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Content tagged with IT Strategy posted in April 2016
Agile Not Just For IT Anymore
Commentary  |  4/29/2016
Many organizations are taking the Agile development discipline beyond IT to every department. What are the key issues to make the transition successful?
Microsoft, HPE Back Mesosphere As It Open Sources DC/OS
News  |  4/28/2016
As Mesosphere is opening sourcing its Data Center Operating System (DC/OS), several major tech firms, including Microsoft and HPE, are backing this alternative container standard.
VMware, Pivotal Offer Stack For Next-Gen Applications
News  |  4/27/2016
The Pivotal Cloud Foundry development stack has been integrated with the VMware Photon Platform so that the two can produce and host micro-service applications.
Google Cloud Conundrum: 7 Questions That Need Answering
Slideshows  |  4/27/2016
In an effort to gain enterprise interest, Google announced changes to its cloud platform last month that would beef up machine learning and big data capabilities. Still, many questions remain about whether Google's cloud will ever be a serious enterprise contender.
Google Expands Free Apps For Work Offer
News  |  4/26/2016
Subsidizing Google Apps for Work will now continue through the end of the year for customers under contract with other vendors. Google also expanded the program to provide assistance to smaller companies.
93 Million Mexican Voter Database Exposed On Amazon Cloud
News  |  4/26/2016
A MongoDB database filled with the personal information of 93 million Mexican voters was found configured improperly on the Amazon cloud. The incident raises issues of how information is protected in the cloud.
Smartwatches Still Lack Killer App
News  |  4/26/2016
The Apple Watch may not need to be tethered to an iPhone for much longer. But Apple needs to make its wristwatch necessary.
Agile Analytics: 11 Ways To Get There
Slideshows  |  4/26/2016
The accelerating pace of global business means that enterprises need more agile data-related systems and practices. Becoming more agile -- and succeeding at it -- isn't always easy given existing technology investments, constant technological evolution, and lingering cultural obstacles. No matter how agile your company is or isn't now, consider these important points.
Identity Management: Where Cloud Security Falls Short
News  |  4/25/2016
A report by the Cloud Security Alliance finds that identity management tools and processes are key to ameliorating the threat of breaches. The report reveals which tools are most popular, and which are underutilized.
AWS Summit: New Cloud Services, Expanded EBS Choices
News  |  4/22/2016
Amazon Web Services unveiled a security inspection and data transfer acceleration service, along with two new EBS options, at AWS Summit.
GE Oil & Gas Finds Amazon Use Lowers TCO 52%
News  |  4/21/2016
At the Amazon Summit in Chicago, the CTO of GE Oil & Gas said his unit is exploring ways to better understand and save with the AWS platform.
Microsoft Gains In SaaS Market, Report Finds
Commentary  |  4/20/2016
Synergy Research assessed the growth of SaaS in 2015, and found it more mature than other cloud services -- and ready for an even greater takeoff. In addition, the report showed Microsoft may be one company poised for significant growth.
IT Pros Fear Encryption Backdoors
News  |  4/20/2016
A survey of IT professionals by network services company Spiceworks finds concern about the risk of backdoors that bypass encryption.
Startup Diamanti Offers Combined Container Networking, Storage
News  |  4/19/2016
Diamanti, a startup founded by Cisco UCS veterans, has built an appliance for automated container deployments with preconfigured networking and storage. The firm is just out of stealth mode.
Cloud Stampede Is On, But Who's Watching Security?
News  |  4/18/2016
A survey by Intel and the Cloud Security Alliance finds that the use of cloud services is increasing, but more in-depth security measures are needed.
Windows 10 Feature Roadmap, Federal Lawsuit: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  4/16/2016
This week Microsoft published a website detailing future Windows 10 updates, sued the US government over data privacy, and updated Skype for Business on iOS and Android.
Cloud Adoption Could Save Feds $10 Billion Annually
News  |  4/15/2016
A MeriTalk survey of federal IT managers reveals that they believe the government can save more than $10 billion annually from additional consolidation and cloud adoption.
Making Mainframes Cool Again
Commentary  |  4/15/2016
Mainframe systems are still the backbone of much of today's IT infrastructure. Yet, finding IT talent to maintain these systems, and the COBOL and Fortran languages that support them, is becoming increasingly difficult. Knowledge transfer expert Steve Trautman, founder of The Steve Trautman Co., offers real-world advice on how IT leaders can cultivate the talent needed to run these crucial systems.
H-1B Visa Application Numbers Hit Record High
News  |  4/14/2016
Demand for H-1B visas has reached a record high, with employers outstripping the available allotment of visas for the fourth consecutive year within five business days.
'Cloud-First' To Close 5,000 Federal Data Centers By 2019
News  |  4/14/2016
A GAO report on the federal government's "cloud-first" policy cites past and future data center closures, suggests savings slow to materialize.
Amazon Names New CEOs: What It Means
News  |  4/13/2016
Amazon says that promoting Andy Jassy and Jeff Wilke to new CEO roles is not a reorganization. But does this foreshadow more independence for AWS?
OpenText Tackles Digital Transformation, Extends EIM Platform To Cloud
News  |  4/13/2016
OpenText Release 16 addresses EIM customer demand for digital transformation and hybrid deployments. CEO Mark Barrenechea told us about the forces driving these demands and how OpenText is pursuing its own transformation, including standardizing on a single ERP system.
Public Cloud Services Beat Out Private, IDC Finds
News  |  4/13/2016
IDC's Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker projects 48% of IT spend will be in cloud infrastructure by 2020. Public services lead private cloud.
Microsoft Publishes Windows 10 Roadmap, Targets Business PCs
News  |  4/12/2016
Microsoft shared a roadmap of upcoming Windows 10 features for business PCs and delivered its first CBB build since the operating system launched in July 2015.
'Everydata': Littlest Data Causes Biggest Impact
Commentary  |  4/12/2016
A new book by authors John Johnson and Mike Gluck, offers tools for better understanding the "little data" in our lives, and reasons for being leery of big data claims that others make. Johnson spoke with InformationWeek about how data is interrupted and misinterpreted all the time.
Red Hat, QCT Partner On OpenStack Hardware System
News  |  4/11/2016
Quanta Cloud Technology is teaming with Red Hat to produce a ready-to-plug-in package of OpenStack, Linux, and Ceph storage loaded on Quanta servers, storage, and switches.
Ad-Blocking Brave Browser Draws Fire From Newspapers
News  |  4/11/2016
The Brave browser, designed to replace bad ads with better ones, has the newspaper industry threatening legal action.
LinkedIn Donates Dr. Elephant, MapR's Drill 1.6: Big Data Roundup
News  |  4/10/2016
LinkedIn contributes new technology for monitoring and managing Hadoop and Spark, MapR announces Apache Drill 1.6, SAP and IBM take their relationship to the next level, and more in our Big Data Roundup for the week ending April 10, 2016.
Windows 10 Build 14316, Cloud App Security Launch: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  4/9/2016
This week, Microsoft held its first Envision conference, beta-tested Outlook Premium, launched a major new Windows 10 preview build, and announced a partnership with R3.
Amazon Is Defining, Not Chasing, Future Consumers
Commentary  |  4/8/2016
Through innovations like Prime and Prime Now, plus its AWS business, Amazon is not merely changing the nature of the consumer marketplace -- it's helping shape it.
Businesses Harness Emotional Analytics For Gains
News  |  4/8/2016
Companies are using behavioral analytics and sentiment analysis to better understand their customers, but there are still important pieces of insight missing. Few businesses have the ability to engage individuals in a way that is appropriate to the emotions they are feeling in the moment. Emotional analytics can help bridge cognitive gaps between humans and machines.
Google BeyondCorp Breaks With Enterprise Security Tradition
News  |  4/7/2016
Moving away from perimeter defenses, Google has adopted a cybersecurity architecture, called BeyondCorp, that focuses on understanding devices and users.
Stratasys 3D Printer Aims To Ease Commercial Prototyping
Commentary  |  4/7/2016
The Stratasys J750 takes 3D printing beyond the hobbyist "maker" circles. By cutting several steps out of the prototyping workflow, it becomes a contender for commercial 3D printing that involves complexity and volume.
WhatsApp Launches End-To-End Encryption
News  |  4/6/2016
Facebook's popular messaging client WhatsApp has enabled encryption by default for its 1 billion users.
Next-Generation Databases Shift IT Priorities
News  |  4/5/2016
As organizations consider analytics in an era of big data, they are also considering a range of new database types to accommodate the challenges that come with it. A new survey looks at the databases under consideration, the big concerns of IT pros in charge of these systems, and what compromises the pros may need to make.
IBM Layoffs Hit Canada, Europe, Australia; US Likely Next
News  |  4/4/2016
IBM layoffs are hitting employees in Canada, Europe, and Australia. Another round of US layoffs is reportedly "imminent."
Big Data And RDBMS: Can They Coexist?
News  |  4/4/2016
Can relational database management systems peacefully coexist with big data technologies? Here's what the experts have to say.
Clorox CIO: Driving The New Customer Experience
News  |  4/4/2016
Clorox CIO Manjit Singh shares his insights on how a flexible IT infrastructure and a strong relationship with the marketing department can put tech professionals in the front seat when it comes to improving consumer experiences.
Apple At 40: 12 Products That Changed Computing Forever
Slideshows  |  4/3/2016
Apple reached its 40th anniversary this month, no mean feat in a tech industry littered with the names of long-gone giants. Here's a look at the 12 products that defined the company, and changed what we know as computing in the process.
AI, Public Data Sets, Real-Time: Strata + Hadoop Keynote Sampling
News  |  4/1/2016
Strata + Hadoop keynotes included updates on the state of AI, new public data sets and programs from the US Department of Commerce, a closer look at what real-time data means for big data, and more. Here's a sampling of some of our favorite keynotes from this week's event.
Windows 10 Goes Native With Ubuntu
Commentary  |  4/1/2016
Microsoft has announced that Ubuntu user-mode code is now running as native Windows 10 software. Yeah, that's big.
6 Ways To Become An IT Talent Magnet
Commentary  |  4/1/2016
Dan Roberts, CEO and president of Ouelette & Associates Consulting, has been coaching CIOs since 1984. What's he's found is that those with a track record for creating high-performing cultures focus on one thing above all else: talent. Here, he shares his guidance on how you can become an IT talent magnet.


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