Recent Posts by Ken Marr

 
Ken Marr, FNTS Chief Technology Officer (CTO), is a strategic and innovative leader who assists in developing long-term technology strategies to ensure FNTS remains steps ahead of technical change in the marketplace, continuing its long-standing history of providing tailored IT solutions to clients worldwide. While embracing the growing sophistication of technology, Ken works to ensure maximized results for organizations of all sizes through FNTS’ scalable, secure and custom-built IT solutions. With more than 25 years of industry experience, Ken has vast knowledge of IT operations, software engineering, data management and digital transformation initiatives, including the creation of an entire technical ecosystem and many software products, as well as advanced technology platforms. Originally from Juniata, Nebraska, Ken graduated from Hastings College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Human Resource Management. Ken enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters, traveling, hunting, fishing, boating and scuba diving.
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How to Take Your Legacy System to the Cloud

When your organization makes the decision to migrate your legacy systems to the cloud, completing the move in itself isn’t the goal. Instead, the end goal is for your organization to reach a more reliable, responsive, and flexible state through the IT backbone that enables your business.

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3 Strategic Tips for Deploying Container Technology

T professionals are continually challenged to find new and more efficient ways to implement and manage heavily used applications to enable their business. Because one single server cannot possibly handle all of the incoming requests or the performance requirements complex applications require, the idea of deploying multiple server instances has taken hold.

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3 Hybrid Cloud Benefits for the Financial Services Industry

It’s a phrase that you can’t help but hear in technology circles: cloud computing. From virtualizing computing resources to managing applications to storing data to hosting web services, cloud computing seems to have something to offer every organization. In fact, Gartner expects the cloud computing services market to grow 17.3 percent in 2019 alone, topping $200 billion worldwide.

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8 Signs It’s Time to Start Outsourcing Your IT Initiatives

It is easy to think of outsourcing as just a way to reduce costs and overhead. Organizations contract with an outside vendor to perform an IT function or to provide an IT service that they can’t, either because their own internal costs to deliver it have become prohibitive or because it no longer fits their core capabilities.

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Bridge the IT Talent Gap with Mainframe Managed Services

As businesses of all sizes become increasingly dependent on information technology, it’s no secret that it’s becoming harder and harder to attract and retain talented IT professionals to keep all their systems and hardware up and running. Making matters worse, business is becoming more data-driven, software is becoming more ubiquitous, and the Internet of Things is bringing technology into more everyday items, all of which require IT professionals to work to stay ahead of the trends while also tending to the basic blocking and tackling of modern IT services.

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7 Ways Container Technology Can Impact the Bottom Line

It’s no secret that IT spending has risen dramatically over the past several years. This rise is because of a number of factors, including the rise in cybersecurity vectors, widespread adoption of IoT devices, consumer preference for online card payment transactions, and overall trends in the digital transformation, to name a few.

Global IT spending on enterprise software alone almost doubled from just over $225 billion in 2009 to an estimated $424 billion by 2019. Year over year, IT spending is expected to increase 5.5 percent.

One trend that theoretically should lower IT costs is application containerization. It is analogous to how the shipping industry uses standardized containers to ship cargo around the world. The application is packaged along with all dependencies, including runtime components isolated from other processes.

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3 IT Challenges Facing the Healthcare Industry

While a recent study by SAP Center for Business Insight shows that digital transformation in healthcare is growing, the slow pace of that growth can be directly attributed how healthcare organizations are grappling with some of the most significant IT challenges. While the use and plethora of digital platforms have become standard, the resulting big data, the need for interoperability and real-time analytics, as well as the need for greater mobility and security, are all setting the stage for more challenges moving forward.

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