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25 DevOps Vendors Worth Watching
Commentary  |  9/27/2016  | 
DevOps depends on automated deployment tools and products that support practices such as continuous development, deployment, and improvement of enterprise software. Here's a look at vendors and their tools to know if you are making a move to DevOps.
25 Cloud Vendors Worth Watching
Commentary  |  9/27/2016  | 
Cloud services are firmly established in the fabric of IT staff operations as necessary and growing ingredients of enterprise computing. No matter your business model or industry vertical, chances are that you've already made strides into the cloud and are looking at additional resources. With that in mind, we offer a roundup of 25 options to consider in your cloud ecosystem -- including cloud services for public, private, and hybrid options, as well as management and monitoring tools.
Beachbody Is Shaping Up For Public Cloud
News  |  9/26/2016  | 
Beachbody is a fitness product specialist with custom financials and ERP needs. However, these systems are a hindrance when it comes to migrating to Oracle Cloud.
14 Traits Of The Best Data Scientists
Slideshows  |  9/26/2016  | 
Looking for a unicorn? Get in line. Actual data scientists are in high demand, and there's not enough of them to go around. If you want to identify the right talent, consider these tips.
IT, Dev Boot Camps Help Kick-Start Careers
News  |  9/23/2016  | 
IT pros and developers looking for new opportunities and new grads looking for an advantage in getting that first IT job are exploring new education options -- IT and technology education boot camps. In this InformationWeek Expert Voice podcast, we spoke with a provider of these intensive sessions about what they are and why they are becoming popular now.
InformationWeek 2016 Salary Survey: 10 Best-Paying IT Jobs
Slideshows  |  9/23/2016  | 
Median base annual salary for IT workers was flat this year, according to the results of the InformationWeek 2016 US IT Salary Survey. Still, certain roles -- including architect, project leader, and security specialist -- are commanding much higher median salaries than other roles. See if you're in one of the 10 best-paying IT staff positions -- and how your total compensation stacks up.
ClubCorp CIO Sees Cloud As Hole In One For Golf
News  |  9/22/2016  | 
ClubCorp CIO Patrick Benson is finding that both infrastructure-as-a-service and software-as-a-service are important to migration. The two cloud technologies are also fundamental for future mobile applications.
IoT Success: Sharing Data, Analytics Fuels Growth
News  |  9/22/2016  | 
A report from the MIT Sloan Management Review finds that companies that share data from their internet of things projects are better positioned to take advantage of what the technology has to offer. However, finding IT pros with the right IoT skills set is proving a challenge for many businesses.
8 Painful Vendor Mistakes IT Pros Make
Slideshows  |  9/22/2016  | 
When InformationWeek surveyed 100 IT leaders about their biggest mistakes, failures around vendor choice, contract negotiations, and SLAs emerged as major sources of pain. Here, we highlight 8 mistakes IT professionals make in working with vendors -- and what you can learn from their experiences.
6 Reasons Bimodal IT Is Wrong For You
Slideshows  |  9/21/2016  | 
Bimodal IT is supposed to stabilize critical systems and bring innovation to others. But there are consequences to dividing the IT house -- ones most companies don't need.
YellowDog Harnesses Oracle's Cloud, Others For Compute Power Boost
News  |  9/20/2016  | 
YellowDog's service makes use of different clouds, including AWS and Oracle bare metal servers, to compete in the field of 3D animation rendering.
5 Cloud Performance Measuring Strategies
Slideshows  |  9/20/2016  | 
Migrating systems to the public cloud requires many steps. One of them should be performance monitoring. Here are five ways IT pros can make sure their company is getting a return on its cloud investment.
Salesforce ROI: What It Means For IT
News  |  9/19/2016  | 
With several SaaS platforms available, IDC looked at Salesforce's offerings to measure where the ROI lies for IT departments.
Oracle Application Users Still In Planning Stage Of Cloud Strategies
News  |  9/19/2016  | 
Oracle Application Users Group (OAUG) incoming president Alyssa Johnson provided a cloud reality check about how quickly her organization's members are adopting cloud solutions.
Salesforce Draws Market Strength With Conga
News  |  9/16/2016  | 
Conga helps Salesforce customers build contracts, proposals, and other documents. With the company's flexibility, its applications lead the Salesforce App Exchange in service subscriptions.
Secrets Of Successful CIOs: An Interview With Martha Heller
Commentary  |  9/16/2016  | 
In this episode of InformationWeek's Expert Voice podcast we talk with Martha Heller, president of Heller Search Associates, about her new book "Be the Business" and about what that idea means for CIOs.
Public Cloud Market Worth $208 Billion By End Of 2016
News  |  9/16/2016  | 
The public cloud market is expected to grow more than 17% by the end of 2016 to total of over $208 billion, according to new projections from Gartner. The two most popular services are IaaS and SaaS for IT departments looking to save money.
14 Data Integration Tool Vendors To Know
Slideshows  |  9/16/2016  | 
Data integration tools are evolving as enterprises ingest greater volumes of data and work with new data types. Here's a look at some of the top data integration tool providers in the market today.
How To Commission Your First Virtual Machine In AWS: A Primer
News  |  9/15/2016  | 
If you need a compute resource quickly, but you don't have any experience with Amazon Web Services (AWS), this primer will help you get started.
The State Of Data Engineers
News  |  9/15/2016  | 
Demand for data engineers is on the rise in enterprise, particularly in those organizations that aspire to be the next Uber or Airbnb. Here's a look at this quickly growing job category within IT.
7 Dev Team Secrets IT Managers Need To Know
Slideshows  |  9/15/2016  | 
In the age of DevOps, it's not unusual for a non-development IT manager to be charged with overseeing the dev team. This can be shock for both sides. But with the right attitude -- and these seven tips -- you can make sure that your move to managing developers is successful.
US Coast Guard, CMU Team On Hoax Caller Crackdown
News  |  9/14/2016  | 
The US Coast Guard is collaborating with experts in academia to help investigate the expensive problem of hoax callers. Machine learning is playing a vital role in their efforts.
3 Ways CIOs Can Take The Pain Out Of Digitization
Commentary  |  9/14/2016  | 
When Andrew Horne, IT practice leader at consulting firm CEB, talks with IT professionals about digitization, the term itself is often greeted with eye rolling. But it's a buzzword business leaders are excited about. Horne shares his insights on how CIOs and other IT leaders can help define it in concrete terms -- and move the business forward in the process.
9 Crucial Steps Toward Effective Disaster Recovery
Slideshows  |  9/14/2016  | 
A strong disaster recovery plan is key to keeping your business going in the face of a very bad, no good, horrible day. Here are nine steps IT pros should not skip in their planning and preparation for the worst.
SPIs Vs. APIs: Which Should IT Organizations Choose?
News  |  9/13/2016  | 
By focusing on what needs to be done for service integration rather than how it has to be done, SPIs provide organizations with more flexibility than an API.
How FinTech Disruptors Are Rewriting The Rules
News  |  9/13/2016  | 
Blockchain, smart contracts, and predictive analytics are among the financial service technologies reshaping the ways transactions are conducted and customers are served. With a rash of startups threatening to disrupt legacy operations, organizations of all sizes are turning to the latest technologies to improve their offerings.
7 Ways IT Pros Can Boost Data Analytics Skills
Slideshows  |  9/13/2016  | 
Whether you are an IT pro looking to add data analytics and data science skills to your repertoire, or you are looking to make a career change from IT to the data analytics field, here are seven tips that can give you a head start.
Do You Really Have Big Data, Or Just Too Much Data?
Commentary  |  9/12/2016  | 
Brian Lee, a practice leader in CEBís compliance and legal practice, keeps a keen eye on the information overload happening at enterprises. Here he provides insight into the dangers of collecting data for its own sake, and offers six questions IT professionals can start asking to create a sensible data retention strategy.
Comparing Cloud Vendors: A Primer For IT
News  |  9/12/2016  | 
With several major players emerging as mega-cloud vendors, the distinctions between IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS have blurred. Here's a primer on the various offerings, based on the latest Forrester Wave report.
8 Steps To A Successful DevOps Transition
Slideshows  |  9/12/2016  | 
The transition to DevOps can be long and difficult because it is going to involve disruption. That can mean periods of reduced productivity and increased costs, but they can be worth it. Here are eight steps to get you started in a positive direction.
Why APIs Are Worth The Time And Attention Of IT Professionals
News  |  9/9/2016  | 
IT professionals who have yet to be convinced that API management could be useful need look no further than Google's plan to acquire Apigee, an API management platform. It's the latest in a string of similar offerings that highlight the importance of application programming interfaces in today's IT organization.
Yamaha CIO Talks Cloud, Mobile: Podcast
Commentary  |  9/9/2016  | 
Episode 3 of InformationWeek's Expert Voice features Vimal Thomas, CIO of Yamaha Corporation of America, who talks about how he's built a safe, secure mobile infrastructure.
5 Ways IT Leaders Can Lure Top Tech Talent
Slideshows  |  9/9/2016  | 
Attracting top tech talent can be a challenge, especially at a time when competition is fierce for a limited supply of qualified applicants. Here are five tactics that can be effective.
Twilio Courts IT Pros With Management Tools
News  |  9/8/2016  | 
By introducing enterprise management tools, Twilio aims to make it easier for large organizations to deploy cloud-based communication software.
What Does It Take To Be A Real IT Leader?
Commentary  |  9/8/2016  | 
Elliot Luber is a visiting assistant professor of business, management, and leadership at SUNY Empire State College's School for Graduate Studies. Here, he shares his views on what it means to achieve true leadership in IT by balancing the transformational and the transactional.
Smart Wearables Hold Productivity Potential In Enterprises
News  |  9/7/2016  | 
Smart wearables are making their way into the enterprise, but are largely in the testing phase, according to recently released numbers from IDC. Among the potential uses is stepped-up security.
3 Tips For Successful IT Talent Retention
News  |  9/7/2016  | 
Recruiting and hiring new IT employees is expensive and time consuming. Once you've gone through all that effort and cost, do you really want to see your top talent walk out the door? If not, you'll want to review the tactics CIOs use most often to attract and retain talent.
11 Tech Skills In Short Supply Now
Slideshows  |  9/7/2016  | 
In the ever-evolving world of IT, do you have what it takes to stay relevant, or are you headed toward extinction? Here's a look at the top 11 tech skills IT leaders say are demand today.
Microsoft Seizes SaaS Lead From Salesforce
News  |  9/6/2016  | 
Microsoft is experiencing strong growth in its Azure-based, Dynamics collaborative applications, overtaking Salesforce as the market leader, according to a new report.
What eBay's Machine Learning Advances Can Teach IT Professionals
News  |  9/6/2016  | 
EBay has been gathering data and employing machine learning to connect more buyers to sellers and increase the trustworthiness of transactions. The use-cases are worth exploring for any IT professional looking to help improve a company's bottom line by applying machine learning to its customer-facing applications.
9 Ways IT Can Ruin Its Relationship With The Business
Slideshows  |  9/6/2016  | 
Aligning IT and business units sounds fantastic in theory. But when the rubber meets the road, IT leaders face unique challenges as they strive to engage and collaborate with business-side colleagues. InformationWeek surveyed 100 IT leaders about their biggest mistakes. Here's what they revealed about the ever-evolving relationship between business and IT.
NoSQL Databases: An Enterprise Necessity
News  |  9/5/2016  | 
Here's a look at enterprise plans for implementation of NoSQL databases, and some of the top vendors providing this technology.
9 SaaS Pitfalls To Avoid
Slideshows  |  9/5/2016  | 
Shifting to cloud application providers requires companies to step carefully. Here are 9 potential problems that can prevent a smooth transition.
ESC Labs IT Manager Finds The Right Chemistry With Cloud
News  |  9/2/2016  | 
Tom White is the IT director at ESC Labs as well as a trained chemist. During his work day, he weaves between the two worlds in order to deliver the technology that the company's chemists need.
Smartphone Market Sees Dramatic Decline In 2016
News  |  9/2/2016  | 
The smartphone market is expected to hit a big slowdown this year, with shipments growing by less than 2% -- a dramatic decline from 2015, according to new numbers from IDC. For IT departments managing fleets of mobile devices, the focus will likely be on only two operating systems: Android and iOS.
How One IT Shop Applies Low-Code Development Practices
Commentary  |  9/2/2016  | 
Greenwich Associates CIO Isaac Sacolick has found using the same low-code tools and processes in business units and IT has simplified application development across the company. Here, he shares his experiences and tells us what IT professionals need to know when pursuing a similar approach.
Why I Banned Non-Compete Clauses From Our Hiring Practices
Commentary  |  9/2/2016  | 
Like so many tech company founders, Jordan Cram, CEO of Enstoa, thought including non-compete clauses in employee contracts was a way to protect his company. Here, he tells us what led him to reconsider the conventional wisdom and do away with non-compete clauses altogether, and how his company has benefited as a result.
8 Productivity Tools Road Warriors Need
Slideshows  |  9/2/2016  | 
Life on the road means freedom and travel, but also the need for a solid arsenal of apps, power packs, mobile hotspots, and other items to keep you productive. Here are 8 weapons you may want to add to your cache.
Do IT Certifications Really Matter?
News  |  9/1/2016  | 
Technical certifications can advance careers and lead to better pay, but they're not a golden ticket to success.
Are IT Professionals Too Good At Math?
Commentary  |  9/1/2016  | 
Elliot Luber is a visiting assistant professor of Business, Management and Leadership at SUNY Empire State College's School for Graduate Studies. Here, he shares his guidance on how to leave the comfort zone of "Math Land" and apply your skills to solving real business challenges.
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