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03-04-2015: Why OpenPOWER Takes Marketshare from x86

Initial prototype results realized by the OpenPOWER Foundation members point to major performance gains that lead Experton Group to believe enterprises with large server farms and/or data-intensive, compute-intensive workloads may be enticed to abandon x86-architected servers for these next-generation alternatives. IBM Corp. and the other OpenPOWER Foundation members presented the technological advances they are obtaining at the GPU Technology Conference last month but avoided pricing discussions.  ...more details

02-04-2015: When Should You Upgrade Smartphones and Tablets

Much has been said over the years about optimizing refresh cycles for PCs, servers, and a host of other IT and non-IT corporate assets.  While ownership and control over these items rest within the enterprise, the same cannot always be said of smartphones and tablets, which are often acquired independent of the organization and managed through bring your own device (BYOD) strategies. ...more details

04-03-2015: Clouds Need a New Architecture

Most IT executives believe that if they virtualize their applications, automate processes and orchestrate provisioning of services, they are running a cloud. Granted that there are other elements required if one is to deliver a true cloud environment but missing from most all architectural comments is the fact that unless applications and databases are architected for the cloud, the biggest gains will be lost.  ...more details

03-03-2015: Cutting Waste thru Strategic Sourcing

Many enterprises have put in place strategic sourcing organizations but are still struggling with determining if these organizations are achieving their goals and objectives. Executives are unsure if they have established the best metrics or key performance indicators (KPIs) to demonstrate the success they are seeking.  ...more details

02-03-2015: Why Mainframe Makes Sense in Cloud

Contrary to opinion of many, the redesigned IBM z Systems are an excellent platform of choice for cloud, analytics, and mobile and security (CAMS) applications. For small cloud environments or large parallel processing applications, distributed server platforms work well but for large cloud environments or analytics accessing a mainframe database, the z Systems architecture is better suited and can satisfy business requirements on a least cost basis. ...more details

01-03-2015: Why the Apple Watch is More Important to the Enterprise Than You Think

Apple Inc.’s entry into the smartwatch arena, the Apple Watch, is the company’s first new product line since the iPad in 2010. At the time, the tablet space had a limited selection of products – many of which were from respected manufacturers – that failed to make compelling “must have” arguments that with offerings combining ease of use, application selection, and smart marketing. The Apple Watch enters the fray in a similar manner as there are only two major players in the field, Google Inc.’s Android Wear -based watches and those from Pebble, and sales across all platforms reached a mere 6.8 million, according to estimates.  ...more details

15-02-2015: How to Prevent IoT from Leaving You DOA

While the Internet of Things' (IoT's) notoriety has only surged within the corporate and IT communities as of late, enterprises have been gearing up for the impeding onslaught of data for some time. Sensors to monitor performance characteristics and geographic transitions, big data amalgams, and analytics applications are all pieces of the IoT puzzle that have circular operational and business implications. Still, most IT executives are ill prepared for the transformative and revolutionary business and technological shifts required to effectively embrace IoT and enact smarter, more reactive infrastructure models.  ...more details

03-01-2015: How to Win Mobile Now or Otherwise Die Trying

Consumer and enterprise behaviors over the better part of the last decade bore the  concept of developing for mobile first. Now, new metrics demonstrate the magnitude of that truth as the largest U.S. online retailers witness a virtual even split between mobile and PC traffic. Similarly, mobile enterprise tablet and smartphone business requirements are rapidly changing as needs dictate access to a wider range of functionality on mobile devices. Proper understanding of current and future business requirements and customer behaviors are necessary in implementing a mobile application framework that is responsive, adaptable to future needs, and offers consistency with desktop experiences. ...more details

02-01-2015: Hacker Prevention Checklist

The massive Sony security breach and the other multiple well-publicized cyber attacks in 2014 demonstrate the shortcomings in corporate security governance and accountability. If companies are to better protect their assets, customers, employees, intellectual property, and suppliers and business partners, they need to proactively protect corporate and personal data.  ...more details

01-01-2015: IBM z Systems - Alive and Kicking

In a world demanding instant gratification and real-time transactions using accurate up-to-date data the focus has been on mobility, analytics, cloud computing and security. Much of the discussion implies new processes and technologies geared to satisfy the ubiquitous user. However, much of the real work is not greenfield but modifications to the legacy environment. And a prime legacy workhorse is the mainframe, which remains the repository for most large enterprises' systems of record. This has not changed much over the past decade and is expected to be the core for these systems of record going forward. ...more details

06-12-2014: 2015 Predictions - Technology - part 2

Mobile device sales in 2015 will outpace those of 2014, propelled by interest in burgeoning device categories and technologies, and increasing requirements for and value derived from mobile deployments. Consumer and enterprise interest in improvements in battery life and screen technology, lower device costs, and more powerful platforms will remain the mainstays of traditional growth patterns, while new functionality including device management and identity segmentation, wireless payments, and vertically-targeted offerings will begin to gain traction.  ...more details

05-12-2014: 2015 Predictions - Technology - part 1

The global economic headwinds in 2015 will constrain IT budgets and force IT executives to question certain basic assumptions and reexamine the need for restructuring their organizations. The changing business climate and demands are pushing IT executives to do even more with less. Plus there are new waves of next-generation technologies emerging and maturing that challenge the existing status quo and deserve IT executive attention.  ...more details

04-12-2014: 2015 Predictions - People & Process

The global economic headwinds in 2015 will constrain IT budgets; yet more  business executives recognize the need for collaboration with IT and for IT to be included in the strategic initiatives. To address both issues IT executives must examine the people and process issues for productivity improvements. ...more details

03-12-2014: 2015 Predictions - IT & Global Economy

The global economic headwinds seen in 2014 will extend though 2015 – i.e., slow or no growth around the world with few exceptions.  ...more details

02-12-2014: Data Center Effectiveness Metrics - 2H14

Most data center executives have set a low bar for improving their data center effectiveness and efficiency within and across data centers as part of their cost cutting and optimization efforts. The gains in the last year have been minimal compared to the opportunity. What still holds a number of executives back from making major strides in strategic optimization planning are the questions of where are the problems, where to begin and what the metrics, paybacks, and desired targets are.  ...more details

01-12-2014: How To Green Your Data Center

Over the past two years there has been little advancement in the global greening of data centers. The required people, processes and technologies exist to cut the energy consumption levels by 40 percent or more in most data centers – even as capacity grows – but the incentives are not in place in most companies for this to occur.  ...more details

03-11-2014: Next Gen Building Blocks - PaaS

There is no doubt that cloud platform as a service (PaaS) is garnering general appeal to all IT segments and will become a primary building block for applications development and operations in the future. ...more details

02-11-2014: Next Gen Building Blocks - IaaS

There is no doubt that cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) holds general appeal to all IT segments and will become a primary building block for systems in the future. However, IaaS offerings today come in a variety of flavors that lack full compatibility and completeness.  ...more details

01-11-2014: The Flash Revolution

The Flash Revolution has begun. The economic value of flash exceeds high performance hard disk drives (HDDs) in cost and price/performance. Therefore, over the next few years the high performance HDD install base will spiral downward as enterprises move to server side and cache controllers for high performance data access. ...more details

03-10-2014: Considering Office 365 and Google Apps for Work

Software, like members of the animal and plant kingdoms, is subject to evolution or eradication. Application productivity suites are evolving to meet business requirements for Internet-based applications and data storage while offering continuous software improvements rather than masive, versioned updates.  Although numerous players offer online productivty software as an alternative to Microsoft Corp.’s Office, none are as enterprise focused as Google Inc.’s Google Apps for Work. ...more details


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