p><em>This interview was originally published on <a href="http://blog.greenpages.com/cloud-computing/cio-focus-interview-stuart-appley/" rel="nofollow">http://blog.greenpages.com/cloud-computing/cio-focus-interview-stuart-appley/</a> <br /></em></p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/ben-stephenson/cio-focus-interview-stuart-appley-shoren#comments CIO Leadership Technology Cloud IT Performance Blog-post Cloud IT transformation Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:45:58 +0000 Ben Stephenson 10391 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Need For Software Testing Training http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/mathews123/need-software-testing-training <p>Millions of new software applications are created year. Most of products are never used or flop to perform as it originally designed for. 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Thus, it assists testing professionals to become analytically, intellectually and creatively more proficient. They develop the skills with each and every project and helps in organizational growth.</p><p>People who desire to become a software tester to learn the testing tight from the basics to advanced level. No doubt that, <strong><a href="http://www.fita.in/software-testing-training-in-chennai/" rel="nofollow">software testing training</a></strong> has created massive job opportunity for aspiring professionals. Thanks to the demand of high quality software products across all industries. IT industries are striving very hard to deliver high quality projects to their clients. Hence, dynamic professionals who are skilled on both manual and automation testing have lucrative career opportunity. Software tester refers to the professionals who incorporate various testing technologies to identify possible errors and bus in the application being developed. Software testing can be classified as manual and automation testing. In agile software development process, automation testing tools such as LoadRunner, Selenium, and QTP are preferred over manual testing.</p><p>Nowadays, there are several training institutes offering professional training on software testing. When choosing a training institute, you need to check for some important factors such as course syllabus, trainers experience, practical teaching, course fee, timing and placement support. <strong><a href="http://www.fita.in/software-testing-training-in-chennai/" rel="nofollow">Software testing course in Chennai</a> </strong>@<strong> </strong>FITA<strong> </strong>will prepare you to be the aspiring software testing professional in leading IT industry. We help you to enrich your skills and enter leading IT Company with lucrative salary package.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/mathews123/need-software-testing-training#comments Technology IT Performance Blog-post Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:21:57 +0000 mathews123 10386 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com http://www.blog.knowiterp.com/knowit-erp-leaders-of-erp-manufacturing-industry/ http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/knowiterp/httpwwwblogknowiterpcomknowit-erp-leader http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/knowiterp/httpwwwblogknowiterpcomknowit-erp-leader#comments Services Quick Post Blogs Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:21:09 +0000 knowiterp 10381 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Basic setup of a new cloud server with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/olgali/basic-setup-new-cloud-server-ubuntu-1204 There three important steps to do before using your new cloud server. 1. Create a new user. 2. Add root privileges to the new user. 3. Create a secure SSH Access. Read more on how to setup a new server on olgali.com largest community http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/olgali/basic-setup-new-cloud-server-ubuntu-1204#comments Quick Post Blogs Wed, 15 Oct 2014 07:17:01 +0000 olgali 10376 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com The expanding circle of distrust fueled by the Internet of Things (IoT) http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/enadhan/expanding-circle-distrust-fueled-interne <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You may get what you pay for ... They can get what you pay with! </div> </div> </div> <p>I whip out my device to make a payment at the checkout counter of our local hardware store.&nbsp; And I pause.&nbsp; Should I let the point-of-sale system extract all my data? Can I <a href="http://www.hp.com/go/journeyblog" rel="nofollow">trust this device</a>?&nbsp; Do I have any control over who gets <a href="http://hp.nu/BGE7h" rel="nofollow">access to the data</a> that gets captured?&nbsp; We may get what we pay for -- but, adversaries can get what we pay with!&nbsp; We don’t usually encounter adversaries face-to-face and our primary interface remains these point-of-sale systems, web clicks and other devices that are part of the Internet of Things.&nbsp; Thanks to recent hacks with the customer's data at various retail chains, I am beginning to develop a sense of distrust in these very "things" and devices.&nbsp; Complementing the Circle of Trust I have developed over the years with close family and friends, IoT is injecting itself into a rapidly expanding Circle of Distrust.&nbsp;</p><p>And I pay with cash instead.</p><p>HP’s Daniel Miessler introduces the concepts of “<em>personal daemons</em>” and “<em>universal daemonization</em>” in the <a href="https://h30550.www3.hp.com/connect/sessionDetail.ww?SESSION_ID=6005" rel="nofollow">DT6005 session</a> at the <a href="http://www.hp.com/go/discover" rel="nofollow">HP Discover Conference</a> on “The real Internet of Things: How universal daemonization will change everything”.&nbsp;&nbsp; “<em>When combined</em>”, the abstract reads, “<em>these concepts can produce some truly breathtaking possibilities. You’ll walk through some of these technological possibilities and learn about the various implications surrounding universal authentication, privacy, and more</em>”.</p><p>The word “daemon” in concepts, takes me back many years when I used to foray into the guts of the UNIX kernel where <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daemon_(computing)" rel="nofollow">daemons</a> represented programs that run continuously as a background process – e.g. a printing daemon.&nbsp; Interestingly enough, the word “daemon” semantically means a spirit, a supernatural being, a demi-god.&nbsp;</p><p>Most likely, I expect Miessler’s session to make reference to things in the IoT having their own daemons that perpetually interact with each other.&nbsp; And this sort of universal daemonization resulting in a thriving ecosystem that can continuously churn out data to be processed into information of value for timely action.&nbsp;</p><p>However, bugs like <a href="http://hpsw.co/Bs86AyR" rel="nofollow">Shellshock</a> have the ability to take over control of the command script that can transform computing “daemons” into mythological “demons”.&nbsp; Happy Halloween! The fact that such bugs can continue to penetrate the landscape of devices only accentuates my circle of distrust.</p><p>And then, checkout devices that look and act like – of all creatures – like a <a href="http://m.csmonitor.com/Science/2014/1010/Scientists-design-a-slithering-snake-robot.-Why" rel="nofollow">snake</a>!&nbsp; The last thing that comes to mind when I think of a serpentine creature is trust!</p><p>I finish my purchases and come home.&nbsp; My neighbor’s dog (<a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/jameslyne/2014/10/15/poodle-security-vulnerability-breaks-sslv3-secure-browsing/" rel="nofollow">Poodle</a> you say?)&nbsp;comes running up to me furiously wagging its fluffy tail.&nbsp; Now, here is a being that I trust -- a lifelong member of my Circle of Trust.&nbsp; But, do I trust the device around its neck that sends out signals to control the dog’s movements?&nbsp; I am not so sure.&nbsp;&nbsp; Yet another member of the Circle of Distrust.</p><p>How about you? How do you contrast your level of trust in humans versus machines?&nbsp; What is growing faster – your Circle of Trust or your Circle of Distrust?</p><p>I trust you will let me know.&nbsp; Or can I?</p><p>Team up with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hp.com/go/easwarannadhan" target="_self" rel="nofollow">HP Technology Expert, E.G.Nadhan</a></p><p>Connect with <a href="https://twitter.com/NadhanEG" target="_self" rel="nofollow">Nadhan</a>&nbsp;on: <a href="https://twitter.com/NadhanEG" target="_self" rel="nofollow">Twitter</a>, <a href="http://www.facebook.com/easwaran.nadhan" target="_self" rel="nofollow">Facebook</a>, <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=102637222&amp;trk=tab_pro" target="_self" rel="nofollow">Linkedin</a> and <a href="http://bit.ly/VDfGGn" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Journey Blog</a>.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/enadhan/expanding-circle-distrust-fueled-interne#comments CIO Leadership Security Blog-post Credit Card Data security Enterprise security Hacker information security Internet of Things IoT Payment Point of Sale Retail Security trust Tue, 14 Oct 2014 22:25:31 +0000 enadhan 10371 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Protecting Against Critical Infrastructure Attacks http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/thupham/protecting-against-critical-infrastructu <p>The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) was recently the target of three separate breaches. Why is this important? Created by Congress, the NRC regulates commercial nuclear power plants and other uses of nuclear materials, like nuclear medicine. They regulate three major areas, including:</p><ul><li>Reactors - Commercial reactors that generate electric power, as well as reactors used for research, testing and training</li><li>Materials - The use of nuclear materials in medical, industrial and academic institutions, as well as facilities that produce nuclear fuel</li><li>Waste - Transportation, storage, and disposal of nuclear materials and waste, as well as decommissioning nuclear facilities when they go out of service</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The NRC maintains databases with information about locations and conditions of nuclear reactors. Yet, despite being the centralized datahub and command center for nuclear control, they were breached by unsophisticated methods. Over the past three years, they have fallen victim to two separate phishing email attacks from foreign states and a third unknown attacker that distributed malware through an employee’s email account.</p><p>An open-records request from NextGov.com revealed that a first phishing attempt targeted 215 NRC employees with an email and a fake link to verify their user accounts that instead led them to a Google spreadsheet - 12 employees fell for the ruse.</p><p>Another phishing email attack contained a link to a Microsoft Skydrive (now called OneDrive) storage site housing malware, and the third attack sent emails with PDF malware attachments containing Javascript vulnerabilities to 16 of an employee’s contacts.</p><p>In an&nbsp;<a href="http://intelreport.mandiant.com/Mandiant_APT1_Report.pdf" rel="nofollow">intel report</a> from Mandiant profiling attacks from the Chinese group deemed Advanced Persistent Threat 1 (APT1), researchers showed how attackers would disguise attachments as benign PDFs, when they were actually executable files. By adding over a hundred spaces behind the ‘.PDF’ filename, they were able to hide the .exe extension, in addition to creating a fake Adobe icon to display.</p><p><strong>Other Critical Infrastructure at Risk</strong></p><p>A survey of critical infrastructure companies worldwide, including utility, oil and gas, alternate energy and manufacturing organizations, found that 70 percent had suffered a security breach in the past year, according to the Ponemon Institute report&nbsp;commissioned by Unisys,&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.unisys.com/insights/critical-infrastructure-security" rel="nofollow">Critical Infrastructure: Security Preparedness and Maturity.</a></em></p><p>The report also found that 40 percent of organizations had only partially implemented employee training of security requirements, and another 17 percent had not implemented training at all. The data perceived as most susceptible to loss was found in applications (35 percent) and databases (34 percent), making remote access to either the clear target for attackers.</p><p>Arguably, most Operational Technology (OT) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems were not built with security in mind, as <a href="http://breakingenergy.com/2013/04/10/critical-infrastructure-attacks-understanding-the-common-thread/" rel="nofollow">BreakingEnergy.com</a>&nbsp;reports, with a diverse number of vulnerabilities being introduced when the systems were connected with corporate networks and other IT systems. The ability to escalate privileges to access OT systems once IT credentials are exploited is easier to accomplish as they are connected in this environment.</p><p>Back in 2012, an attack against the oil company Saudi Aramco resulted in the compromise of 30,000 (75 percent of the company) compromised computers via a phishing attack carrying a virus (Shamoon), prompting the company to shut down its internal network for a week, according to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/10/business/global/saudi-aramco-says-hackers-took-aim-at-its-production.html" rel="nofollow">NYTimes.com</a>. Aimed at stopping oil and gas production, the attack shows how successful a low-tech attack like phishing can be when targeted at unknowing employees.</p><p><strong>Authentication Security to Protect Critical Infrastructure</strong></p><p>Although a NRC commission spokesman claimed that every NRC employee undergoes security awareness training to protect against phishing and other types of low-tech, social engineering attacks, relying on human behavior alone to protect our nuclear control center isn’t exactly a fail-safe plan.</p><p>As the critical infrastructure report recommended, deploying better authentication for applications and users is one way to combat remote attacks, with a call for “strictly enforced user credentials” to protect existing network segmentation.</p><p>One of the basic security controls mandated by many different industry data compliance standards includes the use of two-factor authentication. If the healthcare and retail industries require two-factor, then why shouldn’t the critical infrastructure industry? Any VPN or cloud-based login should be protected by two-factor authentication.</p><p>Aside from strengthening your authentication security measures, transparency into attacks and insight into the details can only help bring more awareness to information security issues. As Nextgov.com reports, government agencies aren’t required to publicly disclose breaches unless personal information has been exposed. However, this doesn’t account for breaches that may have exposed important information about nuclear power plants or other critical infrastructure data.</p><p>By employing the same authentication security measures and transparency required of other industries, CIO's at critical infrastructure companies can effectively protect themselves and consumers from potential remote attacks.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/thupham/protecting-against-critical-infrastructu#comments Business Issues CIO Leadership Technology Applications Big Data Cloud Converged Infrastructure IT Performance Mobility Security Blog-post CIO critical infrastructure Cyber security information security Risk Management Security Two Factor Authentication Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:43:13 +0000 ThuPham 10366 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Now that you can choose how to consume software, how do you decide? http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/michael-garrett/now-you-can-choose-how-consume-software <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cost will factor into your decision, but there are other dimensions to consider </div> </div> </div> <p>If you read the business and technology press, you might have the impression that the world of enterprise software is becoming entirely SaaS-based. But if you dig deeper you’ll find that the story is more complicated. Enterprises are embracing SaaS, certainly, but instead of merely looking to consume software on a subscription basis, what they’re really looking for is choice. We’re certainly seeing this with our <a href="http://hpsw.co/Ro97JzS" rel="nofollow">HP Software Professional Services customers</a>.</p><p><strong>Software that’s not one size fits all</strong></p><p>I spend a lot of my time traveling and meeting with customers. And I’m hearing choice come up as a topic again and again. We’re seeing a volume of new and innovative offerings aligned to the market—from HP Propel to Pronq. More than anything it’s an understanding of the way that customers want to consume software. It’s not one size fits all.</p><p>For instance, many customers I talk to are interested in SaaS, but they have requirements that aren’t met by a simple SaaS solution. We see this often with financial services and government. Customers want the flexibility and OPEX vs CAPEX benefits of SaaS, but it’s not suited for their environment. So they move to a managed service model.</p><p>Then we have some customers who want to buy the asset. For them it’s a competitive advantage if they own and manage it. In fact, we’re not seeing the demand for on-prem products significantly diminishing.</p><p><strong>Choosing what’s right for you</strong></p><p>Often, customers are still focused on cost when they’re choosing a software consumption model. And this is where customers have an opportunity to become savvy consumers. Because cost is certainly important, but there are other dimensions to consider. For instance, in addition to cost, you should be asking, ‘What does this give me in terms of speed, flexibility and advantage?’</p><p>SaaS becomes very compelling when you need something done quickly. Take for example, something like HP Fortify On Demand, that you can tear up and tear down quickly. Say you need to put something through on a short timeframe—you have lots of new apps you’re bringing out, so you’re going to put them through this tool online and get answers quickly. Another example of a piece of the application lifecycle that’s easy to consume in a SaaS model is <a href="https://www.pronq.com/software/agile-manager?utm_source=google&amp;utm_medium=ppc&amp;utm_term=agm&amp;utm_content=product&amp;utm_campaign=agm_awareness_brand" rel="nofollow">Agile Manager</a>. It all depends on your business objectives.</p><p>The bottom line—customers are matching consumption model to their particular environments and figuring out what nuance there is beyond cost. Right now, choice is what they’re looking for—and will be for a while</p><p>Contact <a href="http://hpsw.co/Ro97JzS" rel="nofollow">HP Software Professional Services</a> to learn more.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/michael-garrett/now-you-can-choose-how-consume-software#comments CIO Leadership IT Performance Blog-post Innovation managed service on premise SaaS software consumption models Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:21:59 +0000 Michael Garrett 10361 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com A big-picture mind-set drives automation value http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/kvdbrink/big-picture-mind-set-drives-automation-v <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Want value from automation? Then stop thinking small </div> </div> </div> <p>I often talk to <a href="http://hpsw.co/Ro97JzS" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">HP Software Professional Services</a> customers about their automation projects. Not long ago, a customer was wrestling with how to make a strong business case for automation. The client had plenty of experience with automation, but was unsure what value it brought the company.</p><p><a href="http://www8.hp.com/us/en/software-solutions/it-automation-orchestration/index.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Automation</a> can help IT navigate the roadblocks on the path to value creation. Like many IT departments, this client wasn’t paying attention to the overall view. A lot of IT shops automate a process, optimize it (then optimize again) with no regard for the big picture. An IT department might decide to adopt cloud to automate deployment. In the end, IT will have delivered the virtual machine faster than before — but that’s not the ultimate objective.</p><p>Your goal is to understand all of the processes (from start to finish) that make up your IT Value Chain and figure out where you can trim the fat. Automation brings value when you connect it to other processes.</p><p><strong>Tie ITIL to automation</strong></p><p>Suppose you are using automation to provision virtual machines. You’ll still need a change process after you’ve sped up provisioning, as you must manage the fact that something changed in production. Rather than simply automate provisioning, (automatically) connect the change process to it. The provisioning process does not become dependent on the change process; instead, change management is informed that the change happened. &nbsp;</p><p>Likewise, when you automate provisioning, your configuration management system must know where that virtual machine is, where it will be connected, and what it will be used for. So your provisioning process needs to (automatically) trigger the configuration process.</p><p>You’re likely already invested in ITIL processes. Rather than dropping them, reuse them by connecting the automation to the processes and automating as many parts of manual processes as possible, thereby getting the benefits of both worlds.</p><p>Don’t focus only on automation; look at end-to-end processes to find where you can remove waste. If you do not connect your automation with your existing ITIL processes, you’re creating siloes, and further automation of siloes won’t help. Now you’re seeing how automation makes a difference in your <a href="http://h30499.www3.hp.com/t5/Discover-Performance-Blog/Why-the-IT-Value-Chain-is-your-blueprint-for-strategically/ba-p/6298495#.U6jExblOWA4" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">IT Value Chain</a>.</p><p><strong>Best practices for automation</strong></p><p>Here’s how the customer I mentioned earlier achieved big-picture automation success— and proved its value. The customer had already automated many individual tasks, but hadn’t connected automation to existing processes. We worked with them following two best practices.</p><ul><li><strong>Measure to establish value:</strong> For an automation project, we first establish exactly how much time is spent manually. Next, we measure how long the task will take with automation in place, then compare those two measures. Finally, we consider how many times the automation has been triggered to provide metrics that prove the real benefit of automation.&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Connect the next step:</strong> Automation must either connect to something known in configuration management, or must trigger a change. There’s always a next step in the process. When our client connected the next step, they were able to get to the point where their automation improved their ITIL practice.</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>People undertake automation because they can. It only gets them so far, because they’re not contemplating how to remove waste or clear impediments that hinder value creation. Instead of automating for the sake of automation, focus on how to automate/connect to other processes in the big picture.</p><p>To learn more, download the Discover Performance ezine, which includes a piece I contributed to “<a href="http://hpsw.co/Nf83CdG" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Delivering DevOps to enterprise IT</a>,” and visit <a href="http://hpsw.co/Ro97JzS" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">HP Software Professional Services</a>.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/kvdbrink/big-picture-mind-set-drives-automation-v#comments Business Issues IT Performance Blog-post Automation automation best practices Change Management Cloud configuration management HP Software Professional Services ITIL provisioning Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:14:13 +0000 kvdbrink 10356 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Where will the cloud be by 2020? http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdodge/where-will-cloud-be-2020 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> That&#039;s our #CIOchat question for this week. Join in. </div> </div> </div> <p>Our #CIOchat question this week explores where the cloud will in 2020. The question - which is being asked in many quarters - was inspired by <a href="http://tech.co/will-cloud-computing-2020-2014-10" rel="nofollow">a post by ECF blogger Rick Delgado</a> at Tech Cocktail. There's no shortage of hyperbole about how the cloud will transform businesses in the next six short years (technology has a habit of making time go faster than many of us want).</p><p>-- Inc. says <a href="http://www.inc.com/graham-winfrey/why-the-cloud-will-transform-small-business-by-2020.html" rel="nofollow">small businesses not in the cloud</a> by 2020 will be "in the minority." And those small businesses are often enterprise customers. <a href="http://smallbiztrends.com/2014/08/by-2020-78-percent-of-small-businesses-will-use-cloud.html" rel="nofollow">Another study says 78%</a> of small businesses will have moved to the cloud by 2020.&nbsp;</p><p>-- <a href="http://h30458.www3.hp.com/media2.php/EZINE/enterprise2020/Introduction.pdf" rel="nofollow">HP says cloud and Big Data</a> will be front and center of successful enterprises by 2020.</p><p>-- Three and a half years ago, <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2513127/mobile-wireless/what-to-expect-in-cloud-based-communications-in-2020.html" rel="nofollow">Computerworld ran a story</a> that labeled cloud pervasiveness as "creepy" and "spooky." The story was based on an interview with <a href="http://www.att.com/gen/investor-relations?pid=22324" rel="nofollow">AT&amp;T CTO at the time John Donovan</a>.</p><p>Here's the thing. The year 2020 is too tempting to speculate about. You know, the 2020 vision thing. There's little doubt, the cloud will rolling along in some form by 2020, but technology has a fickle habit of morphing into something else or being completely sidestepped (remember Netbooks?).</p><p>So join our #CIOchat this Thursday from 2-3 p.m. ET ... It promises to be informative, fun and fast paced. Or if you want to go on at length, please drop a comment in at <a href="http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/question/where-will-cloud-computing-be-2020-0" rel="nofollow">our featured CIO Question</a>.</p><p><em>Follow <a href="http://www.twitter.com/ecioforum" rel="nofollow">@ecioforum</a> and <a href="http://twitter.com/thedodgeretort" rel="nofollow">@thedodgeretort</a> on Twitter.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdodge/where-will-cloud-be-2020#comments Technology Cloud Blog-post CIO Cloud Data center IT Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:56:32 +0000 jdodge 10351 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Top 5 Benefits of Enterprise Application Development for Enterprises http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/sophinadillard/top-5-benefits-enterprise-application-de <p>Business is not only buying and selling things. It’s about building a system which can make our day to day work easy for each concern team which is involved in that business and generate huge profit. Starting a business and taking it to a next level of success are two different things. Many businesses fail at a certain point because it lacks lot of things like appropriate funding, better business process and proper technology implementation etc. Business performance depends on two things; first its output (here it’s related to sales) and second is return on investment (cost to company) . At initial stage business does not require much investment but when it reaches at enterprise level as business grows it demands regular investment. For better business performance investment should be low and sales should be more. This is the point where business needs enterprise applications. Let’s see how enterprise solution can be helpful for businesses.<br /> <br /> <strong>#1.</strong></p><h2>It reduces development cost and complexity</h2><p>Most enterprises have multiple entities which separately work as a company. Developing separate application for each entity could be costly because different entities require different hardware, software and other resources. The most fascinating thing about enterprise application is that all tasks can be performed through a single application and you do not need to create a separate application for each. You get everything in a single package which can be easily handled by the all entities who are involved to form an enterprise. There are various <a href="http://www.omniesolutions.com/enterprise-platform.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">enterprise technologies</a> available and enterprises select them as per the business needs like Microsoft SharePoint, IBM WebSphere, and Siebel CRM which are used to create enterprise solutions.<br /> <br /> <strong>#2.</strong></p><h2>It simplifies the manageability</h2><p>Manageability is very important for enterprises where multiple processes work simultaneously. Creating different applications for each process can be time consuming and costly as different applications run on different hardware, software and need different resources to manage each. Enterprise application does not require separate platform to run. The whole enterprise application runs on a single platform which is easy to manage and needs less resources. <br /> <br /> For example; D&amp;M, is a privately owned electronic company headquartered in Japan, holds multiple companies. After its acquisition of many companies there were more than 200 consumer websites which were based on nine different technology platforms such as PHP, and Adobe cold fusion. It also relied on different services of multiple hosting, third-party design and development firms to maintain these websites and they were not have centralized control over their website source code or content. After implementing the legacy platform (enterprise solution), developed by an <a href="http://www.omniesolutions.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">enterprise application development company</a>, they could manage all consumer websites through a single centralized control, as per a <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Microsoft-Sharepoint-2010-For-Internet-Sites-Enterprise/DM-Holdings/Audio-Company-Enhances-Image-Cuts-Costs-with-Global-Web-Content-Management/4000010089" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">case study</a>.<br /> <br /> <strong>#3.</strong></p><h2>It helps in better business process integration</h2><p>As we know that in an enterprise business multiple processes work simultaneously. If the processes are not connected properly with each other within the system then system will not perform better. In big enterprises where multiple processes like marketing, finance, human resource and more work simultaneously it is important that each process should be connected with each other for better system performance. It is not possible through simple application but can be done through enterprise solutions. <br /> <br /> <strong>#4.</strong></p><h2>Better Centralized Control</h2><p>Another advantage of implementing an enterprise solution is its centralized data control. In general scenarios enterprises that run global business have many entities (websites) for different market segments. It is very critical and time consuming for enterprises to manage all entities at a time. In today’s business landscape enterprises have to take into consideration many aspects such as localization, collaboration, usability consistence and branding for better business growth. To manage all these things through many websites is very critical and not optimal as per current business trend. Enterprise application solutions enable enterprises to manage all these things through a single data center with minimum localized changes.<br /> <br /> <strong>#5.</strong></p><h2>Better User Experience, Collaboration and Global Brand Building</h2><p>Enterprise application provides enterprises a common infrastructure for all websites and applications. The most benefits of having a common infrastructure for all websites is greater consistence, improved navigation, better collaboration and re-usability.<br /> <br /> It is essential for enterprises who run global business to leverage the power of enterprise application solutions. Many global businesses are adopting this to reduce cost.<br /> <em><br /></em> <em>(This information is brought to you by a <a href="http://www.omniesolutions.com/" rel="nofollow">web application development company</a> providing custom web and <a href="http://www.omniesolutions.com/mobile-application-development.html" rel="nofollow">enterprise mobile application development</a> services to global business)</em></p><p><em>------------<br /></em></p><p><em>This article originally appeared at&nbsp; <a href="http://enterpriseappsential.blogspot.in/2014/10/top-5-benefits-of-enterprise.html" rel="nofollow">here</a><br /></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/sophinadillard/top-5-benefits-enterprise-application-de#comments Technology Applications Blog-post benefits of enterprise app business solutions enterprise application development Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:36:43 +0000 sophinadillard 10346 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com