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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
VMworld: Security, Network, Cloud Are Top IT Concerns
News  |  8/31/2016  | 
At VMworld 2016 in Las Vegas, customers of VMware took to the keynote stage to talk about adapting their data centers through changing times, with virtualization and vCloud Air.
IT Salary Outlook 2017: Starting Pay On The Rise
News  |  8/31/2016  | 
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?
Commentary  |  8/31/2016  | 
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
News  |  8/30/2016  | 
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.
VMware Customers Cautious About vCloud Air, Ready For IBM
News  |  8/30/2016  | 
As VMworld 2016 opens in Las Vegas, customers already have sharp opinions on VMware's commitment to the public cloud. However, these customers do like the company's alliance with IBM.
Baton Rouge Flood Map: Using IT Know-How In Emergency Situations
News  |  8/30/2016  | 
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
News  |  8/30/2016  | 
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.
Microsoft, Red Hat Look To Steal VMware Customers
News  |  8/29/2016  | 
On the eve of VMworld 2016, VMware's annual user group conference, Microsoft and Red Hat would like to wean some of the company's customers to their offerings.
Bergen County Sheriff's Office Enters Hyper-Converged Future
Commentary  |  8/29/2016  | 
The Bergen County, NJ, sheriff's office is moving its IT infrastructure to a hyper-converged architecture. The shift has expense and management complexity on the run.
11 Ways IT Professionals Can Make Sense of IoT Data
Slideshows  |  8/29/2016  | 
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.
Why IT Departments Need Social, Digital Communication Strategies
News  |  8/26/2016  | 
With social media dominating communications outreach for businesses, IT departments need to focus on how to engage Millennial consumers.
Big Data Management Market Expected To Grow 12.8%
News  |  8/25/2016  | 
Over the next five years, IT professionals keen on managing a fire hose of data should keep their eyes on these growth drivers for big data management.
5 Traits Effective IT Leaders Need
Slideshows  |  8/25/2016  | 
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
Slideshows  |  8/24/2016  | 
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.
Stanford Study Will Inspire Any IT Pro Intrigued By Machine Learning
News  |  8/23/2016  | 
A study by Stanford researchers finds computers can predict lung cancer patient outcomes better than pathologists. While the study is specific to the medical profession, it illustrates the promise and potential of machine learning for IT professionals in any industry.
8 Steps To Building A Successful Cyber-Security Career
Slideshows  |  8/23/2016  | 
Information security professionals are in high demand, but entering the field can be tricky. Follow these tips to build a successful cyber-security career.
AWS Helps Fuel Lyft's Expansion
News  |  8/22/2016  | 
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.
3 Steps To Getting Your IT Job Posting Noticed
News  |  8/22/2016  | 
With demand for tech workers running high, here are three ways hiring managers can get their IT job listings to stand out, according to technology recruiter Robert Half Technology.
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