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Have you noticed that the perceived role of CIO is dependent on the state of economy? [BTW: Have you ever wondered who coined the term CIO and when it was first used. It was first used in 1980 by William Synott, then senior vice president of the First National Bank of Boston.] Se...
Obviously, the answer is it depends … on your security needs … on what you are comparing it with … on which cloud offering you are looking at. Therefore, instead of providing a one word “Yes” or “No” answer let me ask you a set of questions that will help you answer the question for y...
HP’s strategy is centered on empowering both commercial and enterprise class cloud computing. Research from HP indicates that senior business, government and technology executives believe that by 2015, 18 percent of their IT delivery will be through the public cloud and 28 percent by t...
What does the CIO of the National Reconnaissance Office have in common with the CEOs of GoGrid and OpSource, the Co-Founder & CTO of Dell Boomi, the Chief Technology & Strategy Officer at Novell and the Director of HP Software's Global Cloud Practice? Answer: all are members of the dis...
If you are new to TOGAF, you may be wondering how this process is different from what you do in a typical “Requirement Analysis” phase of software development. Once I tell you that the many of the techniques recommended in TOGAF are what you are already using, like UML modeling techniq...
If you have no intention of adopting TOGAF then does it make any sense for you to understand how TOGAF recommends planning a project? I think the answer is yes if somebody can explain it in simple terms. Since TOGAF is flexible and it recommends many techniques which you might find use...
On 26 January 2011 government IT professionals, federally-focused systems integrators and IT vendors met in the Government Big Data Forum to dialog on issues of common concern on the topic of overwhelming data. This event, sponsored by Carahsoft, included presentations, discussions, pa...
"New infrastructure and operations technologies such as cloud services and virtualization ... were selected by CIOs the most often and are the top-two technologies for 2011," said Mark McDonald, group vice president and head of research for Gartner Executive Programs, as the results we...
"Enterprises everywhere are realizing the inherent benefits of running their core IT services in the cloud,” said Todd McKinnon, most recently VP of Engineering at Salesforce.com from 2003 to 2009, and now CEO of the on-demand identity and access management service, Okta. "This shift ...
North American businesses are collectively losing $26.5 billion in revenue each year as a result of slow recovery from IT system downtime according to a recent study. The study also indicates that the average respondent suffers 10 hours of IT downtime a year and an additional 7.5 hours...
USDA will transition 120,000 federal workers from on-premise messaging and collaboration to Microsoft’s cloud computing solution over four weeks. The migration to the cloud is part of USDA CIO Chris Smith’s vision to consolidate disparate messaging environments onto a single, unified p...
Public-facing web sites belonging to the US Treasury Department like the agency main site treasury.gov and little numbers like MyMoney.gov, TIGTA.gov, SIGTARP.gov and IRSOversightBoard.treasury.gov have moved to Amazon EC2 according to government contractor Smartronix, responsible for ...
“Virtualizatio...all the cool, smart kids are doing it!” Or at least that is the message being pushed by the virtualization vendors. Mostly this is a true statement. There are plenty of market studies that show that more than three quarters of medium to large enterprises are leveraging...
The primary business benefit of Cloud computing is that it can enable organizations to achieve a ‘Level 5′ BPM maturity. BPM stands for Business Process Management, and how effectively an organization has mastered this science can be quantified on a maturity scale, ranging from 1-5....
IT buyers and vendors in the coming year will no doubt be focused on data integrity and security, on SLAs, and on whether their commitment to Cloud means virtualizing on-site datacenters and/or moving some things (eg, the webserver) to a third-party. They will no doubt discuss SaaS a...
Not long ago, Forrester analyst James Staten wrote a report with the compelling title: You’re Not Ready for Internal Cloud. What Staten meant, of course, by the term “internal cloud” is what we have been referring to in this blog as a private cloud. Whether you’re ready or not probably...
"One day the cloud really will be big..." concludes an article in this week's international print edition of The Economist, an intriguing article that sets out to quantify the size of the three main layers of the cloud computing ecosystem.
Cloud Computing is growing fast and Companies will need more information and techniques on how to move to the Cloud. Companies will be very busy in 2011 with Outsourcing their IT to the Cloud.
The deployment of infrastructure systems to support applications has been a challenge since we first developed a choice beyond the venerable mainframe. To some it’s a simple formula; take a server, toss in a little network and storage, bake for a few weeks and you’re done. If you’re...
Continuing our series, we hear now from Steve Jin, Top 50 blogger on Cloud Computing at DoubleCloud.org, Author of VMware VI & vSphere SDK (Prentice Hall), and Founder of the open source VI Java API.
Cloud Computing Journal authors look at the short- and mid-term future of the Cloud. Today we start with KEVIN L. JACKSON Editor, Government Cloud Computing on Ulitzer, and LARRY CARVALHO, the 2011 Instructor of Cloud Expo's ever popular Cloud Computing Bootcamp.
According to a new study of North American and European IT professionals conducted by Management Insight on behalf of CA Technologies, Cloud Computing is "coming of age" in large enterprises. More than 80 percent of enterprises and 92 percent of the largest enterprises have at least on...
When it comes to protecting unstructured data, such as spreadsheets, documents, images and other data on file servers, most organizations acknowledge that their existing processes and risk profiles are less than ideal. Unfortunately, IT personnel – rather than data owners – are typical...
There's been a flurry of discussion this week among Internet and Web standards heavy-hitters around WebSocket, the new communications protocol supported in Chrome 4 and Safari 5. What was the main issue? Is there some kind of fundamental security vulnerability with the WS protocol? Web...
There are plenty of “Top 5 lists” with generic reasons for why businesses should migrate into SaaS and cloud computing. Scalability, cost, mobility – they’re good reasons, sure, but we’ve heard them before: what else does cloud computing offer? If you’re thinking about moving your busi...
At an event aimed at lawyers and called "Doing Business in the Electronic Age," EMC VP and Deputy General Counsel Krish Gupta has been emphasizing how cloud computing is the future of business. Virtualization and cloud computing are the top two priorities of CIOs, Gupta said.
"The study conducted by Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group confirms that enterprises are weighing their options as they look to find the right cloud for their applications," said Brian Klingbeil, GM of Hosting at Savvis as the results of a new research study by Cisco Internet Busi...
The debate between private and public cloud is ridiculous and we shouldn’t even be having it in the first place. here’s a growing sector of the “cloud” market that is mobilizing to “discredit” private cloud. That ulterior motives exist behind this effort is certain (as followers of th...
It is an interesting twist in the IT world that with the increased usage of purchased packages and the growth of on-demand IT, we increasingly find ourselves talking about “Applications”. This is a good reference point, it addresses all of the things running on our servers with one fel...
IT shops continually struggle with keeping resource documentation up to date. Too often IT departments seem resigned to accept mediocre results, as if the world conspires against them. Resource tracking is a prime example of this. Fundamentally, the different organizational aspect...
"I see a great, expansive future for our industry and for our company," wrote Ray Ozzie in his October 28, 2010, internal memo to Microsoft's executives, "a future of amazing, pervasive cloud-centric experiences delivered through a world of innovative devices that surround us." Ozzie t...
The EU-funded VISION Cloud initiative, led by IBM, has been launched and is focused on creating a metadata format that will enable users' data to be interoperable among Cloud service providers. This is potentially a huge development for all business, but especially small businesses, wh...
Until the end of the 19th century, many factories used waterpower to operate their machinery. The energy came from a single source (the water mill), which was connected to a complex system of pinions and pulleys that distributed power to the individual machines. When the first electric...
The social networking community and advisory analyst firm Horses for Sources - a multi-disciplinary group of analysts and experts in global sourcing strategies across both IT services and Business Process Outsourcing domains - has conducted research together with the London School of E...
Cloud computing can be seen as an important enabler for more user and business empowerment. Traditionally we consideredany IT outside the IT department’s purview“Rogue IT” or “Shadow IT”. In this blog we examine how further user empowerment may impact the future of corporate IT. Rogu...
This week, Gartner is holding their Symposium/ITxpo to Europe in Cannes .  For some reason the industry seems to be cramming all their events in the two short
In the run-up to the next Cloud Expo, 7th Cloud Expo (November 1-4, 2010) at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley, it's time to give my earlier list a complete overhaul. Here, accordingly, is an expanded list of the most active players in the Cloud Ecosystem.
Cloud computing has just crested the peak of inflated expectations and has begun its descent into the proverbial trough of disillusionment. There’s no telling how long the downward slide will take, but Gartner, which first memorialized the now famous hype cycle, figures cloud computing...
Radware's VADI (Virtual Application Delivery Infrastructure Strategy), launched Monday, is an industry-first architecture that transforms computing resources, ADC and virtualization services into an integrated application delivery virtualization infrastructure delivering full agility a...
“Today’s CIO needs to manage complex IT transformations or major shifts in strategy and explain how those directly benefit the business.” Christine Kincaid – SVP Security Global Strategy, Citigroup. This week leading CIOs from the US have met in Miami to tackle the day-to-day issues...