25 DevOps Vendors Worth Watching
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
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
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.
ClubCorp CIO Sees Cloud As Hole In One For Golf
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
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
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
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.
5 Cloud Performance Measuring Strategies
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 Draws Market Strength With Conga
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.
The State Of Data Engineers
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.
3 Ways CIOs Can Take The Pain Out Of Digitization
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
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.
How FinTech Disruptors Are Rewriting The Rules
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.
Do You Really Have Big Data, Or Just Too Much Data?
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
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.
Why APIs Are Worth The Time And Attention Of IT Professionals
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
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.
3 Tips For Successful IT Talent Retention
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.
Microsoft Seizes SaaS Lead From Salesforce
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
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
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.
9 SaaS Pitfalls To Avoid
Shifting to cloud application providers requires companies to step carefully. Here are 9 potential problems that can prevent a smooth transition.
How One IT Shop Applies Low-Code Development Practices
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
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.
IT Salary Outlook 2017: Starting Pay On The Rise
Starting salaries for IT professionals are expected to rise an average of 3.8% in 2017 compared with 2016. Find out which IT jobs are projected to see the greatest salary increases next year.
Analytics-Driven Innovation: Where Does IT Fit?
Sharad Sachdev, managing director and innovation lead at Accenture Analytics, tells us how to encourage an analytics-driven culture of innovation, and how you, as an IT professional, can make the most of the tools at your disposal.
IDC: IT Spending To Hit $2.7 Trillion By 2020
Companies that invest in third platform services such as cloud, mobility, and big data as part of their digital transformation efforts will drive IT spending growth, according to IDC.
Baton Rouge Flood Map: Using IT Know-How In Emergency Situations
The Department of Information Services in Baton Rouge used geographic information systems and data from 911 calls, search-and-rescue efforts, and more to create a map visualization of the impact of recent floods in the region. The story is a prime example of how IT professionals can put their knowledge to work in emergency situations.
6 Linux Kernel Changes IT Pros Need To Know
The 4.7 Linux kernel includes enhancements to security, automated testing prior to release, and an average 7.8 additions per hour over 10 weeks of development. Here is a look at what IT pros need to know about the OS that powers everything from mobile devices to servers and supercomputers.
11 Ways IT Professionals Can Make Sense of IoT Data
IoT devices are entering the workplace in all shapes and sizes, from workers wearing smartwatches to industrial sensors such as soil monitors. The data pouring in may be so overwhelming it's unclear what should be done with it, why, and what the risks might be. Here are a few ways to navigate the maze.
5 Traits Effective IT Leaders Need
When you consider outstanding tech leaders such as Bill Gates, the late Steve Jobs, and Jeff Bezos, five of their traits standout above others. Here's a look at ways to cultivate these characteristics to further your career.
Beyond The Big 2: 10 Benefits Of Alternate IaaS Providers
If you're looking at infrastructure-as-a-service options, you're already aware Gartner has declared Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure as the Big 2 in the market. And, in many cases, they're all you'll need. But sometimes, your unique business requirements will make an alternate IaaS provider a better fit for your organization. Here, we outline 10 benefits to help you decide what's right for your needs.
AWS Helps Fuel Lyft's Expansion
Lyft, the San Francisco ride-sharing company and Uber competitor, is thriving on AWS IT services and looking to ring up its first $1 billion. Here's what IT pros can learn from the example.