Garbage in the Cloud
On two occasions I have been asked,—”Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?” … I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.
—Charles Babbage, 1864
The long-standing computer science principle of “garbage in, garbage out” (GIGO) is so fundamental to IT that it predates digital computing by almost a century. And yet here we are in the twenty-first century,...
Is the Mission-Critical Application Dead?
Five Predictions for Managed Cloud Services in 2012
The proof-positive business impact from managed cloud services deployment, including the numerous associated productivity benefits and anticipated cost-savings, have pushed cloud computing well into the mainstream during 2011. As we move into 2012, International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts that this evolution will continue as...
5 Cloud Predictions for 2012 – Private Clouds, PaaS, & Hypervisor Uptick
Microsoft addresses privacy concerns on both sides of the Atlantic
Microsoft has made its Office 365 cloud-based service more attractive to US and European customers concerned with legal issues around data sovereignty.
The company has added support for the European Commission’s “Model Clauses”, which regulate how personal data is stored even when the physical location of the data storage lays beyond the borders of the European Economic Area.
Model clauses, introduced in 2010, assure customers that appropriate steps have been taken to help safeguard personal...
Turning IT from a cost center into a strategic business partner
After reading an article from ZDNET this week about Gartner’s predictions for 2012, it occurred to me that while well-written and provocative, the narrative was foreboding for IT organizations. The premise that cloud computing spending increasingly lands outside of IT and therefore will likely diminish the roles and responsibilities of the IT organization has some merit.
This prediction can be proven wrong if IT managers are willing to make adjustments to how “business as usual” is...
Zenny’s Cloud Links: 2012 Predictions, Open Source, Cloud Policy
Cisco CloudVerse: a Comprehensive Cloud Framework
Multinational company CEOs are one of the most vocal advocates of the managed cloud services phenomenon. Many have been through the painful process of watching helplessly as their CIO championed the deployment of monolithic ERP and CRM systems -- only to discover that these huge enterprise software projects failed to live up to their promise. Meanwhile, purposeful line-of-business executives have successfully utilized software-as-a-service (SaaS), with their CEO's support, to break free from the legacy IT platforms and thereby give their employees the business technology (BT) productivity tools that they had hoped for -- or that the power-users demanded. Forward-looking vendors and prescient BT service providers are now leading the transition to the next wave of...
Industrialised cloud 'cannibalising' the outsourcing industry
Low cost business IT cloud solutions are cannibalising the IT outsourcing market, and by 2015 will have sliced around 15% from the earnings of the top outsourcing players, according to a new analyst forecast.
Gartner predicted that Industrialised Low-Cost IT Services (ILCS) was effecting the perceptions of the value of IT.
Similar to what happened with the adoption of offshore delivery, it will be incumbent upon vendors to invest in and adopt a new cloud-based, industrialized services strategy either directly...
Grocery vs. Restaurant = OpenStack vs. Amazon
A CIO’s Outlook and Priorities for 2012
With the year coming to a closing, organizations are wrapping up remaining projects and start setting priorities and objectives for 2012.
One of the main challenges continues to be in defining goals and objectives for the upcoming 12 months and utilizing limited resources in the IT organization in most efficient and effective way.
Some of the common...
4 Simple Ways to Start to Scoring Your IT Projects Today
By George Shaheen, Innotas Team
A consistent challenge across all of our customers is a simple question: “How do I manage the demand on my organization and ensure I’m doing the right work – the work that aligns to overall business objectives?” A lot of the time, work is chosen for execution reactively with no push back (“let’s just get it done as soon as we can”), based on a single person’s decision making (“Joe thought about it and thinks we should...
Email going the way of the Dodo?
At the end of November ABC posted an
A new gold standard in domain names or something else?
The rich keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer. This seems to be the common feeling on “Main Street” the world over as both first and third world economies attempt to dig them out of the recent financial meltdown.
But, even some of the most cash-strapped small businesses could always count on one thing to help them get their business online: Cheap domain names.
Depending on the registrar, new domains could be purchased for as little as $8-35 for a year or more. Purchasing a domain name...
Social CRM for Government
One of the presentations for our Shared Services Canada webinar will cover “Social CRM”.
This simply refers to the modernization of the CRM practice to reflect the new Web 2.0 social media world we live in, factoring in aspects like:
- Communicating with customers and prospects through social networks, Twitter et al
- Connecting your back-end systems to the social media world
5 Things SMB’s Should Consider Before Deciding To Go Virtual
When dealing with many of our SMB clients (small or medium businesses) that are not virtualized, the conversation usually starts with, “I have 5-7 year old servers that are starting to have issues and are not under maintenance, and I need to update them.” I fully admit that I am biased, and the first thing I suggest is to virtualize and sleep better at night. Here are some things I talk to them about in my conversations.
There are five things to think about before deciding to go virtual or not:
3 Things The Cloud is NOT
Global Cloud Index: the Evolution of Data Center Traffic
As 2011 comes to a close, many busy executives and IT managers will be pondering the continued adoption of cloud applications within their organizations. How can a business be adequately prepared for the anticipated increase in demand for managed cloud services?
Moreover, what are the key related market indicators that are shaping the future of emerging business technology deployments? The Cisco Global Cloud Index is an ongoing effort to forecast the...
Aftershock: An online movie giant rides a “cloud” tremor
On April 21, 2011 a digital earthquake hit the United States and reverberated around the world. Online businesses rattled and hummed as they coped with a massive vibration that shook their faith in the biggest IT revolution since the Internet: Cloud Computing.
Some businesses shared the same cloud skyscrapers and all went down at once. And, there were some big names in this skyscraper including Netflix, Quora and FourSquare -- the very poster-childs for the cloud revolution.
The result is something IT...