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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,…
Managed Hybrid Cloud Computing: The "New" Outsourcing
Traditional outsourcing offers clients an option that allows a service provider to control and run a given infrastructure function on your company’s behalf. If you look at traditional data center outsourcing for instance, it typically consists of a…
Lead or Get Left Behind: How CIOs are Driving Digital Transformation
Consumer behavior has made a dramatic shift in the past decade, and within the IT industry, adapting to this shift has become a vital component to maintaining relevancy. Consumers have become more demanding and impatient than ever before; constantly…
How to Achieve and Manage Agile Transformation
The large majority of modern enterprises have begun to pursue agile transformation in an effort to better support today’s digital business demands. However, achieving agile is not as simple as implementing a new application into your infrastructure…
Hyperconverged Infrastructure: Modernizing Your IT Strategy
  Seems like only yesterday that servers, storage area networks (SANs), and virtualization were the topics of discussion in IT; and now, fast forward a few years, hyperconvergence is taking center stage. Hyperconvergence, which simply didn’t exist…
Virtualization and the Modern Enterprise
No piece of wisdom has ever been more true than, ‘the only thing that doesn’t change is change itself’, and in terms of the modern enterprise, this phrase could not more be applicable. As people, businesses, and technology advance, so too does the…
IT Transformation: Prepare Changes to How to Deliver IT Infrastructure
A somewhat ambiguous term in the industry, ‘IT transformation’ is used for a number of reasons.  IT transformation is most often used when making a significant change with the goal to improve capabilities, reduce IT costs, and/or mitigate risk.  If…
Achieving Greater Organizational Agility Through IT Service Providers
Achieving greater organizational agility and flexibility is an area of ongoing focus for many IT organizations. In addition, it has become critically important to an enterprise’s success to have the ability to adapt to a change in market, customer,…
Helping CIOs Manage Priorities
As the IT landscape continues to evolve and progress, so too does the need for CIOs to adapt to shifts in market and business demands. CIO’s play a large role in the strategic alignment of IT with business, overseeing the implementation of newer and…
Transforming Your IT Cost Center to an IT Value Provider
IT departments are always challenged to reduce costs and improve services year over year.  In past years, the IT department added value by selecting, installing and maintaining IT hardware and software to be reliable, available and secure.  With…
Meet Your Next Technology Partner – IT Sourcing Advisors
The IT landscape has changed dramatically from what we were dealing with just a few years ago.  There are more service delivery options, more vendors and more pricing models for you to consider than ever before.  How do you sift through all of…
Benefits of Mainframe Outsourcing When Faced With An Aging Workforce
As the age of retirement approaches for the mainframe workforce, an entire knowledge-base is at risk of being lost forever. There are many companies, such as financial institutions, insurance carriers and telecommunications corporations, that rely…
Is Your IT Governance Misaligned?
IT governance is all about how your IT is structured, managed, and overseen, and while it may still be a relatively new discipline or job focus, it is an important part of an overall corporate governance strategy. Without a good IT governance…