As businesses respond to the growing pressures of global demand and increased competition, the skills required for IT staff are changing. Don’t think that change is only for the CIO. Whether you’re the VP of applications, a database administrator, or a help desk expert, your role is shifting whether you like it or not. Each IT role needs to broaden its focus to include business goals. Perhaps there is a need for newly created IT roles in the new world. IT staff now need to act as providers of hybrid IT services, including cloud and legacy applications.
The debate over shadow IT is like a three-man standoff in a spaghetti Western. On one side you have the business leaders and developers, who view external cloud resources as a quick and inexpensive way to get a project up and running. On the other you have IT, who feels it’s losing control when the business turns to external service providers. And in the middle you have the CIO, who faces pressure to meet the needs of the business, but who also has to weigh the risks involved with using an external service provider.
To paraphrase the Neil Young song, rust never sleeps, and neither do your competitors. An expanding global marketplace has generated more pressure on the business to create a competitive advantage, whether it’s to grow revenue, increase profit, or reduce internal costs. In turn, business leaders are asking the CIO to use technology to help them gain that advantage. The CIO’s new mantra is, how can I help drive the business forward?
A lot of ink has been spilled about cloud security. Rather than talking about the fear factor—should you trust your mission-critical apps and data to the cloud?—I'd like to share some concrete advice on how to achieve a more secure cloud in a hybrid IT environment. By looking at five key areas when choosing a cloud provider, you can improve the odds that your cloud won't fall prey to a malicious attack or an infrastructure failure. I use the phrase "improve the odds" deliberately, because no cloud solution is failsafe.
Many enterprises know they need to move to the cloud, but they don’t have a sense of how to get there. While you hear a lot about the advantages of cloud, there’s risk associated with doing it wrong or going in without a plan.
How do you discover and gain better insights into your business? How do you uncover and capture human insights that are not necessarily quantifiable and transform them into bits and bytes? There are a few questions to ask yourself to gain this knowledge: