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HP bows out of public cloud; bringing Agile concepts to change management

For many technology providers, Amazon represents one of the biggest competitive threats. This is most recently evident with HP’s decision to shut down its Helion Public Cloud, ceding to the likes of Amazon and Microsoft. Oracle, on the other hand, is still devoted to competing with Amazon’s cloud services, unveiling new cloud features. Fran details the companies’ strategies and gets analysts’ takes in this week’s Searchlight. Also in Searchlight: IBM acquires The Weather Co.’s digital assets; MasterCard wants to turn everything into a payment device.

Change management strategies should think Agile, according to Ken Accardi, the former CIO of GE Medical Systems. In Senior News Writer Nicole Laskowski’s interview with Accardi, he explains why change management strategies should adapt concepts from Agile software development.

Better user experience is always the goal, but it can sometimes be a challenge to balance that with data security. In this tip, SearchCIO expert Harvey Koeppel gives advice on delivering great user experience without inviting unnecessary data risks.

Prevention security isn’t always enough, according to SearchCIO expert Eric Parizo. CIOs need to guide a shift in IT security spending toward attack detection and response. Parizo explains how to get there.

An IT asset management strategy (ITAM) can be a saving grace for many companies. In this Q&A, find out what it’s like to skirt software companies’ license compliance requirements and how IoT will impact ITAM.

Over on SearchCompliance, explore how businesses must stay alert and incorporate front- and back-end processes to make sure their information is protected in an evolving threat environment.

Check out the TotalCIO blog to read why the Cloud Standards Customer Council advices you to pick PaaS in order to swiftly develop and deploy applications. Then, on the IT Compliance Advisor blog, site editor Fran Sales runs down the latest GRC news, including Goldman Sachs’ $50 million fine and the Wal-Mart bribery probe.

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