With Planning, the Cloud brings Agility and Portability

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This post is brought to you by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP’s Make It Matter. When I speak to organizations about the cloud, I find the majority of them are using the cloud in some form or fashion today. Many have opted to build a private cloud to allow cloud-based systems while maintaining total […]

Hadoop and Big Data

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When I talk to people and companies who are just starting out in big data, I usually hear something about Hadoop. I’ll hear things like “If we are going to get into big data, we’ll need to implement Hadoop” or “we don’t have any Hadoop experience so we’ll need to gain that skill before we […]

Why Convergence?

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“This post is brought to you by End-to-End Solutions for IT Pros and Dell.” When I talk to clients about the technology and systems challenges being faced within their organization, I tend to hear a wide variety of responses. Challenges within the data center seem to exist in just about every client discussion. These challenges […]

The Future of IT is a Converged Future

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 This post is brought to you by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP’s Make It Matter. The business world today is one of constant change and growth. No where is that more visible than within the data center. Today, the CIO and IT group are working harder than ever to keep their data center running […]

Managing BYOD with Policies in the Midsized Firm

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There’s been much discussion of the concept of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) over the last few years. While the topic has been written about by many bloggers and authors, there’s been very little discussion about BYOD in the small and midsize business space. Many large organizations have the ability to deploy large and complex […]

The role of IT and the CIO in Marketing

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Isaac Sacolick recently wrote a post titled Dear CIO, Here’s How To Help the CMO with Marketing Automation where he talked about the need for CIO’s and CMO’s to work closely together for marketing automation projects. In that post, he wrote: …fully achieving “marketing automation” is no where as easy as SalesForce, Microsoft, or Oracle […]

Real World Mobility – Filling the Gaps

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Sponsored by Dimension Data. I just finished reading through the Dimension Data Secure Enterprise Mobility Report.The report is a nice report on how modern organizations are thinking about and approaching strategic planning with mobility, BYOD and security in mind. A few highlights of the report where 1,622 IT decision makers were surveyed: 27% said they […]

Incorporating Mobility into your Technology Strategy

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Sponsored by Dimension Data. In Thinking about Robust Strategies for BYOD and Mobile, I wrote:  A robust strategy for BYOD and mobility requires a re-thinking of the entire enterprise strategy. While re-thinking doesn’t equate to re-working, it does mean a complete end-to-end revisit of the enterprise strategy to ensure BYOD and mobile devices are well […]

Thinking about Robust Strategies for BYOD and Mobile

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Sponsored by Dimension Data. BYOD is a reality today. Organizations have been trying to figure out how to manage this new ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) reality but there are very few organizations that have robust strategies and solutions to manage this new mobile world. Most organizations have embraced BYOD with a few one-off solutions […]

Stop Talking, Start Listening – Tips for Vendors and Consultants

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We’ve all been there. Sitting in a meeting listening to a vendor pitch their solution. They bring a team in to your organization and spend a few hours doing a song and dance about how their solution and team is the best partner for you in the long term. This vendor explains to you how […]