Innovation and the CIO

CIOs must get the balance right between utility and innovation in order to secure influence in the future, according to new research from PA Consulting Group and Harvey Nash, a global professional recruitment consultancy and IT outsourcing service provider. The 2011 survey of over 2,500 CIOs and IT leaders reveals that CIOs are playing an…

From ROI to ROS: Return on Skills

By Shravan Goli Twenty years ago, I graduated from the University of Maryland with my Master’s degree in computer science. From my first days as a developer in the 1990s to my steps into management, I’ve always looked at my career as more than a series of steps up a ladder. I’ve viewed my career…

7 Things to Know Before Moving to the Cloud

by Bill Abram, founder and president of Pragmatix Moving to the cloud requires a significant investment in a company’s IT infrastructure. While there are numerous benefits such as fully virtualized servers, automated hourly backups, secure hosting and built-in disaster recovery plans, it is crucial to read and understand the fine print. Before transitioning your company’s…

Effective Measures to Deal with Cloud Security

by Jennifer Marsh, software programmer with Rackspace Hosting It’s easy to see why cloud computing is causing a seismic shift in the business models of companies as well as in the everyday computing habits of the general public. You don’t have to look hard to see its advantages. Cloud computing reduces expenses (hardware, software, network…

Cloud Collaboration Required

by Tom Adams, managing director, Americas Region, HP Financial Services Cloud computing has the potential to dramatically change the IT and business landscape. However, the journey to the cloud is not an overnight trip. For most large organizations, the move to cloud will be an evolutionary process not a revolutionary phenomenon. This evolutionary journey requires…

Cloud is Not a Cornucopia of Savings

by Barbara Rembiesa, CEO of IAITAM Organizations that chose to “go to the cloud” do not necessarily bring about dramatic savings and IT efficiencies that outweigh or eliminate the need for asset management. In fact, the adverse effect may be the case based on the added risk surrounding data security, access, data transfer and backup…

The ABCs of Cloud Compliance

by Caroline Lowden, director of Internal Audit for Cbeyond Cloud computing is providing many businesses with a cost-effective, low-maintenance approach to store and maintain customer data. Eliminating on-site servers frees up resources and money allowing businesses to invest in additional products without hindering their workflow or sacrificing security. More cloud, more regulation This increased reliance…

The ABCs of Cloud Compliance

The Biggest difference between SAS70 and SOC2/3 One of the biggest differences between an old SAS70 report and a new SOC 2/3 report is that management of the service organization cannot decide which controls they will test. Service organizations can select which criteria to evaluate (security, availability, confidentiality, processing integrity or privacy), but they must…

HP’s OpenStack-Powered Cloud Enters Public Beta

HP reached a big milestone in its Converged Cloud initiative by kicking off a public beta for its HP Cloud Services suite. The IT giant is entering the public cloud services market with an infrastructure based on OpenStack, an open source cloud platform developed by NASA and Rackspace. In just under two short years, the…

How to Sculpt a Private Cloud

System management and monitoring – As systems become more automated and dynamic, system monitoring becomes more critical and potentially more challenging. A mature system management infrastructure is the key to smooth operation and to troubleshooting. Additionally, proper monitoring tools can provide objective measurements of performance in a dynamic environment. Service orchestration – Service orchestration is…