With the proliferation of computers and data in the business world, it's time
the IT department had a strategic weapon that will enable it to operate with
the same flexibility as other departments and with more financial
transparency. A large part of the answer is a new concept in hardware and
data storage known as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).
Every year at budget time, IT executives play the same old guessing game. How
much will the company grow in the coming year, and what IT assets will it
need to support that growth? A mistake in either direction can be financially
disastrous and career ending since companies are increasingly holding
managers' feet to the fire about meeting their targets.
Guessing too high, based on sanguine business projections that may not pan
out, or lack of good planning data burdens a company with expensive hardware
that may sit under... (more)
Cloud Computing in 2015: Four Key Areas to Watch
Now that cloud services have become part of IT's "new normal," commonly
referred to as "hybrid," it seems obvious that the approaches and tools we
use to manage IT would also evolve and mature, though the pace of evolution
varies amongst companies, of course. According to a Website Magazine article
quoting a Gartner survey, more than 55% of CIOs indicate they would host all
critical apps in the cloud by 2020. Cloud services use cases can vary
greatly, but often hold common themes around converting traditional
applications to SaaS,... (more)
Battles over formats and standards in the technology industry aren't new.
Whether it was e-mail, word processing, graphical images or even some more
current like the apps on your smart phone, each new innovation typically
starts out somewhat proprietary and incompatible.
Today we live in a world where a lot of those battles have been fought and
won while some are only starting to heat up. Formats tend to resolve
themselves through standards so that things like e-mail and web pages "just
work." That or at a minimum the technology we use evolves and hides it all
from us via variou... (more)