6 things you should know before your move to the Cloud

Strategies that suggest running company servers from data centres (Cloud Computing) are not a new concept to businesses. But as time has gone on, this strategy has now become a viable alternative to SMEs, providing a number of attractive benefits. As a result, many companies are actively turning to cloud-based strategies rather than merely refreshing server hardware.

But frustratingly - and perhaps inexcusably considering the huge volumes of ink dedicated to the serious considerations of pursuing a cloud...

By Marcie Terman, 02 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, CIO, Vendors, Virtualisation.

Is cloud computing really that much cheaper than on-premise?

Before signing any cloud computing contract, or indeed, renewing his on-premise IT agreement, the CIO should sit down with his CFO to clearly identify and understand the total cost of the IT department to the business, and compare his current solution to a cloud-based alternative. And to complete this cost justification process, the CIO must look at each of the following areas:

The IT Crowd

Whilst a company’s employees are its biggest asset, they are also its biggest cost. And if a business employs a...

By Keith Bates, 13 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Enterprise.

Theory to Reality: Importance of partner management

 Throughout my career at GreenPages I’ve been lucky enough to work with some top-shelf IT leaders. These folks possess many qualities that make them successful – technical smarts, excellent communication skills, inspired leadership, and killer dance moves. Well, at least those first three.

But there’s one skill that’s increasingly critical as more IT shops move from cloud theory to cloud reality: partner management.

IT leaders who effectively...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 25 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, CIO.

Four strategies for offshore development

Some people think that offshoring software development = outsourcing software development. That’s not the case. You have multiple options. Let’s talk about the main options and how they may or not make sense for you:

1)      Outsourcing (Project Based) – If you may have peaks in valleys in your workload (e.g., you have a project that requires a boost in resources for a period of time) it doesn’t make sense to hire full-time staff to address a period of peak...

By Michael Sadowski, 24 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Developers.

The boss called, “What’s our PUE?”

Do you know your PUE?

PUE stands for Power Usage Effectiveness and it is rapidly becoming the number to know. In the past, datacenter managers were simply asked to provide enough space, power and cooling to support the IT equipment. Now, the same managers are being asked to do it efficiently. PUE can be a helpful benchmark.

Introduced by the Green Grid, PUE is a measure of efficiency. It is defined as: the total facility power consumed divided by the total IT equipment power consumed. The total facility power is measured...

By Sujit Janardanan, 21 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Hardware, Infrastructure.

Top 10 BYOD and Virtualization Market Insights

Like it or not, some enterprises have already entered a post-PC world -- where their business communication network must accommodate new user-driven choices. These include traditional applications, mobile apps, social apps and operating systems; various server architectures; and an array of mobile devices ranging from smartphones to tablets and other mobility tools. Are you experiencing this phenomenon? If not, you will soon. Moreover, this latest business technology trend has huge ramifications.

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By David H Deans, 17 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise, Industry, Virtualisation.

Going Rogue: Do the Advantages Outweigh the Risks?

Are all rogue IT projects bad things? Could this type of activity be beneficial? If rogue IT projects could be beneficial, should they be supported or even encouraged?

Recently, I took part in a live Twitter chat hosted by the Cloud Commons blog (thanks again for the invite!) that was focused on Rogue IT. After hearing from, and engaging with, some major thought leaders in the space, I decided to write a blog summarizing my thoughts on the...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 17 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Trends.

You Say You Want a Revolution: Are we in one?

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Remember the heady dot.com days circa 1999? We thought we were reinventing business, forming a New Economy, revolutionizing the essential nature of commerce. In our dreams! By late 2001 the bubble had burst, and what we thought was a new paradigm for business—the World Wide Web—turned out to be little more than a new marketing...

By ZapThink, 16 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Economy, Forecasts, Industry, Trends.

Four actions every CIO should take to capitalize on cloud

No doubt, cloud computing brings with it the promise of choice:choice in how you source and deliver services to drive out cost, in how you ramp up delivery time, and in how you achieve higher quality. But choice typically comes with complexity, raising questions like:

  • How do I know which services are right for cloud and which are not?
  • What is the appropriate mix of private cloud and public cloud, and how does it change over time?
  • What is the most effective way to build a private cloud for today and tomorrow?
  • How secure are my cloud services?
  • How do I manage my service portfolio to see that I get the...

By Sujit Janardanan, 11 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, CIO.

Avoiding Unexpected Cloud Economics Pitfalls

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Anybody who is considering a move to the Cloud knows that the greatest economic motivation for Cloud Computing is the pay-as-you-go, pay-for-what-you-need utility computing benefit, right? Deal with spikes in demand much more cost-effectively, the public Cloud service providers gush, since we can spread the load over many customers and...

By ZapThink, 25 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, CIO, PaaS, SaaS , Virtualisation.

Five Megatrends Driving the Personal Cloud Era

If you believe that you've had to learn more about the safe online operation and ongoing management of your PC than you ever wanted to know, then you'll be pleased to discover that there's relief on the horizon. According to the latest market study by Gartner, the reign of the personal computer is coming to an apparent close. By 2014, the personal cloud will replace the personal computer -- and this transition will likely include greater use of media tablets, chromebooks or other similar devices. Gartner analysts said the personal cloud will become the foundation for a new era that will provide users with an increased level of flexibility with the devices...

By David H Deans, 17 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Forecasts, Trends.

Focus on the Utility Player in IT

By: Kevin Kern, CEO at Innotas

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In Baseball, no one knows what to call the player who stashes several gloves in his locker, shows up each day oblivious to where he'll be on the field, if he plays at all.  Is he a...

By Innotas, 16 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: CIO.

What Should I Do about Cloud?

The word of the day is “Cloud.” Nearly every software and hardware vendor out there has a product and shiny marketing to help their customers go “to the cloud.” Every IT trade rag has seemingly unique, seemingly agnostic advice on how their audience can take advantage of cloud computing. Standards bodies have published authoritative descriptions of cloud computing models.

If you’re an IT decision maker or influencer, you’re in luck! Many reputable players in the industry have published...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 11 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO.

Are your employees wasting your bandwidth?

Recent studies demonstrate that upwards of 25% of Internet bandwidth in an office are consumed by employees misusing the internet. According to Gartner, the average growth of business email volume is 30% annually, with the average size of the email content growing in parallel. Add to this the growth of Web misuse from streaming media, downloads, file sharing, social networking, and spam, and it becomes pretty clear that the mismanaged cost to business of non-work-related Internet use is already bad and...

By Ian Moyse, 02 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, CIO.

Rethinking Cloud Service Level Agreements

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It’s so easy these days to purchase Cloud-based services. Go online, click a few times, enter your credit card info, and presto! You’re in the Clouds. There’s no question the novelty really hasn’t worn off yet. Have you ever wondered, however, what you’re really paying for? Sure, you have some expectation that the service...

By ZapThink, 21 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, SaaS , SLA.

Quality of Experience Management: The (Next) Holy Grail of IT -2

By Michael Halperin

In our last installment, we introduced the concept of Quality of Experience (QoE) Management.

In this installment, we explore how QoE Management differs from traditional IT monitoring and how adding just one component can change everything.

Let me first say that the issue isn’t with existing IT monitoring tools and approaches.  For over two decades, IT...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 17 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, CIO, Enterprise.

Quality of Experience Management: The (Next) Holy Grail of IT

By Michael Halperin

So there’s a problem in your IT infrastructure.  Maybe a server crashed. Maybe a firewall just went down. Maybe a network segment is completely jammed up with traffic. Or it could simply be a maintenance window to reconfigure a device. The list of potential events is endless. But they all lead to one question:

Who cares?

Now, I don’t ask that question from that flippant, rhetorical perspective with the implication that something doesn’t matter.  Rather, I ask it quite...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 10 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: CIO.

3 Tips to Enhance your IT Staffing Strategy

In the past, a competitive salary with challenging projects was enough to attract top tech talent to your organization. Today, paying competitive salaries, while important, is only part of the IT staffing equation.

We asked Conor Sibley (CS), CTO of Higher Logic, a prominent media services company in Washington D.C, Stephany Samuels (SS), Bluewolf’s VP of nationwide recruiting, and Michael Kirven (MK), co-founder at Bluewolf, what they thought were the most important tips for hiring tech talent in 2012. Here’s what they had to say:

Tip 1:...

By Bluewolf, 10 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, CIO.