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Feature The parking service provider turned a business downturn at the beginning of the pandemic into an opportunity to accelerate an infrastructure shift to the cloud. Movers and Shakers CIO Deanna Steele shares how she and her team strike a balance between the operation of legacy systems and implementation of new solutions that drive business strategy at Advantage Solutions. News The month-old IBM spinoff already has new deals with Microsoft, SAP, and VMware — but not yet with AWS. Building IT Relationships As providers adapt their go-to-market strategies, customers must plan ahead. News Analysis CEO Adam Selipsky outlined a wide range of new tools and functionality in his first turn at the helm of Amazon Web Services. Here’s what IT leaders should know. Feature Keeping on top of the outlay of your cloud estate is more important than ever. These platforms will help you get a pulse on your cloud use and associated costs, which can add up rapidly. Feature CIO Judith Conklin discusses the ongoing cloud migration and digitization of the world’s largest library — a massive endeavor to make more of its 170 million assets available to all. Movers and Shakers To enable the $9 billion industrial gas provider to deliver new “mega projects,” CIO Brian Galovich has put self-service at the center of the target architecture, moved infrastructure to the cloud, digitized key business processes, and updated the IT operating model. Building IT Relationships In the SAP SI selection process, the traditional approach facilitated by procurement is flawed and fails to account for the complexities of an enterprise SAP SI selection. Here’s how to get it right. Feature The financial firm is poised to launch a 10-year journey to overhaul its operations around a hybrid private and public multicloud architecture powered by Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform. Feature With enterprises increasingly turning to the cloud, keeping track of instances, resources, costs, and workflows just keeps getting more challenging. These solutions can help. Feature As cloud strategies become increasingly vital and complex, cloud architects can help organizations avoid risk and ensure a successful, cost-effective transition to the cloud. Feature For more than a decade, Warner Music Group has been orchestrating an all-in cloud transformation. Its adoption of networking as a service may be the final note. Building IT Relationships Choosing a hyperscaler includes a series of seemingly unrelated decisions that must be assessed and made with a target end-state in mind. You will likely only get to make this decision once, so you’d better get it right. Feature IT leaders are being charged with ensuring the success of new workplace strategies that blend in-person and remote collaboration. Here are the tools that can help. Opinion If there’s one takeaway from the constant drumbeat of cloud migration stories, it’s that moving to the cloud is one thing; being successful in the cloud is another. IDG TECHtalk Voices Cloud providers built their hybrid offerings at least in part to hold customers intent on repatriating data and workloads. But those same services may not be as well suited for the next wave of hybrid. Opinion Building effective IT 101: Technical architecture is what separates a hard-to-navigate pile of tech from accelerating IT’s ability to get things done. News Analysis Microsoft will increase the price of Office 365 by up to 25% in March 2022, but there are things CIOs can do now to limit the damage. Movers and Shakers As the multinational conglomerate transforms to bring cutting-edge digital products and services to customers, CIO Diane Schwarz ensures that it is digital on the inside as well. Feature Success in the cloud also means tweaking your skills mix. From architecture expertise to vender relationship management, here’s what your organization needs to make the most of the cloud. Feature The public cloud has been a booster shot for digital transformation during the pandemic. IT leaders offer advice on driving efficiency and agility in the cloud. Feature Microsoft’s new certifications are based on industry analysis of jobs and roles and are built in sync with documentation and training materials so you can stay up to date for cloud skills for free, but certs for on-prem technologies remain unclear. Movers and Shakers The architecture is composable and processes are agile at the electronics manufacturer, but for Dan Krantz and team, a ‘growth mindset’ is just as important. Feature The railcar pooling company learned the importance of knowledge management when it replaced an on-premises SAP system with Oracle in the cloud. Building IT Relationships Knowing what vendors will say "no" to can be a powerful tool in your negotiation arsenal. Feature An integration platform as a service (iPaaS) is a cloud-based tool for linking existing applications and data flows into new services. Here are the key use cases, examples, and vendors. Feature The financial services company has overhauled its global payments atop public cloud and edge computing systems in pursuit of revenue growth in an API-driven, platform-fueled world. Opinion The cloud has increasingly become a cornerstone of IT strategies across every industry, providing enterprises with agility and scale. But in every dark corner, hidden risks and imbalances await. News With Oracle Support Rewards, the company hopes to tempt existing on-premises customers to move workloads to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Movers and Shakers CIO Rhonda Gass explains how a cloud data platform, technology business management framework, and agile architecture are keys to the $14B global company’s digital transformation. Feature A growing number of CIOs are committing most if not all of IT to the cloud to improve security, flexibility, and agility — and to free up teams to focus on innovation and enhancing IT services. IDG TECHtalk Voices Slower-moving incumbents need to rethink the way they do business in a digitally driven world that puts customer experience first. News SAP has added HR and vertical industry support to its hosted S/4HANA offering, while furthering its forays into process intelligence and AI for expense auditing. News Microsoft’s Azure will no longer be SAP’s preferred cloud platform — although SAP executives say the companies’ Embrace partnership remains strong. IDG TECHtalk Voices As impressive as the enterprise’s progress toward a data-driven economy was last year, the big bang we’ve been expecting from big data is still ahead. Analysis Oracle has wooed some key customers to its public cloud software, but can it differentiate itself from competing services offered by Amazon.com, Microsoft, and Google? Feature Next-horizon technologies have piqued some IT leaders’ interest in terms of the business value they may ultimately drive. Others remain skeptical of the high-risk payoff. Opinion In many situations, multicloud architectures make the most sense. But playing the field, baking in agility, and avoiding lock-in can expose your enterprise to hidden costs and issues. Feature Migrating legacy ERP systems to the cloud is a big undertaking rife with gotchas. Here’s how to ensure your massive shift of mission-critical enterprise applications goes smoothly. Feature Moving analytics to the cloud requires new approaches, skills, and architectures compared with analysis done in-house the traditional way. Movers and Shakers CIO Mike Adams shares how the company has designed its digital and data platforms to put the customer at the center of its products, services, and digital ecosystem, underpinned by enterprise architecture. IDG TECHtalk Voices Too many leadership teams focus on the ‘how’ or ‘what’ of their digitalization projects – which makes the destination less clear and can lead to negative ROI. Feature From AI to serverless computing, these 10 disruptive technologies and trends are transforming the business landscape in the wake of the pandemic and beyond. News The ERP vendor’s IFS Cloud gives CIOs hosting flexibility, freedom from infrastructure management, and vertical options tailored to their industries. News It’s barely five months since the last Ignite conference, but Microsoft still had a lot to share about innovations in AI, IoT, and communication. News Analysis Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos tabbed longtime AWS CEO Andy Jassy to fill his shoes this summer. Here’s what tech leaders and partners have to say about the move. Feature Solutions architects are a vital role in any organization that wants to align its business goals and needs with IT services, products, software, and infrastructure. Feature The coronavirus crisis has shaken up business as usual, with some IT strategies and tools rising to the occasion and others in line for a rethink or tough recovery post-pandemic.
Movers and Shakers For CIO Lisa Davis, the transformation to a product-focused operating model is key to realizing the health plan provider's digital health vision.