Sep 16

CIO Insight – Why Enterprise Still Matters

In today’s economy, executives must account for market pressure while keeping focused on the evolution of innovation in technology. This new reality presents both challenges and opportunities for businesses and IT to align on IT strategy and finding balance between the desire to seek value and manage for risk. Due to the difficulty in finding this balance, business leaders are increasingly contracting with cloud-based service providers for the creation of applications, integrations and custom development, with or without the support of enterprise IT. These leads are essentially acting as CIOs by providing their own technology-led business solutions, which leads to fragmentation and delays in accomplishing business initiatives

More of the CIO Insight article from Mike Sommer

Sep 16

Baseline – What Employees Say They Must Have From IT

Information workers are expressing frustration with what they view as a lack of tech tools and space to pursue collaboration, according to a June 2016 survey commissioned by Prysm and conducted by Forrester Consulting. The resulting report, “Digital, Disparate, and Disengaged: Bridging the Technology Gap Between In-Office and Remote Workers,” reveals that IT and facilities professionals feel that the situation is much better than information workers describe, leading to a glaring perception gap on the issue. Similarly, when it comes to having access to the “latest and greatest” technology, only a minority of information workers said they have what they need.

More of the Baseline slideshow from Dennis McCafferty

Sep 16

Continuity Central – ‘Data hoarders’ putting organizations at risk: survey

Businesses’ data security, data management and corporate compliance are being jeopardised by an internal army of data hoarders, according to a recent survey. As a result, 77 percent of IT decision makers are now more concerned about the impact of data hoarding than a year ago.

The survey, commissioned by Veritas, was conducted among 10,022 global office professionals and IT decision makers to look into how individuals manage data.

Major issues highlighted by the survey include:

The digital hoarding struggle is real

The findings highlighted that IT decision makers are hoarding their digital files and saving 54 percent of all the data they create. In addition, 41 percent of all digital files created go unmodified for three or more years.

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Sep 16

Continuity Central – The unintended consequences of risk reporting

In this article we posit three questions. The first question is: “Is it a social responsibility of companies that they undertake a comprehensive risk assessment?” The second question: “Does the notion of conscience and its application to the generation and use of risk information and information in general, create an obligation for the organization to disclose the results of the comprehensive risk assessment?” The third question: “How do the people in the organization communicate the information from the comprehensive risk assessment to stakeholders and yet preserve security and protect the organization?”

The three questions may, at first, appear simple and straightforward. However, as we dissect each, we find that there is significant complexity intertwined in these questions. While this article does not attempt to provide a rigid framework or hard and fast answers to the above questions, it is our intent to set in motion a dialogue regarding corporate social responsibility (CSR) and its relationship with governance risk and compliance (GRC) activities/obligations that form a social contract between the organization and its stakeholders.

More of the Continuity Central article from Geary W. Sikich and Joop Remmé

Sep 16

IT Business Edge – C-Suite Identifies IT Leaders as Technology Drivers, Deloitte Survey Finds

According to the newly released results of a survey of mid-market executives in the United States, CIOs and other IT leaders are increasingly likely to be identified as the individuals who drive technology adoption in their companies.

The findings, highlighted in Deloitte’s 2016 Mid-Market Technology Report released earlier this month, showed that 49 percent of respondents said IT executives direct the adoption of new and emerging technologies, up from 36 percent in 2015. I spoke with Steve Keathley, national technology leader of Deloitte Growth Enterprise Services, about what’s driving this trend, and he attributed it to the promise of technologies such as cloud, analytics and IoT having been fulfilled. In other words, the C-suite is now full of believers.

More of the IT Business Edge article from Don Tennant

Sep 16

Baseline – How IT Pros Use Technology

Did you ever wonder how IT employees actually use technology? If so, the following entertaining facts from a couple of Experts Exchange surveys may prove interesting. IT workers, for example, spend well beyond what’s considered a normal eight-hour work day on desktops or laptops. Most have bought a computer within the last year—a significantly higher buying pattern than two years ago. And, despite the massive appeal of ever-hip Apple products, PCs still rule in the office cubicles rather than Macs. Whichever products they prefer, the survey respondents are generally good about protecting them, as most said they run virus scans no less than once a week.

More of the Baseline slideshow from Dennis McCafferty

Sep 16

ZDNet – 5 ways cloud computing is transforming software vendors

It’s never easy being a software vendor. Demanding users, incredibly smart competitors, and rapidly evolving technology mean constantly being on top of one’s game. Now, cloud and Software as a Service have added a whole new dimension to what it means to be a software vendor.

For starters, it means more, much more, than simply shifting the delivery model from on-premises installation to online download. A new report from PwC — its Global 100 Software Leaders report — states “cloud computing changes how software vendors run their companies. Sure, there are technical issues such as reliability and security. But there are also business and cultural issues affecting all phases of a company, from product development to marketing and sales, extending to customer service and support.”

This shift has accelerated since PwC issued a similar report two years ago. At that time, the report’s authors state, “it was clear that cloud computing was already starting to change the software industry. It wasn’t clear how much it was going to change the industry.”

This year, cloud is sweeping into every corner of the industry. “SaaS/ PaaS revenues of the Top 50 software vendors now approaches 10% of their total,” PwC reports. The cloud model, of course, means lower revenues, and perhaps cannibalizing existing business. But market realities are pushing this transition. “Software vendors who’ve made the transition are well on their way to restructuring their operations to the new realities of lower average sales prices and margins,” according to Mark McCaffrey, PwC global software leader. “The companies that haven’t done so may not be on the 100 list anymore — and we haven’t seen the effects shake out yet.”

More of the ZDNet article from Joe McKendrick

Sep 16

ComputerWeekly – The pros and cons of cloud bursting

It’s fun to think about the possibilities of bursting and brokering, but countless barriers stand in the way of enterprise customers. Dynamic porting of workloads is an interesting concept, but not yet an agenda item.

Brokering refers to dynamic relocation of cloud workloads based on the lowest-cost platform at that time, whereas cloud bursting looks to optimise the cost and performance of an application at any time. For average use, an enterprise can pay for persistent usage in its own virtual machine (VM) environment, and it can use public cloud resources for additional capacity.

In 2011, the idea of dynamically sourcing and brokering cloud services based on real-time changes in cost and performance was the future vision of cloud’s pay-as-you-go pricing – and it remains a vision.

The first tools are only just emerging and the use cases are limited, especially since costs for public clouds don’t vary enough to drive significant brokerage demand.

More of the ComputerWeekly article from Lauren Nelson

Sep 16

CIO Insight – Why IT Has Fallen Behind the Pace of Business

Business users of the digital generation expect immediate access to information and apps, and IT is having trouble keeping up with these demands.

Very few IT and business leaders feel that their organization is extremely nimble in responding to future business needs, according to a recent survey from Unisys Corporation. The resulting report, titled “Meeting the Demands of the Digital Generation: Get Good at Cloud Now!” indicates that it’s critical for tech teams to re-examine IT processes and resources to better support a digital business model. Today’s users, findings show, highly value the cloud as an essential business driver. And while it’s encouraging that most companies have migrated apps to public or private clouds (or both), it remains troubling that cyber-threats to data and systems outages remain a way of life for modern business users. “Collectively dubbed ‘the digital generation,’ this group has very specific requirements and perspective—and more so than previous generations,” according to the report.

More of the CIO Insight slideshow from Dennis McCafferty

Sep 16

IT Business Edge – The Cloud: Not Just Better IT, All-New IT

It’s fair to say that the cloud is fast-approaching the tipping point as the dominant means of deploying enterprise infrastructure. But while the broad outlines are coming into view, the exact architecture and the host’s location are still very much “up in the air.”

The latest estimate on cloud deployments came from 451 Research this week, which pegged the current cloud workload at about 41 percent of the enterprise total with a likely rise to 60 percent by the middle of 2018. In breaking down the numbers, the firm noted that the majority of deployments are taking place on private clouds and public SaaS infrastructure, and that going forward the private side will see largely flat growth while SaaS will jump by 23 percent. As well, IaaS deployments, currently only 6 percent of the total, will double to 12 percent in the next two years.

More of the IT Business Edge post from Arthur Cole