OMAHA, NEB. (PRWEB) APRIL 26, 2016
A widely held but false belief or idea, otherwise known as a myth. Even though myths are untrue they are sometimes the hardest believe to dispel and prove wrong. As the evolution of cloud technology has grown into the IT phenomenon it is today many myths have come to fruition, and here are a few.
This is the question that was asked of me a few weeks ago by a graduate student in an MIS program. And my response was "How can you support a business if you don't have any understanding of it? How can you sit in a room with a client and translate their business process needs into technical terms and solutions without actually understanding their business in the first place?”. The light bulb went off and they said, “I get it now”.
While attending the Gartner Sourcing Summit a few weeks ago, I was able to participate in a few sessions and talk to several attendees about their BiModal strategy – being able to keep their current systems operational, as they look for new ways to innovate with different technology capabilities. This can be a real struggle for IT departments having to task employees with responsibilities to keep the existing legacy infrastructure up and operational, while also trying to innovate with new applications, mobile and other capabilities that are a completely different delivery model.
Research, planning, off-site meetings, consulting, surveys – various activities go into creating strategies for your organization. The time, effort and expense that goes into creating your strategy – you can’t afford to let it live on paper. Here are three ways to get your strategy off the paper and into action.
We hear it every day – technology is continually changing and there is no sign of it slowing down any time soon. With the continual change comes the high price of keeping technology up to date to meet demands and upgrades. More and more businesses turn to cloud providers to help them with these rising demands and help keep the rising costs under control. So you are off to the race with planning, design, development, testing and finally implementation. But the race doesn’t stop there; it has only begun.
Recently I have received some raised eyebrows when our prospective clients and current clients learn that we plan on continuing to invest in All-Flash storage arrays, like EMC’s XTremIO, instead of the traditional storage arrays. The question I typically receive is, “Why? Isn’t the all-flash array a lot more expensive?”
More with less. Economics is a key driver to implementing change within organizations. In today’s economy there are two terms heard regularly – do more with less; and what is the impact to the organization. The role of the CIO is changing – demands to implement applications, manage more websites and add new software, are increasing at an alarming rate. These requests are not only the demands of the customers but internal business units. Meeting these demands quickly and efficiently without adding staff or seeing an increase in budget can put a tax on any CIO and their employees.
Implementing a Cloud solution, like many IT projects, requires careful planning, thorough testing and requires continual assessment. It is not like the rotisserie chicken commercial where you can just “set it and forget it”. So what are the important steps of managing the cloud service provider ongoing relationship and what should you expect from your cloud provider.
Once upon a time the term outsourcing was deemed automatic job loss or loss of control over your critical systems. With technology changing, the lines between consumer and business blurring, security and compliance standards rising and business drivers changing the technology world continually – the role of the CIO has changed and now outsourcing has become an extension of your staff – not a replacement.
For years business leaders have been forced to get creative due to budget constraints. Today’s IT leaders are in a very challenging position; the business cannot operate without the services provided by the technology team. Everybody wants the best, fastest technology available but due to capital constraints it is very hard to get new hardware purchases funded. How can an IT leader provide the latest, greatest, fastest technology with no money to buy what they need? The answer is easy — work with a private, enterprise-class cloud services provider.
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