Enterprise architecture

Case studies, how tos, strategies and best practices for establishing an enterprise architecture that makes IT cheaper, more strategic and responive and that promotes alignment, standardization and reuse of IT asset.


Law Firm CIO Makes the Case for Microsoft Lync

Law firm Holland & Knight already had a who's who of best-of-breed communications products deployed when the firm's IT team decided it needed to replace the tangled mess of PBX systems that provided voice lines at its many offices. It chose to jettison them all in favor of an infrastructure built on Microsoft Lync Server 2013. Full Story »

U.S. Spy Agencies Adopt New IT Approach

The CIA's decision to use Amazon's cloud is part of a broader IT shake-up to make the spy business more efficient.

News Feature

Facebook Open Sources Thrift Protocol ... Again

After more than six years of internal development of its branch of the cross-language framework that powers its internal services, Facebook has released that branch to open source and hopes to work with the Apache Thrift community to incorporate the work.


HP Rolls Out Services to Improve Data Center Efficiency

Aiming to help organizations cut through confusion in the data center infrastructure management market and prepare them for the impact of cloud, mobility and big data, HP is offering four new consulting services.

News analysis

The Firm Behind Healthcare.gov had Top-Notch Credentials -- and it Didn't Help

CGI Federal, the lead contractor at Healthcare.gov, is a veritable black belt in software development, with the highest possible certification from CMMI. So what does the website's flawed rollout say about how useful CMMI is?

How To

How Load Balancing Is Playing a Bigger Role in Tech Transitions

Load balancing isn't just for websites that expect surges in traffic any more. Companies of all sizes, and in all verticals, find load balancing an effective way to address disaster recovery, scalability, failover and application virtualization needs.


Teradata Turns to the Cloud, Offers Data Warehouse as a Service

Aiming to give customers the flexibility to store, process and leverage their data on-premises, in the cloud or in a hybrid environment, Teradata is making its portfolio of platforms and services available via the cloud, including Data Warehouse as a Service, Discovery as a Service and Data Management as a Service.


How to Overcome Resistance to Global IT Standardization

There’s inevitable tension between enforcing global IT standardization and allowing flexibility at the local level. Here’s how to find the right balance.


Where Do SDNs Fit in the Data Center?

As CIOs try to make sense of the hype surrounding software-defined networks (SDNs) and their potential in data centers, some experts and vendors say IT leaders are looking for answers in all the wrong places.

Advice & Opinion

Apple and the Enterprise: A Complicated Relationship

Over the past 15 years, Apple has worked, and at times struggled, to figure out the best way to integrate its products into enterprise environments. Columnist Ryan Faas takes a look at that complex relationship.


IT Careers: Does it Pay to Become a Brand Specialist?

Before you make a grab for that Salesforce.com architect job, pause and remember: It was once hip to be known as a Lotus 1-2-3 developer.


How to Evaluate Moving Legacy Mission-Critical Apps to the Cloud

The flexibility and scalability of the cloud can make migrating mission-critical applications a tempting proposition, but availability can become a serious issue.


EMC 'Bringing the Sexy Back' to Data

When it comes to backup and recovery, IT is struggling to meet business demand within most enterprises--and the problem stands to get only worse. EMC believes the answer is a more open and agile protection storage architecture.

How To

How to Do Financial Trading IT Right: Behind the Scenes at Liquidnet

With massive amounts of data, low latency, hundreds of connection points and no margin for error, financial trading is grown-up IT. Liquidnet does it in more than 40 markets with a staff of just 300. Here's how the company makes it work.

News analysis

How IBM Beat Up HP in Las Vegas

IBM and Hewlett-Packard recently held events in Las Vegas. IBM went first and demonstrated how its customers will use Watson to change the world. HP responded by bringing executives on stage to talk about new products. HP can't let its competition keep winning.