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Shift Happens: Why Enterprise Cloud and Managed Services Are the Future of Integrations The hot topics in the industry today seem to center around Digital Transformation and Mobile Apps. While a digital transformation strategy is crucial to keep up with the chaos in your industry, customer demands, and other disruptions, the need to create mobile apps to remain relevant in your market and to your customers is equally a no-brainer. Regardless of the approach, the next question always seems to pop up: What architecture should I chose? Native? Hybrid? Managed? Hosted? In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Scott Baker, Senior Managing Director, Emerging Business Portfolio, Hitachi Data Systems, will explore the differences between these architectural approaches and the impact they have on the portability and mobility of organizational data, security concerns to keep in m... (more)

[session] Enterprise Cloud Adoption | @CloudExpo @DivvyCloud #AI #DevOps

Best Practices for Enterprise Cloud Adoption - How Cloud Infrastructure Automation Delivers the Agility, Speed and Cost Benefits This talk centers around how to automate best practices in a multi-/hybrid-cloud world based on our work with customers like GE, Discovery Communications and Fannie Mae. Today's enterprises are reaping the benefits of cloud computing, but also discovering many risks and challenges. In the age of DevOps and the decentralization of IT, it's easy to over-provision resources, forget that instances are running, or unintentionally expose vulnerabilities. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Jeremy Snyder, VP of Business Development at DivvyCloud, will discuss the approaches to take control of your cloud with self-healing infrastructure, while realizing the promised agility, speed and cost benefits of the cloud. Speaker Bio Jeremy Snyder is the ... (more)

[slides] Cloud Adoption Lifecycle | @CloudExpo #CloudNative #AI #DX #AWS

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: Does Your Proof of Concept = Success? | @CloudExpo #Cloud #FinTech #Blockchain

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)

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)

‘Enterprise DevOps’ By @JPMorgenthal | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here The term culture has had a polarizing effect among DevOps supporters. Some propose that culture change is critical for success with DevOps, but are remiss to define culture. Some talk about a DevOps culture but then reference activities that could lead to culture change and there are those that talk about culture change as a set of behaviors that need to be adopted by those in IT. There is no question that businesses successful in adopting a DevOps mindset have seen departmental culture change, the question remains, is culture the leading edge of this change? I posit that in large enterprises, culture change is the result of effective process and organizational change fostered by good IT leaders and is not the front end of change. In his session at DevOps Summit, JP Morgenthal, Director, Cloud Computing Practice at Perficient, discusse... (more)

Is Web 2.0 Dead or Is It Thriving?

If you listen to Gartner then you will get confused. In 2009, Gartner in their Hype Cycle declared that Web 2.0 is the technology which will have transformational impact on enterprise. However, on 2010, Web 2.0 does not even find a place in the Hype Cycle. Since Gartner is sending confusing signals, let us look at other signals to evaluate what we can conclude about the: Transformational impact of Web 2.0 Level of adoption of Web 2.0 Web 2.0 has three distinct subdivisions. Each of them can be independently evaluated for the impact and adoption to see if Gartner was right in 2009 or are they giving the correct message in 2010. Web 2.0 Fabric: There are innovators who have established infrastructure on the internet which acts as a medium of interaction between and among individuals and organizations. Every such successful innovation adds a technology to the list of ... (more)

An Evolution from Project Management to Cloud-Based Social Collaboration

As hundreds of Enterprise 2.0 tools continue to flood the market, the use of social networks within the enterprise is extending into other toolsets such as project management. The intersection of project management and social collaboration has the potential to improve complex project management by leveling customary organizational boundaries and facilitating interdepartmental co-creation. By doing so, innovation is crowd-sourced at an enterprise level, enabling and filtering out the best ideas rather than the loudest. This area of cloud adoption could potentially change organizational behavior and innovation as we know it. Social Networking Enters the Enterprise Business-focused social sites have successfully made their way into thousands of enterprises, unhinging the antiquated ideal that it is the tool, and not our attention span, that make us less productive. By t... (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)

[session] @Nutanix Enterprise Cloud for #DevOps | @CloudExpo #APM #SDN

Nutanix Enterprise Cloud for DevOps DevOps is often described as a combination of technology and culture. Without both, DevOps isn't complete. However, applying the culture to outdated technology is a recipe for disaster; as response times grow and connections between teams are delayed by technology, the culture will die. A Nutanix Enterprise Cloud has many benefits that provide the needed base for a true DevOps paradigm. In his general session at 20th Cloud Expo, Chris Brown, a Solutions Marketing Manager at Nutanix, will explore the ways that Nutanix technologies empower teams to react faster than ever before and connect teams in ways that were either too complex or simply impossible with traditional infrastructures. Speaker Bio Chris Brown is a Solutions Marketing Manager at Nutanix. He has 6 years of IT experience, with the majority of that time being spent in ... (more)

Bitrix Brings Enterprise 2.0 to the Cloud

Bitrix, Inc has announced the release of Bitrix Intranet Portal / Cloud Edition - a specially-designed version of its Enterprise 2.0 software suitable for cloud deployment and rent-a-portal distribution model. This initiative enables service providers to reinforce their service portfolio and maximize profits while customers can save up to 80% of intranet implementation costs. "The cloud is a challenging distribution channel for Enterprise 2.0 solutions. Service providers are constantly looking for new ways of increasing revenues, while their customers are searching for tools to create effective internal workspaces while streamlining financial, personnel, and hardware resources. The new edition of our flagship product is a perfect fit for both sides," said Dmitry Valyanov, President of Bitrix, Inc. Bitrix Intranet Portal / Cloud Edition is a ready-to-go solution for ... (more)