Since real estate consultancy The Situs Companies moved to a cloud-based storage system in 2010, the company has dramatically improved the speed and reliability of backups and significantly reduced IT costs.
There is no question that corporate IT departments need to change their cultures and their organizational structures to compete with cloud providers, but doing so introduces a variety of practical challenges–including convincing the CFO to embrace a new funding model for IT.
BlackBerry-maker RIM today unveiled a brand new, cloud-based music-streaming service for BlackBerry users, BBM Music. But CIO.com's Al Sacco isn't impressed and offers up five solid reasons why BBM Music may be doomed from the get-go.
Instead of upgrading a 25-year-old mainframe ERP hodge-podge, IT leaders at Brown University decided to move to SaaS ERP for cost savings, IT simplification and better applications. Meanwhile, the City of Sanibel, Fla., is following its own SaaS ERP path.
Because traditional approaches to security don't port easily to public or private clouds, the nonprofit Cloud Security Alliance is working to help CIOs assess the security levels of various cloud providers.
The consumerization of IT isn't just about employees using consumer devices and apps at work. It's about consumers becoming the primary users of internal IT applications, and it has serious ramifications for how CIOs operate and scale their IT infrastructures.
RightNow Technologies CEO Greg Gianforte sat down with IDG Enterprise Chief Content Officer John Gallant to discuss how his company is dramatically improving the customer experience in all the places consumers touch organizations.
The BI-LO supermarket chain is ringing up significant cost savings and productivity increases, following a move to Google Apps from a legacy IBM Lotus Notes system. Find out why BI-LO chose Google Apps over a Notes upgrade and over Microsoft's cloud offering, and about all the benefits the grocer is reaping. Cha-ching!
Some VMware customers are seeking alternate virtualization and cloud computing providers because of the price and licensing changes the company announced in June, IT analysts say. Here's a look at the competitive landscape for virtualization and cloud computing providers.
Cloud computing makes it harder for enterprises to be sure they're complying with industry and government regulations. IT and legal experts offer CIOs advice on how to stay in compliance even when their applications reside in the cloud.
Finding "stuff" on our PC can be a drag. If you do basic searches, there are plenty of free search apps, but if you're a digital pack rat like Bill Snyder of CIO.com, you may need a more advanced paid desktop search app.
CIO.com's Virtualization and Cloud blogger Bernard Golden presents a clear picture of what the IT world will look like when cloud computing becomes the status quo. The future of IT has never looked more promising.
In CRM systems, you've got to be really sensitive to the politics of ownership and control. The cloud doesn't change that any. Here's a look at some general rules that apply to nearly any B2B marketing & sales company.
Nobody ever has time to document systems. In the cloud, people aren't any more likely to document — but it becomes doubly important to do so. Enter sky-writing: leveraging the cloud to solve this timeless problem.
There is an enormous amount of controversy about whether the capex or opex approach to cloud computing is less expensive. CIO.com's Bernard Golden explores some possible outcomes of a shift from capex to opex and utilization risk.
Innovation is about trying, even when you fail. It's about trying until you succeed. That's the secret behind many innovators who helped bring us the technologies we use every day. Iridium Communications Inc. has never forgotten this concept.
So it's time for your enterprise to do an ERP refresh or replacement. As you approach it, is it better to customize or go with what the vendors give you? There are pitfalls to both. Here are some ideas to help you decide.
Updated: From pricing questions to enterprise and cloud adoption trends to reviews of SharePoint 2010, CIO.com's SharePoint Bible covers it all. Our guide delivers expert reviews, advice on planning and rollout, and news analysis on Microsoft's powerhouse content and collaboration platform.
Is the idea of cloud computing still a bit ominous for your company? Not to worry. If you are already virtualizing some of your enterprise apps, then you've been gaining great experience that will help ease your transition, says analyst Laura DiDio.
Steve Ballmer's WPC 2011 keynote turned into a lengthy state of the state of Microsoft, as he expounded on the progress of its products and services and how they will affect enterprises, partners and competitors. Here are some of Big Steve's most quotable fightin' words.
When a state government shuts down, the proximate root cause is a lack of funding. The next-level root cause is that the two sides weren't able to find an acceptable compromise. The deep root cause is that THE OTHER SIDE IS EVIL, STUPID, AND ENTIRELY LACKING IN THE SLIGHTEST SENSE OF HOW THINGS WORK.
Cloud and SaaS services, more than any other recent development, let business units get exactly the IT they want without having to ask IT first. Here are five creative ways IT can remain relevant, meet business users' needs and keep the enterprise secure in the age of cloud computing.
You don't have to be constantly tidying up your messy email inbox, writes CIO.com's Bill Snyder. Today's email clients such as Gmail and Mozilla Thunderbird have plenty of storage space and advanced search and tagging features. But there's still a method to the email madness. Here are four tips to stay organized.
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