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How cloud computing will change IT: 6 new predictions
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IT is in a time of disruptive transition, caused by the rise of cloud computing. CIOs are in the midst of a maelstrom, and — like Ulysses, the fabled hero from Homer's Odyssey — are torn between the Scylla of established IT practices and the Charybdis of the future, both of which loom dangerously and portend trouble. Also like Ulysses, many CIOs must inure themselves to the din of tempting sirens: The vendors who sing a sweet song of painless cloud transformation, made possible by the purchase of some software, or hardware or a set of cloud services. More

Is IaaS really a good deal?
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Given that everything is spinning towards the cloud and sold "as a service," it's easy to automatically jump to the conclusion that infrastructure as a service is a good deal. "It is easy to just assume or buy into the hype of amazing improvements to your TCO when moving to the cloud, but the reality is you may not be improving your TCO at all," says Bryan Thompson, vice president of services at Tier 3, an enterprise cloud platform company. More



Cloud moves from talk to walk
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You can debate a new technology model only for so long. This year, more enterprises are moving beyond the theoretical and into the practical stage of using cloud technologies and services. As virtualization did in certain ways, cloud helps IT change from being the "no" people to the "yes" people. As you stop talking cloud and start walking, two key questions are: How fast will you move, and which vendors will be key to your plans? More

Should your work force go mobile?
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Having a mobile (or work-from-home) work force can have some serious benefits. It can save employers money and often makes employees very happy. Some are even willing to take a pay cut to work from home. Before you send your employees home, though, there are a few company hurdles to overcome. More



Data governance primer
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From corporate cost containment, regulatory compliance, strategic "voice of the customer" initiatives and beyond, the need for businesses to manage proliferating data has never been more urgent. Enter data governance. The term "governance" has bounced from the political world to corporate boardrooms, landing squarely in the laps of IT executives, who have been busy formalizing their IT governance initiatives. Despite the term entering the lexicon, there is still some confusion about what data governance actually means, what work is involved with it and who should own it. More

5 helpful hints for building effective private clouds
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So you're thinking of building a private cloud. It seems like the right thing to do, considering that every one of your enterprise software and hardware providers has spun themselves into the space. However, the path to a truly well-designed private cloud is often misunderstood. There's a lot of misinformation and misdirection these days, so here are five helpful hints on how to do it right. More

Why IT outsourcing deals are getting smaller
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IT outsourcing deals are getting smaller, particularly in the U.S., as companies are loath to invest the big bucks required for large contracts, according to research by outsourcing consultancy TPI. But that's not the only reason. More



Pay now bigger lure than job satisfaction for IT talent
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If you are on a recruitment drive, the biggest lure is increasingly a generous pay package, rather than what the company can offer in terms of job satisfaction. A recent Chartered Institute of Personal Development survey of 2,000 employees across all departments found over half cited pay as the top reason for wanting to change jobs, and this resonates well with the experiences of some IT department heads at the moment. More

CIOs lack adequate cloud computing knowledge
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Traditional IT outsourcing customers are struggling with cloud computing, according to IT service providers and outsourcing advisers surveyed by KPMG Sourcing Advisory. IT service providers and advisers rated their IT executive customers' facility with various aspects of cloud computing on a scale of one to five, where one represented "very unskilled" and five represented "very skilled." IT executives earned embarrassing scores from their providers and advisors: None garnered even a middling score of three. More
 
 
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