The importance of coexistence: Adopting an optimal IT infrastructure model

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Some mainstream IT buyers might think that most cloud infrastructure vendors and service providers are essentially alike. But there are key differences. Besides, given the body of market research to the contrary, there’s clearly no such thing as a "one-size-fits-all" cloud solution.

Furthermore, if you believe that a hybrid cloud should support an IT agenda to...

By David H Deans, 15 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

How hybrid cloud will enable streams of data to flow freely

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The world of business is changing. Disruptive shifts in power are forcing everyone to question the established status quo. In particular, savvy chief executives are tasking IT organizations to help create compelling customer experiences, support new business models and adopt agile operational processes.

That's why the vast majority of IT and business leaders are joining forces on the organizations’ most pressing commercial needs and wants. They seek an open and flexible...

By David H Deans, 15 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Assessing the business case for hybrid cloud services adoption

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Forging a viable business technology strategy for today’s global networked economy is a high priority for most forward-thinking CEOs across the globe. Their guidance to CIOs is to create the fusion between existing IT infrastructure and modern cloud services. Moreover, the shift to a hybrid IT model must support the organization’s key commercial expansion objectives.

The savvy leaders who have a superior approach can extract greater value from their legacy IT investments,...

By David H Deans, 05 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Why savvy digital visionaries see beyond the nearby clouds

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While the decisive CEOs have a digital transformation agenda, those companies executing plans to re-imagine their business models are in the minority. And yet, the early adopters now using cloud computing are enabled to respond quickly to changing market conditions. In contrast, the laggards are undecided and risk falling further behind.

This is a global phenomena, where the industry and local market leaders are able to enact their transition with limited interference or threats from...

By David H Deans, 17 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Infrastructure, Software.

How growing hybrid cloud usage will double in two years

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Cloud enables IT agility, empowers DevOps teams and helps to transform legacy business models. The fifth annual Future of Cloud Computing survey investigates key trends in corporate cloud usage. This year's insightful survey findings offer perspective from cloud service practitioners across all industry sectors."Cloud has been gaining momentum year­-over-­year since the Future of Cloud Computing survey was launched five years ago. Looking at the adoption rates and trends at such a detailed level, it's undeniable that the most successful...

By David H Deans, 04 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, Research.

Why your organisation deserves a 'real' open cloud

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Worldwide, there's a growing appreciation for the many benefits of the open dource way. Clearly, being truly open is a frame of mind that can apply to just about anything in life - including the development and nurture of a progressive company culture that's equipped for the challenges and opportunities of today's Global Networked Economy.Jim Whitehurst, CEO of Red Hat, recently launched his new book entitled "

By David H Deans, 29 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, OpenSource, Platform.

How to accelerate government IT and hybrid cloud with a DevOps boost

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The rapid adoption of digital business transformation processes and the ongoing deployment of open hybrid cloud platforms are enabling the achievement of software development bold goals. But when management consultants and industry analysts talk about how IT innovation is changing many organisations, government leadership of this key trend typically isn't top of mind.That said, a new market study by MeriTalk reveals that approximately two-thirds of American federal government IT leaders say DevOps adoption will help agencies shift into the cloud computing fast lane.Agile methodologies, continuous integration and continuous delivery are...

By David H Deans, 12 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: DevOps, Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

How digital transformation drives cloud computing demand

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Digital Business Transformation projects gained momentum in 2014, as more companies moved their legacy IT workloads to cloud computing platforms and launched a variety of new cloud-native applications. This pervasive trend will continue and accelerate for the duration of 2015.Total cloud IT infrastructure investment (server, disk storage, and ethernet switch) is forecast to grow by 21 percent year-over-year to reach $32 billion in 2015 -- accounting for about 33 percent of all IT infrastructure spending this year, which...

By David H Deans, 30 April 2015, 1 comment. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

How cloud adoption trends are driven by strategic imperatives

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As this year comes to a close, let's take one last look at the most pervasive cloud computing trends - including increased usage across the different cloud service models, the key business drivers and the impact of agile innovation strategies.

Cloud computing adoption has matured, with 69 percent of survey respondents stating that at least a portion of their computing infrastructure is in the cloud. However, 56 percent of companies are still identifying IT operations that could potentially

By David H Deans, 22 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Ready or not, the mobile cloud era awaits you

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We’re nearing the end of 2014 and most smart CEOs already know their IT transformation game plan for 2015 – more digital differentiation woven into the fabric of their essential operations.

Every enterprise is now a digital business, regardless of the industry. That’s why digital service innovators are in such high demand. Meanwhile, many of the more traditional IT process-oriented jobs will diminish in importance.Are you evolving your IT support team’s roles and responsibilities, as a result these key trends?...

By David H Deans, 10 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Mobility.

The evolving role of savvy business technology leaders

As the chief executive at your company, if you discovered that you had some major financial standards compliance issues within your organization, would you be concerned about the risks associated with that exposure?If your designated outside auditor had bypassed your internal finance department and chose instead to work directly with your individual Line of Business leaders, would you want to know why? Moreover, would you intervene?Yes, it's a rhetorical series of questions. And I think we all know the answers.Did you know there's a movement that's already in progress that could impact your company's provision...

By David H Deans, 02 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise.

Business technology literacy in the cloud computing era

What if you could deploy a new IT service shortly after you defined the requirements? And, just imagine the bliss, if your IT spend could directly translate into a competitive advantage. Predicting the ROI would be relatively easy. You would be the envy of your peer group.

Unfortunately, as most senior executives already know, it's never that simple.

Typically, you perform the technology assessment due diligence up-front, you place your bets based upon the most compelling guidance, and then you closely...

By David H Deans, 06 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, CIO.

How to win big when cloud computing is pervasive

Some people are never satisfied. These fearless agents of change are everywhere. They're informed, confident and willing to experiment. They seek out the best business technology solution for the job at hand. They act on instinct. Yes, you could say that they're driven.

However, they're also at risk of being labeled as "rogue employees" because they ordered a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering and perhaps expensed it without prior approval. Sometimes they're the champion of progressive projects that are...

By David H Deans, 17 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Research, Vendors.

How cloud computing empowers the agile enterprise

Public cloud service adoption is already a mainstream phenomenon in most organizations. Meanwhile, many large enterprises see a private cloud in their future. But choosing whether to invest in building an internal cloud infrastructure or buy from a cloud service provider will become more challenging – in anticipation, savvy IT leaders are becoming brokers of dynamic business technology solutions.

Hybrid cloud resource management and progressive operational process adoption are the key focal points in preparation for...

By David H Deans, 09 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Enterprise, Public.

Frugal and Agile DevOps - the cloud computing advantage

Accomplish much more, very rapidly, while spending less - this is the business technology trend that savvy executives everywhere have embraced. Worldwide IT spending will reach a total $3.7 trillion in 2014, that's a 2.1 percent increase from last year, according to the latest global market study by Gartner.

This forecast, however, is down from their earlier projections of 3.2 percent growth.

What's driving the ongoing transition to lower business technology spending? The slower outlook for 2014 is attributed...

By David H Deans, 01 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers.

Open source cloud: Exploring the commercial applications

During the course of the last twelve months the OpenStack community has advanced as more users of the leading open-source cloud technology have been reporting their progress - with the help of their partners - towards making a meaningful impact on their business goals and objectives.

We've also learned how these progressive technology users are pioneering changes in their own organisations - enabling them to become more competitive in the Global Networked Economy.

The OpenStack Summit 2014 opened with a...

By David H Deans, 03 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: OpenSource, Virtualisation.

Why cloud services spending will exceed $174bn in 2014

The CEOs of leading companies are already striving to create an agile business model - one that responds quickly to competitive pressures and shifting market demands. Commercial agility often requires a corresponding accelerated business technology deployment. Meaning, the IT requirement is for applications to be provisioned in hours - not weeks or months.That's a tall order for many corporate IT departments. Regardless, it must be done. More often than not, it's accomplished via a cloud services-based methodology.Savvy...

By David H Deans, 08 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Industry, Research, Scalability.

Open hybrid cloud: The private vs public debate is resolved

As an informed senior executive, you already know that it's no longer a question of whether cloud service adoption is the right forward-thinking business technology strategy, but rather how you will leverage the abundance of new resources to outpace your competition.More companies will be working within very heterogeneous cloud service environments, thereby putting more pressure on IT organizations that must deal with these additional complexities, according to a recent market study by Cloud Connect and the Everest Group.Their latest market study reveals the increasing influence of cloud services on IT budgets, staff skills and business strategy. Moreover, the findings within the "2014 Enterprise Cloud Adoption Survey" report debunks hyped-up...

By David H Deans, 27 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, Private, Public, Research.