Big Data is Tearing IT Apart

Jeffrey Abbott | July 23rd

Occasionally I see things. Fortunately, I don’t see dead people. But lately, around the board room, I see new people. I see IT diverging. I see “I” and “T” as decoupling into two separate business units. And technology

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Hybrid Cloud Has You Motivated! Now What?

Denise Partlow | July 22nd

Reduce legacy application costs 28% by moving workloads into the cloud.[1] That sounds like a lot of motivation to move to me. So, how do determine which workloads are right for the cloud? How do you decide which

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Who is to Blame? Defining Roles within IT Security

John McDonald | July 22nd

I was having a beer with a friend of mine recently – he’s a security analyst at a company that has experienced a data breach – and he was telling me about the ‘witch hunt’ going on in

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Top 5 New Skills Needed for ITaaS

Scott Bils | July 21st

For the first time, corporate IT is facing real competition. Business users are deploying increasingly sophisticated SaaS applications on their own. Developers continue to look first to public cloud IaaS and PaaS platforms for new application development, reducing

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4 Ms of Big Data: Big Data Means Data Monetization

Bill Schmarzo | July 21st

This is Part 4 of a 5-Part series. Be sure to check back here soon on InFocus for the next installment.

The fourth part of the “4 Ms” of Big Data (“Make Me More Money”)

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Dear John Letter

Bill Schmarzo | July 16th

I recently had a conversation with a very good friend of mine [let’s call him John] who is helping a large enterprise technology vendor [ComTech] make the move into big data through the acquisition of a Business Intelligence

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Power Shift: IT as a Service Broker

Tom Roloff | July 14th

I was pleasantly surprised to see that my IT as a Service Broker discussion at the recent 2014 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium drew a standing room only crowd.

The Symposium brings together MIT thought leadership with the real world

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ITaaS and Shared Services: What’s the Difference?

Scott Bils | July 14th

The IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) model often creates confusion among organizations that have traditional shared services IT models. After all, weren’t shared services designed to deliver IT services to the business in the first place? Wasn’t that the whole point?

While

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The Unasked Question: My Advice on Listening

Chris Gaudlip | July 14th

We have all had to present to our peers, customers and management.  Stand up straight, talk clearly, don’t pace, don’t say ‘um’ and for darn sure, make eye contact.  Then if slides are involved; move this over there,

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Improving Customer Retention

Bill Schmarzo | July 11th

In my last blog, Best Practices for Analytic Profiles, I talked about the importance of creating individual profiles for key entities (e.g., customers, devices, machines, cars, wind turbines) as part of the data science process. Now,

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