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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: 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)

[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)

Hitachi to Present #DX at @CloudExpo | @HDScorp #AI #DigitalTransformation

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)

Enterprise Social Adoption Challenges

I have attended IBM's Lotusphere conference many times, but this year was a different experience. The long-familiar yellow Lotus branded signs were missing as the conference was renamed "IBM Connect." The move away from Lotus branding was expected after IBM's recent repositioning of Lotus products, along with some new acquisitions under the umbrella of IBM Collaboration Solutions. The change also reflects IBM's overall direction away from selling products to customers to focusing on business outcomes. The three main themes of the Connect 2013 conference were Social Business, Smarter Commerce and Smarter Workforce. These new focus areas are designed to enable IBM to expand into new markets while enrolling new clients. Social interactions and mobile access bring along a large amount of data snippets, so analytics is an essential piece required to harvest maximum va... (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)

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)

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)

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)

Book Review: Enterprise Governance and Enterprise Engineering

This is the last book in the Enterprise Engineering Series I had to read. It covers a ton of topics and covers them in-depth. The book starts out with a nice introduction to the author's point of view regarding Enterprise Engineering and Enterprise Governance. It then continues with chapters on Mechanistic and Organismic Perspectives on Governance, Enterprise Essentials, System Thinking, Corporate Governance, IT Governance, Enterprise Governance, and The Praxis Illustrated a case study. One of the things I like most about this book is that it combines corporate governance and IT governance under the Enterprise Governance umbrella. Most larger organizations see IT in a supporting role instead of a strategic ally, which leads to the corporate or business decisions being only partially effective. The business makes their decisions in a bubble that does not provide a realis... (more)

Beyond the Walls of the Enterprise

Most in IT understand that mobile applications are unique. In terms of development, delivery, and management things just are not quite the same as compared to your typical enterprise application. There are many reasons for these differences including new and different programming models and languages, different application packaging and delivery, different development and testing methodologies, and more. While all of these are interesting and have profound effects, in talking to enterprise IT shops there is one major difference that sticks out a little more than most: mobile applications live beyond the walls of the enterprise. Enterprise IT is all about the application, or perhaps better put, it is all about the services offered up via applications. If you look at just about any instance of enterprise infrastructure technology, you can usually talk about how it he... (more)