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Cloud Powers a Hybrid IT and New Digital Existence
Commentary  |  8/4/2017
Enterprise data centers aren't going away soon, but the role of the cloud will expand rapidly in our personal and business lives.
Future Software: Only as Good as the People Who Build It
Commentary  |  8/2/2017
In a world increasingly dependent on software, we may need to develop the art of falling back to the most recent system that worked.
NIST, IEEE Pair Up to Drive Cloud Interoperability
News  |  8/1/2017
Two major standards bodies have grabbed the bull by the horns in an attempt to make workloads and services mobile across clouds.
Software Is Changing the World, Just As I Foresaw
Commentary  |  7/31/2017
We now say, 'Software is eating the world.' In 1984, many years ago, it was clear that it was going to change it.
Cloud Technology Partners: Combat the Cloud Resistance
News  |  7/27/2017
It might seem unlikely, but the sweeping change brought about by a cloud implementation sometimes breeds its own resistance.
Accenture: Seek Business Value in Digital Transformation
News  |  7/25/2017
Mike Sutcliff says Accenture Digital helps companies transition from legacy to digital operations to resist disruption, find new customers.
Old Database Problems In a New Guise: As a Service
News  |  7/24/2017
ScaleArc: If cloud services are the "white knight" sent to solve IT problems, then database as a service is going to fall short.
Amazon Positioned to Use Data to Dominate Where It Wishes
News  |  7/20/2017
If Amazon expands into food delivery, it will obtain a treasure of consumer information that it can use for its next expansion.
Unity Rules As OCI Launches 1.0 Container Spec
News  |  7/19/2017
After a two-year effort, the Open Container Initiative has its image specification and runtime spec ready for vendors and container users.
Amazon's Efficient Distribution Key to Winning Consumers
Commentary  |  7/18/2017
Amazon's online ordering started the company's success; efficient distribution will continue to expand its retail footprint.
Koehler: IBM Cloud Advances with Integration, New Services
News  |  7/17/2017
Bryson Koehler, CTO of IBM Watson/Cloud, predicts a more unified face, powerful compute engine for IBM Cloud in coming year.
Not Easy To Get To Digital Transformation Jump-off Point
News  |  7/14/2017
The Hackett Group has attempted to define how a company gets to the digital transformation stage in its latest statistical report.
CompTIA: IT Skills Gap Appears to be Growing
News  |  7/12/2017
A survey of 600 IT and business professionals finds more new skills are needed to keep the business up to date and competitive.
Can Amazon Disrupt More Markets? Let Me Count the Ways
Commentary  |  7/11/2017
Amazon may be poised to enter the pharmacy as well as grocery business; it trains customers to expect quick delivery.
Pedal to the Pavement: Chinese VCs Take on Ride Hailing
Commentary  |  7/10/2017
Chinese giants Alibaba and Tencent to challenge the world in bicycle rentals, while spiffing up their digital services.
Greene: Advanced Services to Fuel Google Cloud Leadership
News  |  7/6/2017
Google Cloud Chief Diane Greene predicts Google's expanding, advance cloud services will soon place it among the Gartner designated leaders.
Data Center Automation Advances Hybrid Cloud
News  |  7/6/2017
Data center infrastructure management is a new form of automation, minimizing some legacy system drawbacks.
Air Force Intelligence Unit Goes Agile
News  |  6/30/2017
The US Air Force is determined to get more agile to produce applications that can be useful in times of conflict.
Google Assistant Superior, but Alexa Owns Households
News  |  6/28/2017
Alphabet has a shot at winning the smart home device market with Google Home vs. Amazon Alexa, according to an Edison Investment Research report.
Globally, Chief Digital Officers Start to Take Hold
News  |  6/26/2017
A PwC survey of 2,500 leading companies finds 19% have apppointed CDOs, up 300% from the year before.
Not Doing Big Data in the Cloud? Better Get There
News  |  6/23/2017
Forrester Research says competitive advantage will follow big data analytics' move to the cloud; join in, or get left behind.
Google Knocks on Door of Gartner's Cloud Leaders
News  |  6/22/2017
Google is close but still no cigar when it comes to sharing the realm of the cloud leaders in the Gartner IaaS Magic Quadrant.
Alibaba Edges in as Microsoft, Amazon Grow Stronger
News  |  6/20/2017
Gartner's 2017 Magic Quadrant for Infrastructure as a Service shows a newcomer, Chinese supplier Alibaba; Amazon maintains its leadership.
Blockchain Barges into Insurance via IBM, AIG
News  |  6/16/2017
IBM helps AIG create a cross-country, multi-party international risk policy tailored to use blockchain's security and trust.
Digital Infrastructure for Cities Leads to Big Savings
News  |  6/16/2017
A Cisco report claims $2.3 trillion is waiting to be realized through digitized services, city management; cites Houston, Oslo, Barcelona as examples.
Hybrid Cloud Is Gathering Steam for Small, Medium Businesses
News  |  6/15/2017
Harvard Business Review Analytics finds smaller enterprises gaining more from hybrid cloud than large enterprises.
The Need to Go Digital Is Clear; Not Everyone Can Get There
News  |  6/14/2017
PwC report on the 2017 Global Digital IQ says some organizations becoming top performers in going digital; others, not so much.
DevOps Research Says Practice Yields Benefits Beyond Code
News  |  6/13/2017
Survey: Organizations that adopt disciplined DevOps thrive in ways that remain difficult for others; automation, quality, continuous delivery.
Toolmaker Adopts Amazon Greengrass for IoT
News  |  6/12/2017
Stanley Black & Decker sees an expanded role for itself in the digital economy and is exploring how AWS Greengrass will enable it to launch new services.
Red Hat: Linux Handlers Can Learn To Manage OpenStack
Commentary  |  6/7/2017
Red Hat cloud architect Julio Villarreal-Pelegrino says you don't need to know OpenStack to succeed at implementing it.
Harvard Business Publishing Cuts IT Costs 18% With Cloud Move
News  |  6/6/2017
Director of IT Ken Griffin tells an Interop ITX audience there are savings on Amazon, provided you make it through the expensive, "migration bubble".
Cloud Power, Fear of Lock-in Grows Among IT Managers
News  |  6/2/2017
Mary Meeker's Global Internet Trends: As the digital age expands, so does fear of technology lock-in by cloud vendors.
Shutterstock CIO on Leadership: Reduce the Cycle of Fear
News  |  5/31/2017
Shutterstock grew so fast it needed to convert applications and move them into the Amazon cloud quickly; API-based development followed.
Unleash Developers to Produce Rapidly Evolving Software
Commentary  |  5/30/2017
It's practical, not theoretical. Developers who rely on cloud resources will be among those producing the software 'eating the world.'
Wanted: Protection From Intrusive Hacks for Connected Vehicles
News  |  5/26/2017
Cloud Security Alliance sees danger, issues guidelines for how we'll need to secure the connected vehicle environment in the future.
LinkedIn Leads Standardized Cloud Gear Alliance
News  |  5/25/2017
A group of major backers has formed the Project19 Foundation to support standardized gear and networking across cloud data centers.
Harvey Nash/KPMG: CIOs See Role Becoming ‘More Strategic’
News  |  5/23/2017
In its 19th annual survey, Harvey Nash/KPMG found CIOs preoccupied with making companies more digital, and expected to fill more strategic role.
Under Pressure, IT May Need to Fail Fast With Some Projects
News  |  5/22/2017
Lines of business want services fast; IT will need an investment budget that allows it to try to achieve desired solutions and sometimes fail.
Cisco DevNet Prepares Developers for Programmable Network
News  |  5/19/2017
Three-and-a-half years ago, Cisco launched DevNet to prepare developers for the programmable network, accessed through APIs. A Cisco exec provided an update in an Interop ITX keynote.
MTM's Kleyman: Build Your Business on a Secure IoT
News  |  5/18/2017
CTO of MTM Technologies Bill Kleyman says your future customers will reach you over the Internet of Things.
On-Premises Workloads Require Higher Staff Investment Than Cloud
News  |  5/18/2017
Nemertes analyst says research shows lower cost for cloud for some types of workloads; results are less clear for predictable, steady-state apps.
GE Draws Up Playbook for Digital Transformation
News  |  5/15/2017
GE spent several years trying to effect its own digital transformation; now it's issued a playbook on how it's done.
Gartner Chart Puts Salesforce at Top of Low-Code Platforms
News  |  5/11/2017
A new Magic Quadrant looks at platforms for the high-productivity building of applications, including mobile apps; Salesforce scores.
Cloud is How You Design Your Software, Not Where You Run it
News  |  5/10/2017
At Interop May 18, Cornelia Davis will describe the elements of cloud-native software, the type that's designed to be change-tolerant.
Oracle Disses Cloud Real Estate to its Own Detriment
Commentary  |  5/9/2017
In the midst of a rush to the cloud, Oracle CEO Mark Hurd told Fortune 'real estate' is not much of a factor. He may learn otherwise.
IT Must Alter Investments To Play in Digital Economy
Commentary  |  5/8/2017
At Interop, Mark Tonsetic of CEB will discuss how your view of the digital future should start guiding IT investments.
MTM's Kleyman: Embrace the Coming Internet of Things
News  |  5/5/2017
Interop speaker Bill Kleyman sees security as one component of the Internet of Things, which all companies are going to have to embrace.
Uptime Institute: Enterprise Server Footprint Flat or Shrinking
News  |  5/3/2017
In its annual survey, the Uptime Institute finds enterprise cloud usage flat, even while the server footprint shrinks.
Salesforce Survey: High Performance IT Targets Innovation
News  |  5/2/2017
State of IT in 2017 shows stresses of expectations of the 'customer era,' need for advanced skills sets on beleaguered staffs.
IBM Initiated Cloud Storage Price Cut Wave; All Drop 14%
News  |  5/2/2017
In the third quarter of 2016, IBM bid for a larger share of the enterprise market in the cloud by dropping storage prices; AWS, other bigs followed.
At Harvard Business Publishing, It Was a Do-or Die Move to Cloud
News  |  4/28/2017
IT Director Ken Griffin knew a half-committed move to the cloud would never get there; he adopted a lights-out date for the data center.
Luxury Fashion Finds Bigger Sales, Returns In Cloud
News  |  4/26/2017
Net-A-Porter didn't know how much money it was leaving on the table when the Web site failed to keep up with traffic. New microservices captured it.
Let's Talk Cloud at Interop ITX
Commentary  |  4/25/2017
You can join cloud computing expert and InformationWeek editor at large Charles Babcock as he takes in his pick of more than two dozen informative cloud related presentations at the upcoming Interop ITX in May.
Walmart: Agility Enabled with React.js, Node.js
News  |  4/20/2017
Alex Grigoryan needed to attack multiple fronts as he revamped the Walmart Web site; the answer was decentralized agile teams with Node.js.
Nemertes CIO Burke: Do You Know Your Cloud TCO?
News  |  4/19/2017
It's not simple: Nemertes CIO John Burke to explain how to evaluate your TCO when using a cloud service and whether real savings are available.
AI to Become Key Competitive Factor by 2020, Says Tata
News  |  4/18/2017
Regions around the world are adopting AI at different rates. A TCS (Tata Consultancy Services) survey illustrates how it may allow its adopters to outstrip competitors.
What You Need to Know About Containers
News  |  4/14/2017
Interop ITX will offer a day-long, Container Crash Course for those who want to learn more about containers' impact on enterprise operations.
DevOps: It's an Ongoing Culture, Not a Project
News  |  4/12/2017
Splunk's Chief Technology Advocate Andi Mann will sound off on DevOps as a culture-driven phenomenon at Interop ITX and the disciplines it requires.
Cloud Appeal of Google, Microsoft To Enterprise Improves
News  |  4/10/2017
451 Research found in a survey that Microsoft Azure appeal was up from 22% to 35% of respondents in two years.
Cloud and Virtualization Enable 'Active/Active'
Commentary  |  4/7/2017
At the heart of disaster recovery is database system recovery, and ScaleArc urges users to think active/active, not DR.
Battle Intensifies To Become Cloud Hardware Leader
News  |  4/5/2017
HPE and Cisco are joined by merged Dell EMC as big three contenders to supply cloud providers. Are white box manufacturers a threat?
Software Is Eating the World? Don't Be Lunch
News  |  4/4/2017
Xceligent CIO Joe Emison to talk about how IT must change if Marc Andreesen's 'software is eating the world' proves to be true.


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