With the numerous benefits offered by cloud computing, many businesses are eagerly looking for ways to integrate the cloud into their current system. Before moving forward with the transition from physical to cloud computing, it is important to remember that like other types of technology before it, a cloud computing system still has to be managed.
Ready to put those antiquated mainframes apps into the cloud or on smart phones? Not so fast. It just got a whole lot more expensive.
According to a survey of 590 CIOs in nine countries, an average of $11 million is needed to modernize core mainframe applications. More significantly, that represents a 29% rise in the past 18 months. In May, 2012, the average moderization figure cost was $8.5 million.
Some my marketing collagues are saying I am being to hard data brokers...that there are plenty of honest ones. So transparency would not a bad thing, right? Tha means giving me realtime online access to what these data brokers have on me...and that I can legally entitled to correct any mistakes as with credit reports.
Google’s Panda (aka Farmer) is now in version 3.0 and it continues to cause noticeable effects on Google pagerank and web site rankings and in turn search results and site traffic ever since it began in February. That is why CIO’s must be engaged directly on enterprise search, search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM) instead of leaving it to the marketing department.
The decision to lease vs. buy is a recurring challenge for CIOs struggling with financing IT equipment. Adding to the challenge is the increasing number of options to accomplish IT projects using cloud computing or vendor hosted managed services. Often CIO’s and CFO’s get tangled in the buy vs. lease decision prematurely which can lead to a bad decision with lasting effects.
We have IT cartels! Really? Well at least that is according to outgoing US Federal CIO Vivek Kundra in his remarks before the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Vivek said in his remarks before the council “that we almost have an IT cartel within federal IT” which is served by “very few companies” who benefit from government spending “because they understand the procurement process better than anyone else.”
Amazon has released AWS GovCloud as its latest cloud offering aimed at addressing the highly specialized need of government agencies subject to export control regulations. The AWS GovCloud offering allows US government agencies to purchase existing AWS Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2), Simple Storage Solution (S3), and Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) services that are maintained in physically and logically separated areas.