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Simpler applications and smarter databases, Part 2

I've talked about the emergence of NoSQL as an antidote to the deficiencies of traditional SQL RDBMS products, and concluded with the question of where the data management industry is going given the current environment, and whether...

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The incredible, shrinking shelf life of healthcare technology strategy

A perfect storm of policy uncertainty, marketplace transformation, and technology evolution has made strategic planning increasingly difficult for CIOs.

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The promise and payoff of NoSQL, Part 1

As we move toward a new industry view of data management, we are also moving towards a world in which smarter databases will enable simpler applications. In this first installment of a 3-part blog series, let’s take a look at where...

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Oracle refreshes entire SaaS line, aiming to fuel cloud momentum

As the migration of businesses to the cloud picks up steam, Oracle is intent on keeping up.

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Cloud security: Trends and strategy

Cloud services have the power to optimize your business’s efficiency, but executives are wary of the technology’s security risks. NTT America’s Jeffrey Bannister examines the current state of cloud security, and explores the steps a...

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25 questions for screening a Salesforce Sales Cloud consultant

Some parts of vendor evaluation never change, but doing a deeper screening for your Salesforce Sales Cloud system in particular, and cloud-based sales CRM in general, is critical. These questions will set you (and your consultant) up...

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20 questions for screening a Salesforce Service Cloud consultant

Some parts of vendor evaluation never change, but doing a deeper screening for your Salesforce Service Cloud system in particular, and cloud-based service CRM in general, is critical. These questions will set you (and your consultant)...

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20 questions for screening a Salesforce Marketing Cloud consultant

The biggest issue with Salesforce Marketing Cloud projects in particular, and cloud-based marketing CRM in general, is matching the soaring goals and promises to the actuality of staff and funding. These questions will help you find a...

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15 questions for screening a Salesforce Platform Cloud consultant

Salesforce Platform Cloud projects in particular, and CRM platform projects in general, have a wide range of requirements and practices, so you are going to need to think about “drill down” questions to ask potential consultants to...

Working with a Salesforce consultant: Understanding the process

Before you sign a contract with a Salesforce.com consultant, or any cloud CRM consultant, you need to understand how the project is going to be run. This comprehensive list of questions will help you determine if the consultant you're...

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Does 99.5% planned uptime = 99.5% actual uptime?

It sounds impressive when cloud vendor says they have 99.5% uptime. But does that really mean your application will be up and running 99.5% of the time? The short answer is no.

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Public cloud: Real-world lessons of strategic success

The public cloud is fast becoming a strategic tool for forward-looking companies. IT leaders share their experiences and lend advice to CIOs seeking to migrate to public cloud services to drive innovation, agility and revenue growth

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Headache for the CIO: Shadow IT is soaring as LoBs seek greater autonomy

Due to the explosive cloud and other third-platform technology adoption, lines of businesses are relying far less on enterprise IT to fund their technology purchases.

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Inside Antares Capital’s remarkable cloud-first transformation

After GE Capital sold Antares Capital, newly hired CIO Mary Cecola had to build an IT team and infrastructure from scratch. With an eye toward making IT a strategic partner to the business, she opted to go cloud-first.

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Machine intelligence: Build your own vs. as-a-service

We’re entering the first years in which virtually any enterprise that wants to harness machine intelligence will be able to. But how can enterprises know when they should develop in-house specialties in machine intelligence versus...

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The 5 fundamentals of effective cloud management

The rising complexity of today’s cloud environments can catch your company off guard — at great cost. Here are five functional areas CIOs should focus on as you get your cloud strategy off the ground.

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Cloud vs. clouds: A CIO’s conundrum

A reminder that redundancy (both multi-region as well as multi-provider) should be part of any cloud strategy, as well as a yearning for dynamic real-time interoperability between cloud providers to minimize cost and maximize...

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The most valuable cloud computing certifications today

Looking for an edge in today’s IT job marketplace? Benchmark your cloud computing knowledge and skills with one — or more — of these highly regarded cloud computing certifications.

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