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Clarizen Survey Reveals Workers Consider Status Meetings a Productivity-Killing Waste of Time

January 30, 2015 No Comments

On January 22, 2015, San Mateo, California based Clarizen, a leader in enterprise work collaboration software announced survey results that show status meetings undermine worker productivity with lengthy preparation requirements and distracted, multi-tasking participants. Three in five employed adults reported that preparing for a status meeting “takes longer than the meeting itself,” while more than one-third of those who attend status meetings called them a waste of their time.

From Big Data Swamps to Big Data Value with the Right Infrastructure

January 30, 2015 No Comments

by Tom Phelan, Blue DataBig Data promises a lot—new insights about customers, shorter product development cycles, new and increased streams of revenue, and more. But capitalizing on all that promise requires radical shifts in the way data is collected, managed, stored, accessed and used. Read More >>>

Five Tips for Strengthening the IT Department in 2015

January 28, 2015 No Comments

by David Kidd, Peak 10Data security continues to be a growing concern for all businesses – small and large – as part of a macro trend taking grip in 2015. While improving technologies are essential for protecting data, studies have shown that internal incidents continued to top the list of 2014 breaches. Read More >>>

IBM Research Announces Cloud Breakthrough For Protecting Personal Data

January 28, 2015 No Comments

IBM researchers today announced plans for a cloudbased technology that holds potential to help consumers better protect online personal data, including date of birth, home address and credit card numbers.

EVENT: UC EXPO Connected Business: April 21-22 Olympia, London

January 26, 2015 No Comments

UC Expo is a two day event encompassing the technologies that enable smarter working and a truly connected business.

Recent Insight into Analytics in the Cloud

January 26, 2015 No Comments

by John L. Myers, EMAAs we enter the middle of the second decade of the 21st century, many organizations are recognizing and utilizing cloud infrastructure as a way to implement their analytical and business intelligence requirements. Read More >>>

Cloud Expo Europe 2015

January 21, 2015 No Comments

The Cloud. What’s New. What’s Next. This is the one event you need to attend in 2015 – all completely FREE of charge.

Infographic: Docker Ecosystem – 2014 Year in Review

January 19, 2015 No Comments

Docker has gone from a hot enterprise tech startup to an ecosystem that accelerates the delivery of distributed applications. 2014 had many milestones that shaped the fast-changing containerization landscape. The infographic below, created by WaveMaker, outlines the partnerships, releases, announcements and competition related to the Docker ecosystem.

Calling all CIOs: IoT Will Change Everything in 2015 and Beyond

January 7, 2015 No Comments

by Ali A. Alkhafaji, VirtusaThe Internet of Things (IoT) introduces difficult questions: How can someone manage all of his or her devices? A unified user interface? Are different companies and industries ready to standardize? What is the potential commercial value for IoT? How will we manage security and safety? Software compatibility? Read More >>>

Goodbye to the cloud debate; Hello to analytics for actionable insights

January 6, 2015 No Comments

It’s still amazing to me that as each year comes to a close, I have the same thoughts I had the year before – how could another year have come and gone? But with each New Year, new and exciting opportunities arise, and for me 2015 will be an especially interesting year for virtualization and the cloud.

IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Business-to-Business Integration Gateway Software 2014 Vendor Assessment

December 30, 2014 No Comments

This IDC study serves as a guide for short-listing the selection of B2Bi gateway software used for midlevel to highly sophisticated projects.

2015 Cloud Considerations: Why Not Cloud?

December 22, 2014 No Comments

As we near the end of 2015, the cloud continues to dominate conversations among IT professionals. While cloud has maintained its relevance over the past couple of years, it is expected to become even more mainstream in 2015. The question among progressive IT departments will shift from “why cloud?” to “why not cloud?” This trend is driven by a number of factors, including the increasing prevalence of public, private and hybrid cloud models, as well as a growing awareness of how the cloud can be leveraged to streamline business operations.

IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview with IBM: Managing Big Data through Storage

December 18, 2014 No Comments

with Bernie Spang, IBM’s Systems & Technology GroupIn this interview, Bernie Spang from IBM’s Systems & Technology Group speaks with IT Briefcase on how users are adopting a more agile software defined storage approach, and how this philosophy prepares them for 2015 and the future. Read More >>>

Dispelling Five Myths about Cloud Storage, Retrieval and File Transfer in Healthcare

December 17, 2014 No Comments

When I speak with healthcare IT leaders about cloud-based data storage, retrieval, and transfer—the responses are often mixed. Some are steadfast believers in the power, scalability and cost-savings afforded by the cloud, having experienced these benefits first-hand with implementations at their own hospital or health system. Others raise questions ranging from security and data ownership to patient protection and affordability.

4 Predictions for the 2015 IT Market Space

December 10, 2014 No Comments

Now that cloud services have become part of IT’s “new normal”, commonly referred to as “Hybrid”, it seems obvious that the approaches and tools we use to manage IT would also evolve and mature, though the pace of evolution varies amongst companies, of course. According to a Website Magazine article quoting a Gartner survey, more than 55% of CIOs indicate they would host all critical apps in the cloud by 2020. Cloud services use cases can vary greatly, but often hold common themes around converting traditional application to SaaS, or adding disaster recovery to your existing datacenter with RaaS.

Data Management in the Cloud: Five Fundamentals of Cloud Services Design

December 9, 2014 No Comments

by Robert Kaloustian, CommVaultWith adoption rates soaring, it’s safe to say that the “cloud” is here to stay. While companies of all shapes and sizes rush to jump on the cloud bandwagon, data management miscues could make their journey a long and bumpy ride. Read More >>>

Made in IBM Labs: Using Analytics to Optimize Cloud Computing Performance and Cost Savings

December 9, 2014 No Comments

IBM inventors have patented a technique that uses analytics to increase cloud computing performance and reduce costs by dynamically moving workloads — between or within cloud datacenters — based on an automatic analysis that determines the most efficient and effective use of available resources.

What’s in Store for 2015 – Technology Edition

December 4, 2014 No Comments

by Dan Pickett, nfrastructureWe predict that through next year, technology will only continue to become “consumerized” as devices become more connected, everything becomes software-defined and the Internet of Things becomes completely engrained in our everyday life. Read More >>>

Eliminate the Barriers to Your Cloud Adoption

December 4, 2014 No Comments

Learn how IBM, our Technology Partners and clients are reinventing data availability for the hybrid cloud era, so you can embrace cloud with confidence.

2015 Predictions for Cloud Security

December 3, 2014 No Comments

2014 will go down in history as the year of the data breach. 2015 will be the year of the “digital enterprise” – as the adoption of cloud, mobility and IoT will continue to flourish. Bitglass, a cloud access security broker (CASB), offers its top tech predictions for 2015.

What Globalization Means in the Age of Real-Time, Mobile and Cloud

December 3, 2014 No Comments

by Rob Vandenberg, LingotekRemember when people first started talking about globalization in the 1980s? Branching out into new markets usually meant physically expanding to somewhere in Europe or the U.K. It required opening new offices, growing new markets through direct sales and having dedicated translators interpret content by hand. Read More >>>

IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview with SIOS Technology: SANS-based vs. Cloud Clusters

December 3, 2014 No Comments

with Jerry Melnick, SIOS TechnologyIn this interview, Jerry Melnick, COO, SIOS Technology discusses the difference between SAN-based and Cloud data storage clusters, and the benefits and drawbacks of each approach. Read More >>>

Cloud is SMBs Competitive Edge

November 13, 2014 No Comments

In today’s small business world, the common reasons why businesses fail are out-of-control growth, poor accounting and operational inefficiencies. Small businesses are constantly dealing with inefficient back-end processes that result in increased costs – as well as reduced employee productivity and revenue. Because of this, often times small businesses find it difficult to take on new projects as they do not know their financial standing, availability of resources or their pipeline in real-time.

2015 Cloud Hosting Predictions & Forecasts

November 12, 2014 No Comments

With 2015 right around the corner, now is a great time to identify what the big trends for next year are going to be in the world of cloud computing and virtualization. With growth across the board for cloud service providers this year – in compute and storage, archiving, messaging/email and specialized applications – we can expect more of the same in 2015. Here are some ideas for the larger trends taking shape for next year.

New IBM Entrepreneur Program Accelerates Collaborative Innovation in the Cloud

November 10, 2014 No Comments

IBM today announced the launch of the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program for Cloud Startups, which will help startups and entrepreneurs harness the power of IBM Cloud, as well as deeply connect and embed them into IBM’s vast global network of enterprise clients, consultants, Innovation Centers and more to rapidly build innovations, scale quickly and accelerate growth.

Metalogix Launches Cloud Acceleration Suite and Partner Program to Help Clients Rapidly Migrate Email, Files and SharePoint to Any Cloud

November 6, 2014 No Comments

Today Metalogix announced the launch of the Cloud Acceleration Suite and Partner Program to help clients successfully deploy collaboration capabilities in the cloud platform of their choice, including Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, and hybrid and private cloud. The program brings together Metalogix’ trusted migration and management tools for mission-critical collaboration platforms.

How to Navigate Data into the Cloud

October 31, 2014 No Comments

By Dave Wagner, TeamQuestThe increase in businesses moving their data into the cloud has created several new challenges for data center managers. Many departments and employees are increasingly using the public cloud to host unpredictable applications with unknown resource requirements. Read More >>>

Infographic: Revolutionize Cloud Backup

October 22, 2014 No Comments

The traditional model of multi-tiered server backup is highly inefficient, often involving backups to staging servers, tapes and off-site long-term archives. Phoenix eliminates these inefficiencies with a high-performance, born-in-the-cloud solution that’s built for today’s enterprise needs and engineered to be future-proof.

BYOD: California Court Decides Who’s Wearing the Pants

October 22, 2014 No Comments

The workplace trend of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is nothing new. What remains unclear, however, is the burden of ownership, cost and security. When employees bring their own cell phones, laptops or tablets to work, there’s a fair chance they’ve personally purchased those devices—data plans and all. In fact, some employers today require a BYOD policy, with no intention of paying for any of it. As one CIO bluntly put it, “Well, we don’t buy their pants either, but they’re required for the office.”

It’s Time to Go All-in on the Cloud

October 22, 2014 1 Comment

By Joe Manuele, AvayaToday, enterprises and their IT departments are migrating to cloud services faster than ever before. In fact, no other technology in our industry is associated with such dramatic triple-digit growth as cloud. By 2020, the cloud computing industry will be a $40 billion market. Read More >>>


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