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With the onset of cloud computing and mainframe outsourcing, it means that there is less and less need for businesses to continue investing in legacy IT systems. Unless your mainframe is a strategic part of your overall business plan, it might be time to migrate to an outsourced mainframe.

But how do you know when it’s time for your company to make the move? Here are five signs it's time to migrate away from mainframe ownership.

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Just when you thought you were up to speed on the latest and greatest in data center solutions, a new wave of emerging technologies and trends has surfaced. As more services move to the cloud, enterprises have been forced to build more data centers to keep up with demands. However, with that come the added expenses, resources, and environmental impact associated with effectively managing and maintaining those data centers. And in an age when digital disruption is at its peak and agile transformation is on the mind of every business and IT leader alike, enterprises have had to start thinking outside the box.

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Outsourcing mainframe technology has proven to be an effective way to reduce an organization’s costs, increase agility, and refocus core business, among other benefits. Once you choose to transition your mainframe from in-house to outsourced, the migration progress can be time-consuming and without the proper transition plan in place, delays can occur that can impede operations and leave IT leaders frustrated. To ensure a successful transition, here are 3 hurdles to avoid during the migration period:

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IT leaders are faced with increasingly difficult decisions every day as their IT environments become more complex and difficult to maintain. However, when making decisions regarding your enterprise’s IT, it’s essential to evaluate whether the solution also reduces costs and supports business initiatives. If this is the case, then the solution makes sense. Seems pretty simple, right? When it comes to the mainframe, most enterprises agree that this powerful and robust technology makes sense, but it comes at a cost. CIOs will have to face the inevitable question at some point, “Should I outsource our mainframe operations, or do we continue owning and maintaining our own?”

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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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Top 10 Principles of IoT Strategy

Nov 29, 2017 8:24:00 AM

by Josh Boxer

Imagine having the technology to put sensors into your manufactured item such as a vacuum, TV, Stereo or lawnmower and be able to tell when there is a problem with a component.  The company is alerted and is proactive in calling the customer with either a new part or a solution to fix it right there on the spot.

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