Some people are never satisfied. These fearless agents of change are
everywhere. They're informed, confident and willing to experiment. They seek
out the best business technology solution for the job at hand. They act on
instinct. Yes, you could say that they're driven.
However, they're also at risk of being labeled as "rogue employees" because
they ordered a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering and perhaps expensed it
without prior approval. Sometimes they're the champion of progressive
projects that are referred to as Shadow IT -- intentionally bypassing their
company's formal evaluation and procurement process. How can this happen?
Is it just because their activities are tolerated, or are they being
encouraged? If so, by whom? Why would any business leader applaud a team
member that breaks the rules? Maybe, the simple answer is that staying within
the confines of ... (more)
During the course of the last twelve months the OpenStack community has
advanced as more users of the leading open-source cloud technology have been
reporting their progress -- with the help of their partners -- towards making
a meaningful impact on their business goals and objectives.
We've also learned how these progressive technology users are pioneering
changes in their own organizations -- enabling them to become more
competitive in the Global Networked Economy.
The OpenStack Summit 2014 opened with a keynote on the first day of the
conference featuring lessons learned from ... (more)
Public cloud service adoption is already a mainstream phenomenon in most
organizations. Meanwhile, many large enterprises see a private cloud in their
future. But choosing whether to invest in building an internal cloud
infrastructure or buy from a cloud service provider will become more
challenging – in anticipation, savvy IT leaders are becoming brokers of
dynamic business technology solutions.
Hybrid cloud resource management and progressive operational process adoption
are the key focal points in preparation for this transition. Moreover, Line
of Business demand for emerging ... (more)
It's a given, this year more CIOs will shift their focus from selective IT
efficiency to overall IT effectiveness. In 2014 and beyond, enterprise IT
leadership will be judged on their ability to meet the demands of tech-savvy
Line of Business users.
This is the type of meaningful progress that CEOs have been anticipating. But
that organizational realignment won't always translate into higher budgets.
According to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC),
worldwide IT spending will increase by just 4.1 percent in constant currency
this year -- ... (more)
Accomplish much more, very rapidly, while spending less -- this is the
business technology trend that savvy executives everywhere have embraced.
Worldwide IT spending will reach a total $3.7 trillion in 2014, that's a 2.1
percent increase from last year, according to the latest global market study
This forecast, however, is down from their earlier projections of 3.2 percent
What's driving the ongoing transition to lower business technology spending?
The slower outlook for 2014 is attributed to a reduction in growth
expectations for end-user devices, data cente... (more)