May, 2016

Corporate IT: The Four Barriers that Hinder Digitization in Your Firm


While being a fairly nebulous term, digitization has changed and is changing companies beyond recognition. The ability to use technology and digital information to accomplish tasks that once required human judgment and action are almost too numerous to count at most firms.

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3 common cloud ROI failures you must avoid

David Linthicum

I see a lot of cloud computing projects fail in that they do not bring the promised ROI. In my book, if a project cannot live up to the projected ROI, it has failed. There are three common cloud mistakes that lead to such ROI failure, each of which you can easily avoid. [ The InfoWorld review roundup: AWS, Microsoft, Databricks, Google, HPE, and IBM machine learning in the cloud. | Get a digest of the day's top tech stories in the InfoWorld Daily newsletter. ].

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UK startups seek to lead the world in smart city technologies

Computer Weekly

Government trade mission to south-east Asia helps UK startups to target the region’s growing smart city projects

You Don’t Think You Need An Online Video Platform? Think again.

Forrester IT

If your idea of "doing video" means having a YouTube channel, then you need to up your game. While a freemium player like YouTube can be an important part of an overall video strategy, it shouldn't be the only part.

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An Adult Conversation About Estimates

Speaker: Beekey Cheung, Software Consultant, Professor Beekums, LLC

Estimates are a contentious topic in software development. Most of our development teams hate providing estimates and many managers are starting to view them as unnecessary. As senior software leaders, how can we determine whether estimates are helpful or harmful to our teams? We are excited to be joined by Beekey Cheung, a software consultant and blogger known as Professor Beekums, who has helped many leaders and teams go from fearing estimates to using them appropriately. He'll walk us through the value of estimates, how to overcome the hesitancy many have in giving them, and how to provide better estimates.

5 CRM Statistics Every Entrepreneur Should Understand

IT Toolbox

Customer relationship management (CRM) has become a necessity for organizations of all sizes. The tools in these software suites make it easier to offer amazing customer service, implement targeted marketing strategies and provide a host of other benefits. For any budding entrepreneur who's still on the fence about CRM, these statistics should make the decision an easy one.

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Corporate IT: Four Priorities of the Digital Workforce


The Edge office building in Amsterdam has been toted as the “smartest building in the world” and an office of the future.

Don’t blame the cloud for your shoddy IT plans

David Linthicum

A survey from IT consultancy Trustmarque has found that 81 percent of CIOs say the ever increasing complexity of IT infrastructure creates a bottleneck for IT support, while a similar number (82 percent) argue that IT support has become a "growing burden" on modern IT departments. The survey polled 200 U.K. CIOs and senior IT decision makers from large enterprises. More than half (58 percent) of CIOs polled admit they had trouble offering a consistent level of IT support in their business.

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Amazon S3 storage 101: Object storage in the cloud

Computer Weekly

Amazon S3 has emerged as a de facto standard for accessing data in the cloud. We run the rule over S3, its key attributes and what you need to know to use it with your applications

Inside the Facebook Data Center in Sweden (Video)

Data Center Knowledge

Bloomberg’s Ashlee Vance tours Facebook’s huge Luleå facility Read More. Europe Facebook Video

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The Six Principles of Persuasion

Speaker: Michael Carducci, CTO, Mago:Tech

As senior tech leaders, we often fall prey to thinking that a “good idea” and logical case is sufficient to get the desired response and result. We might be trying to get our CEO on-board with investment in a new technology or a rearchitecture effort, or we might want culture or process changes by our team. Our “good idea” is simply the beginning. An idea must be communicated; a case must be made; and ultimately other people must be persuaded to get onboard. Michael Carducci brings a fascinating background to this webinar. He’s a technologist and regularly works to help senior leaders improve their results. He’s also a professional mentalist and has been a student of psychology, human behavior and the principles of influence for nearly two decades.

Answering Your Top 5 Questions about VoIP Telephone Systems

IT Toolbox

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephone systems are becoming more popular for both home and business use. For businesses, the advantages over traditional telephone systems include more features and flexibility, as well as lower cost. Find out if VoIP is right for you by reviewing these answers to the top five most commonly asked questions. How Does VoIP Work?

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The Private Cloud Has Failed Us

Chuck's Blog - EMC

Perhaps there is no deeper disappointment in life than when a cherished concept fails to produce the desired results. Such is the case with the industry’s notion of private clouds. I’m throwing in the towel, walking away – and cursing under my breath. It’s a failed concept.

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How CIOs Find Time for Digital Strategy


As companies move more and more of their processes, products, and services to the digital realm it seems that every company is a tech company or wants to be. One of the implications of this has been a shift in — or an outright overloading of — the CIO’s portfolio of responsibilities.

Arizona may force CIOs to adopt the cloud

David Linthicum

Move to the cloud -- or else! That's the basic thrust of a proposed Arizona state law, S.B. 1434 , now awaiting Governor Doug Ducey's approval or veto. This law would require state agencies to shift their IT resources and operations to the cloud (public and/or private).

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Schema Evolution Patterns

Speaker: Alex Rasmussen, CEO, Bits on Disk

If you want to make your development team squirm, ask them about database schema changes or API versioning. Most development teams struggle with changing database schemas and updating API versions without breaking existing code. Alex Rasmussen is an expert in helping teams through these struggles. His talk will examine database schema changes and API versioning as two instances of schema evolution: how your systems respond when the structure of your structured data changes.

New Zealand reaps fibre benefits as copper-choked UK risks digital exclusion

Computer Weekly

Telecoms and technology consultant, futurist and ex-BT CTO Peter Cochrane highlights the urgency for the UK to consider FTTP if it wants to maintain its place in the world economy


Google Declares War on Boring Data Center Walls

Data Center Knowledge

Partners with artists in US and Europe to paint murals on the walls of its server farms Read More. Cloud Computing Data Center Design Featured Google

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How VoIP Transforms Small Businesses into Big Players

IT Toolbox

In a highly competitive market, small businesses need any leg-up they can find. It's not enough to offer a unique product or better customer service - sometimes it all comes down to dollars. If small businesses and startups were able to significantly reduce their overhead costs, they could effectively expand their reach and have a greater impact on their market. This is exactly what voice over Internet

Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter: The New Cyberweapons Of Choice

Forrester IT

New social media scams and marketing #fails are common fodder for water cooler banter today - even a recent episode of HBO's Veep ran a joke where the President blames a Chinese cyberattack for sending an ill-advised tweet.

Team Leadership in the Age of Agile

Speaker: Roy Osherove, Technology and Leadership Consultant

Why is implementing new frameworks, from SCRUM to self-organized teams, so much harder than understanding them? Roy Osherove has the solution. Tune in and learn to recognize what state your team is in, to support them accordingly, and to help them adopt the best practices given where they are today.

Corporate IT: How to Stop Digitization Turning Your Firm into a Digital Gulliver


The idea of digitization, which is essentially the change from accomplishing any tasks by physical or “analog” means to using digital technology and data, is as old as computing itself.

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To work right, IoT has to move to the cloud's edge

David Linthicum

I attended Internet of Things World in Santa Clara, Calif., this week and served as the track chairman for, you guessed it, cloud and IoT. The vibe I got throughout the event was one of confusion: IoT seems to be so systemic, yet is difficult to define. As one presenter put it, "It's like plastic. It's going to be a part of everything."

Interview: Kate Johnson, chief commercial officer at GE Digital, on digitising manufacturing

Computer Weekly

GE Digital’s CCO is driving service revenue growth through the commercialisation of Predix, the company’s big data and analytics software platform, as it seeks to exploit the industrial internet of things

Top 10 Data Center Stories of the Month: April

Data Center Knowledge

Here are the most popular stories that ran on Data Center Knowledge in April Read More. DCK Featured

Architect Your Organization for Effectiveness, Productivity, and Joy

Speaker: Ron Lichty, Consultant: Interim VP Engineering, Ron Lichty Consulting, Inc.

As a senior software leader, you likely spend more time working on the architecture of your systems than the architecture of your organization. Yet, structuring our teams and organizations is a critical factor for success. In fact, the impact of software architecture parallels the impact of organizational structure. We are excited to welcome Ron Lichty, co-author of a seminal book on managing software teams and a well-known speaker, he’ll speak to organizing for effectiveness, productivity and joy.

Why SMBs need to be Thinking about Hosted VoIP

IT Toolbox

I write regularly about all variations of this topic, as ongoing research keeps showing new things. There is a lot for decision-makers to understand about VoIP itself, just as there is for the hosted services model. Building on that, there is a lot to learn about the hosted VoIP opportunity, and from there, the bigger picture around Unified Communications and collaboration. Aside

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Enterprise Networking in a Cloud World

Cloud Musings

Enterprises must rethink network management in the cloud computing world. This new reality is driven by the rise of software defined networking , the virtualization of everything and a business imperative to create and deploy even newer information delivery models.

Corporate IT: 5 Steps to Building an IT Integration Plan


Although 2015 was a record year for M&A activity , the heat is now starting to flow out of the market a little. But that still means that a lot of deals done over the past 12 months or so now need to be integrated into the new parent firm or the company on the other side of a merger.

Debunking the cloud's 'noisy neighbor' myth

David Linthicum

We've all heard the complaint: When you move into a public cloud, you experience performance issues caused by others being on the same public cloud, in what's often called the "noisy neighbor" problem. It seems reasonable to make this claim, given that public clouds are multitenant beasts, so you're sharing resources with other cloud users. That sharing means you're also competing for the same dedicated servers back in the cloud provider's data center, right?

Best Practices for Micro-Services Management, Traceability and Visualization

Speaker: Robert Starmer, Cloud Advisor, Founding Partner at Kumulus Technologies

Moving to micro-services, or even working with distributed applications in a traditional environment, brings with it a host of interactions that are often difficult to understand. This session will provide an overview of service mesh, a review of the Istio service mesh itself, and dive into best practices and integration models for integrating the traceability model into a distributed application.