Public cloud services are evolving from cost-cutting technologies to enablers of business agility. More than a way to cease operating data centers, the public cloud affords CIOs the ability to focus on more strategic projects — namely, digital transformations aimed at boosting the bottom line.Whether that means building a mobile app or analyzing data to strengthen customer engagement, these shifts signal how strategic the public cloud has become. But CIOs also view the cloud as a way to build software faster by embracing agile, DevOps and design-thinking philosophies. Fueled by these technology trends, the global public cloud market will grow at a 22 percent compound annual growth rate this year to $178 billion, according to Forrester Research.IT leaders shared with CIO.com their business drivers, experiences, and lessons learned in moving to the public cloud. Many also offered some practical advice or lessons learned for CIOs looking to the make a strategic shift to the public … [Read more...] about Public cloud: Real-world lessons of strategic success
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Few people would dispute the mystique that surrounds the boardroom. This allure has been around for some time, but it was recently heightened by the popular TV series "The Apprentice" with business icon Donald Trump. Boards of directors deal with sensitive issues and handle privileged information, and board meetings themselves call to mind strategy discussion, stock discussions and major contracts.Taking advantaged of privileged information is illegal. As you can imagine, access to privileged financial and stock information could easily be used for insider trading. The sensitive information and financial data must be controlled in order to comply with Securities and Exchange Commission disclosure requirements.What you may not think of are the discussions around information security, which has become a board-level issue. Cyber-attacks and corporate espionage are growing significantly year-over-year. In a training program developed by Spy-Ops, the company notes that corporate espionage … [Read more...] about EXPERT ADVICE Boardroom Bloopers, Blunders and Bungles: What Not to Do
Data Analysis Pittcon 2005 Informatics ReviewThere was plenty to see at this year's showThere was plenty to see at this year's showJohn Joyce, Ph.D.Pittcon returned to Orlando and the Orange County Convention Center again this year. After Chicago, many were looking forward to a nice break from winter, only to be caught by surprise by a sudden cold snap. Instead of highs in the 80s, we were lucky to see highs in the 60s. However, the attitude inside was warm and welcoming.The exhibition floor still saw the Informatics Neighborhood, which has been very popular in past shows. Gone this year was the Laboratory Informatics Conference, which had been held in conjunction with Pittcon for the last two years. Despite the presence of the Informatics Neighborhood, you still had to perform a painstaking reconnaissance of the isles to ensure you didn't miss any of the informatics vendors.Attendance this year was down in all categories — conferees, exhibitors and media — at only 80-90 … [Read more...] about Pittcon 2005 Informatics Review
If it goes through without a hitch, Oracle's purchase of Sun Microsystems, announced Monday, could fill significant gaps in the database vendor's offerings.In addition to getting technologies in hot areas such as virtualization and cloud computing, Oracle will get access to patents that could prove to be cash cows.Sun's MySQL open source database and its strong service and support operations will also help lengthen Oracle's reach.Taken together, Sun's technologies and capabilities could make Oracle even more of a threat to IBM."This man Ellison knows how to shop," Laura DiDio, principal at analyst firm ITIC, told the E-Commerce Times, referring to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. "There are a lot of synergies here."Interest in virtualization and cloud computing has grown as companies seek to cut costs during the recession.Sun has focused heavily on virtualization, offering both the open source xVM Server hypervisor for data centers and the xVM Ops Center to manage virtual and physical … [Read more...] about Does Oracle’s Sun Deal Mean Dark Clouds for Big Blue?
Businesses are looking to cloud-computing models to foster agility and improve time-to-market for new services. Yet attaining cloud benefits can founder without higher levels of unified server, data, network, storage, and applications management.These typically disparate forms of management must now come together in new ways to mutually support a variety of different cloud approaches -- public, private and hybrid. Without adoption of such Business Service Automation (BSA) capabilities, those deploying applications on private and hybrid clouds will almost certainly encounter increased complexity, higher risk and stubborn cost structures.This latest BriefingsDirect discussion therefore focuses on finding low-risk, high-reward paths to cloud computing by using increased automation and proven reference models for cloud management -- and by breaking down traditional IT management silos. In doing so, the progression toward cloud benefits will come more quickly, at lower total cost, and with … [Read more...] about PODCAST Building a High-Speed Expressway to the Cloud