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Avoid Runaway Cloud Infrastructure Costs
Businesses are turning to cloud services to reduce costs, but sometimes this strategy can backfire. This is especially true when you’re making a massive shift from an on-premises IT infrastructure to a partially or entirely cloud-based…
Strategies for Dealing with the IT Talent Shortage
If you’ve tried to hire for an IT position recently, you may have found the task a little more difficult than expected for a sector driving billions of dollars of the economy. The IT talent shortage is nothing new, and the problem won’t be…
Is Your Mainframe Dragging Your Business Down?
“Mainframe” doesn’t make many headlines these days. This could be because mainframes are a relatively “traditional” way of hosting large IT infrastructure and data processing. Another reason might be that innovations in the space are starting to…
Understanding the Cost and Benefits of IaaS
Costs are almost always top of mind when an enterprise considers new technology. This approach is sensible for most sourcing strategies. But when it comes to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), it’s also important to consider the technology’s…
The IaaS Model: Understand the Differences in “as a Service” Options
You’ve probably seen the whole gamut of “as a Service” models in industry publications, here on LinkedIn, and at major conferences. These cloud-driven as a Service models are changing the face of enterprise IT. Instead of spending more and more…
Business Case for Cloud Migration
The great migration has begun; the speed of cloud deployments is only picking up. The public cloud services market will end 2018 21% higher than last year. A decade after the internet stabilized, early adopters have grown comfortable while CIOs in…
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Top 10 Principles of IoT Strategy
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…
2 Things to Know About Outsourcing in the Utilities Industry
According to the 2015 Momentum® Market Trends & Insights® Report, the annual contract value (ACV) for outsourcing engagements within the utility industry jumped 24 percent since 2014, outpacing the next closest industry by more than double. For…
Best Practices to Follow During the IT Sourcing Process
Today’s IT leaders can no longer afford to be stagnant or complacent; they must constantly seek out new ways to drive innovation, improve digital capabilities, and do so while becoming more efficient and productive than ever before. The traditional…
Copy Data Management: The Final Puzzle Piece for Virtual Data Center
Although it has only surfaced in recent years, copy data management (CDM) is continuing to grow in popularity within the IT community. About 5 years ago, organizations became acutely aware of the high costs, time allotment, and complexity…
Should Your Enterprise Outsource IT Infrastructure?
The increasing complexity of new technologies has led to a need for rapid transformation among modern enterprises. As the need to do more with less continues to become more prominent, today’s CIOs have been challenged with better aligning IT with…
How Your Security Team Can Enable Digital Transformation
Cyber-crime is a real threat to any business competing in the digital space, with over 1.5 million cyber-attacks occurring each year. That number equates to roughly 4,000 cyber-attacks every day, 170 attacks every hour, or nearly 3 attacks every…
How Modern CIOs are Doing Business (and Thriving)
Today’s definition of ‘IT leader’ means something entirely different than it did 10 years ago. The traditional mindset of ‘command and control’ has given way to an era that encourages employee empowerment and embraces the next generation in IT…
3 Top Questions CIO's Want to Know About Mainframe Outsourcing
Up until recently, price was considered to be a key differentiator used to separate one enterprise from another. However, now that the primary focus for most organizations is geared towards becoming more agile, efficient, and cost-effective, it’s…
Using Data Analytics for Effective Data-Driven Strategy
It’s been said that big data analytics is just a fad and, like most other IT trends that have come and gone, will soon depart the revolving door that is IT innovation. Although an easy assumption to make based on decades of short-lived notions, big…
Outsourcing in the Utilities and Energy Sector
According to recent industry reports, the annual contract value (ACV) for outsourcing engagements within the utility industry jumped 24 percent since 2014, outpacing the next closest industry by more than double. While outsourcing offers a number…
Addressing IT challenges in Cyclical Industries
While some industries are known to be more stable and predictable, others are notorious for being more volatile and cyclical. Largely influenced by external forces such as market price and environmental factors, businesses working within a cyclical…
Using Your Mainframe Systems to Maintain the Bottom Line
While the primary focus for most IT leaders is geared towards IT transformation and adopting the systems and applications that will allow them to better support today’s digital demands, the IBM z Systems™ mainframe remains the foundation for the…
Can You Enhance Customer Service By Transforming IT Infrastructure?
Consumer influence has, and will continue to play a fundamental role in the shaping of today’s competitive climate. With the large majority of interactions, engagements, and purchases occurring through digital channels, modern enterprises must…
What to Consider Before Implementing a DRaaS Model
As we move deeper into ‘the age of the customer’ organizations must possess the necessary business continuity to effectively serve and support customers, regardless of varied market conditions or unforeseen disastrous circumstances. Robust disaster…
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The Importance of Investing in the Right Vendor Relationships
None of us can solve for the ever-changing challenges of IT alone, there are far too many complexities and intricacies that require the specialization and expertise of various organizations, departments, and teams. With that said, establishing…
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Transforming Real Businesses: Outsourcing, Data Centers, and the Cloud
You’d be hard pressed to find any enterprise that didn’t consider its bottom line to be the ‘end all be all’, and frankly, why wouldn’t it be? Every single initiative, system, process, and employee of an organization is ultimately brought on to do…
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Driving Digital Business: Is your Mainframe Ready?
In order to succeed in today’s digital era, IT organizations must adopt a new way of thinking that embraces the next generation in technology. The world we live in today looks much different than it did 10 years ago, and as technology continues to…
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Is Your IT Winning in the Age of the Customer?
Do you remember when ‘the customer is always right’ was the staple of every business? Well, while the verbiage has evolved to reflect a more reciprocal, mutually beneficial relationship, the concept has stayed relatively the same; to best serve the…
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What’s New in Data Centers? CIOs Should Take Notes
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…
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Solving for Now or Planning for the Future: A CIOs Dilemma
CIOs are on the front line in the war against digital disruption, and many are facing an uphill battle. Amazon, the undisputed leader in cloud computing technology, alone has catapulted today’s digital business era so far forward that long-…
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Cost Optimization: Enabling Digital Business
Market demands, business needs, and the role of CIOs are in a state of constant change, but reducing IT costs is an area that is always under relentless scrutiny by CIOs and business leaders alike. With the rise of digital, modern enterprises have…
Here's What CIOs Need to Hear about Bimodal IT
In 2014, Gartner unveiled its new ‘Bimodal IT’ model to the industry in the hopes of addressing the challenges faced by modern enterprises in today’s digital world. Described by Gartner, “bimodal IT is the practice of managing two separate,…