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
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)
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
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
The following is a short list of simple things you can do to ensure
your environment is truly high performing:
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
Explicit knowledge a type of knowledge which is easily transferred to someone
else by teaching it or put... (more)
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
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?
Nara Rajagopalan is CEO of Accelerite. He is a techno... (more)
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
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 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)
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
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
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 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.
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)