The Internet is the underlying transportation system for how our economy and society operates, and its growth will accelerate the move to the cloud. CIO's Bernard Golden outlines some ways that the people in IT can plan for this growth.
SaaS and cloud-based applications are richer and more customizable than ever, but not every app delivers good ROI when moved to the cloud. These five pieces of advice will help you think comprehensively about IT strategy and whether an application is suited for the cloud.
The decisions being made by IT today impact so many different areas of the business. In many cases, technology and network upgrades and refreshes are done on an ad-hoc basis, whether due to varying refresh cycles, certain initiatives taking priority, or the lack of budget to accomplish more at one time. Although in the short term this makes sense, it may actual hinder the ROI of certain proje
How can you prepare your IT organization for a world where employees must create and collaborate outside of the company? CIO.com's Bernard Golden explains McKinsey's vision of co-creation and shares four pieces of advice.
It's no wonder IT leaders are focusing concern on IT infrastructure and operations costs when it accounts for 60 per cent of total IT spend. Since things are still uncertain despite the economy showing signs of improvement, this area of IT "strikes a resonant cord," said Jay Pultz, vice-president and distinguished analyst with Gartner Inc.
More companies are moving e-mail into the cloud, and it's not just small companies. Dow Chemical shares why it's migrating Microsoft Exchange to the cloud — and what it's demanding from Microsoft in return.
Consulting, systems integration and outsourcing vendors must prepare themselves for life in the cloud, too, says Forrester Research. For traditional IT service providers, cloud is bad news in the short term, but is it really good news in the long term?
A small consulting firm in the construction business deploys iPads in the field, and learns plenty about the pros and cons of Apple's consumer device in the enterprise. Check out the lessons learned on cases, heat, set-up, and more.
Most IT decision makers polled by outsourcing consultancy TPI say moving ERP and vertical industry applications into the cloud is too risky, but they remain interested in testing the viability of cloud computing through pilot projects or with low-risk IT services.
Updated: As Google stumbles again in its Gmail deal with the City of Los Angeles, analysts say it's botching a giant cloud marketing opportunity. Will it make the same mistakes Netscape did in its bid to woo customers away from Microsoft?
Most disruptive technologies deliver big savings only when they're first implemented, but enterprise customers keep wringing more ROI from virtualization, analysts say. As for how to get the most from virtualization plus cloud, confusion still reigns.
Expectations between customers and vendors are so ill-defined in cloud computing that it's often not clear who is responsible for security or what the penalties are for failure. Here's the story of one company that got burned.
Cloud computing is more an a la carte menu of approaches than technologies to purchase. If you're confused about how, say, hybrid cloud differs from SaaS, check out this explanation of today's top four cloud computing models.
Irregular timing. Business disruption. Endless "options." These are just three reasons that enterprise application upgrades remain a "wild card" business scenario for companies, says Forrester's Paul Hamerman–so you'd better understand the key issues.
IBM, Cisco, Google and Salesforce all aim to beat Microsoft SharePoint 2010 at the high-stakes enterprise social networking game — and have recently made some smart plays. Here's a look at how the rivals currently stack up.
The trouble with creating a "cloud strategy"? You're focusing on technology, not business benefit. Forrester's Randy Heffner advises you focus on how cloud can enhance your existing architecture strategy.
Amazon Web Services support has come under fire recently. But as CIO.com's Bernard Golden explains, many of the problems start when IT organizations make false assumptions about who's responsible for application scaling and maintenance.
As Nico Hulkenberg, the 22-year-old up-and-coming Formula 1 driving star, approaches the final chicane of the Circuit Gilles Villenueve during the Canadian Grand Prix he will already know from telemetry data hosted in the cloud to slow down 10 metres before the turn or risk smacking into the infamous wall of champions that has taken out racing superstars such as Fernando Alonzo and Michael Schumacher.
Vendors are now pushing unified solutions for private clouds, but are these choices right for your enterprise? Forrester Research's James Staten shares four key questions to consider as you compare options.
CIOs should look to the ancient Greek polymaths — also known as Renaissance men or jacks of all trades — for inspiration, writes Vinnie Mirchandani in his intriguing, new book. Too bad so few of these big problem-solvers run today's software companies, he says.
Can cloud computing environments meet PCI compliance standards? Security experts say they can't answer that question yet. But the bigger question is whether meeting PCI standards would actually improve cloud security. n
Microsoft, far behind RIM and Apple in the consumer market for mobile phones, needs its established enterprise audience to warm up to Windows Phone 7 — quickly. Will advantages such as integration with Office be enough?
By using IaaS and PaaS to build a self-service portal for its research and development group, Intel was able to show users what they were consuming and how much it cost the business, without impeding operations.
In an exclusive CIO.com interview, Microsoft's Bob Muglia shares details on what Microsoft's cloud strategy will mean for customers — and the company's business model. At its TechEd event this week, Microsoft will find out if customers are going to buy into this vision.
From rock star analyst to chief strategy officer for ERP vendor Infor, Bruce Richardson's had quite a ride this year. He recently gave CIO.com's Thomas Wailgum a peek at what Infor has up its sleeve next.
You need more than capacity and utilization metrics to demonstrate cloud computing's ROI to the business. Consider these eight metrics to create a score card of your current and future business and IT needs relating to cloud computing.
By Mark Skilton, Global Director and Capgemini Global Applications OutsourcingMay, 26 2010
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