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Stories by Bob Violino

In depth: Unified communications still fragmented

Unified communications (UC) technology has garnered a fair amount of attention, much of it due to vendors touting their UC offerings as the answer to problems workers have keeping in touch with colleagues, business partners and customers in a highly frenetic, increasingly mobile business world.

Written by Bob Violino16 May 12 21:07

CIOs overcome shortage of business analytics talent

Just as historical reports alone aren't sufficient for making corporate decisions— executives want business intelligence to identify current and future trends—IT staffers need to know more about BI than how to run a data warehouse or build a dashboard. That puts CIOs in a bind, according to industry experts, who have raised alarms about a data analytics skills deficit.

Written by Bob Violino28 March 12 05:13

IT's 6-step guide to adopting consumerization

If your IT department is resisting the "consumerization" trend, it's in the minority. Recent research shows that most enterprises are proactively addressing this trend and the new relationship between IT and users that often accompanies a consumer IT strategy. What do they know that you don't?

Written by Bob Violino05 March 12 22:11

Cloud SWAT teams

Cloud computing poses unique security challenges for organizations, and multiple industry surveys have shown that security and privacy are among the key concerns of executives considering the cloud.

Written by Bob Violino04 Jan. 12 02:14

Preparing for the real costs of cloud computing

Most experts agree: The cloud is moving past the hype stage and starting to deliver tangible benefits, primarily increased flexibility and agility.

Written by Bob Violino06 Dec. 11 02:56

Off to a Fast Start

Feeling like your business intelligence efforts are a bit sluggish and out of touch with what the company needs? Maybe it's time to try agile BI, a rapid development methodology that solicits end-user input early and often and delivers BI systems fast.

Written by Bob Violino22 Nov. 11 02:08

7 ways to do big data right using the cloud

There's a wealth of data out there companies can use to better understand customers and identify emerging business opportunities and threats. But how to access and work with all that data? An emerging type of service called data as a service, or DaaS, promises to help.

Written by Bob Violino02 Nov. 11 06:33

Citigroup: Desktop standardization cuts energy costs by $6 million per year

New York-based financial services firm Citigroup began a strategic data center transformation in 2005, with the goal of reducing its data centers from 68 to 24 by the end of 2010. Citi not only met that goal, but exceeded it by cutting down to 22 data centers.

Written by Bob Violino25 Oct. 11 02:52

Build BI tools fast with agile approach

Feeling like your business intelligence effort is a bit sluggish and out of touch with what the business needs? Maybe it's time to try agile BI, a rapid development methodology that solicits end-user input early and often, and delivers BI systems fast.

Written by Bob Violino04 Oct. 11 00:47

How to make EA make sense to your CEO

How a CIO talks to other business leaders about planning and implementing enterprise architecture (EA) makes a huge difference to the success of the effort. But all too often, the discussion becomes a soup of technical jargon and business buzzwords. A simple, coherent message is key.

Written by Bob Violino01 Sept. 11 09:35

Preparing for the real costs of cloud computing

At a cloud computing conference in New York in June, a number of speakers pointed out that the cloud is moving past the hype stage and is beginning to deliver tangible benefits to organizations. These improvements include increased flexibility and agility.

Written by Bob Violino16 Aug. 11 00:31

ISACA launches audit program for social media governance

ISACA, a global association of 95,000 IT assurance, security and governance professionals, has launched a new customisable audit program to help enterprises address the complex and emerging area of social media governance.

Written by Bob Violino11 March 11 01:51

Cloud Security Alliance updates controls matrix

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has launched a revision of the Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM). The new matrix (version 1.1), available for free download, is designed to provide fundamental security principles to guide cloud vendors and help prospective cloud customers assess the overall security risk of a cloud provider.

Written by Bob Violino22 Dec. 10 02:23
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