Cloud computing for business
- January 21, 2011
Public cloud computing carries with it great promise and great risk. Enterprises are hesitant to get on board, despite continuous advice last year from industry experts to embrace it rather than ...
- January 13, 2011
The topic of risk in the public cloud elicits a strong emotional reaction from IT executives. In response to one of my recent stories about the WikiLeaks episode, I heard from readers on both ends ...
- January 07, 2011
Waiting in line at a recent data center conference, I struck up a conversation with an enterprise architect at a major appliance manufacturer who said he was there with a mission: to figure out how ...
- December 22, 2010
Public cloud computing risks are back in the spotlight following the Amazon.com-WikiLeaks debacle. Midmarket firms will be the ones to drive changes in transparency, experts say.
- December 21, 2010
A community cloud is taking shape among vertical-industry companies keen on sharing computing resources and gaining low-cost access to industry-specific applications.
- November 18, 2010
Cloud technology accentuates some norms of IT culture that need to change. The command-and-control approach is one of them.
- November 10, 2010
The cost of data management solutions in the cloud and on-premise is still a bit steep for SMBs, but a lack of data classification will cost you more.
- October 27, 2010
Midmarket cloud adopters are in need of a data integration solution that can ease the flow of information among cloud applications and on-premise systems.
- October 13, 2010
IT executives share their IT governance strategies as consumerization and the cloud change the rules -- and responsibilities -- of IT.
- September 23, 2010
Transferring data outside your four walls, particularly over the Internet, is not an appealing prospect to many CIOs. But cloud uptime? Now that is an even larger trust issue that CIOs just can't ...
- September 08, 2010
Outsourcing solutions are undergoing a seismic shift, says the head of outsourcing at A.T. Kearney. See what CIOs want from outsourcing companies, and the tradeoffs made in return.
- September 01, 2010
Public and private cloud computing have penetrated enterprises, forcing IT to develop a plan for managing two distinct service-delivery models.
- August 24, 2010
A cloud computing solution at Harvard Medical School illustrates the need for CIOs to articulate the business case and bring everyone into the process.
- August 17, 2010
All eyes are on cloud provider liability limits as experts ponder the financial backing needed for enterprise trust.
- August 12, 2010
Experts lament the lack of cloud computing law covering the financial remuneration of unexpected downtime, while some cloud providers innovate with money-back guarantees.
- July 08, 2010
IT chargeback is being put to the test by cloud computing. Which metrics can be used to charge business units for IaaS, PaaS and SaaS?
- July 06, 2010
Integrated computing stacks from Oracle and IBM aren't catching on with most CIOs, but some see an advantage when stacks are connected with architectures for private cloud computing.
- June 29, 2010
As private cloud computing gains traction in the enterprise, pitfalls await uninformed IT staff. Avoid common mistakes by reading our list of private cloud misperceptions.
- June 25, 2010
The Internet may be global, but cloud computing, like most politics, is local -- or should be, according to experts who say a cloud location must adhere to country-based privacy and data security ...
- June 24, 2010
Private cloud computing is something with which enterprises are coming to grips. Check out our list of five best practices for successfully deploying a private cloud.
- June 15, 2010
BI SaaS solutions for the cloud are causing more commotion among enterprise and midmarket companies alike than are cloud apps for email and CRM.
- June 09, 2010
Cloud collaboration tools were the start of the USGA's cloud migration strategy -- bringing cost savings, business continuity and customizable CRM to the association.
- June 08, 2010
CIOs can control cloud provisioning with governance around self-service and automation, while embracing an on-demand, "business technology" approach.
- June 01, 2010
JetBlue Airlines uses HP's LoadRunner for website performance testing amid a spate of new cloud-based performance testing software services.
- May 26, 2010
Cloud computing has generated a lot of buzz (and noise) over the years -- but what is it, really? Learn some of the basics and how to plan a cloud strategy for midmarket IT.
- May 19, 2010
Dave Hart, chief technology officer of $1 billion IT infrastructure service provider Presidio, discusses virtual data center conundrums and how midmarket CIOs can get around them.
- May 18, 2010
Putting some applications into the cloud is a no-brainer; others may never be the right fit, experts say.
- May 12, 2010
Medical informatics provider Schumacher Group integrates on-premises and Software-as-a-Service-based client identities with a single sign-on service.
- May 06, 2010
Cloud service providers are being asked by IT execs to lay bare their security, data integration, compliance and performance capabilities -- and to have an exit strategy.
- May 05, 2010
Microsoft CIO Tony Scott predicts 2010 will usher in big changes for CIOs, starting with "unprecedented demand" for IT and the expansion of the CIO role to business operations.
- April 13, 2010
Identity management in cloud computing is a hot button: Enterprises grapple with the security concerns perceived to be associated with the cloud, but are attracted by the possible cost savings and management efficiencies it presents.
- April 08, 2010
CIOs are developing their own cloud security best practices, such as auditing, risk assessment and contractual obligations, while the cloud industry plays catch-up.
- April 07, 2010
Find out why one CIO believes most midmarket companies will move to cloud email in the next few years and where he thinks cloud computing services are limited.
- April 06, 2010
Standards groups are developing cloud interoperability, portability and security standards in an attempt to ease the switch from one cloud provider to another.
- March 25, 2010
CIO Rich Secor decided to look into cloud computing pricing to see what all the buzz was about. Could it save his company, Health Advances LLC, some money? Could it provide better application ...
- March 17, 2010
Some organizations are dipping their toes into the cloud by deploying Web apps. In Office 2010, Microsoft takes this one step further -- offering its Office suite in the cloud.
- February 04, 2010
Going forward, IT is being asked to work more closely with the business, driving value and realizing investment benefits -- while also maintaining technological support for the business. In order ...
- January 26, 2010
I was talking to an analyst recently about how to improve IT responsiveness when the subject of cloud computing came up. The cloud lets IT scale out servers and entire platforms pretty quickly, ...
- January 19, 2010
SearchCIO.com's annual IT salary and careers survey indicates that IT execs expect pay increases in 2010, even though pessimism and tactical concerns linger. Read the stories here.
- December 29, 2009
Learn how a CIO saved more than $300,000 through server virtualization and cloud computing.
- December 08, 2009
Will 2010 be the year most IT budgets decline? Our annual survey says "yes" but also reveals significant differences in both budgets and priorities between haves and have-nots.
- November 18, 2009
Learn how one IT director employed application consolidation to cut maintenance costs, improve reliability and centralize data with a strategy that included SaaS.
- October 09, 2009
I just returned from Forrester Research Inc.'s Services & Sourcing Forum in Chicago. Newsflash: Chicago is a windy city! Another newsflash: The road to creating and managing IT outsourcing ...
- October 07, 2009
IT disaster recovery is dead, according to the head of the Disaster Recovery Institute International. Here's how DR is becoming synonymous with business continuity.
- August 25, 2009
New technologies such as virtualization, disk backup and cloud are radically changing IT disaster recovery services.
- August 19, 2009
Once you have virtualized most of your servers, what's next? Experts dish on the next steps to creating a virtual infrastructure, sometimes with little capital investment.
- August 11, 2009
CIOs reluctant to put cloud pilots into production are investing in private clouds with moves they can then take to the public cloud later.
- August 06, 2009
In their rush to get services on the market, cloud computing providers are leaving quite a few gaps when it comes to contracts and accountability. Here's what to watch out for.
- July 30, 2009
Users want to consume IT as a Service and will bypass IT, or nudge IT into the cloud if necessary, to get there. Plus: How companies are handling chargeback.
- July 21, 2009
Still learning about the cloud? This quick rundown of four well-known vendors with cloud computing services is for you.
- July 14, 2009
Cloud computing seem out of your midmarket reach? This quick-hit guide answers common questions, dispels myths and provides tangible cloud computing facts.
- June 29, 2009
Michael Jackson’s passing and the outpouring of grief and curiosity made its way full force onto the Internet last week, slowing down webmail, news sites and search engines and grinding Twitter to ...
- June 09, 2009
For $1,700 per month, Mayer Electric finds a B2B integration service to satisfy a small but growing customer base seeking an end-to-end "punchout" online ordering process.
- May 26, 2009
Server virtualization, plus software-based replication and cloud computing offerings, can reduce the cost of your IT disaster recovery plan.
- May 12, 2009
Software testing services in the cloud mean faster time to market and cost savings for application development, but watch out for these limitations.
- April 22, 2009
In this exclusive video interview with iRobot CIO Jay Leader, learn about his thoughts on SaaS, cloud computing and how the role of the CIO has evolved.
- April 21, 2009
VMware's new cloud operating system, vSphere, brings new capabilities, though some big cloud projects will use Microsoft's virtualization technology.
- April 16, 2009
MIT’s Kirsch Auditorium was standing room only last night for a forum on cloud computing, part of the university’s Innovation Series for entrepreneurs, investors and patent attorneys. But there was ...
- April 07, 2009
For the price of a SAN, Marian College is building a private cloud to create a flexible IT architecture and help transform the liberal arts school into a university.
- April 02, 2009
Learn how to effectively incorporate remote/branch offices into your established disaster recovery plans with tips and advice from one of Forrester's DR analysts.
- March 24, 2009
Turning server virtualization and the cloud computing concept into a private cloud is more than semantics. Our expert details how it differs from a virtual server farm and more.
- March 03, 2009
Cloud computing allows a firm to bring its call center in-house to improve customer service, plus integrate applications and provide executive dashboards. Here's how.
- February 04, 2009
Changing pricing models, longer contracts and customization are making it harder to switch providers, so build safety nets into your SaaS contracts.
- January 21, 2009
Partners offer the customization and business process improvements that enterprise apps require, but new complexity doesn't override traditional SaaS benefits.
- January 13, 2009
The recession has CIOs scrambling to contain costs any way they can. Midmarket appliance maker Hamilton Beach found a way to save $1 million: Gmail.
- November 13, 2008
For CIOs who already budget lean, here are four more places to save. You can stop some projects, reduce service levels, increase levels of risk and, yeah, move to the cloud.
- September 30, 2008
Microsoft's Craig Mundie says the next era of computing will ride on multi-core processing and spatial computing, but it will be defined -- as previous computing eras -- by killer apps.
- July 09, 2008
Cloud computing -- should you love it or leave it? For now, maybe both, Forrester Research says.
- June 11, 2008
A Google executive argues that all significant IT innovations in the next decade will happen through cloud computing.
- May 06, 2008
Gartner analysts say hosted email is edging toward its moment in the sun, but barriers remain for the midmarket.
- April 15, 2008
Cloud computing is a disruptive force in computing, akin to the revolution ushered in by the Internet. The big vendors are dumping billions into new services and architecture.
- December 22, 2004
SearchCIO.com expert, Jeff Kaplan, offers up his predictions for what he thinks 2005 holds for outsourcing deals, on-demand and utility computing.
- June 08, 2004
Hewlett-Packard's Nora Denzel makes a pitch for the company's utility computing initiative.
- May 27, 2004
Grid computing will take a giant leap in acceptance within the next few years as better technology ups productivity and reduces costs.
- September 15, 2003
One of the IT buzzwords of 2003 -- almost the IT equivalent of Ben and J. Lo (at the very least Demi and Ashton), the concept of utility computing has gotten another round of kudos as a cost-saver, but even cost savings, like most things, come with ...
- April 01, 2003
If you want your business to keep up with demanding customers and stiff competition, you better get real –- as in real-time. Gartner analysts say the technology is on top-five investment lists for many CIOs this year. But here's a real-time ...