According to a report from IBM, 62 percent of enterprises will increase social business spending in the next three years. But companies are still struggling with the cultural changes that a social business implementation requires. Here's a look at new statistics plus tips for ensuring adoption.
IBM became 'Big Blue' because it leased hardware and provided free software, but its collapse divorced the two. The growth of the cloud has caused another marriage, one that brings together software and services. Vendors such as Amazon, Google and especially Microsoft understand this, CIO.com columnist Rob Enderle says, and they are bound to leave those trying to sell a 'cloud solution' in their dust.
Walt Hauck, the former straight-talking CIO of Dun & Bradstreet, says big data represents a corporate turning point this decade no less disruptive and revolutionary than the Internet in the 1990s. Find out why Hauck thinks the big data 'haves' will thrive while the 'have-nots' struggle.
The U.S. Agency for International Development is the only federal agency among 27 recently surveyed by the Government Accountability Office to map out an enterprise architecture strategy, define metrics to measure its progress and actually go back to see if the plan worked. (It did.) Here's what your company can learn from USAID's enterprise architecture efforts.
The most recent Amazon Web Services outage left customers (and rival cloud providers) blaming Amazon. Instead, CIO.com columnist Bernard Golden says, everyone needs to accept that cloud computing is not immune to failure. Fortunately, a key advantage of the cloud — cheap, easy redundancy — will help mitigate the risk of an outage.
Big data is giving rise to a new breed of services aimed at helping over-burdened IT departments take on the challenges of data analytics without investing in additional infrastructure. And vendors of all sizes are getting in on the action.
Amid the Windows 8 buzz, Microsoft has released to manufacturing Office 2013, Exchange, SharePoint and Lync server products. Not surprisingly, there's a heavy emphasis on the cloud. There's also already talk of what might appear in the first service pack releases, which brings into question the whole RTM model.
Oracle is working to position itself as a leading cloud service provider to federal government clients tasked with major IT initiatives that include moving to the cloud with tight or declining budgets.
Citing security issues, IT leaders at Department of Defense and National Security Agency warn that BYOD policies and public clouds are a long way from taking hold in environments rife with classified information.
As PC sales decline and smartphone and tablet sales climb, the world of computing is poised for a dramatic shift. While mobile users do, in fact, 'compute' with their devices, application data and functionality actually reside in the cloud. To accommodate this, columnist Bernard Golden says, the cloud will have to grow in ways that few can currently comprehend.
Cloud adoption means that companies are increasingly signing pay-as-you-go SLAs and renting servers. This means traditional software and hardware vendors must dramatically reconsider their business models, columnist Bernard Golden says.
Box Embed is designed to allow developers to embed Box's content management and collaboration features into business applications, providing unified content governance without the need for expensive integration efforts or a unified software stack.
When the government tried to implement email as a service, it had to balance security concerns with free trade policies that sparked a contentious discussion about where in the world email servers could be located. Your firm's EaaS plans won't be as complex, but you can still learn from the government's efforts.
European authorities outline a proposal for a single set of rules to harmonize cloud computing among member states, with an eye toward a substantial economic boost. Some leading U.S. tech trade associations are praising the EU's efforts to better embrace the potential of cloud computing.
With Office 2013, Microsoft has worked to cut out the clutter and create a streamlined Office for today's mobile enterprise that integrates with Microsoft's SkyDrive cloud storage service, allows for touchscreen capabilities and works across different devices.
Cloud computing changes cost allocation over the lifetime of an application. We look at the benefits and shortcomings of the different approaches. In addition, we outline right approach for IT organizations to take in order to realize the benefits of cloud computing, while avoiding the unfortunate cost effects some models incur.
The recent Dropbox data breach has many IT executives telling employees not to use it. These five products offer the administrative and security features that may restore their faith in cloud data storage.
Web developers can no longer look at network latency and application performance as mutually exclusive concerns. Fortunately, there are several ways that developers can "hide" data transmission and computation so that user experience doesn't suffer.
Businesses need to be prepared when an ediscovery request is made pertaining to data being stored in the cloud. Here are five steps IT leaders can take to ensure that their cloud computing vendors don't get them into hot water when responding to electronic data discovery requests.
A visit to the English countryside gave CIO.com columnist Bernard Golden the chance to see Roman ruins, a medieval church and a replica of the first supercomputer. It wasn't until he returned home and saw a driverless car on a California freeway that the scale of innovation he witnessed while sightseeing became clear.
Office 365 continues to keep Google Apps honest and win over small businesses, schools and governments. But the enterprise? Not so much. A new CIO.com feature story explores why enterprises won't go all in for the cloud.
Paul Maritz will officially step down as VMware's CEO on Friday in favor of incoming CEO Pat Gelsinger. Maritz leaves behind an ambitious vision of the future of IT — a vision in which cloud, big data and mobile drive a complete transformation of IT.
Implementing VDI strategy requires expertise that many organizations lack. To reap virtual desktop benefits that include cost savings and better security, many IT pros turn to system integrators, resellers and other service providers to set up the VDI and make sure IT staff know how to make the most of it.
Microsoft's cloud-based productivity suite is getting impressive grades with educational customers in its first year, but the software-as-a-service offering is struggling to gain traction with enterprise customers.
To cheers from the audience at VMworld 2012 , VMware's incoming CEO Pat Gelsinger announces that VMware is eliminating the vRAM entitlement that many customers say drove up prices and reduced flexibility.
Cloud service providers are already starting to feel downward price pressures as basic capacity and services are quickly becoming commodities. A price wars heat up, the excess capacity that providers need for peak traffic can become a drag on profits, but it also represents new opportunities.
Big data is poised to grow well beyond the enterprise – and anything we can imagine today. Think of how the assembly line changed the automobile and, consequently, our lives. Keeping big data secure will require an equally innovative approach. CIO.com columnist Bernard Golden calls it 'big security,' and he doesn't think the industry is ready for it yet.
IT organizations' reluctance to hire and make capital investments will keep the outsourcing market chugging along, but according to Gartner, cloud-based services will begin to take a bigger piece of the pie.
Security is always a concern when organizations contemplate a move to the public cloud. However, a combination of third-party tools and careful reading of your service level agreement can give you the peace of mind you need to move mission-critical applications to the public cloud.
The cloud offers a number of benefits to online users, but it's also riddled with risks. A Wired reporter's recent experience should serve as a cautionary tale for all individuals and companies that are embracing the cloud.
The disruptive innovation that is the cloud has given developers significantly more influence than they, and their organizations, are used to having. This means the agile, sometimes unstructured world of the developer is increasingly coming into contact with more rigid business groups. Making everyone happy may mean reengineering IT processes.
Diesel Direct worried about storms causing extended power outages, which would essentially bring its business to a halt. The company didn't want or need an enterprise infrastructure, but it did want the security and reliability of a redundant IT infrastructure. The most effective way to get that at the lowest cost was in the cloud.
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