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How Disruptive IoT Will Be for the Enterprise Businesses are struggling to manage the information flow and interactions between all of these new devices and things jumping on their network, and the apps and IT systems they control. The data businesses gather is only helpful if they can do something with it. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Witeck, Principal Technology Strategist at Citrix, will discuss how different the impact of IoT will be for large businesses, expanding how IoT will allow large organizations to make their legacy applications and systems more useful by leveraging an increasingly disparate ecosystem of technologies, users and devices to create actionable business intelligence. Speaker Bio Chris Witeck is a Principal Technology Strategist at Citrix, where he works as a member of the Citrix Labs team to research and cultivate new technologies t... (more)

The DevOps Movement | @DevOpsSummit @CollabNet #DevOps #Monitoring

I recently hosted a webinar on Enterprise Software Development in Pursuit of Excellence that covers best practices for developing enterprise software that is both flexible and reliable. As software development becomes an integral part of today's enterprise, and teams are often dispersed globally, it's important as a developer to have some tried and true best practices to stand by. Scaling these principles and duplicating successes across the distributed enterprise can be a challenge however, particularly if other organizational stakeholders are turning on the heat when it comes to security, costs, and concerns about shadow IT. Often IT leaders and software development leaders have different priorities; they may be competing for the ear of C-level executives when it comes to resources and urgency. It's important to remember that they have the same agenda-to ensure th... (more)

Tips to Scaling the Enterprise for DevOps | @DevOpsSummit #APM #DevOps #ContinuousDelivery

Tips to Scaling the Enterprise for DevOps By Divesh Rupani During a recent webinar XebiaLabs’ own Sunil Mavadia, Director of Customer Success, and Tim Buntel, Vice President of Products, discussed how to scale the enterprise for DevOps and Continuous Delivery. We compiled a list of steps from the presentation. Take a look: 1. Create a highly performing DevOps environment The first step to scaling your enterprise should be doing whatever you can to ensure you have a high performing DevOps environment. Evaluate the strengths of your enterprise and what you hope to accomplish, then decide whether you’d like to start with Continuous Integration, Continuous Testing, or, the final phase, Continuous Delivery. You can start slowly, but you have to start somewhere. The following is a short list of simple things you can do to ensure your environment is truly high performing: ... (more)

Benefits of Knowledge Management By @TaylorsJim | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Importance and Benefits of Knowledge Management Scientia potentia est (Latin proverb meaning "knowledge is power") attributed to 16th century philosopher Sir Francis Bacon is nowadays more valid than ever. Knowledge is power and knowledge management is the key to success. Knowledge management, in business terms, refers to saving, developing, sharing, and effectively using knowledge for the benefit of organization. It refers to a multi-disciplined approach of achieving organizational objectives by making the best use of knowledge. In order to manage knowledge, one should be aware of different types of it: explicit (codified knowledge, found in documents), tacit (non codified, personal/experience-based knowledge and embedded knowledge (within people and processes). Explicit knowledge a type of knowledge which is easily transferred to someone else by teaching it or put... (more)

Deploy a Private Cloud in Minutes | @CloudExpo @Accelerite #Cloud

Zero to Cloud in 60 Minutes The cloud market growth today is largely in public clouds. While there is a lot of spend in IT departments in virtualization, these aren't yet translating into a true "cloud" experience within the enterprise. What is stopping the growth of the "private cloud" market? In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Nara Rajagopalan, CEO of Accelerite, will explore the challenges in deploying, managing, and getting adoption for a private cloud within an enterprise. What are the key differences between what is available in the public cloud and the early private clouds? He will also introduce their approach to solving the problem - how do we get an enterprise to deploy a private cloud in minutes that can compete with any public cloud in terms of functionality, cost and ease-of-use? Speaker Bio Nara Rajagopalan is CEO of Accelerite. He is a techno... (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)

Open Government Clouds

You wouldn't typically combine the words 'Government' and 'Innovation' in the same sentence, but actually it's the ideal way to highlight some of the most essential and exciting points about Cloud computing. Although the technology can lower operational costs by moving processes 'into the Cloud', up to 90% in some cases of government adoption, it's not the full extent of the benefits. It can also go hand in hand with 'Open Transformation' of the processes themselves, utilizing "Crowdsourcing" approaches to fully leverage all aspects of what modern technology offers. Cloud Bursting Efficiency The key ROI dynamics of Cloud are elasticity and new technology adoption. IT organizations can improve their cash flow by avoiding lots of unnecessary hardware capital costs, and they can break 'Innovation Gridlock' by opening up Web 2.0 type environments to users and developers t... (more)

Hitachi Stakes Out Cloud Storage with Advanced New Products

Hitachi Data Systems has sharpened its focus on "Big Data Clouds" with today's announcement of the latest version of its Hitachi Content Platform and a new product called the Hitachi Data Ingestor.  Together, they can be used by cloud service providers and distributed IT organizations to make easier, cheaper and safer to but large amounts of data, especially unstructured content, into the cloud. The Hitachi Content Platform is one big honkin' object store that can hold as much as 40 petabytes (1024 terabytes) of both structured and unstructured data per physical cluster, presented to both users and applications with a single, unified object view.   The HCP employs what the company calls "intelligent object" that can, "manage themselves given certain conditions" and eliminate the need for a "master control program" It includes a number of features for cloud service p... (more)

Six Tips on How to Implement a Successful Channel Strategy

The goal for any company is to create value for their customers. Selling through the channel can be an important sales strategy for any vendor if harnessed and prioritized correctly. While this approach can drive additional revenue and open up new sales opportunities, working in the channel can pose unique challenges as well. Creating a symbiotic relationship between the vendor and reseller is crucial. In order to put a solid channel strategy in place, there needs to be tight integration between each of the channel partners, VARs, systems integrators, distributors, and vendors. To move that forward, here are six tips that vendors should adhere to in order to develop a fruitful union: 1. Build the right foundation Vendor and channel partners alike must bring something new and different to the table. For instance, the vendor may have the rapport and technology the cus... (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)

Selecting a Hosting Partner

Selecting reliable hosting is important for any website, but for an ecommerce enterprise especially, it is imperative. Even the best sites can suffer from the effects of poor quality web hosting. For the online retailer, any amount of down-time can cause significant loss in revenue, whilst slow operating speeds and pages that fail to load properly are primary offenders in turning away visitors. What's more, many search engine algorithms detect and punish slow-loading landing pages, so a sluggish site can negatively affect ranking too. To find a web hosting package that fully accommodates your enterprise's needs just like the web hosting by Interoute, there are a number of key aspects to consider before making a commitment. Guaranteed Up-Time A guaranteed 98 per cent of ‘up-time' may seem like a great deal from the outset. However, if you look at it from the perspect... (more)