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Don’t be the fool in the cloud

Is it really that hard to keep from making a security idiot of yourself?

Written by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols17 Oct. 17 01:23

Does 99.5% planned uptime = 99.5% actual uptime?

If you are evaluating cloud financial management applications, a common question is “how often does the system go down?” For most of the leading cloud vendors, they have a strikingly similar answer: 0.5% of the time, phrased as “99.5% uptime”. That sounds very impressive, but does that really mean your application will be up and running 99.5% of the time? The short answer is no.

Written by John Hoebler28 July 17 02:07

Nonstop IT and the myth of zero-downtime

Diamonds may be forever but they are non-trivial to produce; applications that are forever may be nearly as challenging to create.

Written by Barry Morris16 May 17 05:41

A tale of two user experiences

The perception of software quality will be forged in the first 90 seconds. Don’t let your users experience what I had to go through.

Written by David Taber01 March 17 01:37

Has your cloud consultant gone crazy?

You might not have noticed it, but cloud implementation consultants and contractors have been acting increasingly stupid over the last couple of years. If you think this doesn’t affect you and your project, you’re wrong.

Written by David Taber12 Sept. 16 23:33

Why private clouds will suffer a long, slow death

While private cloud proponents have spent the last five years focusing on getting their IaaS offerings working, Amazon, Microsoft and Google have moved way beyond core computing services. And you don’t have to strain to hear the death knell sounding for the private cloud.

Written by By IDG News Service staff16 Aug. 16 00:42

For Your Reading List: Re-Imagining Productive Work with Office 365 by Michael Sampson

Michael Sampson’s latest book, Re-Imagining Productive Work with Office 365, is a “must read” if you are currently using or planning to use Office 365. Michael is a brilliant author and approaches his overview of Office 365 not from the perspective of the individual technology elements, but from the perspective of the activities that “information workers” do every day.

Written by Susan Hanley15 July 16 11:47

Cloud consequences: JP Morgan calls time on IT-as-usual

IT as we know it is on the brink of massive disruption. Enterprise IT groups will struggle to rebalance skills while vendors struggle for survival. How will your organization fare in the new cloud-centric world?

Written by Bernard Golden06 May 16 00:19

Bimodal is a cop-out

Why would an organization adopt bimodal IT? It says an IT group needs to move both quickly and slowly for an effective digital workplace. I recommend that CIOs embrace DevOps – the jewel in the crown in the cloud world – and apply its principles of agile, elastic thinking to their legacy world.

Written by Peter Bendor-Samuel12 Nov. 15 19:06

Real world lessons from AWS re:Invent 2015

Amazon Web Services’ signature conference continues to show how customers both large and small are solving their real IT challenges, which is one of the reasons it’s evolved into a must-attend conference.

Written by Bernard Golden20 Oct. 15 15:04

Why you shouldn’t trust cloud service providers

It’s hard enough really trusting your own employees these days. So when it comes to employees of cloud service providers, columnist Rob Enderle writes you definitely shouldn’t trust them.

Written by Rob Enderle16 Oct. 15 20:05

Why Google's enterprise pitch is a confusing mess

Can you explain to your business colleagues what Google for Work is? If so, you're miles ahead of Google. The company's foray into the enterprise has been little more than a hodgepodge of silos, delineated by products and their respective teams. The company is doing a poor job marketing the entirety of Google for Work because the initiative overlaps with individual product sales and leads to operational confusion.

Written by Matt Kapko01 Aug. 15 02:37

Are cloud price hikes a harbinger of the future?

Last week, blogger Aidan Finn posted an excerpt from a Microsoft email announcing 13 percent price hikes in the European region. Reaction from the trade press was immediate, predicting that this action presaged ongoing price hikes.

Written by Bernard Golden17 July 15 23:47

Cloud computing has its ‘Jevons Moment'

In 1865, the English economist William Stanley Jevons published The Coal Question, a book with a prosaic title that contained profound implications. Jevons set out to establish the size of England's coal reserves, a critical question for industrial and naval power. During his research, he stumbled upon a curious paradox: As coal use became more efficient due to the advent of better quality steam engines, coal consumption rose rather than fell.

Written by Bernard Golden12 June 15 00:18

Is it Worth the Risk?

In my last blog with Stephen Gold, EVP of Business and Technology Operations and CIO of CVS Health, we discussed Gold's approach to continuity of value, a process that Gold uses to make sure he and his business partners make the right IT investments.

Written by Martha Heller11 June 15 03:54
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