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CIO Leadership, Applications, Cloud, IT Performance

Global Survey: What’s creating tension between IT and business leaders?

Quick Post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Wed, 05/14/2014 - 20:16

Here we go again. The wellworn theory that the CIO is being relegated to service broker and/or losing control of IT is rearing its head again. And so consludes this report from Microsoft value-added-reseller Avanade.  

CIO Leadership, Cloud, IT Performance, Mobility

CIOs face the biggest changes in IT history

Adapt or get replaced. Cloud forcing the issues.

Blog-post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Wed, 05/14/2014 - 18:48

This Q&A with Creative Artists Agency CIO Michael Keithley is one of the better articulations about momentous change in the CIO suite.

Here's some of my favorite snippets:    

Business Issues, Technology, Cloud, Converged Infrastructure

HP Helion cloud stresses vendor agnostic OpenSource framework

Blog-post by Christian Verstraete,
HP Blogger
, Thu, 05/08/2014 - 17:26

A couple weeks ago I wrote a blog entry about the need of doing your homework when embracing open source software as you have no vendor to turn to. One question that was raised was why this could not be done once and for all by a trusted organization. For some open source software, this is done. It’s called a distribution.

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Business Issues, Technology, Cloud, Converged Infrastructure

Needling the haystack: Building a cloud team with the right chops

Now that business and IT leaders are in agreement on the importance of shifting to the cloud, CIOs have to figure out how to mold an IT team that can deliver on the promise of an increasingly business-focused, services-first strategy. This white paper describes how to build the team that can deliver on this promise and how change agents and service brokers are essential. It also discusses how to control shadow IT and explores the "problems with passwords." 

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CIO Leadership, Technology, Big Data, Cloud

Seizing opportunity at the very busy intersection of cloud and analytics

This Tech Dossier co-produced by CIO and HP explains why the cloud may a great starting for analytics projects. 

"Developing proof-of-concept and sandboxing analytics in the cloud offers a flexible, scalable way to spin up quickly to evaluate benefits and ROI before making a significant investment. With many businesses looking at shifting more of the IT budget from capital investment to operating expenses, a cloud-based analytics strategy becomes a clear winner."

Technology, Cloud, Converged Infrastructure

Moving the entire data center to the Cloud in 6 months!! Are you kidding me?

Blog-post by Terence Ngai,
HP Blogger
, Mon, 04/28/2014 - 21:09

Last week as I was watching the new Seadrill video by HP that I helped edit, I felt like I was viewing a scene from Mission Impossible: Migrate the head office and data center of the world's largest offshore oil and gas drilling company from a traditional environment to a completely cloud-based operation for all corporate systems. Relocate the executive team's systems to London, and move the corporate back office and IT to Dubai. Oh, and do so in only six months, at a competitive cost.

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CIO Leadership, Cloud

The Cloud Conversation: 5 Things Every CIO Needs to Know

Blog-post by David Eisner, Mon, 04/28/2014 - 18:58

Most CIOs are familiar with the “cloud conversation.” It might start in a board meeting or IT brainstorm, but always leads to the same place: What can the cloud do for us? From the perspective of most C-suite members, the bottom line is how much software-as-a-service (SaaS), virtualized storage or other cloud technologies can save the company each month. CIOs, meanwhile, are uniquely qualified to evaluate the cloud on both technical and functional merits and provide high-level analysis — here are five things every CIO needs to know when considering the cloud.

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Business Issues, CIO Leadership, Cloud, Converged Infrastructure, IT Performance

What's the best way to organize IT?

Our Twitter chat reveals many insights. #CIOchat

Blog-post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Fri, 04/18/2014 - 18:34

How do CIOs balance the pressure to contain costs against all the things we preach they must do: get to know the customer, provide apps and cloud services with lightening speed, securely enable the mobile workforce, forge C suite relationships and exploit Big Data to name a few.

It's a dizzying number of tasks often in conflict with each other. Yes, everyone wants to go mobile, but isn't that inherently a threat to security. Maybe the CIO should be the Chief Contradiction Officer. 


Business Issues, CIO Leadership, Technology, Applications, Cloud, Converged Infrastructure, IT Performance, Security, Services

Rethinking Typical Cloud Storage

Blog-post by David Grimes, Mon, 03/31/2014 - 13:44
David Grimes

Enterprises are under increasing pressure to manage the costs and logistics around an exploding volume of data. Much of that data is “copy data” – the byproduct of enterprise data management processes such as backups, snapshots, disaster recovery programs, and test/dev – which produces excess data that must be stored, often at high costs. As of 2013, IDC estimates that copy data is a $44 billion problem, prompting enterprises to pursue solutions to reduce and better manage it.

Technology, Big Data

New Year, New Data Trends

Blog-post by Tony Fisher, Thu, 03/27/2014 - 20:37

Big Data, Fast Data, Cloud Data, SaaS Data. These became more than buzzwords -- and for good reason. Organizations are deploying new and different as well as tried and true data technologies to make better business decisions. However, with so many database options out there, selecting the one best suited for specific business requirements can be a real challenge.

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