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Legacy IT systems: Keep 'em or cut 'em?
How do you calculate the expiration date on your legacy IT systems? It's a question CIOs must grapple with as they look at which IT systems are worth keeping around, and which are on the way out. In this issue of CIO Decisions e-zine, we speak to experts about how they devise keep-vs.-cut formulas that go beyond trusting their gut, and feature CIOs who have made the transition and have lessons to share.
Also in this issue, we examine the results of TechTarget's 2015 IT Priorities Survey; look at the ways in which enterprises can incorporate a diversified cloud strategy; investigate the buzz around Docker's brand of container software and whether enterprises should invest; document how L.L. Bean is cataloging its data; and speak with Deepak Agarwal, CIO at the School District of Palm Beach County, Fla., about why scalable Web apps are scoring top marks in his book.
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Features in this issue
After decades of building up their IT infrastructures, companies are faced with deciding which legacy systems to keep and which to cut. CIOs can attest there are no easy formulas.
A young and an old retailer shed light on how they're profiting from big data. (Hint: The secret is in their approach to project management.)
It can be tough for CIOs to get cloud providers to commit to providing long-term services. One way to ensure stability is by using a diversified cloud strategy.
News in this issue
The 2015 outlook for information technology includes higher budgets and an emphasis on cloud, according to TechTarget's annual IT priorities survey.
CIO Deepak Agarwal cut costs by nearly half in a major ITconsolidation a few years ago. Here, he talks about recent efforts to update outmoded legacy apps.
Docker's brand of container software has tech giants buzzing. What's all the fuss about and should enterprises pounce? Also in Searchlight: Samsung-Blackberry acquisition rumor nixed; the U.S. Central Command's Twitter gets hacked.
Columns in this issue
Should your legacy IT systems stay or go? CIOs tasked with this decision might find eliminating past-their-prime systems to be the kindest cut of all.