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September 30, 2013  3:00 AM

Is IT Still Relevant?



Posted by: Beth Cohen
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When an inpatient business unit marketing manager with a credit card can stand up an instance of Salesforce in a matter of a few days, and many companies have long outsourced their daily IT operations, many business executives are questioning if a traditional centralized IT organization is the...

April 8, 2013  6:00 PM

The Enterprise Finally gets Cloud



Posted by: Beth Cohen
big data, business applications, business innovation, business IT, Business Value, cloud application development, Cloud architectures, Cloud business models, Cloud Business strategy, cloud computing models, cloud data center, Cloud Data Storage, cloud development platforms, cloud infrastructure, Cloud innovation, Cloud IT, cloud mobile computing, Cloud Networks, Cloud operations, Cloud portfolio management, Cloud Reference architecture, Cloud Services, Cloud Strategy, emerging technology, enterprise, enterprise architectures, enterprise cloud, Enterprise computing, enterprise IT, global IT economy, hybrid cloud, innovation, IT business alignment, IT consultant, IT futures, IT Innovation, IT Leadership, IT management, IT organization strategy, leveraging IT investment, managing Cloud Portfolios, New IT product innovation, technology, technology innovation

Yes, it is a bit trite to say it now, but Cloud Computing has become a multi-billion dollar business which really has revolutionized Information Technology consumption for both the consumer and enterprise markets. It is well established in the white hot consumer market, especially with the...


August 27, 2012  1:30 AM

Extreme Enterprise BYOD



Posted by: Beth Cohen
business innovation, business IT, Business Value, BYOD, cloud mobile computing, consumer IT innovation, Consumer IT technology, consumerization, emerging technology, enterprise, enterprise IT, infrastruture, innovation, IT business alignment, IT consultant, IT futures, IT governance, IT Infrastructure, IT Innovation, IT organization strategy, IT service delivery models, IT technology, New IT product innovation, risk management

Question:  What would happen if you took an employee owned devices policy to its logical extreme?  What would happen if companies stopped providing systems and devices to their workers and required them to use their own tools? Making employees buy their own...


June 6, 2011  2:00 AM

Taking Business to the Clouds – Getting out of the Operations Ghetto



Posted by: Beth Cohen
Agile Methodologies, Business Value, Cloud Business strategy, cloud computing, Cloud Strategy, enterprise cloud services, IT business alignment, IT service delivery models, IT services

Question: Recently there has been a big push to develop private cloud computing services for the enterprise.  How can IT management really to take advantage of the benefits and avoid the hype? It is official.  Cloud computing is finally mainstream enough to...


May 30, 2011  2:00 AM

Taking Back IT – SaaS Portfolio Management



Posted by: Beth Cohen
Business Value, Cloud Services, data integration, Data Integrity, enterprise architectures, Enterprise data models, hybrid cloud, IT business alignment, IT governance, SaaS

Question: New SaaS applications seems to be popping up everywhere in my organization.  How can IT address the pressure from the business units to support these ad hoc applications and integrate them into the overall enterprise IT portfolio?

Forrester forecasts the SaaS...


January 23, 2011  9:00 AM

Is Open Source Essential for Cloud Adoption?



Posted by: Beth Cohen
Business Value, Cloud architectures, cloud computing, Cloud Services, enterprise cloud services, Open Souce Software, Open Source, Private Cloud, Public Cloud, utility computing

Question:  Is Open Source essential for widespread Cloud adoption? Andy Oram's recent article on Open Source software and cloud architectures, Reaching the pinnacle: truly open web...

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December 29, 2010  11:30 PM

The Evolving Role of the IT Manager – Part 2



Posted by: Beth Cohen
business responsibility, Business Value, global IT economy, IT business alignment, IT Innovation, IT management, outsourcing

Question: How can the modern IT manager leverage the new technologies to deliver the most business value to their organization? Previously I touched on the nature of the IT manager's role and how it is changing in this new world of sophisticated service...


November 10, 2010  12:00 PM

Learning to Leverage Business Expertise to Stay Competitive – Part 2



Posted by: ITKE
Business Value, IT business alignment, IT Innovation, IT Leadership, ROI

Learning to Leverage Business Expertise to Stay Competitive - Part 2 Question: As businesses become increasingly sophisticated, how can IT knowledge workers gain the business knowledge to remain competitive? Part one was a discussion of the...


October 30, 2010  11:30 AM

Learning to Leverage Business Expertise to Stay Competitive – Part 1



Posted by: ITKE
business responsibility, Business Value, IT business alignment, IT Innovation, IT Leadership, leveraging IT investment, ROI, Systems innovation

Question: As businesses become increasingly sophisticated, how can IT knowledge workers gain the business knowledge to remain competitive? Companies are increasingly using information technology to sell more products, grow their business and improve their...


February 18, 2010  2:00 PM

Five Tenets for Achieving High Availability for Critical Applications



Posted by: ITKE
business applications, business continuity, Business Value, high availability

Question:  My organization demands critical applications such as email and ERP be "always on" (whenever users want to access them).  What is the best way to achieve "always on" IT systems? The pervasiveness of the Internet has put IT executives in a bind. ...


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