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When evaluating different outsourcing options and determining which one is best for you, something that must be taken into consideration is security and any potential risks associated with the outsourcing decision. Security is always a concern for IT leaders looking to make a change, but if the proper precautions are taken, IT leaders can feel confident in their choices and rest easy knowing that they’ve done their due-diligence and can take something else off of their crammed plates to make room for more critical duties.

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As IT leaders, we are often interested in what other CIOs are doing, and what’s going on in the industry.  We attend conferences, network with other IT leaders, and read blogs and articles on social media.  There is a tremendous amount of information and insight through these channels; yet, you still need an established framework to effectively evaluate the options best suited for your environment.  

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One of the most unexpected developments of computing in the 21st century is the distributed nature of technology. It was a given that computers in personal, micro, and mainframe formats would continue to grow more powerful over time. What no one really counted on was the unexpected bonus to computational power that would arise from using the emerging online capabilities of computers and conceptualizing what we now refer to as “The Cloud,” which is simply another way for companies without the computational power onsite to take advantage of that power courtesy of another service.

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Psychologically, there’s an inherent sense of control and security that comes from owning and operating your own data center. Obviously the biggest advantage is one of convenience. This is your data center, it is at your beck and call, and its sole purpose is to do one thing and one thing alone; service your corporate needs. But as valuable and necessary as data centers are to any business, there’s still the issue of the numbers at work. At the end of the day, the benefits of owning and operating a data center must outweigh the risks and inconveniences. Here are a few of the potential hazards that every data center operator must face in order to remain effective.

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Cloud computing is being incorporated into many corporate data infrastructures in recent years, and it’s easy to see why. By moving data—and even computational power—over to the Internet and allowing this information and functionality to exist online, there’s an enormous amount of cost-effectiveness and convenience that comes with the transition.

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The decision to go with mainframe outsourcing is a large one, and, ultimately beneficial to a company from both a cost effectiveness and efficiency standpoint. But these benefits will only come with good understanding and proper planning for the migration of services. Mainframe outsourcing is a large, substantial change to the workflow of any company’s IT department. In order for it to be successful, there are a few steps that should be taken in anticipation of the transition and you should consult closely with IT sourcing advisors to make the most of this opportunity.

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The decision to outsource a data center rather than maintain one yourself can be quite beneficial for a company in the long run, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. After all, running and maintaining your own data center is an immensely complex task. “Handing off” those duties to someone else is going to require an equal amount of effort to ensure a smooth transition. Here are a few of the things that a CIO should be thinking about when coordinating with an IT sourcing consultant.

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