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Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Total Cost of Ownership and the Cloud Adoption Lifecycle Cloud adoption is often driven by a desire to increase efficiency, boost agility and save money. All too often, however, the reality involves unpredictable cost spikes and lack of oversight due to resource limitations. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Joe Kinsella, CTO and Founder of CloudHealth Technologies, tackled the question: "How do you build a fully optimized cloud?" He will examine: Why TCO is critical to achieving cloud success - and why attendees should be thinking holistically about cloud cost management. The critical elements of a sound governance program (e.g., tagging, implementing lights on/lights off policies). Real-world examples of companies that have driven cost savings, governance, and security through ... (more)

Blockchain Proof of Concept | @ExpoDX #IoT #FinTech #Blockchain #Bitcoin

We get it. If your company isn't up on blockchain, your future is doomed. At least, that's the general vibe industry leaders are putting out - scrambling to understand and utilize a framework that is more frequently associated with cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. In other words, block chain is, generally, poorly understood. So, should your company stand back and let it mature, or wade into the fray and hope for the best? The answer, as it usually does, falls somewhere in the middle. Recently, a Gartner blog highlighted the mad dash of companies trying to capitalize on blockchain, and the main takeaway is that companies should pursue the technology, but be wary of diving into a "pointless" project: There are multiple causes for disappointing project outcomes, including rapid rate of technology evolution," said Ray Valdes, vice president and Gartner Fellow. "However, a... (more)

Best Practices for DevOps Success By @JackieKahle | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Four Best Practices for DevOps Success Much of what is written about DevOps focuses on the development team and on making things faster. And the ops team is thinking, "Whoa, slow down! We need to ensure there's quality, so going fast with poor quality doesn't help." So dev and ops are immediately at odds with each other, because their goals are different. You want to center all teams around the common objective of having a predictable and reliable customer experience. That's just not a coding issue. There is a difference between quality of code and quality of experience, and what really matters to an organization is quality of experience. Dev, ops, and testing all succeed together in creating a quality experience, or they fail together. Achieving DevOps success requires coordination across different IT department workflows, and poses a challenge for many organizat... (more)

BYOID Exposes the “Digital Divide” Between IT and the Business

A growing number of websites allow visitors to log in using a digital identity from a trusted 3rd party -- like Facebook, Microsoft, PayPal, or Google. The fancy term for this is "federated identity," but most people call it Bring Your Own Identity, or BYOID. In today's application economy, organizations need to securely deliver new apps to grow their business quickly. This can increase IT risks, which puts a premium on an organization's ability to simplify the user experience without sacrificing security. Using an existing digital or social identity issued by a trusted third party to access applications can help organizations meet the need for simplicity, security and a positive customer experience. The Ponemon Institute and CA Technologies recently surveyed 1,589 IT security practitioners and 1,526 business users worldwide to understand how companies view BYOID. ... (more)

Predicting the Future of Enterprise Mobility

How many advertisements for automobiles today promote the fact their cars are horseless carriages?  None! Why?  It is an assumption that your automobile will be horseless. The same is happening today with mobile apps.  Who would develop a work order management or scheduling system today that does not support mobile?  Who would create business intelligence dashboards for executives that were not mobile? Today it is a mobile first world.  Our first considerations for software app designs are: What mobile devices will be used? How do I integrate wirelessly with my back-end data sources and systems? What onboard and remote sensors can I integrate into the app? How do I secure it? If all software apps are soon to be mobile, where will we find the next wave of innovation beyond traditional mobile apps and enterprise mobility platforms?  I believe it will come from sensor... (more)

Amazon AWS and the Public Cloud Paradox

When VMware announced its hybrid cloud initiative it made perfect sense.  The hybrid cloud market could provide substantial growth opportunities for VMware, as discussed in VMware Crosses the Rubicon and Hybrid is a Whole New Cloud.  Yet one respected tech analyst has recently suggested that VMware's hybrid cloud may be too late. Amazon (AMZN) could be the clearest benefactor of the hybrid cloud operating model if it accelerates the enterprise adoption of off premise cloud services, especially if it occurs before VMware (or Microsoft) is ready with an equivalent offering. As discussed previously, the total addressable market for VMware server virtualization and private cloud is about $50B dollars, per a VMware presentation made late in 2012.  Amazon’s AWS revenues, representing an estimated 90% of the public cloud market, were under $3B.  This suggests a wide gulf... (more)

AWS Starting New Enterprise Unit

Amazon Web Services is starting up a new unit focused on getting the Fortune 2000/mid-market segment to adopt its widgetry. According to Network World, it has also raided VMware for the guy who's going to be its VP of worldwide commercial sales, Mike Clayville. Clayville has been VP of product marketing for VMware's cloud infrastructure offerings for the last year having previously been VP of North American sales. What's still unclear is whether Amazon means to chase after VMware's private cloud business while VMware tries to step on Amazon's toes and go into the public cloud business. Back in March Business Insider had some research done based on LinkedIn data and found out that Amazon had hired 200 enterprise sales reps since 2011 when it had practically no enterprise sales people at all. It is also trying to keep its $600 million contract to develop a private c... (more)

Mobility, BYOD Expected to Benefit Federal Workforce

It seems it's in the best interest of the U.S. government to have its employees hit the road. A recent study uncovered how a mobile federal workforce is one that is more productive and cost-effective. But getting from here to there, however, proves challenging. Federal agencies and taxpayers benefit from a mobile federal workforce, but outdated infrastructure restricts mobile potential and productivity gains, according to a survey by MeriTalk, a public-private partnership focused on improving the outcomes of government IT. The study indicated federal employees are taking advantage of the flexibility mobility offers, with 81 percent of federal employees surveyed connecting to work remotely at least once a week, while 54 percent connect at least once a day, and 45 percent connect several times a day, according to an article on eWEEK.com. "Federal employees are incre... (more)

How Can IT Keep up with the Pace of Change?

New research commissioned by CA Technologies and conducted by Vanson Bourne shows the role of IT is changing -- and not to benefit IT leaders in many cases. The survey of 1,300 senior IT leaders worldwide revealed 39% of respondents now see IT as a service broker or consultant to the line of business rather than a full-service provider of all IT services; and 35% of IT spending is occurring outside of the IT department today - and that number is expected to grow to 44% in three years. Other disturbing findings show that just 11% see the role of IT as a developer of new, innovative services and only 14% consider IT as a driver of new business initiatives. One of the key takeaways I see in the research results is that the whole notion that IT is responsible for governing the pace of change has been irrevocably broken. Arguably, that was one of the things that IT did i... (more)

Seven Changes Driving the Future of IT

Today's IT leaders must feel like they are living in a mash-up of two songs -"The Times They Are a-Changin" and "We've Only Just Begun." The question isn't whether the role of IT is changing, it is what you as an IT leader need to do to get ahead of the change. A recent global survey commissioned by CA Technologies and conducted by Vanson Bourne illustrates how radically the role of IT is changing in today's business -- and not always to the benefit of IT leaders and staffers. The survey of 1,300 senior IT leaders from large organizations in 21 countries explored the IT department as it is today and what it might become in the future. The research highlights seven big changes that are driving the future of IT, as seen in this SlideShare deck that summarizes the key findings of the research: Seven Changes Driving the Future of IT from CA Technologies The last of the... (more)

Leaders vs Laggards in the Application Economy By @JackieKahle | @CloudExpo

Leaders Versus Laggards in the Application Economy Today, we’re at a crossroads. Some companies are choosing to dive into the application economy, while others stand back afraid of the change. It should come as no surprise then that companies that are embracing the application economy are emerging as victorious. That’s because customers today are far more likely to experience brands through software than in-person interactions. Everything is connected through the application-based world, and customers are demanding superior user experiences. What can you learn from the leaders in the application economy, and what will it take for you to join their ranks? The study We ask ourselves this every day, and our customers come to us for our advice as well. So we thought it would be helpful if we got some hard data. Several months ago CA technologies commissioned the resea... (more)