BrandPost: Cut IT Support Costs to Drive Digital Business Initiatives

Does your IT organization eagerly embrace digital transformation, or quiver in fear at the prospect of it?

If the former, you’re following the model of world-class IT organizations that run more efficiently and devote a larger portion of their process costs to new business-focused initiatives. That’s the takeaway from a study by Hackett Group, as reported in an issue of Computer Weekly.

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Does your IT organization eagerly embrace digital transformation, or quiver in fear at the prospect of it?

If the former, you’re following the model of world-class IT organizations that run more efficiently and devote a larger portion of their process costs to new business-focused initiatives. That’s the takeaway from a study by Hackett Group, as reported in an issue of Computer Weekly.

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BrandPost: What’s the State of the CIO?

The life of a CIO? It’s complicated. That’s the conclusion of CIO Editor in Chief Dan Muse, introducing the publication’s 2017 State of the CIO report.

“Moving apps and workloads to the cloud, ensuring legacy software can talk to off-premises apps, and keeping networks and systems secure remain core functional tasks of the CIO role,” Muse writes. “At the same time, boards of directors, CEOs, and business colleagues are turning to the CIO to lead digital transformations, win customers, and drive revenue.”

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The life of a CIO? It’s complicated. That’s the conclusion of CIO Editor in Chief Dan Muse, introducing the publication’s 2017 State of the CIO report.

“Moving apps and workloads to the cloud, ensuring legacy software can talk to off-premises apps, and keeping networks and systems secure remain core functional tasks of the CIO role,” Muse writes. “At the same time, boards of directors, CEOs, and business colleagues are turning to the CIO to lead digital transformations, win customers, and drive revenue.”

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BrandPost: Enterprise Apps Are at a Crossroads — Podcast Episode 1

The time has come to rethink the CIO role. Listen as Rebecca Wettemann of Nucleus Research and IDG’s Tom Schmidt discuss why this needs to be the year where CIOs go from “serving” to “leading.”

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The time has come to rethink the CIO role. Listen as Rebecca Wettemann of Nucleus Research and IDG’s Tom Schmidt discuss why this needs to be the year where CIOs go from “serving” to “leading.”

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BrandPost: Digital Transformation: “It Isn’t a Technology Thing”

According to IDC, global organizations will spend $1.2 trillion on digital transformation this year.

“Changing competitive landscapes and consumerism are disrupting businesses and creating an imperative to invest in digital transformation, unleashing the power of information across the enterprise and thereby improving the customer experience, operational efficiencies, and optimizing the workforce,” says Eileen Smith, program director in IDC’s Customer Insights & Analysis Group. 

Clearly, CIOs are going to be walking a tightrope as digital transformation unfolds, and finding a balance between managing essential legacy systems while shifting funds to digital systems of engagement will be a formidable challenge.

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According to IDC, global organizations will spend $1.2 trillion on digital transformation this year.

“Changing competitive landscapes and consumerism are disrupting businesses and creating an imperative to invest in digital transformation, unleashing the power of information across the enterprise and thereby improving the customer experience, operational efficiencies, and optimizing the workforce,” says Eileen Smith, program director in IDC’s Customer Insights & Analysis Group. 

Clearly, CIOs are going to be walking a tightrope as digital transformation unfolds, and finding a balance between managing essential legacy systems while shifting funds to digital systems of engagement will be a formidable challenge.

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BrandPost: IPv6 Is No Hail Mary

It may answer some prayers, but it fails to address the fundamental flaw in TCP/IP

IP addresses function not only as an identifier, but also as a locator, which is a frequent cause of IT headaches. The location function causes conflicts, adds to management overhead, creates security holes, and often raises availability issues. Don’t hold your breath waiting for IPv6 to resolve all these issues—that could be fatal. IP addressing is fundamentally flawed, and migrating to IPv6 for the most part compounds the issue. But there is a fix – global namespace.

When the internet took off, it quickly became clear that the finite number of IPv4 addresses would soon be tapped out. The protocol allows for about 4 billion IP addresses, and there are already more than 4 billion connected devices—with many more on the way as a result of the adoption of cloud, the Internet of Things (IoT), and software containers.

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It may answer some prayers, but it fails to address the fundamental flaw in TCP/IP

IP addresses function not only as an identifier, but also as a locator, which is a frequent cause of IT headaches. The location function causes conflicts, adds to management overhead, creates security holes, and often raises availability issues. Don’t hold your breath waiting for IPv6 to resolve all these issues—that could be fatal. IP addressing is fundamentally flawed, and migrating to IPv6 for the most part compounds the issue. But there is a fix – global namespace.

When the internet took off, it quickly became clear that the finite number of IPv4 addresses would soon be tapped out. The protocol allows for about 4 billion IP addresses, and there are already more than 4 billion connected devices—with many more on the way as a result of the adoption of cloud, the Internet of Things (IoT), and software containers.

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BrandPost: Cloud for the enterprise

Portions of this post were originally posted on the Puppet blog, and are republished here with Puppet’s permission.

Enterprise companies turn to the cloud for lots of reasons: to quickly and economically provide development and testing environments; to burst at times of peak customer demand; and to generally be able to make changes faster and more flexibly.

Whatever you think you may need from the cloud — and whatever concerns and reservations you may have — others have been there.

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Portions of this post were originally posted on the Puppet blog, and are republished here with Puppet's permission.

Enterprise companies turn to the cloud for lots of reasons: to quickly and economically provide development and testing environments; to burst at times of peak customer demand; and to generally be able to make changes faster and more flexibly.

Whatever you think you may need from the cloud — and whatever concerns and reservations you may have — others have been there.

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BrandPost: IT Trailblazers: Why There’s No Such Thing as an IT Project

Andy Baer is a 30-year veteran of the IT sector, including more than five years spent as the CIO of Comcast Cable. There he was responsible for transforming the communication company’s IT strategy across all its customer care, front-line employee support, and corporate systems by introducing cutting-edge solutions to support both growth and customer experience improvements. For this edition of “IT Trailblazers,” Baer, now SVP for the Global Communications and Media Industry Group at Salesforce, shares his advice for adapting in the rapidly changing services industry and why he believes so-called IT projects are never just about IT.

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Andy Baer is a 30-year veteran of the IT sector, including more than five years spent as the CIO of Comcast Cable. There he was responsible for transforming the communication company’s IT strategy across all its customer care, front-line employee support, and corporate systems by introducing cutting-edge solutions to support both growth and customer experience improvements. For this edition of “IT Trailblazers,” Baer, now SVP for the Global Communications and Media Industry Group at Salesforce, shares his advice for adapting in the rapidly changing services industry and why he believes so-called IT projects are never just about IT.

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BrandPost: Disaster Recovery in a Virtual World

Business is in the process of going digital, and while that has profound implications for the entire organization—technology, processes and people—it is particularly relevant to data protection and disaster recovery. Most data protection and data recovery (DP/DR) tools currently in use were created before optimization for virtualized server environments, integration with new storage technologies and cloud services were widely considered, according to IDC.

And because backup is seen as a cost and an insurance policy, rather than as a business enabler, many organizations have under-invested in it for many years, which will impair IT managers’ ability to meet availability requirements for data and applications.

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Business is in the process of going digital, and while that has profound implications for the entire organization—technology, processes and people—it is particularly relevant to data protection and disaster recovery. Most data protection and data recovery (DP/DR) tools currently in use were created before optimization for virtualized server environments, integration with new storage technologies and cloud services were widely considered, according to IDC.

And because backup is seen as a cost and an insurance policy, rather than as a business enabler, many organizations have under-invested in it for many years, which will impair IT managers’ ability to meet availability requirements for data and applications.

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BrandPost: CIO Interview with Shawn Edwards, CTO, Bloomberg LP

How are disruptive technologies like cloud computing, mobility, big data, and social media impacting your work as CTO?

Let’s focus on cloud. Bloomberg is actually a cloud service provider, and we have a very sophisticated internal cloud that helps my team move faster. It used to take us over a month to get new servers provisioned, but our cloud has dropped that down to minutes now. That lets us experiment more easily. If someone in my group wants to explore a new idea, they can just spin up 1,000 nodes and try it. It’s incredibly liberating.

How is that speed increase changing how you work with Bloomberg’s business units?

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How are disruptive technologies like cloud computing, mobility, big data, and social media impacting your work as CTO?

Let’s focus on cloud. Bloomberg is actually a cloud service provider, and we have a very sophisticated internal cloud that helps my team move faster. It used to take us over a month to get new servers provisioned, but our cloud has dropped that down to minutes now. That lets us experiment more easily. If someone in my group wants to explore a new idea, they can just spin up 1,000 nodes and try it. It’s incredibly liberating.

How is that speed increase changing how you work with Bloomberg’s business units?

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