The various cloud markets and services will start making more sense to business buyers in 2011, according to a new Forrester report, with the midmarket embracing public clouds and enterprises sticking with virtualization as a prelude to private clouds. Here are three significant ways cloud adoption will shift this year.
The marketing around cloud-based CRM systems is all about how fast they can be created and deployed, how they can scale up (or shrink to fit) to any business situation. But theyu0019re still IT systems, and a lack of discipline still spells trouble.
Will the IT group of the future emphasize commodity, or play a vital role in business offerings? CIO.com's Bernard Golden says both views are true — and the CIO of the future has to push one to make room to achieve the other.
Take a look at lessons learned by Den-Mat's IT department as it moved from a 30-year-old legacy system to Salesforce.com's Chatter. This dental manufacturer slashed its employee turnover rate, eliminated antiquated processes and helped staff collaborate better.
You can have ITIL and The Cloud … sometimes, with some vendors and your own engineering ManagementSpeak: That's a really good question. Translation: I knew someone was going to ask that. Here's my prepared non-answer. Alternative translation: Uh …
When 15 petabytes of data are created each day, the storage status quo doesn't have a chance. See how cloud will shake up enterprise storage in 2011, with this look ahead from two storage experts at IBM.
By Clod Barrera and Steve Wojtowecz and IBM Jan, 27 2011
As Google continues its fight to court the enterprise, will new CEO Larry Page help or harm that push? Some folks paint Page as a t-shirt wearing, Wall Street-oblivious CEO, but analysts say Microsoft may not have much time to celebrate.
What's the best way to integrate cloud apps with your existing infrastructure and enterprise applications? Last week we explored the available integration layers; this week we'll explore 4 options for "connector" technologies.
The Cloud is fundamentally incompatible with ITIL. That doesn't make it useless or unimportant. ManagementSpeak: We use a comprehensive change management system to ensure the quality of our mission-critical systems.
Cloud computing will kill capacity planning as CIOs know it and utilization risk will move to cloud providers, says CIO.com's Bernard Golden. Here's his take on what IT and airlines will soon have in common — plus three strategies for avoiding trouble.
Companies building private clouds mainly to keep developers from going to public clouds are too focused on the physical aspects of cloud — and missing the point about the operational requirements, says Forrester Research's James Staten. Here, he shares five pieces of advice for private cloud success.
By James Staten and Forrester ResearchJan, 12 2011
The Cloud is fundamentally incompatible with ITIL — the most widely accepted framework for professional IT management. ManagementSpeak: I'll see if I can get that removed from the requirements. Translation: Get used to it.
Microsoft Server and Tools president Bob Muglia is a hard man to replace, and industry analysts speculate Microsoft will look internally for a replacement. But if they do look outside Redmond, it will be for a C-level executive with cloud prowess and political savvy.
What does the post-recession IT world look like? More media will drive the need for more bandwidth, and a demand for Windows 7 upgrades and corporate use of personal smartphones will shape new priorities for IT.
CIOs are investing in projects to improve staff productivity, make business processes more efficient and promote innovation. These activities signal the retrenchment that ruled during the Great Recession is, thankfully, over.
2010 looked like a picnic in Redmond compared to 2009, but Microsoft still fumbled a few times. It fell asleep at the wheel in the tablet and mobile phone race — and despite some pointed romancing, did not charm Wall Street.
Collaboration, cloud flexibility and presence features are among the reasons Hilton Hotels Worldwide has decided to roll out SharePoint and Office 2010. CIO Robert Webb sat down with CIO.com's Shane O'Neill for this Q&A.
Cloud provides businesses with a great opportunity to get their strategic approach to IT funding in order, says Mark Settle, CIO at BMC Software. Here's his advice on building the right chargeback strategy for your business.
Nearly a year into their tenure as co-CEOs of SAP, Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe are saying all the right things and getting good marks from industry analysts–proving that a dual-CEO model is not a recipe for disaster. But the duo still faces significant challenges.
The siloed, business-led SaaS deployments of the 2000s are yielding to greater due diligence, planning, and integration with existing sourcing and IT processes, says Forrester Research. Here are 5 considerations for sourcing professionals trying to get the most from SaaS.
Apple's App Store and iTunes are great for consumers but kludgy for companies. Yet only recently have enterprises been able to find an enterprise app store of their own — for better mobile app deployment and management.
There's a lot of talk right now about the fear of cloud vendor lock-in and the desire to wait for cloud standards to avoid lock-in. But some CIOs have discovered that the flip side of waiting for standardization is an opportunity cost — for the business.n
You're a "leading cloud expert" with a "robust solution" that will be "generally available" in "early 2011"? Sure you are. Here's CIO.com's guide to cutting through the year's most overblown technology terms.
Application test and development projects are a natural starting place for companies moving to use cloud computing services. Forrester Research's James Staten discusses how to tell if your project is a good match for the cloud.
By James Staten, VP and Forrester ResearchNov, 9 2010
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