There are many reasons that Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) run into problems, one reason need not be among them. In the increasingly complex and regulated world of Information Technology, investors engaged in mergers or acquisitions often ignore this crucial aspect of business operations at their own peril. (more…)
Mergers and Acquisitions happen almost every day, but anyone who has experienced an M&A first-hand knows they are not business-as-usual. This is especially true if you happen to be the CIO in charge of integrating the IT systems from two separate organizations. In these complex situations, savvy CIOs often look for seasoned partners to offer perspective and additional skills to facilitate a smoother transition. (more…)
Organizations are always evolving, growing, expanding, and adjusting. As a result, information technology must evolve right along with the business initiatives and strategies. However, that is often a very difficult and expensive process if the existing infrastructure, software, or personnel are not capable of providing the needed services. (more…)
For many companies reducing the costs of maintaining a complex computing environment, including the infrastructure, is the number one motivation for outsourcing. Cost is a significant driver; it can tip scales in favor of outsourcing, but it has to be considered alongside all the other factors we’re discussing in this post. (more…)
When it comes to running a data center, nearly every aspect of the operation involves risk…or more precisely…the mitigation of risk. There are three major categories of risk mitigation that all data centers must contend with:
• Hardware and facilities
This is a four part blog series discussing the benefits and reasons for outsourcing data center services. The four subject areas are:
1. Compliance with regulatory guidelines
2. Mitigate risk
3. Reduce costs
4. More easily implement strategic business adjustments (more…)
This is the third in a series of a three blog posts on Software-Defined Technologies, which include posts on: 1) Data Centers, 2) Storage, and 3) Networks.
Software-Defined Networking is changing everything about how networking is provisioned, monitored, and supported. At a fundamental level, SDN is changing the face of data center operations and providing new opportunities to enhance cloud computing environments, integrate with enterprise data centers, and support individual IT Outsourcing providers. (more…)
This is the second in a series of a three blog posts on Software-Defined Technologies, which include posts on: 1) Data Centers, 2) Storage, and 3) Networks.
Software-Defined Storage is a fundamental component of the Software-Defined Data Center. Like SDDC, SDS abstracts storage resources to enable pooling, replication and on-demand distribution of data to multiple storage devices. The benefits of SDS are across-the-board reduction in cost and a simplification of the storage process. (more…)
This is the first in a series of a three blog posts on Software-Defined Technologies, which include posts on: 1) Data Centers, 2) Storage, and 3) Networks.
The world of technology, our world, loves new things. This past year has seen a landslide of exciting and potentially game-changing innovations. I will not tick off all the new and amazing ‘technology’ gold nuggets that have been uncovered, but you probably know most of them. I will, however, remind you of Moore’s Law, because it is important to understand that we are living on a technological treadmill that never stops, in fact – it keeps speeding up. (more…)
Should managing an IT organization be like running a business? If you are responsible for the successful operation of an IT department, you are certainly aware of the technical demands as well as the similarities between managing an IT organization and running a business. The question is, how many CIOs actually manage their IT departments like a business? A follow up question might be, if the CEO ran the IT department, what changes would be made? (more…)