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Technology, Cloud

Common Challenges Of Private Cloud Implementations

Blog-post by Rick Blaisdell, Thu, 09/19/2013 - 15:00

According to IDC, the global market for private cloud computing is expected to increase by 60% and reach 12 billion dollars by 2014, and approximately 44% of companies consider implementing a private cloud solution.

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Business Issues, Technology, Applications, Cloud, IT Infrastructure, IT Performance, Services

The Next Wave of Cloud

Blog-post by David Grimes, Wed, 09/18/2013 - 18:02
David Grimes

The next two years will be an exciting period of innovation for cloud computing, especially as more and more businesses fully realize the advantages of adopting cloud services. While cloud’s appeal originally stemmed from the potential to reduce IT infrastructure costs, today’s cloud technology is increasingly adding value through its ability to drive business growth. The next wave of cloud is a huge turning point for businesses that now have the opportunity to transform their entire approach to IT.

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Technology, Cloud, Services

"All in" and the's happening in vendors quarters

Community Video by John Dodge, Tue, 09/17/2013 - 17:50

Enterprise CIO Forum community manager John Dodge asks why companies can't go "all in" with the cloud. It might not be practical now, but in a few years, we may look back and reminisce about days when apps were not in the cloud. Are vendors leading the way?

System thinking in the Cloud world



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CIO Leadership, Cloud

When biz asks for a cloud solution, IT must first ask for the problem

Regardless of who’s clamoring for cloud, expectations must be managed—and it’s up to IT to lead the conversation

Blog-post by Alec Wagner, Tue, 09/17/2013 - 16:59
Alec Wagner

How many of you have seen this train wreck before? A vendor offers up a jaw-dropping demo of the latest and greatest life-changing solution (cloud, for example) that wows stakeholders. Expectations soar, users are atwitter with anticipation—then after the rollout, users feel like their cloud in shining armor is no more useful (or even more useless) than the traditional solution it replaced. That’s when the situation can turn really ugly, devolving into ugly “we said/they said” spats between business and IT leaders.

Business Issues, Big Data, Services

Big data scoring big in pro football

"Grit quotient"

Blog-post by John Dodge, Tue, 09/17/2013 - 12:37

Football is all about speed, size and hits. That's true, but add big data to the list.

An article at shows how big data is revolutioning the NFL. Big data drives Fantasy Football and fan engagement. It helps coaches and players gain an edge. Says former star wide reciever Jerry Rice:

CIO Leadership, Cloud, Services

Federal government "ripe for for shared services"

Has the cloud initiative stalled? Turf battles rage.

Blog-post by John Dodge, Mon, 09/16/2013 - 18:54

I have been wondering how much progress has been made in the federal government's bold cloud computing intiative announced just around the the Enterprise CIO Forum launched in early 2011. The first federal CIO Vivek Kindra announced data center consolidation and a massive migration to cloud computing with great fanfare and his predecessor Steven VanRoekel vowed to continue it.

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Technology, Cloud, Services

Recent research indicates that complexity inherent in existing systems is inhibiting widespread cloud adoption

Quick Post by John Dodge, Mon, 09/16/2013 - 15:35

DaVinci said simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Such an observation couldn't be truer when it comes to cloud.

NTT conducted research in Europe that says complexity is the biggest obstacle to cloud adoption. The attached and lengthy article (second link  below) blames the inability to integrate applications in the cloud to misaligned expectations between vendor and customer.

Technology, Applications

5 ERP Articles Every CIO Should Read This Week

Blog-post by Adam Bluemner, Fri, 09/13/2013 - 21:39

Looking to keep up with ERP conversation, but wish it were easier to sift through to the insights that matter?  The five articles listed below each offer something unique and useful to the ERP discussion and are worth your attention.  

1. "Cloud ERP Helps Company Track Inventory"

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CIO Leadership, Cloud, IT Performance

If I Only Had the Nerve: Helping Insurance CIOs Manage Expectations

Brave New World for insurance CIOs

Quick Post by John Dodge, Fri, 09/13/2013 - 17:19

CIOs in the insurance industry do not sound like a happy lot, according to the attached column by insurance CIO consultant Frank Petersmark. They've been in "maintenance" mode (read: cost control) for years, but given the changing technology landscape, they can no longer afford to be, argues Petersmark.

They need to take risks and exploit new technology that is commonplace in other industries.     

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Technology, Cloud, Services

How to lose the cloud chasm between executives and IT

"Think of IT as a service." Involve IT.

Blog-post by John Dodge, Fri, 09/13/2013 - 14:19

There's several things in the attached column (second link below) about how to close the gap between cloud users and IT are to promote (my word) IT as a service. I'll get to those in a moment. The problem is the column only alludes to the "chasm" between cloud user and IT.

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