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ERP Adoption Gets into the cloud

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Kevin Beasley

The adoption of cloud-based software is growing in all industries, and for the most part, the benefits are clear—cost savings and improved infrastructure management. But over the past few years, we’re seeing a significant shift to the cloud in one technology industry sector—ERP.

According to recent industry data, more and more organizations plan to move their core ERP systems to the cloud within the next few years. This increased adoption clearly indicates that the cloud has moved into the mainstream.

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Business Issues, Security

Data breaches more varied in 2013

"The year of retail data breach." Espionage on the rise, money crimes declining?

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Community Manager
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When it comes to the sheer volume of stats and information, Verizon's 2014 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) is hard to beat. It's chock full of them -- a must read for anyone in computer security.

A few things jumped out at me. Among them:

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Business Issues, Technology, Big Data, Cloud, Converged Infrastructure

Converged infrastructure: how much does it cost?

We #CIOchat Thursday, 2-3 p.m. ET. What's converged infrastructure ROI?

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What is the tipping point to invest in converged infrastructure? And when should you stand pat in your data centers?

We're going to try and figure that out in our Thursday Twitter chat this week. We chat 2-3 p.m. ET and the hashtag is #CIOchat .

Much has been written about the benefits of converged infrastructure - reduced complexity, faster deployments, ease of management, greater capacity and how it's more geared for cloud, Big Data and mobile.

But how much does it cost and how can you figure out the ROI?

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CIO Leadership, IT Performance

CIOs share on their key challenges

How well do you think they have captured their go forward challenges?

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If you ask a CIO today about their challenges, several things would clearly make the list. CIOs that I know personally are feeling a bit of Future Shock. They say that things are changing a lot faster these days than they did in the past. One CIO said to me in exasperation, “things are changing every 18 months”.

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Business Issues, Technology, Mobility, Security

5 Ways Employees Create Security Risks for Businesses

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The Target, Inc. data hack, the Heartbleed Bug---these and other security breaches serve as stark reminders for businesses of the very real risks of doing business in a web-connected world. On the upside, these high-profile hacks reinforce the dangers of cyber-attacks from without. But on the downside, they tend to distract organizations from focusing on mounting security risks caused by their own employees from within.

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CIO Leadership, IT Performance

CFO CIO relationship a case of misaligned expectations

CIOs need to know what CFOs want.

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Community Manager
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jdodge

The relationship between CFO and CIO is a study in misaligned expectations and metrics. 


Business Issues, Technology, Cloud, Security

How good, bad or in-between is cloud security?

We chat about it at 2-3 ET Thursday, #CIOchat

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Community Manager
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This week's Twitter chat (Aug. 7) will examine cloud security. The main question is "How good or bad is cloud security?"

Below are the other questions that will be posed during the hour long chat from 2-3 p.m. ET on Thursday. Hashtag is #CIOchat 

-- Are cloud security fears overblown?

-- Can private or public cloud security match or exceed inhouse data center security?

-- How much does security hinder cloud adoption? Where does security rank on the list of cloud hurdles?

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CIO Leadership, IT Performance

The changing face of the CIO

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When you talk to CIOs today, it is clear that the face of the CIO is beginning to change in significant ways. To understand the depth of this change, I recently asked CIOs four questions.

Is today’s CIO a man or a woman?

What is the average age of a CIO?

What experiences would be valuable to a future CIO?

How will the CIO role change over the next years?

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Business Issues, Technology, Security

Security #CIOchat draws record participants, Tweets

My favorite two conversations discuss CIO challenges and security resources.

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Community Manager
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Our Twitter chat on security yesterday set a record for participation. No doubt, security is top of mind for CIOs, a half dozen of which joined our chat.

We had 43 participants or about 25% more than usual and 356 Tweets when we've averaged in the neighborhood of 230 for the past few weeks. More participants are a good thing although it increases the number of cross conversations. Furious is sort of the nature of the chat beast, but the more chatsters, the merrier.


CIO Leadership, Converged Infrastructure

The anatomy of a shark and how it relates to your datacenter infrastructure

Using this metaphor could make for a killer data center.

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Metaphors can help demystify complex concepts like converged infrastructure, which is a somewhat self-defining term but at the same time a touch fuzzy.

That's why I like to compare the most productive and efficient data centers to a shark's anatomy.

Allow me to explain with these 5 quotes from the movie Jaws.

1. “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”

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