Enterprise CIO Forum - Thriving in a technology-enabled world http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/ContentVault en Living IT in the modern digital economy http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/rickblaisdell/living-it-modern-digital-economy <p>I recently had a discussion with Chris Keene from BMC. &nbsp;Chris is president of the Data Center Automation and Cloud Management product line. &nbsp;We shared common thoughts around the challenges enterprise businesses have with compliance and managing infrastructure.</p><p>Early this month the BMC team unveiled a new strategic initiative called&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bmc.com/news/press-releases/2014/Putting-People-at-the-Heart-of-IT-BMC-Unveils-Living-IT-Strategic-Initiative.html?c=n" rel="external nofollow" rel="nofollow">&nbsp;“Living IT”</a>&nbsp;with a new look and a blend of new products and initiatives that put people at the center of IT and enable business leaders to&nbsp;<strong>drive digital transformation</strong>. As you know, I am all for supporting this type of initiatives and innovations, so let me tell you more about it, and you decide if this is something worth checking out.</p><p>The “Living IT” initiative seeks to create an entirely new technology experience for employees and IT managers through smart social and collaboration tools that enhance productivity, simplify administrative tasks and enable digital services, directly engaging customers, partners and stakeholders. By matching technology to human behavior in this way, the BMC team plans to help companies&nbsp;<strong>bring IT to life</strong>&nbsp;by enhancing their existing systems, driving agility and speed, and creating greater customer value. This new strategy promises a lot of benefits, and would surely empower businesses of all sizes if it proves successful.</p><p>The Living IT initiative is rooted in a project launched in 2012 designed to re-think how IT management software works and create new approaches to solving modern IT challenges. “<em>In today’s market, companies need to rapidly transform their business models and technology systems to better compete. People are at the heart of that change. &nbsp;Our new solutions will enable customers to innovate faster, automate more, and better manage cost and complexity in an incredibly dynamic world</em>,” said Bob Beauchamp, BMC’s chairman and CEO.</p><p>In support of Living IT, the BMC team also launched several new products and methodologies designed to help IT accelerate digital innovation and “industrialize” core IT operations. You can check them all out, but here’s the one that caught my attention:</p><p><strong>Automation Passport&nbsp;</strong>is the industry’s first best practices methodology for using automation to transform the business value of IT. Basically, Automation Passport is a new automation framework that offers the tools to develop custom automation roadmaps, guidelines to maximize automation value, and access to BMC’s new Automation Center of Excellence laboratory. Until now, the users of this solution have seen excellent business results, including:</p><ul><li>5 times faster release of applications</li><li>3 times improvement in IT infrastructure cost</li><li>10 times reduction in the time required to resolve critical compliance and security issues</li></ul><p>Since its inception, BMC has invested more than $11 billion in research and development as well as grown to approximately 6,000 employees who support more than 20,000 customers across the globe. I personally think these numbers speak for their experience, so make sure to consider Living IT for your digital strategy.</p><p>Photo credit:&nbsp;https://www.flickr.com/photos/125303894@N06/14408938623/</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/rickblaisdell/living-it-modern-digital-economy#comments Technology IT Performance Blog-post cloud computing digital business digital strategy Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:00:11 +0000 RickBlaisdell 10566 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Six Barriers To Cloud http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/article/six-barriers-cloud-1 <p>Interest in the cloud is sky-high. You understand that “the cloud” can help your business become more agile, cost-effective, and innovative. In fact, your business is probably among the 81 percent of businesses that expect to deploy cloud architecture in the next five years.</p><p>Despite the potential benefits, your considerable concerns may delay or even stop you from adopting cloud in your own business today. If so, you’re not alone: only 10 percent of businesses have deployed a private cloud&nbsp;even fewer have been able to achieve a hybrid cloud.</p><p>Frost and Sullivan looks at six common objections to the cloud and how the right converged cloud system can overcome them.</p><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www8.hp.com/h20195/V2/GetDocument.aspx?docname=4AA4-9907ENW&amp;cc=us&amp;lc=en" target="_blank" class="hp_content_link">Click for Frost &amp; Sullivan Report</a> </div> </div> </div> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/article/six-barriers-cloud-1#comments Technology Cloud Converged Infrastructure HP Content cloud computing Converged Infrastructure Technical Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:15:39 +0000 crbrowning 10561 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com How the Internet of Things can improve IT’s automation efforts http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/kvdbrink/how-internet-things-can-improve-it%E2%80%99s-aut <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big Data can ease the burden of discovering, managing configurations </div> </div> </div> <p>My previous post explored how taking <a href="http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/kvdbrink/big-picture-mind-set-drives-automation-v" rel="nofollow">a big-picture approach to automation</a> can eliminate waste and drive value. Likewise, discovering and managing your configurations more effectively can save your IT organization time and money.</p><p>Unless your organization is an exception to the rule, discovery is a big hurdle for IT. I often find that, as a result of human error, organizations are woefully inadequate at discovering and managing configurations, in spite of having plenty of useful tools on hand.</p><p>It would be nice if you could apply lean principles here: If you’re doing something that’s not adding value, you simply stop doing it. But discovery and configuration management aren’t optional — they’re required, because there’re no way to maintain a huge number of configuration items manually. So how can we improve the process?</p><p><strong>Use Big Data to tackle configuration management</strong></p><p>IT should look to the Internet of Things (IoT) for a better solution to the discovery problem. IoT allows a variety of smart devices (from refrigerators to airplane engines) to beam useful, actionable data to the Internet using individual IP addresses. Not long ago, that would have been far too much data to process. Today, solutions such as HP’s <a href="http://www8.hp.com/us/en/software-solutions/big-data-platform-haven.html?jumpid=va_r11374_us/en/large/eb/go_HAVEn" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">HAVEn Big Data platform</a> can store a tremendous amount of data and still make sense of it.</p><p>Imagine applying IoT to the discovery portion of <a href="http://www8.hp.com/us/en/software-solutions/software.html?compURI=1172069#.U16-2VfUDR4" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">configuration management</a>. You could deploy something, have it automatically report measurements to a central system, then you could start to manage it because you’d know what configuration you had.</p><p>The technology to do this for infrastructure elements is already here. For instance, we already have monitoring in our environments — something that we’ve been doing for a long time. The legacy of manual provisioning means that companywide discovery continues to exist. This manual step meant it was possible to deploy something in production without IT’s knowledge. If the provisioned machine lacked an activated agent, it didn’t report on itself, so IT had to scan the network to see what was there.</p><p><strong>How IT can simplify discovery</strong></p><p>Two things must occur before IT can forget about configuration discovery.</p><ol start="1"><li><strong>Automation:</strong> Provisioning and deployment need to be completely hands-off; some refer to it as “zero touch.” If we can get to the point where nothing is manual, then we no longer need to scan the whole network. Instead, we can depend on a central system to receive information on anything that we deploy.</li><li><strong>Extended frameworks:</strong> App dev folks are familiar with frameworks, as they are used for activities such as versioning and logging. We can leverage that idea into operations by enhancing those frameworks to push the information to a central place. As soon as you instantiate something in production, that code is activated and tells you, “Here I am. This is me, and I’m instantiated because of this service. I’m running on this server or set of virtual machines, and I have this IP address,” and so forth. That information can be recorded in the configuration management database.</li></ol><p>Discovery won’t go away entirely, certainly not in the near term. I believe there will likely always be some form of discovery, but it can be simpler and applied in a much more focused way on a small part of the infrastructure. The automation that is available now — together with HAVEn technology, and the fact that you already have technology that can say, “Here I am and these are my measurements” — means that we’re getting much closer to that point.</p><p>To learn more, please visit <a href="http://hpsw.co/Ro97JzS" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">HP Software Professional Services</a>.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/kvdbrink/how-internet-things-can-improve-it%E2%80%99s-aut#comments Technology Big Data Blog-post Automation Big Data CMDB configuration management Discovery HAVEn HP Software Professional Services Internet of Things Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:08:31 +0000 kvdbrink 10546 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com 2 things IT must do to take advantage of SaaS http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/michael-garrett/2-things-it-must-do-take-advantage-saas <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> IT must be a savvy customer as the enterprise consumes software in new ways </div> </div> </div> <p>Software consumption models are changing. And as choice proliferates, enterprise IT needs to become a savvy consumer of these different models. Software as a service (SaaS), on-premise, or managed service—each has its pros and cons.</p><p>The way enterprises buy software is changing. I’ve written before about how HP is innovating to give customers choice in the way they consume software. (We also cover this topic in our new ebook, <a href="http://asp-us.secure-zone.net/v2/index.jsp?id=141/228/1243&amp;lng=en&amp;jumpid=ba_x3gzsef6id" rel="nofollow">Deliver business value</a>.) In <a href="http://hpsw.co/Ro97JzS" rel="nofollow">HP Software Professional Services</a> we advise customers on which model best suits their particular need: software as a service (SaaS), on-premise, or managed service. Each has its pros and cons, depending on your environment and the business need you’re addressing.</p><p>But look out just slightly into the future and we see that the changes wrought by SaaS—in particular the shift it enables IT to make from CapEx to OpEx—are going to have longstanding ramifications. We’re moving to a world where customers are looking to pay for what they use, and pass that model down to their business customers. Software consumption models are changing, becoming increasingly customizable and flexible.</p><p>What do these changes mean for you, and how can you best exploit them for the overall value you bring to the business? Here are two key considerations.</p><p><strong>Now more than ever, financial metrics matter</strong></p><p>IT leaders have an opportunity to drive significant change through the organisation with a pay-per-use model. But this depends on having some level of financial tracking at the service level to understand the impact of SaaS vs. on-premise on your service cost. To be successful, you need to:</p><ul><li>Understand your service cost so &nbsp;you know what you’re going to charge internally</li><li><a href="http://h30499.www3.hp.com/t5/Discover-Performance-Blog/HP-Propel-and-a-vision-for-a-next-generation-service-catalog/ba-p/6293013" rel="nofollow">Have your service catalog in place</a> so your organization can understand what your cost-per-service is</li><li>Communicate back to the business how much you’re saving and how this new model is helping to meet business goals</li></ul><p><strong><br /></strong></p><p><strong>You’re still solving the same business problem</strong></p><p>Whether you are using a pay-per-use model or a traditional software license, don’t lose sight of the overall business problem you need to solve. No matter what your consumption model is, you still need to:</p><ul><li>Consider the impact to the organisation</li><li>Address end user adoption to ensure ROI</li><li>Measure the ROI in business terms</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>For example, say you need to address incident management, and you want a SaaS solution like <a href="http://www8.hp.com/us/en/software-solutions/service-anywhere-itsm-itil-service-desk/" rel="nofollow">HP Service Anywhere</a> with the goal of cutting down the number of tickets, automating responses, and so on. But whatever model you choose, you still need to ensure your organisation has the right approach to reducing incident management costs, reducing tickets. And this is where <a href="http://hpsw.co/Ro97JzS" rel="nofollow">HP Software Professional Services</a> has the people and process expertise to help. Don’t let the novelty of pay-per-use overshadow your strategy.</p><p>In my next two blog posts I’ll write about signs that you might need a more customized solution—for example, pay-per-use or outcome-based services—as well as the success factors for deriving the most value out of the new models.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/michael-garrett/2-things-it-must-do-take-advantage-saas#comments Business Issues Applications Blog-post consumption model HP Software Professional Services IT Strategy pay per use SaaS software as a service Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:12:41 +0000 Michael Garrett 10536 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Touching down on Transformation one application at a time http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/enadhan/touching-down-transformation-one-applica <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Applications Transformation can be a competitive sport like football </div> </div> </div> <p>Denver Broncos’ quarterback, Peyton Manning threw his record-breaking 509<sup>th</sup> touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers.&nbsp; A moment of glory for Manning who would have thrown many more times out of which there were 509 glorious touchdowns.&nbsp; Applications Transformation principles are not very different.&nbsp; While business objectives drive the strategy and roadmap to get to that future state, enterprise transformation happens one application at a time – or in Manning’s words, one throw at a time.&nbsp; I am no quarterback but would like to think like one by applying similar thoughts to the game of Enterprise Transformation one application at a time – who knows, I might even score a few touch downs!</p><p>In concept, Applications Transformation can be as competitive a sport as football – even though the relative durations are significantly different.&nbsp; A <a href="http://hp.nu/B6ctz" rel="nofollow">New Style of Business Intelligence</a> is requiring enterprises to take timely action with an “<a href="http://hp.nu/CHmfR" rel="nofollow">Inner GPS</a>” for transformation.&nbsp; Competitive enterprises of the future must treat <a href="http://bit.ly/VBl79g" rel="nofollow">Applications Transformation as a continuous engine</a> just like Manning applies the factors listed below every minute of every quarter every game.</p><p><strong>1. Timing.&nbsp; </strong>Manning would have studied in an agile manner, the exact time to throw that winning pass.&nbsp; Enterprises must also drive the transformation of the right applications at the right time.&nbsp; Note that some applications may never have to be transformed.&nbsp; The ball does not have to be thrown every time.</p><p><strong>2. Attainability.&nbsp; </strong>Manning would have gauged if it was possible to reach the end zone with a single pass.&nbsp; Different applications are at different stages of transformation – some may be at the 10-yard line whereas others may have advanced to the 40-yard line.&nbsp; Enterprises must kick off those transformations with a target environment that is attainable relative to their current state.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>3. Pace.&nbsp; </strong>Manning would have controlled the trajectory and speed at which he throws the ball.&nbsp; Enterprises have to be cognizant of other in-flight projects and environmental constraints to be realistic about the pace at which the transformation can be executed.&nbsp; <strong></strong></p><p><strong>4. Partnership.&nbsp; </strong>The record-breaker went to receiver Demaryius Thomas to give the Broncos a 21-3 lead in a game Denver would go on to win 42-17.&nbsp; Not all of Manning’s throws were caught for touchdowns.&nbsp; 509 of them were because he had the right partner.&nbsp; The New Style of IT mandates an effective ecosystem of partners in the Transformation journey. Checkout my session at <a href="http://hp.nu/BPxeR" rel="nofollow">Tech Data Channel Link 2014</a> – a conference that was my first foray into football when the <a href="http://hp.nu/BS3zE" rel="nofollow">NFL CIO threw a ball for me to catch during her keynote session</a>!&nbsp; Touchdown!&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Enterprises must have a playbook like Manning’s team does.&nbsp; When it comes to Transformation, this is the roadmap that defines where they are (<em>current state</em>) and where they would like to be (<em>future state</em>).&nbsp; Winning touchdowns happen when the right throws (<em>applications</em>) are executed (<em>transformed) </em>following this playbook (<em>roadmap</em>).</p><p>What does your playbook look like?&nbsp; Can you share the successful touchdowns realized by your enterprise in the game of transformation?&nbsp; Please let me know.&nbsp;</p><p>I will take a look at your responses at half-time.</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/touching-down-transformation-one-applica#comments CIO Leadership Applications Blog-post applications modernization Applications Transformation Cloud Enterprise transformation New Style of IT Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:34:46 +0000 enadhan 10531 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Decreasing Data Breach Risks: 10 Steps For Success http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/deisner/decreasing-data-breach-risks-10-steps-su <p>According to the <a href="http://www.pwc.com/gx/en/consulting-services/information-security-survey/assets/the-global-state-of-information-security-survey-2015.pdf" rel="nofollow">Global State of Information Security 2015</a>, data breaches cost companies an average of $2.7 million each year. What's more, the total number of IT security incidents rose by almost 50 percent in 2014, while security budgets slipped. With attack numbers on the rise, budgets in decline and recovery costs skyrocketing, companies need ways to decrease risk rather than clean up the mess. Here are 10 essential steps.</p><h2><em>Look Beyond IT</em></h2><p>The first step in protecting your data is looking beyond IT silos. For example, it's a good idea to bring HR departments in on the security discussion: what's their process for an exit interview, and how are ex-employee access permissions revoked? How long does this process take? It's also important to examine how data is being used by employees off-site and beyond the control of corporate firewalls. As noted by <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/article/2175014/malware-cybercrime/focus-on-fundamentals-to-reduce-data-breaches-expert-advises.html" rel="nofollow">Network World</a>, many companies fail at this kind “asset identification” — if you don't know what's connected and who's using it, defending data becomes impossible.</p><h2><em>Minimize</em></h2><p>Ask yourself: does everything stored on your servers <em>need </em>to be there? The less files available, the smaller the impact of any data breach. Start with a review of all storage to determine what's critical for day-to-day use and what can move to cold storage. Then find a reputable vendor to move files off-site and out of harm's way.</p><h2><em>Go Cloud</em></h2><p>Choosing the cloud may not seem like the “natural” fit for data security, but offers a critical component: redundancy. In the event of data breach that damages or destroys data sets, cloud-based backups can have you up and running again in a matter of hours rather than days or weeks. It's also worth considering the cloud for full-time data storage, since the maturing market now offers a wide array of application-level security tools.</p><h2><em>Examine the Network</em></h2><p>How secure are your network endpoints? Many CIOs are confident about work they've done on “typical” network devices, but what about emerging technology like connected televisions, webcams and remote power outlets? <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/2459840/internet-of-things-devices-contain-high-number-of-vulnerabilities-study-finds.html" rel="nofollow">PCWorld</a> reports that six out of 10 IoT devices are susceptible to a host of vulnerabilities that could give malicious actors a “backdoor” into your network.</p><h2><em>What's Coming In?</em></h2><p>Even if your network is secure, it's important to know what kind of data is trying to make it past the wall. Consider spam emails. They remain a serious issue for companies thanks to malicious attachments and bogus links; as a result, it's critical to employ a robust anti-spam service that can detect suspicious emails before they reach your network and send them packing.</p><h2><em>What's Going Out?</em></h2><p>It's called “exfiltration,” and it happens when sensitive information is deliberately disseminated to third party, often using insecure transmission methods. Sometimes, this occurs thanks to a well-meaning employee who doesn't realize what they're doing is wrong; in other cases users may simply be taking shortcuts. While tracking data movement across an enterprise network is daunting, it's feasible to implement application-level controls to minimize potential risk.</p><h2><em>Test, Test, Test</em></h2><p>Regular testing is key to defending against data breaches. This means creating a schedule for attack simulation using in-house IT or hiring a reputable third party to carry out scripted attacks. The big benefit here? You find holes in your data protection system before the bad guys.</p><h2><em>Consider Payment Outsourcing</em></h2><p>Payment data is always a high-value item for attackers. To avoid the problem of payment breaches, consider outsourcing the work to experts. Not only will you get the benefit of built-in PCI compliance, but also improved security, since payments are the vendor's only focus.</p><h2><em>Look at the Supply Chain</em></h2><p>Speaking of vendors, it's important to take a hard look at your supply chain. <a href="http://www.propertycasualty360.com/2014/09/12/10-steps-to-preventing-a-data-breach-at-your-compa?t=captives&amp;page=6" rel="nofollow">Property Casualty 360</a> notes that attacks aren't isolated incidents — they're comprised of multiple events and threat vectors. Sometimes, those vectors come from insecure partner networks or third-party application code.</p><h2><em>Always Encrypt</em></h2><p>Always. This includes not only data “at rest” but data in motion, and if your company sends personal information within the local network, consider encrypting email as well — this is especially critical if you make use of Wi-Fi hotspots.</p><p>While it may not be possible to eliminate the risk of a data breach, these 10 essential steps offer a way to significantly decrease your risk.&nbsp;</p><p><strong><em><br /></em></strong></p><p><em><strong>Author Bio:</strong></em></p><p><em>David Eisner is the President and CEO of <a href="http://www.dataprise.com" rel="nofollow">Dataprise</a>, headquartered in Rockville, MD. Dataprise is the leading provider of cloud computing and IT services to businesses of all sizes.</em></p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/deisner/decreasing-data-breach-risks-10-steps-su#comments Business Issues CIO Leadership Technology Big Data Cloud IT Performance Security Blog-post data breach Data security IT security Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:26:26 +0000 deisner 10526 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Big Data critical to remaining competitive http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdodge/big-data-critical-remaining-competitive <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We chat about analytics and Big Data 2-3 p.m. ET Thursday. </div> </div> </div> <p><span style="line-height: 1.4em;">Is <a href="http://bit.ly/1qJNQtv">Big Data</a>&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4em;">catching on or does confusion and entropy remain its biggest challenges? Could it be both in that companies recognize the "urgency" to fully exploit analytics and Big Data, but have yet to get their acts together.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.4em;">That will be our #CIOchat question this week: Is <a href="http://bit.ly/1oqZrPw">Big Data catching on</a> or is it moving too slow? We chat 2-3 pm ET Thursday, hashtag #CIOchat .</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.4em;">A <a href="http://www.accenture.com/us-en/Pages/insight-industrial-internet-competitive-landscape-industries.aspx">new joint study</a> by Accenture and General Electric - <a href="http://www.accenture.com/SiteCollectionDocuments/PDF/Accenture-Industrial-Internet-Changing-Competitive-Landscape-Industries.pdf">Industrial Internet Insights Report</a> - examines Big Data in industrial settings and healthcare. Sometimes, we generalize without noticing that the needs of different industry sectors and companies are rarely the same. Industry uniqueness has been mentioned several times in our #CIOchats .</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.4em;">Here's some of the survey's key finding:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.4em;">-- 89% of the respondents recognize they could lose market share momentum if they do not adopt a Big Data strategy while 87% said it will "shift the competitive landscapes" within three years.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.4em;">-- Despite the urgency (Half of the healthcare respondents said they are investing 10-20% of their tech budgets in analytics and Big Data.), obstacles to adoption remain. Just over a third said system issues between departments hinder data collection and correlation. Another 44% said they are concerned about data leaks and cyber attacks.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.4em;">It should be noted I could not find how many folks were interviewed or how they responded to the survey. However, there are powerful quotes from more than a handful of CIOs and analytics influencers. Here's one.&nbsp;</span></p> <blockquote> <p><span style="line-height: 1.4em;">For Big Data initiatives, we do it ourselves and rely on vendors. We look for systems integrators and partners who both understand operations and bring analytics resources to bear." &nbsp;-- Fred Ehlers, VP, network and service management, Norfold Southern (railroad)&nbsp;</span></p> </blockquote> <p><span style="line-height: 1.4em;">Check out the survey and better yet join our #CIOchat Thursday. </span><a href="http://www.accenture.com/us-en/Pages/insight-industrial-internet-competitive-landscape-industries.aspx" style="line-height: 1.4em;">Click here</a><span style="line-height: 1.4em;"> for the survey's recomendations.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.4em;"><em>Follow <a href="http://www.twitter.com/ecioforum">@ecioforum</a> and <a href="http://www.twitter.com/thedodgeretort">@thedodgeretort</a> on Twitter.</em> &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdodge/big-data-critical-remaining-competitive#comments CIO Leadership Big Data Cloud Security Blog-post Accenture analytics Big Data Business Intelligence CIO Cloud GE IT Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:01:27 +0000 jdodge 10521 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Best Salesforce Training in Chennai http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/mathews123/best-salesforce-training-chennai <p>The introduction cloud technology changed the business process into virtual world. 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This system delivers enhanced customer relation management through cloud technology</p><p>&nbsp;Salesforce is a web based software and cloud computing company very renowned for customer relationship management (CRM) product. &nbsp;This CRM product was founded by Oracle Marc Benioff and Parker Harris in the 1999 and specializes in SaaS (Software as a Service) to assist users to manage all their business like such as marketing campaign, tracking amount spend, sales and evaluating business performance.<strong> </strong>It is the suite of CRM product that helps business organization to function efficiently and profitably. This system works like Siebel runs in a distributed client/server environment and tracking customer details in addition to sales.</p><p>Like all CRM software, Salesforce capture and organizes information and communication from employee and customer details across several departments in a company. This system is employed in CRM management and marketing that assist automates business function. Often, this CRM product is linked with marketing information system. Salesforce management systems are called as Salesforce automation system (SFA). This system automatically will record sales process, employee details and other information in an organization. SFA comprises contact management system that track contact made with customer, purpose of contact and follow up, if required. This product makes sure that the sales efforts are nor duplicated and eliminate the risk of irritating customers.</p><p>Salesforce automation system include lead tracking system, business function and employee performance. Every business organization starts with foundation of excellent customer relationship. Seller need to connect with potential buyer for your product. As your company grows, your business connection grows significantly. You can handle huge connection across time within each company. You need to share information with your employees and making contact with consumers. CRM system can serve as effective tool to manage as many connections in a growing company. For small business enterprise, CRM system can simply store your business details on cloud. You can access real time and across any device.</p><p>Salesforce CRM system will grow with your business will advanced features to assist team connect with colleagues, potential customers, send customized email and get insights from social media conversation. Salesforce is leading CRM and cloud computing software available in the market. Now, this system has more than 800 applications in 16 languages. This SaaS platform is specially designed for sales and marketing professionals. It is a cloud based (web) software available for sales management, projections, marketing plans, employee management, knowledge management, partner relationships, service, support, analytics and customer application development. The application can be customized based on each business organization needs and requirements. Nowadays, most of the companies used cloud technology to power their business and expenditure. FITA is reputed institute offer <a href="http://www.fita.in/cloud-computing-training-in-chennai/" rel="nofollow"><strong>Salesforce Training Institutes In Chennai</strong></a> offer professional training through industrial experts with 100% placement assistance.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/mathews123/best-salesforce-training-chennai#comments Technology Services Blog-post Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:57:30 +0000 mathews123 10516 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com 3 Ways Cloud Computing Rocks the World http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/terencengai/3-ways-cloud-computing-rocks-world <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In this post, I’d like to share what I consider some of the most interesting uses of cloud, and how they help enterprises achieve faster time to market, increase customer engagement, and drive revenue. </div> </div> </div> <p>Cloud computing is driving change in all aspects of business, large and small. Some of the most common uses include dev/test, data archiving, storage, and disaster recovery. Everyone is familiar with SaaS players such as Salesforce and Workday and storage options such as Google Drive, iCloud, OneDrive, and Dropbox. Cloud-based collaboration tools such as Mikogo and Vyew are proliferating as well. &nbsp;In this post, I’d like to share what I consider some of the most interesting uses of cloud, and how they help enterprises achieve faster time to market, increase customer engagement, and drive revenue.</p><p>Cloud plays a pivotal role in each of these customer stories:</p><ul><li><strong>Retail.</strong> Stores deploy cloud-based real-time analytics and customer profiles to operate more efficiently and boost customer interaction.</li><li><strong>Health care and life sciences.</strong> Pharmaceutical companies leverage cloud to accelerate research and diagnoses.</li><li><strong>Counterfeit detection:</strong> The risk of fraud threatens a staggering number of goods. An <a href="http://www8.hp.com/us/en/software-solutions/product-authentication-anti-counterfeit-services/index.html#.VDhLL7l0ygQ" rel="nofollow">HP Helion cloud-based solution</a> can help customers tell if they’re purchasing the real McCoy.</li></ul><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Using intelligence to drive sales</strong></p><p>Few things are more frustrating than walking into a store and discovering that the advertised item you specifically came to purchase is out of stock. No store manager wants that scenario either, because it could mean more than just one lost sale; it could result in a lost customer. Every day, retails stores rely on cloud-based inventory systems to avoid such situations.</p><p>If you’re a district manager for a retail outlet such as Costco or Walmart, you need to know as close to real-time as possible when items on your shelves are running low. Rather than relying on manual methods such as spreadsheet and email and waiting for a manager to consolidate orders, you can use cloud applications to aggregate data and automate the business process.&nbsp;</p><p>Cloud can also drive customer engagement in retail stores. Imagine walking through the door of a department store and being greeted by a salesperson who knows which items the store has in stock that specifically match your preferences.</p><p>Stores in major metropolitan areas such as New York City and San Francisco have begun using Apple’s iBeacon iOS location awareness feature during the holidays to send product recommendations, discounts, and rewards to customers’ iPhones. Using the cloud, the store combines customers’ purchasing data with available inventory to create the offers.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Boosting research</strong></p><p>Another great story that grabbed me is the way life sciences and pharmaceutical firms are driving potentially life-changing research via cloud. By using a scale-out cloud architecture to build and then refresh a database, a pharmaceutical firm is able to perform predictive analysis to render fast cancer diagnoses. The company couldn’t afford the capital necessary to build such a massive database on premises, but cloud makes it feasible for the firm to refresh that database every month or so.</p><p>Cloud also enables the pharmaceutical industry to sequence DNA, manage clinical trials, and run analysis on the efficacy of molecules and drugs. These are highly computational-intensive models that require extremely large sets of compute and storage resources on a dynamic basis. Without the scalable and flexible nature of cloud computing, this research would be prohibitively expensive to implement.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Thwarting counterfeiters</strong></p><p>Counterfeit goods ranging from prescription drugs and consumer electronics to safety products such as bicycle helmets and vehicle airbags can jeopardize your brand reputation and endanger consumers. According to the <a href="https://www.uschamber.com/press-release/chamber-urges-lawmakers-combat-counterfeiting" rel="nofollow">U.S. Chamber of Commerce</a>, counterfeit goods account for six to nine percent of all world trade and that number is rising.</p><p>The <a href="http://www8.hp.com/us/en/software-solutions/product-authentication-anti-counterfeit-services/" rel="nofollow">HP Global Product Authentication Service</a> is a cloud-based solution that enables customers to use their smartphones to scan product labels and determine if products such as PCs and printer ink cartridges are legitimate HP products. Businesses can use the system to track and authenticate virtually any product.</p><p>Because the solution resides in the cloud, businesses can implement it in a number of hours, with no disruption to the supply chain. A dashboard enables you to pinpoint which products scammers are counterfeiting, how many, and where they’re being distributed. Deploying the product enables you to protect your brand, increase market share, and improve revenue and profitability.</p><p>In my next post I’ll provide more stories about novel uses of cloud.</p><p>What’s the most intriguing use for cloud you’ve seen? Please share your idea in the comments section below. To learn how a trusted partner can help your enterprise develop an innovative use for cloud, please visit <a href="http://www.hp.com/helion" rel="nofollow">www.hp.com/helion</a></p><div><div><p>&nbsp;</p></div></div><div class="field field-type-emvideo field-field-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOQEvOYT7Tc </div> </div> </div> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/terencengai/3-ways-cloud-computing-rocks-world#comments CIO Leadership Cloud Blog-post cloud computing HP Helion hybrid cloud managed cloud private cloud public cloud use cases Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:47:21 +0000 terencengai 10511 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com The Best Defense for Open Source Security: Offense http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/billledingham/best-defense-open-source-security-offens <p>It doesn’t take much more than a glance at the news to learn that cyber attacks have advanced far beyond the phishing and linkbait methods of years past. As enterprise technologies have progressed in their capabilities and complexities, so have today’s attackers. They always seem to be one step ahead of organizations. The more interconnected technology becomes, the more vulnerable it is to attacks. For professionals in software development, this reality hit home with the discovery of the OpenSSL <a href="http://heartbleed.com/" rel="nofollow">Heartbleed</a> bug, and it has since been amplified by the finding of the <a href="http://www.blackducksoftware.com/shellshock" rel="nofollow">Bash Shellshock bug</a>.</p><p>After a critical security vulnerability is identified, it’s crucial for companies to quickly determine what potentially exposed code they have in use, where it is being used and which products are affected. Since many organizations struggle to track all their internal, third-party and open source code, it can be extremely difficult and time consuming to achieve instantaneous visibility into their code base. Every minute a company spends scrambling to understand what code needs to be fixed is another minute they delay implementing a solution, leaving them vulnerable to attack.</p><p><strong>The Best Defense is a Good Offense</strong></p><p><strong></strong>It’s nearly impossible for an organization to become totally immune to attacks. That said, the best defense is a good offense. Putting best practices and processes in place to protect against attacks means &nbsp;implementing proper tracking and monitoring of your code base, which secures applications and makes it easier to identify and remediate vulnerabilities.</p><p>Most of today’s software innovations are driven by the ubiquitous, dynamic growth in open source software (OSS) development. Companies of every size, across all industries, use open source components to save money and time while delivering higher-quality products. This growth in OSS can introduce new security challenges.</p><p>With corporate participation at an all-time high, open source communities are more active than ever, meaning code is in a constant state of flux. Security updates, bug fixes and modifications occur continually. It’s important to maintain the latest versions of open source components to avoid required updates further along in the build process. Development teams must also verify that they have the latest versions before shipping any applications.</p><p>Establishing an automated process for tracking, approving, cataloging and monitoring the flow of open source throughout your organization is another critical step in safeguarding software applications. It’s processes like these that companies turned to in the wake of Heartbleed to quickly determine their level of exposure. Without comprehensive control over OSS usage across your enterprise, it will take much more time for your team to address critical security issues.</p><p><strong>What Can I Do Now?</strong></p><p><strong></strong>If you’ve now decided you need more insight into how your organization is verifying, tracking and maintaining its codebase, the good news is there are steps you can take today to begin this process. </p><p>The first and most important step is to gain visibility into your code. Your team should be able to determine:</p><ul><li>What components are current in use throughout the organization?</li><li>Where are these components being used?</li><li>Are we running the latest versions of all these components?</li><li>Do any of these components contain known vulnerabilities?</li><li>If vulnerabilities are identified, are there patches available?</li></ul><p><br />Next, prioritization is key. Assess your environment to see where potential security, license, or operational risks lie and which vulnerabilities pose the greatest threat. Is your customer’s data exposed? Are there instances that put your IP at risk? Asking these questions can help you determine what needs to be addressed first.</p><p><strong>Safeguarding Your Future</strong></p><p><strong></strong>Once you’ve identified and remediated immediate security concerns, standards processes for code management and vulnerability monitoring must be put in place. Implementing automated controls on the flow of OSS code throughout the software development lifecycle is a critical step. This provides your team with the visibility and insight needed to determine mitigation priorities and plans. This process should include efforts such as the following:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><p>Establish and maintain a code catalog to enable fast and easy identification and tracking of specific open source components in use throughout your applications</p></li><li><p>Automatically factor vulnerability data – from sources like the <a href="https://www.blackducksoftware.com/solutions/open-source-security/nvd" rel="nofollow">National Vulnerability Database</a> – into your open source approval process</p></li><li><p>Regularly check code for updated versions throughout the build process</p></li><li><p>Audit code to detect and ensure license and encryption export compliance</p></li><li><p>Scan and test components before code deployments and delivery</p></li></ul><p>Automating these key processes will help to safeguard your software and streamline development by promoting code reuse and freeing your development team up to focus on innovating.</p><p><strong>Conclusion</strong></p><p><strong></strong>Actively mitigating security, operational and license risks should be a chief concern of all modern enterprises. Unverified or out-of-date code can greatly increase your exposure to vulnerabilities that may cause your systems to become compromised, customer data to be leaked and/or product shipments to be delayed or recalled.</p><p>Instituting automated code cataloging, monitoring and security processes throughout the development lifecycle will help to provide the control and visibility necessary to ensure license compliance, reduce risk and increase the quality and performance of your software components.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/billledingham/best-defense-open-source-security-offens#comments Technology Security Blog-post Heartbleed IT Management Open Source Security Shellshock Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:43:06 +0000 Bill_Ledingham 10506 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com How IT can achieve the managed state of application health monitoring http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/gerben-verstraete/how-it-can-achieve-managed-state-applica <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Follow these 3 steps to get visibility across business units </div> </div> </div> <p>The business wants two things from IT: agility and reassurance. They want to know that systems are working, IT is ready for spikes in capacity, and crucial applications are always performing as expected. To prove its worth to the business, IT must be able to demonstrate that applications are in good health.</p><p>Many IT shops, however, struggle to achieve such a high level of visibility. An IT organization that’s busy keeping the lights on can’t spare a team of people to focus solely on application health; yet not developing that level of insight has consequences.</p><p>Other IT organizations might offer individual business units (BUs) application monitoring and event consolidation, but until you can do that <em>across</em> BUs, your application health is tenuous. Without that insight, a catastrophic network outage — to your revenue-generating systems, for example — would take IT far longer to troubleshoot and restore.</p><p><strong>Mapping your path to a managed state </strong></p><p>To achieve cross-BU visibility, follow three important steps:</p><ul><li><strong>Model services.</strong> Start by introducing standards around your application monitoring tools and establish a set of defined requirements. When you approach application modeling and application monitoring as disciplines, you can begin to manage services across lines of business (LOBs). In a perfect world, you would manage across all of your BUs, although the scale of operations might make that goal unrealistic. Still, you must build up that lighthouse.</li><li><strong>Integrate processes.</strong> After the pieces are in place, start integrating processes such as application performance management, configuration management, event management, system management, and network management. It’s here that you will begin to get control of services across BUs. In <a href="http://hpsw.co/Ro97JzS" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">HP Software</a> Professional Services, we call this the <a href="http://h30499.www3.hp.com/t5/Discover-Performance-Blog/Want-an-end-to-end-view-of-your-business-applications-Learn-how/ba-p/6500176#.U4_wQLlOWA4" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">managed phase</a> of IT operations.</li><li><strong>Participate in business planning.</strong> At this stage, IT is developing a better understanding of the business. With applications in control, IT can say, "This is how the applications are behaving." Going a step further, IT can help with business planning. By tracking loss avoidance, IT can prove increased availability to the business and proactively participate in conversations about planning for new business demands.</li></ul><p><strong><br /></strong></p><p><strong>React more swiftly</strong></p><p>In the managed phase, IT can monitor user behavior and offer instant feedback. For example, if IT sees that users are having trouble clicking at a certain stage in a mobile app, IT can tell the app dev team to simplify that step.</p><p>When events are under control and you're modeling services, you can understand the business effect when something happens. You can troubleshoot and restore systems faster, as well as anticipate service impacts before they occur.</p><p>To learn how you can achieve service-centric operations, <a href="https://h30496.www3.hp.com/connect/sessionDetail.ww?SESSION_ID=3172" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">come to my session at HP Discover 2014 Barcelona Dec. 2-4</a>. Meanwhile, download the HP Software Professional Services ebook, "<a href="http://asp-us.secure-zone.net/v2/index.jsp?id=141/228/1243&amp;lng=en&amp;jumpid=ba_x3gzsef6id" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Deliver business value</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/gerben-verstraete/how-it-can-achieve-managed-state-applica#comments Business Issues Applications Blog-post application monitoring BSM Business Service Management HP Discover HP Software Professional Services IT operations management predictive services Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:09:39 +0000 Gerben Verstraete 10501 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Cloud will be dominant by 2020 http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdodge/cloud-will-be-dominant-2020 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> So sayeth the #CIOchat Twitter chat. </div> </div> </div> <p>There used to be a saying that no one ever got fired for buying IBM. Six year hence, that same saying might be applied to the cloud. No ever ever got fired for buying the cloud. More to the point, someone will get fired for NOT buying the cloud.</p> <p>That was the consensus of our Twitter chat last Thursday asking <a href="http://h30499.www3.hp.com/t5/HP-Software-EMEA-Partner-Blog/How-will-Cloud-be-different-in-2020-than-today/ba-p/5706049#.VEVKcSldWyc">where will the cloud be by 2020</a>?</p> <p>We were a little lighter than normal with participation with several CIOs apologizing that they had conflicts and shall return this week. We had 27 participants who banged out 142 Tweets.</p> <p>Yes, everyone believes <a href="http://h20435.www2.hp.com/t5/HP-BusinessReady/Tech-trends-in-2020-Personalising-the-power-of-the-cloud/ba-p/89944#.VEVLSSldWyc">the cloud will dominate by 2020</a> although there was allusion to the idea that high tech often provides the unexpected and that we'd seen this act before. To wit this tweet from <a href="https://twitter.com/katweasle">@katweasle</a>&nbsp;.</p> <div id="tweet_103407831_522820116489445376" class="_message message "> <div class="-messageBody"> <p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent"><span style="line-height: 1.4em;">"Yes, we are almost back to the [Service] Bureau Computing model - history is repeating itself :)"&nbsp;</span><a href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" title="CIOChat" class="_quickSearchPopup hash" style="line-height: 1.4em;">#CIOChat</a></p> <p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent">And yes, you probably have to be at least 40 to remember what a service bureau company was. Think Automated Data Processing, the poster child for service bureaus and more or less a model for cloud companies.&nbsp;</p> <p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent">Here's a couple of interesting conversations:</p> <p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent"><strong>Conversation 1 - hybrid is the model</strong></p> <div id="tweet_103407831_522819517433794560" class="_message message isRetweet _isRetweet "> <div class="-messageBody"> <div id="tweet_103407831_522820506865917952" class="_message message "> <div class="-messageConversation"> <div id="tweet_103407831_522820449039040513" class="_message message "> <div class="-messageBody"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/2544916053/image_normal.jpg" alt="" class="networkAvatar isLoaded" /><a href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" title="katweasle" class="_username networkName _userInfoPopup">katweasle</a><span class="messageDescription"><a href="http://twitter.com/katweasle/status/522820449039040513" target="_blank" class="postTime _postPermalink _postTime">Oct 16, 2:44pm via Twitter for iPad</a></span> <p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent">@<a href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" title="Thedodgeretort" class="_userInfoPopup _twitter">Thedodgeretort</a>&nbsp;Hi John, today hybrid is still an assemble it yourself model, hybrid in 2020 will be seamlessly interoperable&nbsp;<a href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" title="ciochat" class="_quickSearchPopup hash">#ciochat</a></p> </div> <div class="-messageConversation"><a href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" class="showConversation _closeReplyTo">Hide conversation</a> <div class="_previousTweets previousMessages"> <div class="_comment comment"><img src="https://df9hgdowc06if.cloudfront.net/http%3A%2F%2Fpbs.twimg.com%2Fprofile_images%2F378800000425113182%2F8118df59baa04118c90dabceb8ffd107_normal.jpeg" alt="efeatherston" class="networkAvatar" /> <p class="commentContent"><span class="_username networkName _userInfoPopup" title="efeatherston">efeatherston</span>&nbsp;A: If a form of cloud is dominant in 2020, I'm inclined to believe it will be hybrid, as a single way never works for all&nbsp;<a href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" title="ciochat" class="_quickSearchPopup hash">#ciochat</a><span class="date">2:39pm, Oct 16 from TweetChat powered by oneQube</span></p> </div> <div class="_comment comment"><img src="https://df9hgdowc06if.cloudfront.net/http%3A%2F%2Fpbs.twimg.com%2Fprofile_images%2F2544916053%2Fimage_normal.jpg" alt="katweasle" class="networkAvatar" /> <p class="commentContent"><span class="_username networkName _userInfoPopup" title="katweasle">katweasle</span>&nbsp;<span class="at">@</span><a href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" title="efeatherston" class="_userInfoPopup">efeatherston</a>&nbsp;Yes, hybrid will be the model, remember not all clouds are created equal&nbsp;<a href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" title="CIOchat" class="_quickSearchPopup hash">#CIOchat</a><span class="date">2:40pm, Oct 16 from Twitter for iPad</span></p> </div> <div class="_comment comment"><img src="https://df9hgdowc06if.cloudfront.net/http%3A%2F%2Fpbs.twimg.com%2Fprofile_images%2F426180744856092672%2FZWu4Kl5H_normal.png" alt="Thedodgeretort" class="networkAvatar" /> <p class="commentContent"><span class="_username networkName _userInfoPopup" title="Thedodgeretort">Thedodgeretort</span>&nbsp;<span class="at">@</span><a href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" title="katweasle" class="_userInfoPopup">katweasle</a>&nbsp;Welcome, Mateen. That's true now. Nothing true now in tech will be true in 2020.&nbsp;<a href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" title="CIOchat" class="_quickSearchPopup hash">#CIOchat</a><span class="date">2:42pm, Oct 16 from Hootsuite</span></p> </div> <div class="_comment comment originalComment"><strong>Conversation 2 - Cloud will be assumed in 2020</strong></div> <div class="_comment comment originalComment"> <div id="tweet_103407831_522812170187587584" class="_message message "> <div class="-messageBody"><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/1453344096/EG_normal.jpg" alt="" class="networkAvatar isLoaded" /><a href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" title="NadhanEG" class="_username networkName _userInfoPopup">NadhanEG</a><span class="messageDescription"><a href="http://twitter.com/NadhanEG/status/522812170187587584" target="_blank" class="postTime _postPermalink _postTime">Oct 16, 2:11pm via TweetChat powered by oneQube</a></span> <p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent">. @<a href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" title="Thedodgeretort" class="_userInfoPopup _twitter">Thedodgeretort</a>&nbsp;Cloud will become the ingredient of larger solutions rather than being the solution itself in 2020&nbsp;<a href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" title="ciochat" class="_quickSearchPopup hash">#ciochat</a></p> </div> <div class="-messageConversation"><a href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" class="showConversation _closeReplyTo">Hide conversation</a> <div class="_previousTweets previousMessages"> <div class="_comment comment"><img src="https://d2zfw9brtww0cv.cloudfront.net/http%3A%2F%2Fpbs.twimg.com%2Fprofile_images%2F1453344096%2FEG_normal.jpg" alt="NadhanEG" class="networkAvatar" /> <p class="commentContent"><span class="_username networkName _userInfoPopup" title="NadhanEG">NadhanEG</span>&nbsp;A.1.&nbsp;<a href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" title="Cloud" class="_quickSearchPopup hash">#Cloud</a>&nbsp;will be such an integral part of our enabling infrastructure that we would have stopped talking about it in&nbsp;<a href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" title="2020" class="_quickSearchPopup hash">#2020</a>&nbsp;<a href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" title="ciochat" class="_quickSearchPopup hash">#ciochat</a><span class="date">2:06pm, Oct 16 from TweetChat powered by oneQube</span></p> </div> <div class="_comment comment"><img src="https://df9hgdowc06if.cloudfront.net/http%3A%2F%2Fpbs.twimg.com%2Fprofile_images%2F426180744856092672%2FZWu4Kl5H_normal.png" alt="Thedodgeretort" class="networkAvatar" /> <p class="commentContent"><span class="_username networkName _userInfoPopup" title="Thedodgeretort">Thedodgeretort</span>&nbsp;<span class="at">@</span><a href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" title="NadhanEG" class="_userInfoPopup">NadhanEG</a>&nbsp;Stopped talking?! Never.&nbsp;<a href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" title="CIOchat" class="_quickSearchPopup hash">#CIOchat</a><span class="date">2:07pm, Oct 16 from Hootsuite</span></p> </div> <div class="_comment comment"><img src="https://d2zfw9brtww0cv.cloudfront.net/http%3A%2F%2Fpbs.twimg.com%2Fprofile_images%2F1453344096%2FEG_normal.jpg" alt="NadhanEG" class="networkAvatar" /> <p class="commentContent"><span class="_username networkName _userInfoPopup" title="NadhanEG">NadhanEG</span>&nbsp;.&nbsp;<span class="at">@</span><a href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" title="Thedodgeretort" class="_userInfoPopup">Thedodgeretort</a>&nbsp;OK. Some talk, may be. I agree. But lot less discussion, debate etc. It will define the IT environment around us.&nbsp;<a href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" title="ciochat" class="_quickSearchPopup hash">#ciochat</a><span class="date">2:09pm, Oct 16 from TweetChat powered by oneQube</span></p> </div> <div class="_comment comment"><img src="https://df9hgdowc06if.cloudfront.net/http%3A%2F%2Fpbs.twimg.com%2Fprofile_images%2F426180744856092672%2FZWu4Kl5H_normal.png" alt="Thedodgeretort" class="networkAvatar" /> <p class="commentContent"><span class="_username networkName _userInfoPopup" title="Thedodgeretort">Thedodgeretort</span>&nbsp;<span class="at">@</span><a href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" title="NadhanEG" class="_userInfoPopup">NadhanEG</a>&nbsp;It would so, but what else might come along instead?&nbsp;<a href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" title="CIOchat" class="_quickSearchPopup hash">#CIOchat</a><span class="date">2:10pm, Oct 16 from Hootsuite</span></p> <p class="commentContent"><em><span class="date">Follow <a href="http://www.twitter.com/ecioforum">@ecioforum</a> and <a href="http://www.twitter.com/thedodgeretort">@thedodgeretort</a> in Twitter.</span></em></p> <p class="commentContent"><em><span class="date"><br /></span></em></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdodge/cloud-will-be-dominant-2020#comments Technology Cloud Security Blog-post CIO Cloud Data center HP IT Security Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:45:52 +0000 jdodge 10496 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com 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. That’s the responsibility of your cloud partner, and you better trust him, or change supplier.</p><p>Tags:&nbsp;<a href="http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/tag/Application/tg-p" rel="nofollow">Application</a>|&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/Infrastructure/tg-p" rel="nofollow">Infrastructure</a>|&nbsp;<a href="http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/tag/migration/tg-p" rel="nofollow">migration</a>|&nbsp;<a href="http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/tag/Service/tg-p" rel="nofollow">Service</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/172176/user-scope/all/tag-scope/all/timerange/all/tag-visibility-scope/all" rel="nofollow">View All (7)</a>&nbsp;</p><p>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 class="field field-type-filefield field-field-document"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/sites/default/files/document/HPcioCloud%20Services%20TD1-rev1%20%281%29.pdf </div> </div> </div> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/christian/why-infrastructure-teams-should-not-lead#comments Business Issues Cloud Blog-post CIO Cloud Data center HP IaaS IT Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:25:45 +0000 Christian 10481 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com What you can learn about Big Data from Facebook http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/michael-garrett/what-you-can-learn-about-big-data-facebo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Social Network&#039;s CIO shares approach to biz data </div> </div> </div> <p>Many enterprises are still in the beginning stages of their Big Data journey. 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. 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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 CIOs face and how they are addressing them. </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. 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