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Cloud computing has let SAS streamline its R&D development, testing, and delivery. The analytics software developer's Remote Access Computing Environment, called the RACE Cloud, provides on-demand computing for sales and other mobile workers. It has an extensive image library of server configurations. IT and R&D recognized that SAS's product testing groups could benefit from the image library's repeatable and reusable capabilities.
A small group of developers now build library images that are used by all testers, resulting in faster testing cycles. Developers no longer spend weeks staging and preparing servers for testing. SAS already is provisioning more than 4,000 environments a week. At any time there may be 1,200 environments running, and that's expected to double by year's end.
IT's Reputation: What the Data SaysInformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business really views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. Our results suggest IT leaders should worry less about whether they're getting enough resources and more about the relationships they have with business unit peers.
What The Business Really Thinks Of IT: 3 Hard TruthsThey say perception is reality. If so, many in-house IT departments have reason to worry. InformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. The news isn't great.