From taking mobile to the next level to preparing for a hybrid cloud world, we offer a dozen suggestions for moving toward progressive IT.
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Pop quiz: Which vendors are growing fastest? Which tech startups are getting venture capital funding? What types of vendors are getting acquired by your incumbent technology suppliers? In case you couldn't guess, the answer to all of these questions is cloud computing vendors.
Is your enterprise still a cloud holdout? If so, it's time to at least experiment with cloud-provisioned infrastructure and applications.
There's an opportunity to offload IT infrastructure and administrative work that won't distinguish your enterprise. Email, calendaring, and collaboration apps are cases in point, and they've emerged as attractive cloud-computing starting points. Microsoft Office 365, Google Apps for Business, and other cloud-based alternatives can lighten IT's administrative load, freeing resources to focus on mission-critical apps and innovation.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.